What a Meyer Offense Looks Like

By Kyle Rowland on October 8, 2012 at 10:00a
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That’s the offense fans were fawning over when Urban Meyer was hired 10 months ago. Nearly 500 yards of total offense, 371 yards rushing, 63 points and nine touchdowns against a ranked opponent and a Heisman Trophy contender at quarterback.

The not-so-secret key to Ohio State's offensive firepower. 

That’s just a sampling of the offensive firepower Ohio State displayed in its 63-38 victory over Nebraska in front of a record Ohio Stadium crowd on Saturday night.

One week after an old-fashioned Big Ten slugfest, a Big XII game broke out in Columbus. The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers combined for 935 yards of offense and the most points in a Big Ten game on the banks of the Olentangy since Ohio State defeated Iowa 56-35 in 1995.

“I was imagining some type of points like this someday,” Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller said.

Nebraska’s defense surrendered more than 650 yards to UCLA in September, so it wasn’t unheard of for Ohio State to accumulate a great deal of yardage. But 63 points wasn’t expected, especially after gaining zero first downs and just 17 total yards in the first quarter.

“I thought the first quarter was a train wreck for our offense,” Meyer said. “They came out and hit us in the mouth. We had to get going, but our offensive line eventually took over that game. And we have two good runners right now.”

That would be Miller and running back Carlos Hyde. Miller once again set a new school record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 186 to go with one touchdown, while Hyde finished with career highs in rushing yards and touchdowns – 140 and four. Hyde became the first Ohio State running back to have a four-touchdown day since Eddie George did so in that same 1995 Iowa game.

But to put Miller’s rushing total in perspective, he had minus-9 yards at the end of the first quarter. 

“We have a quarterback, obviously, that's kind of ridiculous running the ball,” Meyer said.

Ohio State trailed 17-7 in the second quarter before seizing momentum and taking a 35-24 lead into the locker room. In the second quarter alone, the Buckeyes gained 242 yards and scored four touchdowns. A touchdown on their first drive of the second half represented their fifth touchdown in five possessions. When it was all said and done, Ohio State scored on seven of its final eight possessions.

It was so much scoring that Miller said the head coach lost track.

OSU - and Miller - took flight against Nebraska.

“I don’t really know what changed other than our guys were playing really well,” Meyer said.

Miller totaled 300 or more yards of offense for the fifth time in six games this season and rushed for more than 100 yards for the fourth time. Earlier in the week, Meyer pronounced quite obviously that the Ohio State offense wasn’t the fine-tuned machine he and many others envisioned.

“We’re not this high-flying, high-octane offense yet,” he said. “We’re working awfully hard to become that.”

On a crisp October Columbus night, Meyer may have finally untapped the potential in an offense that has struggled for the better part of 18 games. For the 2011 season, Ohio State ranked 107th in the country in total offense. After six games in 2012, it sits at 44th.

Meyer had immediate success, especially offensively, when he took over at Bowling Green and Utah. Defenses in the Mid-American and Mountain West conferences were less equipped to handle his up-tempo spread. The SEC was a different animal. Florida went 9-3 in his first season, but there would be minor adjustments needed to throw defenses for a loop. The Gators won the national championship in Year 2.

With a quarterback made for Meyer’s offense at Ohio State, it may have taken all of two conference games for the high-powered Urban Express to take hold. On Saturday night it was running downhill and the brakes were not operating, as evidenced by a late 16-yard touchdown run by Hyde.

“It’s pretty crazy how we changed, how we can just go down the field so easily and score,” he said.

Following the Buckeyes’ win over Michigan State, Meyer said he’d like to score 70 points. He nearly got his wish against a team that is known historically for having one of the best defenses. Nebraska goes as far as giving defensive starters black jerseys hence the name Blackshirts. It’s the most revered form of clothing in the football-mad state.

There’s another hue Nebraska is famous for: the Sea of Red. On Saturday night the Ohio State offensive line parted the Red Sea, opening up holes that a forklift could drive through. Miller’s longest run was 72 yards, Rod Smith had a 33-yard touchdown run and Hyde’s long run of the game totaled 23 yards.

“They are the ones that have really developed,” Meyer said of the offensive line. “I mean, like, really developed. Even early in the season I didn't feel it. I didn't feel us change the line of scrimmage against those early teams. I'm starting to feel us change the line of scrimmage.

