Meyer Presser Recap: Indiana

By Kyle Rowland on October 8, 2012 at 12:42p

In a weekly talking point, Ohio State is 6-0 and is likely to be favored in its final six games. Just two weeks ago, after four lackluster outings against inferior non-conference teams, there was panic in Buckeye Nation. But consecutive wins over ranked opponents – one on the road and one that resulted in 63 points scored – have given way to 12-0 talk. 

The only undefeated coach in OSU history. 

It’s a record that’s become entirely realistic, and Urban Meyer, Tom Herman, Ed Warinner and Braxton Miller are the main reasons why. That’s not to say the defense should be held out of the discussion – Ryan Shazier, John Simon and Co. have held their own.

The schedule the next four weeks has road games at Indiana and Penn State and home games versus Purdue and Illinois. Unless something goes terribly wrong with Ohio State, it will enter the final two weeks of the season – at Wisconsin and home against Michigan – 10-0.

But week after week, players and coaches have kept the one-game-at-time mentality. That will stick even being a 17-point road favorite.

Two Buckeyes earned player of the week honors by the Big Ten Conference. Carlos Hyde earned co-offensive player of the week honors after rushing for a career-high 140 yards and career-best four touchdowns. Corey “Philly” Brown, after his 76-yard punt return, was named special teams player of the week.

Offensive Champions: Hyde (player of the game), Zach Boren, Corey Brown, Jack Mewhort, Corey Linsley and Andrew Norwell. Hyde off. player of the game.

Defensive Champions: Bradley Roby, John Simon (co-players of the game) and Christian Bryant. Roby and Simon are co-def. players of the game.

Special Teams Champions: Brown (player of the game), Armani Reeves, Drew Basil, Zach Domicone, Devan Bogard and Rod Smith.

  • Etienne Sabino will miss four weeks with a broken bone in his right leg. Meyer calls Sabino's injury "a tremendous blow." Sabino had surgery on his fibula and a plate was inserted.
  • Meyer was very happy with the atmosphere and crowd in Ohio Stadium on Saturday. He said it was a game he had circled since he saw the schedule when he became head coach.
  • Kerry Coombs has coached in the Sugar and Orange Bowl but said neither compared to Saturday night's game.
  • The effort from the team was good, Meyer said, but the execution can still improve.
  • Bryant graded out 91 percent. Meyer said he can still improve on his missed tackles, though.
  • Simon continues to get healthy, and Meyer said Saturday was his best game of the season.
  • Meyer calls Boren the best leader on the team. He said he's instrumental in practice and during the games on the field and sideline.
  • Kerry Coombs calls the OSU kick overage team piranhas because they aren't big enough to be sharks.
  • The stakes for this season are much higher now, Meyer said. Ohio State is undefeated and a top-10 football team. He said it's not hidden from the team.
  • At the same time, though, Meyer doesn't want his team talking or thinking AP national championship yet.
  • Meyer said the starting offensive line is playing very well, but the backups are non-functional. If someone gets hurt, the depth is an issue.
  • Meyer said Taylor Decker, Chase Farris and Antonio Underwood should be ready to play if needed, but they're not.
  • "This is as good as I've felt about an offensive line in a while." –Meyer
  • Braxton Miller is still not a Heisman candidate. Meyer said if Miller continues to play at a high level, he could be a candidate.
  • Meyer anticipates the Ohio State defense playing a lot of nickel against Indiana.
  • Ricquan Southward lost his love for the game and wanted to be closer to home, while Jamie Wood is having his second shoulder injury this season. His career may or may not be over.
  • Cardale Jones was suspended for the Nebraska game because of an “ignorant comment,” Meyer said.
  • Meyer had a lot of positive things to say about Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson. He’s coached against him several times, when Wilson was at Northwestern and Oklahoma. Meyer said IU is a program on the rise.
  • On Ohio State’s first couple punts, Meyer said he saw a weakness in the Nebraska punt return unit and that OSU needed a momentum shift. That's what prompted the fake punt. He said his son, Nate, was not pleased that the fake punt failed.
  • With Sabino out, Meyer said the freshmen linebackers have to step up. But he said they haven’t shown consistency so far, should be farther along in their development.
  • Meyer said he still pays attention to what Florida is doing. He said he will always be a Gator. Meyer wouldn’t get into the ‘cupboard is bare argument.’ Instead, he called it the opinion of one man. 
  • Orhian Johnson doesn't realize how much talent he has., according to Meyer. He said Johnson needs to play more loose.
  • Jordan Hall's status for Saturday is up in the air.
  • The kick coverage unit has a race in practice each Thursday and a winner is crowned.
  • Coombs said Zach Domicone has emerged as a leader of the kick coverage unit.
  • The idea on Ohio State’s kickoffs is to intentionally not kick it out of the end zone because they're so confident in the coverage unit can tackle the returner inside the 15- or 20-yard line.
  • Coombs and Meyer have raved about the hang time Basil get on his kickoffs.
  • Meyer said Ben Buchanan’s hang time on punts has to improve.
  • Coombs coached at Cincinnati and his son still plays there. He said he is very proud of the Bearcats and that he recruited 60 percent of the team.
  • Ohio State’s cornerbacks carry themselves with a lot of confidence - Coombs said he never wants to coach a corner who isn't cocky or lacking swagger. Coombs said it’s a recipe to get beat.
  • "I think Bradley's a first-round draft pick down the road." –Coombs
  • Tim Hinton said he doesn't know how recruits' blood didn't boil from the atmosphere on Saturday night.
  • Hinton said he had chills during quick cals.
  • Hinton said the momentum OSU has received from on-field play and media coverage has translated into positive recruiting.

