Debriefing: Indiana

By Jeff Beck on October 14, 2012 at 9:00a

You were ready to file it in the win column. Then things got weird. Let's talk about it. This is your Indiana Debriefing.

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

This one started off like Ohio State was actually playing Indiana, as the Buckeyes drove 75 yards on their first possession for six. With three minutes left in the opening quarter, the good guys were up 10-0 and everything looked smashing. Unfortunately, on the Hoosiers’ next possession Ohio State’s wet paper bag D made their presence known, as Indiana’s Stephen Houston broke off a 59-yard rush (largely untouched) for a score. Ben Buchanan had his next punt blocked and Indiana quickly punched it in pulling them ahead 14-10 as thousands of fans face-palmed across Ohio. The offense continued to sputter, but a vengeful Travis Howard blocked punt and subsequent Bradley Roby recovery for a TD put the Buckeyes ahead, 17-14. The play woke up the Scarlet and Gray offense, inspiring the unit to score on their next two possessions with a Miller to Devin (hands like a fryin’ pan) Smith 60-yard TD and a nifty Braxton 67-yard rush for six to make it 31-17. 

Unfortunately, the Buckeye D wasn’t interested in a blowout, giving up a 76-yard TD scamper to Cleveland Glenville product Shane Wynn. On OSU’s next possession, a late hit on Braxton took the sophomore out for the series and Kenny (“The Closer” and/or “Kenny G”) Guiton came in to do what he does best: marshal the team into the end zone. The Bucks punched in another TD to begin the fourth and it seemed like the rout was on at 45-27….not so much.

The two teams traded scores (shout-out to Devin Smith who atoned for his case of the dropsies with a pretty YAC performance on a 46-yard TD) and it was 52-34. With roughly 4 minutes left in the game this one looked OVA, so much so that the Buckeye D felt it would be a good time to space out and think about cats or whatever. The unit seemingly took the next two possessions off giving up a TD, an onside kick recovery, a TD and a two-point conversion (wow that was as painful to type as it was to watch). It took a (Don’t call me) Philly Brown onside kick recovery with a minute left to ice this one for good, and the Buckeyes left Bloomington with 7 wins and 0 losses.

The abridged version: Carlos Hyde is a beast, Braxton Miller is a beast, Devin Smith hates Miller’s Heisman campaign (DROPS!), Zach Boren led the team in tackles (?) and this Buckeye D isn’t very good (see: Zach Boren led the team in tackles).

Heard at the tailgate (The talk before the game)

“Columbus West! It’s gonna be a slaughter.”

“WVU lost…#Braxton4Heisman!”

No one: “We’ll need to recover an onside kick in the waning seconds to win it.”

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

Pumpkin BrosOSU nearly turned into a pumpkin Saturday night.

“This defense is AMC’s Walking Dead. Everyone. Is. Injured.”

“Why didn’t anyone tell me Indiana was ranked 26th in the nation in total offense?”

“Maybe that pizza guy was right.”

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

Carlos Hyde (yo kids, Hyde yo wives). End of story. His statline: 22 rushes for 156 yards and a score and 2 receptions for 27 yards and a score.

He averaged 7.1 yards per carry. Wow.

Over the last two games he has scored 6—yes 6—TDs and rushed for 296 total yards. Feed. Him. The. Rock.

Weekly Snot Knocker

Not too many mucus looseners in this one, so I guess we’ll have to go with this:

In the middle of the third quarter, Braxton barely got rid of the football before being de-cleated by 6’3’’, 294 lbs DT Adam Replogle. But, since Braxton’s body is made from the same stuff as this guy, he was able to pick himself up from the turf and continue to play Heisman-level football.

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

Despite the drops, I just can’t quit you, Devin Smith.



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

This one is twofold. In the third quarter, Braxton threw a #NeverShouldaThrownIt in the red zone that was picked off by CB Greg Heban. Three plays later Indiana’s Shane Wynn took it to the house:



Jim Tressel’s Least Favorite Moment of the game

Indiana’s Isaiah Roundtree blocked Ben Buchanan’s punt. Jim was listening to the game via one of these bad boys on his way to pick up some Werther’s Originals when he got the news. He snarled in disgust and whispered, “Werther’s can wait” under his breath as he turned around to head for home.

What you texted your friend at the end of each quarter


Second Quarter: Bradley Roby for president. Kid is a first rounder!

Third Quarter: Are Braxton Miller and Devin Smith in a fight?

Fourth Quarter: How do you feel about Fickell’s job security?

It was over when

Corey Brown fell on Indiana’s onside kick with roughly a minute left in the game.

I rewrote this section three times.

It wasn’t pretty, but it was a W. Looks like the offense might be tasked with outscoring everyone for the rest of the season #MichiganFlow. This has been your Indiana Debriefing…end transmission.


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humble0ne's picture

Well done, Jeff!
  I wonder what a game would be like with a healthy Silver Bullets defense that plays up to its potential, and an offense that plays all four quarters without ridiculous drops, fumbles and interceptions.  It would be 150-0 with Kenny G coming in at half time.  I would love to seem them put it all together against TTUN.  I am really interested in how they are going to change up the defense for Purdue, the inventor of the spread offense.  Should be an interesting week of practice for the Silver Bullets.