Hyde's performance rattled memories of Eddie George. 

“We don't have a lot of depth, but Coach Warinner and those guys have something going now. They’re changing the line of scrimmage against some very good defensive lines. The last two we played, those are very good defensive lines.”

But even in the wake of the Buckeyes’ biggest win in more than a season Meyer was pumping the brakes.

“I’m very pleased with where we’re at, but I’ve also been doing this long enough to realize you can have a bad week,” he said. “I don't want to be the downer, but we're not there. We have a long way to go. And the good thing is these guys know it, and they're anxious to get into work (Sunday). To a man, they said that tonight. They can't wait to get to work (Sunday).”

Ohio State’s next opponent, Indiana, could be in for long night this coming Saturday. The Hoosiers’ defense ranks near the bottom of the country in every major defensive category. After left tackle Jack Mewhort’s comments following the game, the Memorial Stadium workers might want to buy a few extra dozen light bulbs. Mewhort said Meyer told the team shortly after he was hired that triple digits were a possibility.

While highly unlikely, it reinforces just how explosive the Ohio State offense can be. The Buckeyes had three scoring drives of 50 or more yards that took six or less plays against the Huskers.

“We definitely can do more,” Hyde said. “We started out slow, so if we didn't start out so slow and went down every time we had a possession and got points, we probably would have scored more than 63.”

Now six games into a season in which Ohio State can’t appear in the postseason, it sits at 6-0, the lone undefeated team in the Big Ten, and ranked eighth in the AP Poll. An undefeated season is within reach, especially with an offense that includes Meyer as coach and Miller as quarterback.

Might a split national title be in store?

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Larryp713's picture

My favorite Urban Meyer quote "We have a QB, obviously, that's kind of ridiculous running the ball!" That really sums it up.
I didn't read a lot of comments about it, but want to say how happy I am for Rod Smith. A kid that stuck with the program after he was told that he might not get on the field, and when he did, WOW! did he make the most of it. That TD scamper was Beanie-esque!
Our lack of depth would hurt us against elite teams, no question about that. But I can appreciate Coach Meyer's vision for what he wants this team to become, and it is going to be very fun to watch. Go Bucks!!!

Respectfully,

Larryp713

johnny11's picture

Yah watchin Smith on that run was impressive. Good story to go along with his success. The offensve line really opened up some holes. Braxton is the best runner I have seen in a long time irregardless of them being a RB or QB. His lateral quickness, downhill speed, and ability to run through arm tackles is amazing. I liked what Hyde brought to the table saturday night. He ran really physically. I would like to see more of split between him and Smith until Hall comesback. Our running backs are every talented though i really like what they all bring to the table.

Larryp713's picture

It is a tough call, the balance between splitting carries between RBs. Ideally, I would like to see Smith and Dunn get a couple of series each, with Hall out. But Hyde is proving himself as a workhorse-type feature back, and you want to make sure he has a chance to develop a rhythm for the game. I did like to see Corey Brown in a split backfield with Hyde, similar to what was envisioned if Hall was healthy. It would be interesting to see how he would do between the tackles, if our offense had a good rhythm going and the line was moving people. I can see some home run shots from him. 

Respectfully,

Larryp713

buckeyedude's picture

I agree with everyone on Smith. I'm hoping that Meyer gives the rock a lot to him and Dunn against Indiana, so they can get more game experience. Maybe it wouldn't be such a bad thing to give rest to some of these guys that have been banged up. Braxton's got to stay in at least until we get thirty points, IMO. Kenny G deserves playing time too.

 

 

Boxley's picture

What was even more impressive with Smith's run was that Nebraska knew it was going to be a run, with Smith being in there, late in the game, clock eating time, and he still blew past them for a TD

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painterlad's picture

The only time OSU scored 100 was in 1916 against Oberlin. (128-0) The last team to do it was Houston in 1968. I would like to triple digit certain teams to our north or east, but not Indiana.  I mean, that is 14 TDs, 14 PATs and a safety. Do we really want to do that to a program like Indiana?

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Doc's picture

I agree IU doesn't deserve a Hundo hung on them.  Let's save that score for the Fighting Detards.

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bwh's picture

I feel like yes, yes we do.

painterlad's picture

I guess if our back-ups were playing mop up and we just continued to score, then okay. But if Meyer keeps the starters in the entire game just to score 100, then I do have a problem with that.

