Debriefing: Nebraska

By Jeff Beck on October 7, 2012 at 3:00p
Sophomore Folks

The offense Ohio State scored 63 points. Say that back to yourself, digest it, think about it and then go tell your friends (after you read this of course). This is your Nebraska Debriefing.

Water Cooler Prep (Everything you need to know…in one paragraph)

The two offenses came out and traded punts until a Bradley Roby pick six early in the first quarter. The Cornhuskers answered on the very next drive when Rex Burkhead snapped off a 73-yard run to put them in a position to tie it. Nebraska scored another TD after the Buckeye offense came out flat and it was 14-7 with one quarter in the books. Braxton and friends had tallied a grand total of 17 yards and you were worried. But, as he has had a tendency to do, Miller sensed your worry and turned it into fuel for his game-changing machine, popping off a 72-yard scamper of his own eventually ending in six to make it 17-14 bad guys. Braxton’s play opened up the scoring floodgates for both teams and by halftime the Buckeyes were up, 35-24. The teams traded TDs until the Buckeye D came up with a stop, forcing Nebraska to punt it away, which then forced Philly Brown to house it for a 76-yard score. Later in the fourth, Rod Smith threw his hat into the scoring ring on a good-looking 33-yard rush for a TD, putting the game out of reach at 56-31. The score won't reflect it, but the Buckeye D looked good in the second half of this one. Also Carlos Hyde…my goodness 140 yards and 4 TDs. Why aren’t you on my fantasy team?

Heard at the tailgate (The talk before the game)

“Contain Rex Burkhead and Taylor Martinez…that’s the answer.”

“You think the Buckeyes will have anything left in the tank after the emotional win last week?”

“It’s homecoming—take your shirt off, swing it round your head like a helicopter.”

Heard at the afterparty (The Deets at the end of the game)

“When was the last time the Buckeyes put up over 60?...Seriously, I want to know.”

“This team now has a legitimate shot to go undefeated; the football gods are cruel.”

“Braxton Miller…is he invited to New York in December?”

Give that man a buckeye leaf (Player of the game)

Braxton Miller, folks. My. Oh. My. The kid broke his career rushing yardage record with 186 yards and 1 TD on the ground. He also racked up 127 yards and 1 TD through the air.

While Braxton clearly was the player of the game, I want to give a special shout-out to my man El Guapo. Carlos Hyde was the backbone of the offense and had a near perfect game sans a fumble after a mannish run up the gut early in the fourth. He finished the day with 140 yards and 4 (yes 4) TDs, making him the first OSU running back since Beanie Wells in 2007 (vs. Wisconsin) to rush for 3+ TDs in a single game. Good enough for a Buckeye leaf in my book.

Boren DanceIt's a party in Columbus, do the Boren!

Weekly Snot Knocker

With about 6 minutes left in the game, Taylor Martinez was running for his life down the middle. Instead of performing the trademark slide we had seen all evening, Martinez was blindsided by Garrett Goebel who placed him gently violently on the turf.

Did you see that?! (Play of the game)

Just when I think Braxton has shown me everything he has, he goes and does something like this. His instincts when rushing the football might be some of the best I've ever seen. 

This rush is not only the play of the game because it looked amazing, it's also here because it jump-started an offense that was seeing absolutely no production on their side of the ball. The Buckeyes needed a big play, and Braxton delivered...again.



When you sank into your chair (The moment buckeye football disgraced your family)




Jim Tressel’s Least Favorite Moment of the game

Least Favorite Moment 1: With about a minute left in the first quarter and down a TD, Meyer dialed up a fake punt from OSU’s own 25. The Buckeyes needed 7…they got 6. Jim Tressel looked up from Pinterest just long enough to shake his head in disgust and softly whisper “field position, dammit” before continuing to search for interesting things to do with cardboard boxes.

Least Favorite Moment 2: While sorting recyclables late into the night, Tressel saw the final score of the game scroll across the bottom of his kitchen mounted 13-inch Daewoo. He retched in disgust at the thought of scoring 63 points against an opponent, woke up Ellen and asked her to comb his hair. It’s the only thing that calms him down.

What you texted your friend at the end of each quarter

First Quarter: Roby One Kenobi!!!!! But that’s all we got right now.

Second Quarter: Nothing like putting up 4 TDs in a quarter…

Third Quarter: Carlos Hyde has 3 million touchdowns.

Fourth Quarter: ROD SMITH SIGHTING!!!! Wow, this team is explosive when things are clicking. Undefeated season???

It was over when

Rod Smith got his first carry of the game and made the most of it: a 33-yard okie doke that he took to the house. The score put the Scarlet and Gray up 56-31 and all of Buckeye Nation smiled. It’s clear an offense is starting to jell in Columbus.

This has been your Nebraska Debriefing...end transmission.


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M Man's picture

Congrats to the Buckeyes on winning the best game in the Conference yesterday.  And thanks for helping put Michigan on top of the Legends division.  We'll see where it takes us...

D. Anthony's picture

M Man... don't forget us helping you get a share of the BIG in b-ball by beating Sparty...again you're welcome.

D. Anthony

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

And the skunk bears took that gift and lost to the Bobcats in round uno. OHIO = God's country.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

The stage is set for TSUN.  Take care of biz the next 5 weeks and you can leave Columbus with a loss and still go to Indy.