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Ethos's picture

What a great game!  I had the pleasure of watching it at a Nebraska alum owned bar and had a great time, up until Meyer put in that last TD.  I decided to leave quickly after that one...Meyer, think of us little guys before you go doing that!

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

QBYBuckeye's picture

It was a base run play.  Nebraska should have stopped it, but they quit before the final whistle.

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Ethos's picture

if that were Indiana or some other team out there that didn't beat us last year, I have a feeling the V formation would of been sufficient.

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

GoBucks713's picture

With 1;30 left and Brasky with 2 TO, you run the play and leave it up to the D to stop the run. I think a different argument could be made if a pass play were called.

-The Aristocrats!

btalbert25's picture

Honestly, Pellini wasn't going to use those TO's.  He let a ton of time run off the clock before they ran that last play.  I get it, 2 TO's and time left etc, but a knee would of sufficed there.  Pellini wasn't calling a TO because he already hadn't taken one.
I'm not saying it was good or bad that the offense ran another player, I'm just pointing out everyone keeps saying, they had TO's still, they had to run a play, and I'd say the absolutely didn't have to, Pellini bowed out.  At least to me that was pretty clear.

tennbuckeye19's picture

FWIW: I watched Pelini's post-game presser and he was asked about OSU's last TD, and he basically said " I didn't have a problem with it, they ran a running play and we didn't stop them, I guess they could've taken a knee, but you gotta play till the game's over."

btalbert25's picture

He didn't act or looked all that pissed about it either, other than he always looks like he's kind of pissed about something.  I thought it was pretty clear he wouldn't take a time out, that's all I was pointing out.  It wasn't neccessary to run another play as others keep saying.  I didn't have a problem with it, and  doubt Urban Meyer really worries if any of us on 11W had a problem with it or not so all the arguing that has gone on about it is pretty poinless I guess. 
I just didn't think Ohio State HAD to run that play, like a lot of people keep claiming.  I'm glad they hung 60 on a good team.  Hope they hang another 60 against a bad team this weekend.

RBuck's picture

I have no problem with the last TD. This game was first time the offense was really clicking and running on all cylinders. Let them know what it's like when they're truly functional.