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Tim's picture

Yeah, we don't want to be like Bielema rolling up 80 on Indiana just to show them up.

Squirrel Master's picture

and I don't think Urban will do that. If it gets ridiculously out of hound, Urban will bring in backups and Freshmen.
but, I am also curious if this team will come out gang busters on IU like they did 2 days ago. Can't forget the enemic offense that played the first 5 games either. They could play down to their competition in this one. If IU was ever a trap game, this would be it!
 

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bassplayer7770's picture

I agree about playing backups and Freshman, and we saw that against Miami.  I don't think the playcalling will change a lot with the backups, though.  The coaches still want the Offense to move the ball and score just like they did in the Miami game.

Squirrel Master's picture

agreed and not to mention Guiton can step right in and perform similarly to Braxton. There should be very little dropoff with the backups to a point.
I would almost, almost, say it might be a good idea to sit Braxton and give him a chance to rest his sore body! Guiton can beat Indiana. but that will never happen. I hope its a blowout early and Braxton gets to sit! Something like 35-7 at halftime!

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BrewstersMillions's picture

I'm gonna have to go and disagree with you there. I know Kenny Guiton has endeared himself to Buckeye fans but lets not go crazy. If Braxton misses extended time because of an injury there is NO evidence to support the theory that Guiton would run the offense with "very little drop off". Braxton is one of the best runners in the nation and has an absolutle six sense on when to take off, when to make cuts, or spin out of trouble. He has a sense for defender I have never seen out of an OSU QB, Troy Smith included.
I do like sitting Miller in games that are in hand but lets pull the reigns back on KG just a little.

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Squirrel Master's picture

Never said Guiton can RUN like Braxton, but I am certain Guiton can throw better than Braxton. He is solid and I am mostly basing my comment on the past backups we have seen on this team. guiton is far superior to past backups!
And yes, "very litte drop off" is what I said! Just because Braxton is probably one of the most dynamic QBs we have seen and will probably go down as one of the best ever doesn't mean Guiton isn't a quality QB in his own right. This is far from the Pryor/Bauserman starter and backup relationship. I have pure confidence Guiton can lead this team. He should have been the starter last year over Bauserman until Braxton stepped in. I blame a lot of that on Bollman and not so much as to the ability of Guiton.
Plus I am talking about Indiana! Cardale Jone could probably beat Indiana with the rest of the starters in! Could Guiton do what Braxton did against Nebraska? of course not! If Braxton does however (hopefully never) go down with an injury, I feel very comfortable with Guiton stepping in!
and lets not act like Braxton doesn't have his growing pains either! Braxton is far from perfect. Those reads on defenders that you mentioned, sometimes he makes the wrong read too!

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bassplayer7770's picture

I'm not sure I agree with your comment about Cardale.  From my understanding, he still has a lot to learn about this Offense.  It would be difficult to win a game if the Offense isn't being run efficiently by a confident QB.

OldColumbusTown's picture

Braxton has growing pains, sure.  But, he also has the ability to turn that "mis-read" into a 70-yard touchdown because he has that knack to be able to get himself out of trouble.
I agree we need to pump the brakes a bit on KG.  He has shown he can come in and make the proper read (at least as far as giving up the pitch, handing the ball off), but he has yet to really show against even a decent opponent that he can make a play.  At this point, OSU needs its QB to have the ability to make a play, because not a lot of other guys have shown it.
I feel like Guiton could come in and do an admirable job, but saying there would be little drop off may be a bit extreme, and underestimate just what Braxton Miller has shown he's able to accomplish.

Squirrel Master's picture

Listen to the words that I am typing! Against Indiana, there is little dropoff!
You guys act like Bauserman is still playing!

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BrewstersMillions's picture

In no way shape or form do I want Kenny Guiton playing extended, meaningful time. Just because he ins't Joe Bauserman doesn't mean he's going to run the offense almost as well as Braxton. Just step back from the ledge a little.

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buckeyedude's picture

Yeah, but Cardale ain't like skoo!

 

 

cbuck1's picture

KG runs the option better than Miller and he makes quicker decisions in the passing game. I dont think we'd miss a beat, just wouldnt see those dynamic runs that Miller makes. Either way, i really like the direction Urban has them goin in and its gonna be fun to watch over the next few years
 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Based on what? You are, by definition, saying Kenny Guiton is a better fit then If he runs the option and better decisions in the passing game=he's a better fit. That isn't true and I really don't think you mean that, right?
I feel like I'm taking crazy pills right now.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

You're not the only one. We all love Kenny G, but this is crazy talk.