Class of 2010.

Yme's picture

Well said my compodray;)

CowCat's picture

Thanks for the congrats.  Win out so THE GAME is THE GAME

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

dja.ohio's picture

Not meaning to nitpick, but the Offense scored 49. They came together after the first quarter.  Would like to see the Defense contain the multiple big plays they seem to give up every game.

Will in Arizona's picture

I believe it may just be Urban's style of defense that generates turnovers but leaves you susceptible to the big play.  Ohrian Johnson played particularly poorly yesterday which didn't help, but our safeties are consistently closer to the action than they were under Tressel.  Tressel played a bend but don't break style of defense which rarely gave up huge plays.  It seems Meyer plays more aggressively, but if guys don't play perfectly, gives up yards in huge chunks.

Abe Froman's picture

I also noted that Storm Klein was totally out of position on the Nebraska short TD pass to the tight end.  He mostly made up for it later with a sack of Martinez who still throws like Uncle Rico.
i think most of the big plays were a combination of position and the other team taking advantage of it.  This goes both ways, as I am sure that the Cornhuskers are applying lotion to their calluses thinking the same thing.

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

bigbill992001's picture

Urban's defensive style?    If you're in the 2ndary, give your guy at least 15 yrds. cushion.    Tackle with your arms, not your shoulder.    And, whatever you do, DO NOT WRAP UP!    Cant argue with success, its worked for 6 games.

njc2o's picture

that game made me smile

WiliestBuckeye's picture

You know what makes me smile? Everytime I remember than Braxton Miller is only a sophmore. My god it should be illegal to have that much talent.

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

dtanmango's picture

the "Tressel's least favorite moment of the game" sections almost made me smile as much as the game itself :P.


trukjo's picture

Still respect the "Vest" but the visual of combing his hair to calm him down was brilliant.  My wife looked puzzled when I laughed out loud...

CowCat's picture

^^^Me too.  The Tressel segments are priceless.  Keep them, but a Woody segment would be good here and there too.
"Seeing the defense's struggles, Woody intended to contact coach Fickell with a detailed treatise on Naval warfare in 1876.  Unfortunately Woody had thrown the phone against the wall the week prior".

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

luckynewman13's picture

nebraska's defense certainly got "debriefed" 

bwh's picture

This Jim Tressel stuff is getting stupid. It was funny for a while, because back then it was actually funny.
Now it's tired and old.

AngryWoody's picture

Man I think it's hillarious. I'm dying laughing!

Our Honor Defend!

AC1972's picture

I love the Tressel jokes. Tressel would too. If he had a sense of humor, of course. 

gravey's picture

I'm not quite sure about the Tressel jokes either.  It's like someone telling a joke about my mom....that's dead on, and really funny, so I feel guilty about laughing so hard about it.
What the hell.  Keep 'em coming.  Ellen thinks they're funny too.

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Yeah but the Tressel stuff just seems like piling scorn on a guy who the entire pundit world was loving to bury. Why do it? It seems a bit too much (from us) for a man who took us to great places. I say let him live in peace and show a modicum of respect. We all knew "tatgate" was a pile-on that was blown way out of proportion, and every time you hear his name mentioned, the stupid "scandal" is with it. It only makes us as fans look like all the other haters...almost like we agree that it was earthshakingly horrible...just so they stop picking on us. They will never stop hating us because we are a team that cannot be kept down, unlike most others. So please...let's give it a rest and have the backbone to stay off the hater bandwagon.

Funny, I still don't see much Saban bashing because of the oversigning crap. That practice harms more young men each year than ten tatgates, and everybody just looks the other way. It's sad. I hope it gets exposed for the racket it is, complete with a vacation of wins.

I like cookies.

BuckGuy003's picture

I like them when they just talk about his old school lifestyle. as long as they arent disrespectful because he was the man. If the penn state thing would have come before tatgate we would have gotten nothing but a slap on the wrist. When we go 11-1 or 12-0 and cant play postseason the NCAA will look like the group of clowns they are.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Keep the Tressel lines coming!  I think they honor the man because we do it out of love for all he was to the Buckeye Nation!  Hell, I actually think he'd get a kick out of them!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Jeff Beck's picture

I love Tressel guys. It's just a little bit of fun. No harm intended.

Et_Tu_OSU's picture

No worries, Jeff.  Good guys sometimes make bad choices.
Now that I've thought about it, I was specifically referring to Tressel, not you...

"The revolution will be televised."

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Those are so close to reality that either you're in Tressel's head, or he is calling you up and feeding you those lines!  Either way, please keep them coming - they're totally cracking me up

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Man.  Rod Smith...Where have you been sir?!?  That run was effing NASTY!  He made Nebraska's defense look like ours in the earlier, non-conference games.  Atleast 5 Cornhuskers had a shot at him.  Dude was just NOT going down...
And the Tressel stuff is great Jeff, keep it coming.  I still wear my Tressel-Vest with pride (got it on today actually) and I laughed at the whole thing.
And #dotheboren...EPIC!

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

miggitymack's picture

The debriefing is seriously my favorite article week in and week out, keep em coming!

Sorry, that's the best you get :/

Jeff Beck's picture

Thanks Miggity, I really appreciate it! 

osubuckeye4life's picture

Keep up the good work Jeff, I love these!