Long live the southend.

RedQueenRace's picture

Honestly, Pellini wasn't going to use those TO's.  He let a ton of time run off the clock before they ran that last play.  I get it, 2 TO's and time left etc, but a knee would of sufficed there.  Pellini wasn't calling a TO because he already hadn't taken one.

Exactly.   On top of that Nebraska did not look like they expected us to run a play until they saw Miller in the shotgun instead of behind center and started scrambling to line up.  That is why Hyde was able to bounce it outside so easily.
One day a player will get seriously hurt on one of these unnecessary plays.  That is the day attitudes will change.

QBYBuckeye's picture

Sabino will be missed, but there are some talented Freshmen to fill in.  They should be adequate for the next four games and they will get some valuable PT.  Let's hope Sabino is back for the last two games.  I am beginning to like our chances of running the table, since we have already had our "let down" games.

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

 A night game at The Shoe is the best recruiting tool we have.   Combine that with Urban's sorcery, a huge win and an Electric crowd-what's not to like?

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

bhardy22132's picture

The most complete game these guys have played all season. Didnt completely rely on Braxton to get the job done and the secondary did their job. If they continue to play like they did on saturday night then 12-0 will def. happen.

DallasTheologian's picture

Most complete game, and it was still only 3 quarters of offense. Imagine what they can do when they start the game in sync

DallasTheologian's picture

Bogard was a beast on Special Teams. He really layed the wood on Abdullah a couple times. Absolutely love that unit.

buck-I.8's picture

Abdullah may very well be the best return guy we see all year, so it was nice that he only got one actual productive return

lippertini's picture

I'm shocked that so many people are just assuming we'll win AT Penn St.  Remember, we barely beat Cal at home, and will be playing a true freshman instead of Sabino at LB, and PSU beat a very decent Northwestern team Saturday (that I would not like our Buckeyes to face!). 
We should be favorites, but we look past this game at our own risk!

tennbuckeye19's picture

Who's looking past Penn State? I have no problem saying OSU will go into UN-Happy Valley and win, but you have to take it one game at a time. Right now beating IU this coming weekend is what I am focused on. 

Squirrel Master's picture

I'm more concerned with who OSU is playing this week. PSU is a few weeks away.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

btalbert25's picture

I didn't think Penn State looked that great against Northwestern.  The beat a team, in Northwestern who barely beat Syracuse and wasn't terribly impressive in wins against the likes of Vandy and Boston College.  I guess they did thump South Dakota and beat Indiana by 15 though, but Northwestern is what they always are.  An ok team that will lose 3 or 4 in or more in conference play.
I don't think Penn State's RB is going to be nearly as successful on this D-Line as he was against Northwestern's.  It was really pretty hard to watch Northwestern's D in the 4th quarter of that game.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Not to mention McGroin's favorite band is Nickelback. 

SLVRBLLTS's picture

I'm curious what our Nickel formation will look like without Sabino. Is Josh Perry ready to play Will in a Nickel? That's a huge exposure for a spread offense like Indiana. I can't see it happening, but if we lose a trap game like this I see Sabino's injury being a factor.

"Because we couldn't go for three"

bassplayer7770's picture

I assume you meant to ask if Josh Perry is ready to play SAM?  Shazier is the WILL.  Regardless, that is a good question.

Squirrel Master's picture

I asked a similar question before but more so is it going to be Perry out there during nickel or is it going to be Klein? I know Klein is the Mike but they might be more confident with him out there than Perry.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

bassplayer7770's picture

During the presser, I think Coach Meyer said Klein would likely stay in for the Nickel package.  With Indy's passing game, I wonder if we'll see more press coverage again this week.