 

Squirrel Master's picture

I never said KG is better at running the option. That I can agree Braxton is worlds better than Guiton. I am saying however he throws a better ball than Braxton! He is less hesitant to pull the trigger and I believe he leads his receiver a lot better than Braxton.
and by no means am I saying I would take Kenny over Braxton. When Pryor went down or Braxton last year, Bauserman stepped in and we all when "aw hell! there goes the game". I don't think that with Guiton. I think he can actually win with the starters. He won't get 150 yards rushing but I bet he would get 200 yards passing which Braxton struggles to even get.
I feel like I'm taking crazy pills right now because I can't believe you are actually arguing with me about letting Braxton sit against Indiana and letting Guiton play. ITS INDIANA WITH A BACKUP QB! Guiton could beat them all day with the starting offense that OSU has!
Go ahead and dock me a helmet sticker for believing in the backup QB enough to beat Indiana! I don't care, I have plenty! But its Indiana!

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BrewstersMillions's picture

You never, ever ever ever ever ever ever sit a healthy QB and not let him start. Are you saying that Ohio State should sit Miller because it is Indiana? You want Meyer to go to Miller, who by all accounts is still growing into this offense (that's scary isn't it? He is still learning it...) and say "well Brax, its Indiana....here's the clipboard.?
Because that's what it looks like you are saying...and I'm sorry but that's wrong.
For the record, I don't down vote anything, especially when its someone I disagree with. Not sure who did, but your comment that got down voted was certainly not down vote worthy. Like Shaggy says "It wasn't me"

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OldColumbusTown's picture

Agree, there's no reason to downvote someone's opinion.  That's the point of this entire site, no?
Anyway, I understand where you are coming from Squirrel (being that it is IU), but Sparty's defense even struggled with the IU offense for a half.  Guiton, again, SEEMS to be a good backup and adequate QB, but what have we seen that indicates he could come in and throw for 200 yards? 
The WR's aren't getting a ton of separation right now as is, save for the play-action.  You know why the secondary/linebackers are jumping on the play-action?  Mostly because of the threat of Braxton tucking the ball and causing all sorts of commotion with his legs.
OSU could grind out the victory against Indiana, but I just wouldn't bet a lot of money on this offense still being as explosive as we have seen lately if KG is under center as opposed to Braxton.  Again, I think maybe there is an underestimation of just how good Braxton Miller has been so far this season.

Squirrel Master's picture

Maybe not as explosive but I believe it will be more consistent. Come on, despite how amazing Braxton is you are aware he is inconsistent sometimes. but you are missing my point!
You guys are taking this as a slight to Braxton! At what point did I underestimate Braxton? Maybe you are underestimating Guiton? Did you think by chance, concievably that OSU might have TWO capable QBs? Read back and see if I am saying anything derogitory about Braxton or am I just trumpeting the backup. Could Guiton be good enough to start for many other teams but just might be not as good as Braxton? More of a 1b as opposed to a 2?
I will end with this, Urban actually said that he might put both Guiton and Braxton on the field at the same time! That tells me Urban believes in Guiton a lot. Enough to be comfortable to let him play a game if anything (hopefully not) happens to Braxton. I think Urban believes in Guiton enough to be a starting QB. It just so happens that he has a human joystick for his #1. A human joystick that has been hurt in the past 2 games to the point that one time we all were concerned he had an ACL.

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Boxley's picture

I agree with your point that KG would be more than an adequate backup for Brax. I get what you are saying in that regard.
I believe we had a really good backup QB that left and went to Clemson who is doing fairly well. just because they are not getting game time does not mean they are not good (Shazier last year).
What SM is saying is that against IU, KG would do just fine. Brax is definitely limping and is slowed from the MSU game. Let him rest the second half because November is going to be tough.
tell me how would you feel if we were up 20 on IU and kept Brax in, and he got hurt and could not play the next game or two. I imagine you ALL would wish he had been taken out and replaced then.
KG needs more live game time if he is to be effective in the crunch should Brax get hurt. It is smart to get him some game time when you can. IU presents that opportunity.

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Squirrel Master's picture

Health is my point actually. Braxton may be ready to play but I am certain he is not 100%. I am saying sit Braxton because of his sore overworked body. If there was a time to give the guy a break, it is this game. Braxton has taken a beating these past 2 weeks. If Braxton was absolutely healthy and wasn't getting knocked around like we have been seeing, then absolutely do not sit him.
I don't find it at all implausible for Urban to walk up to Braxton and say "you need a rest. We are going to need you for the rest of the season so I want you to sit this one out and get some rest now." Obviously Urban has some trust in Guiton or he would have called a timeout Saturday before making the decision to run 2 straight plays with Guiton. and don't give me the all Guiton did was hand the ball off. It was first and goal inside the 5. Braxton would be handing that ball off on first down too! Urban would have no problems having Guiton throw the ball
I know you didn't brewster! I was speaking in general for whoever did downvote my comment! I don't care! I speak my mind and talk about stuff that I believe makes sense. Sitting a banged up Braxton for INDIANA isn't too ridiculous to me. Will it happen? no

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Boxley's picture

This^^^^^.
Save Brax for when he is needed and don't risk him when the game is in hand.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

buckeye76BHop's picture

What I mean by this Brew (who sure seems to be quite the agruing gent these days) that he runs the option better because....he pitches the ball.  Miller just started pitching it in the Neb game.  He wasn't trusting his players/rbs.  I also agree with some that why play him when we're up by four scores...makes no sense.  He's going to get injured and I guess then we'll see how good KG is...won't we.  Chill Brew...I like you man but man you get fired up about simple comments...

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BrewstersMillions's picture

There might be some confusion. I'm not saying keep Braxton in the entire time against Indiana. If OSU is up by a comfortable margain, then yes-take a seat young man. I was adressing the notion of sitting him all together against Indiana-which would be a move no coach has ever done to a healthy QB. I would bet all $452 of my life savings that no QB has ever been a 'healthy scratch' from a lineup.
That was my contention. Also-Kenny Guiton simply pitching the ball isn't enough for me. Braxton Miller does EVERYTHING better than Kenny Guiton in the Meyer offense. What you said was "KG runs the option better than Miller and he makes quicker decisions in the passing game". You left out that second part. Your words not mine dude-Kenny Guiton does neither of those things better. Kenny Guiton should not start if Miller is health against Indiana or anyone else. He's a trust worthy player in a pinch but he's nothing more than that.

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Squirrel Master's picture

This was the original comment that started this whole topic,

I would almost, almost, say it might be a good idea to sit Braxton and give him a chance to rest his sore body! Guiton can beat Indiana. but that will never happen. I hope its a blowout early and Braxton gets to sit! Something like 35-7 at halftime!

I said sit Braxton because we can see he is not fully healthy. I also said little drop off to a point in regards to the Indiana Game. What buckeye76 is arguing I have no idea. Guiton isn't better than Braxton at anything, I just think he is good enough to beat Indiana and let Brax get a rest.

 

 
 

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Doc's picture

The offense is starting to come together.  Maybe against tha Hoosiers we can work on our passing game a bit.  I'm still concerned with the amount of points and yards the defense is giving up, but they look to be improving as well.
I was so glad to see the touchdown at the end of the game.  I was hoping Urban would continue with his foot on the gas and not go into victory formation.  Hanging 63 points on "Ol Sourpuss" Pelini was epic.  I bet he will remember this trip to Ohio Stadium.

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headina's picture

There will never be a revenge game either because they don't play for a few years. He will be fired long before that

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Alhan's picture

They might get a chance at a revenge game in a couple years in a B1G championship game. It will be interesting to see how they do against MSU and UM.

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QBYBuckeye's picture

I was disappointed with the defense until I rewatched the game.  The Defense actually played a heck of a good game when you consider two of Nebraska's 1st half scoring drives started around the Ohio State 30 yard line.  The other two included one 70+ yard play, each.  And we played most of the game without Sabino ...
I don't like giving up the big play, and I like shutting down the other team, but give Nebraska some credit.
I feel pretty good about this win except for Sabino's injury ...
 

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painterlad's picture

Exactly. We gave up some big plays and 38 points is never acceptable, but for the most part we played excellent defense. In fact, a number of their drives continued due to questionable calls by the officials.