Squirrel Master's picture

If Barnett can get healthy, I wouldn't mind 6 DBs with Shazier. The way Barnett and Bryant hit, they could cover a possible run play. I just think Klein is too damn slow and the freshmen aren't ready for it.
but exactly, I expect Klein to be in on the nickel and Perry having a seat. Hopefully Perry will blossom like Shazier did last year!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

BriGuy's picture

The big thing is, Klein is getting better every week and more confidant. I think he's doing a decent job considering he's been injured for the last 2 fall camps (okay one of the he wasnt injured but kicked off the team) and all of last spring practice.

Silverbuck8's picture

Nathan Williams has been used occasionally on passing downs at LB as well, may see him more often.

Buckeyejason's picture

Good stuff! 
I guess Josh Perry will have "baptism by fire" as they say. Sometime that's the best way to develop and see what your made of. The kid is big, smart and athletic..I think he'll be fine.


AllDay028's picture

I'm going to be really worried about this LB unit going forward, especially against Michigan if Sabino doesn't make a full recovery.

thatlillefty's picture

After an exciting win and an electric atmosphere in the 'Shoe, it will be interesting to see if any recruits commit this week.
Kerry Comb's comment reminded me of a tweet I read on Sunday (via Timothy Burke, @bubbaprog): "Ohio, Ohio State and Cincinnati all made the Sweet 16 this year. Now their football teams are a combined 16-0." And with the Reds up 2-0 on the Giants, a NLCS is almost immanent!
Not a bad time to be an Ohio sports fan.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Unless you're a Cleveland sports fan like me...
But hey, the Browns have a new owner and Trent Richardson has been good thus far, Terry Francona was hired to manage the Indians, and Kyrie Irving is awesome, so who knows.

Dougger's picture

Feel bad for Sabino, was really starting to impress. Wish him a quick recovery, and hopefully those who fill in for him really step up

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NC_Buckeye's picture

Would Sabino qualify for a medical redshirt if he was out the rest of the season? I'd hate to see a senior go out that way? Especially one who was starting to get in a groove after many, many starts and stops.

Squirrel Master's picture

I believe this is about the same time when Shazier had to step in and fill the starter position at Will last year. He did pretty well from my recollection! Perhaps Perry or someone else can step up like that.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

GR8TBUCKS's picture

Once a player plays more than 25% of a season (3 games) in the case of football, he is no longer elegible for a medical redshirt. So Sabino cannot redshirt medically. I think the RB Hall is at about that point, I think he has played in three games or parts of three games. I can't recall if he has been here more than four years-I don't know if he redshirted or not. If he did then he'd have to apply for a sixth year through the NCAA and it is not automatically granted. But it is likely a moot point since he is likely coming back to play in two weeks if not this week. They will probably let him rest his knee this week and bring him back against Purdue.


Urban John Simon Meyer's picture

Meyer said he still pays attention to what Florida is doing. He said he will always be a Gator.

There is a line in Casablanca where Rick tells Ilsa, "I wouldn't mention Paris; it's poor salesmanship."
I feel the same way here. I love you Urban, but let's not bring up the Florida thing ever again. I've worked hard and found it in my soul to forgive you for the whole 41-14 thing. Let's call bygones bygones and move on with our honeymoon.

bassplayer7770's picture

I'm pretty sure a reporter asked him about Florida, so is he supposed to just ignore the question?

scarpenter614's picture

This and The Game in 2006 and 2004 are by far the best sporting events i've ever been to.  I had never heard the "O-H-I-O-rip his @&$!ing head off!" chant before and when i went back and watched the game again on dvr I could hear it somewhat which is awesome.  I got some food during halftime so I missed the nedouchka kicker interrupting TBDBITL so I was even happier we went for the 9th TD after finding out.  
I was so glad someone brought up the fact that Florida has gone 6-0 entirely with Urban's recruits.  I don't have anything against Muschamp but Bianchi and the ppl saying Urb left them with no talent are just plain wrong and it's starting to show.  And despite still hating UF and the stupid gator chomp, their success this year with his players plus our success thus far makes it really clear that this guy is the real deal and the Buckeye tradition is in good hands.