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bassplayer7770's picture

Yeah, I didn't quite understand the Roughing the Passer calls.  To me, it seemed like Martinez was hit immediately after releasing the ball.

bwh's picture

Defense didn't play "lights" out and provide a shutout, but they got a LOT of three and outs. Considering how fast our offense moved, it kept the defense on the field, and they did some serious work.
The first possession for Nebraska was truely lights out, as the defense just smacked them senseless.
This is a defense that everyone bitched and moaned about for the first few games (including fire Fickell, Vrabel, Withers, comments). But it held Michigan State and smacked them around, and now did the same to Nebraska.
The offense would not have had time on the clock to score so many points if the defense didn't keep forcing Nebraska to punt again and again. They continue to take leaps and bounds every single game.
 
I love the way the defense is shaping up. They grew when it mattered, and that says something about the great players AND the great coaches.

OSUBias's picture

We got 4 3 and outs for the game. I don't think that is a ton (our o had 4 3 and outs and a 4 and out on the fake punt misfire). The TO's we forced were more impressive, I thought, along with the big negative plays we forced them into.

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Alhan's picture

My only complaint about the defense's performance is they still haven't been getting their arms up and wrapping up. There were still multiple whiffs due to this in the game on Saturday. Someone needs to show them a Wolverine pic (the comic, not th stupid mascot).

That being said, I agree they are improving and can't wait to watch them again!

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buckeyedude's picture

Man, look at all of the love for Sabino!

 

 

bassplayer7770's picture

It was great to see the Offense really hit their stride in the 2nd Quarter.  It seemed to me they really turned it up once they started playing at a faster tempo.
It was also great to see Guiton come in again and finish off a scoring drive.

Bucksfan's picture

Might a split national title be in store?

We'll need to do a lot of ass-kissing to the media that we absolutely hate.  It's such a corrupted system that I don't really know what a split national title gets you other than arguments with whoever won the BCS title game.  We'll have to look awesome, especially in November, and the other teams are going to have to lose a game late.  If Ohio State is the only undefeated team, they might get the nod.  Might.

buckeyedude's picture

I don't really care what the voters "think."
If we were to go undefeated, I'd be one happy camper!

 

 

Boxley's picture

Split NC, Not going to happen, did you look at Alabama's remaining schedule, one ranked team. They can easily go undefeated, same as South Carolina. Except only one of them goes past the other in the SEC champonship game.
No way we get a sniff at a spllt NC.

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toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Technically, the OSU offense scored only 49 points, not 63. One TD was scored on a pick, the other on special teams (punt runback). Still, Meyer's offense was tremendous. No arguments from me about the guys who took the corn out of the Cornhuskers.

nickma71's picture

And next year Jalin Marshall will be the utility do all player. If for some bizzare reason you haven't seen him, go to youtube. He runs the zone read in HS, but won't be QB at OSU. At least I think the Texas kid will.

Squirrel Master's picture

Marshall has the potential to (start/replace Hall) right away next year. I don't see him playing QB unless it is a HB toss or something.
But we must not forget JT Barrett. JT is the north south runner that would be somewhat comparable to a certain ex gator. Like in 2006, Braxton starts but the occassional QB dive from JT wouldn't be unexpected IMO!

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headina's picture

Also how great is it to see TDs instead of FGs. 

GO BUCKS

Squirrel Master's picture

and we thought there wasn't a conservative bone in Urban's body! "kind of ridiculous running the ball"...Braxton is VERY ridiculous running the ball! Urban needs to let go of the underhyping Braxton bit. We and everyone else knows by now what that kid can do!

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OldColumbusTown's picture

Yeah, talk about understatement of the year!

dtanmango's picture

It is definitely an exciting time to be watching the Buckeyes!
My one concern was that one run where Braxton Miller broke out for a run towards the end zone in the first half and seemed to slow down and look around behind him before he got tackled, he seemed slower than usual, but that may have just been the camera angle. Anyone else see that?
-dtan

-dtan

BuckGuy003's picture

If you watch the play from behind he buckles ever so slightly before he breaks away, looks like the knee could still be bothering him. Without that he would have been gone. Later in the game he had a run for a touchdown where he looked like himself again.

Boxley's picture

That was my exact thought too. Since when does anyone run him down from behind in the open field. That is why i think he should suit the second half against IU.
Let KG take a few hits and let Brax - relax. Save him for the next week. We still face PSU, Wisky, Meatxxxn, all good defenses and hitters.

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