"It is foolish to expect a young man to follow your advice and ignore your example." --Don Meyer Hall of Fame NAIA Basketball Coach

Jeff Beck's picture

Thanks, completely agree. Practice for the D needs to change in order to produce on Saturdays. Purdue week just became a lot scarier.

buckeyedude's picture

I don't know if it's been said yet, but that OSU defense was offensive last night. And not in a good way.
And the INT by Braxton in the end zone eventually led to a TD by IU. A 14 point swing for Indiana.
I told you all to give El Guapo some love before the season. He's doing well.
And, I think Smith was running well too, but I fear he may be back in the doghouse after yet another case of the dropsies. Just when we thought he might have turned a corner.



btalbert25's picture

Dude, I have been touting Hyde for a long time.  I think he's a hell of an RB and I'm glad he's getting the opportunity to show it now.  I agree with you on Braxton's TD, but I think the player the bugged me the most last night was Devin Smith.  We talk about ways for Braxton to not take hits all the time, well one good way to be sure he doesn't is for the WR's to haul in sure TD passes.  Smith had a great night with his 2 catches, but if he hauls in the other Ohio State scores in the 60's again and Braxton has damn near 300 yards passing.  More importantly, he doesn't have to take any more snaps and potential hits. I know he's not always on target, but damn when he hits you in the hands, in stride you have to haul the damn ball in!

BuckeyeNation's picture

Meyer stated that spread offenses is what's giving his defense fits. I don't get it... isn't this what they practice against ever week? 

Shaun OSU's picture

No, teams do not typically practice first team vs first team during the season. In training camp, yes, but during the season they practice against scout teams that imitate what the coming week's opponent likes to run.

BuckeyeNation's picture

Though you may be right Shaun, I still find it extremely ironic that the coaches are having problems defending the very concept of their own offense.

BeijingBucks's picture

I'm still internalizing the fact our fb had the most tackles!?!?
then again playing (I see dead people) the aforementioned zombie class D doesn't result in a lot of tackles to go around. Or picks. Or punt protection. Or... Ok this isn't fun typing anymore as the similarities are too real. 
I have no illusion like so many on these boards that simply firing fick is the answer. That being said. The responsibility for the D is on the head coach in the end. Good management takes responsibility for everyone under him. Let's see what UFM stepping into their meetings does. Clearly there is something amiss on the D side and it's only partly health. I'd make em practice more against the 1st team til they learn how to defense a spread O. But what do I no?
It's gonna come down to Urbz decision whether our D is improving or being outschemed... ergo whether a new New D coord is warranted. Right now we have no illusions we are ready for the big time. 
Cbus can't handle another year of this D... Not enough liquor in the State to assuage wounded pride, humiliation and disgust (what are we WVU now?)
and this much justifiable vitriol for an undefeated team???!!!! Just. Wow. 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

Jdadams01's picture

The two things we are struggling on (D and LBs) are Fickell's responsibility. I think he needs to be given just the LBs. obviously both are too much.

buckeyedude's picture

I don't think Boren is going back to offense the rest of the season, after yesterday. This was his FIRST DAY playing LB in how many years and he gets the most tackles?!
And to all of you saying, "it can't get any worse, put in all of the true freshmen and play for next year!": A lot of mistakes were made by true freshmen on defense.  I don't think thats the answer.



btalbert25's picture

Boren is becoming one of my all time favorite Buckeyes.  Dude hasn't played a snap of LB in college and looked pretty good last night.  Even more important than looking pretty good though, was just the fact that he was willing to do that.  He'll do anything for the team and I love that.  Those are the guys you need on the field, not just true freshman so they'll be better next year, as if that really corresponds to better play for next year. 
I want the guys who make the team the best, and I want the guys who are working their asses off to get there.  If a true freshman is busting his hump in practice and earns PT, then yes I believe that can make him better for next season, but just giving him the job simply because he'll be around next year will do nothing but put him in a position to fail.  He'll get significant time on the field sure, but he's going to get burnt and make mistakes which could be more damaging to the player's development. If a freshman earns the PT, yeah send him out there, but don't just willy nilly hand out PT because the guy will be here next year. 

southbymidwest's picture

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. This. This. This.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture


"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

cplunk's picture

You might be right. He was a little tentative in his reactions and was way out of position several times, but for a first game on one week's practice it was solid. The best part is that he is a leader. As he gets more confident on D, I can see him yelling at some guys and helping wake things up. There are a lot of scheme and technique issues going on, but there are some effort ones too and a leader would really go a long way toward fixing that part.
I hope he still plays some O though. I love watching him block. He's a super stud blocker with great reads and superior technique.
Whatever he does, wherever he plays, he's a true asset and I'm glad we have him

vincennes buckeye's picture

i was at the game last night and philly brown was lucky to recover that onside kick!he tripped over his own feet and just happened to fall on the ball.defense is pathetic.we need to b more aggressive and attack instead of reacting to what the offense does.if i was def coach i would b worrying about my job.

vincennes buckeye

Boom777's picture

Can Tressel come back as DC. Just wondering

Wherever you are, there you be!

buckeyedude's picture

No. He cannot. But even if he could, he would not take an assistant coaching job.



Boom777's picture

A boy can dream...

Wherever you are, there you be!

Boom777's picture

A boy can dream...

Wherever you are, there you be!

BuckeyeEd's picture

I hate to say it....but our talent cannot be that bad or young...I have to cast the most blame on the "D" coaching Staff. Sure would be nice to put JT in (I know...4 more years suspended) as our only "D" coordinator. The Combo of Urban's Offense and "The Vest's Defense" would knock the SEC off their mountain top. Nice Dream anyway. Hope Urban atleast gives him a call.....He might have some useful insight.
Good news is we are 7-0 and the "O" is the best I have ever seen out of my Bucks....and I have watched them for 50 years, and they are going to get better.

ek68's picture

I have a hard time believing the the LB recruits from last year are that bad. With what I saw last night, how can they be any worse? Who coaches or is heavily involved in special teams? Inside the 10 yard line & throw an interception? How many dropped balls on offense & defense. I was totally amazed at their play. Defending the spread offense is our Achilles heel. We will continue to bend & hope we don't break. Hope offense will continue to score more points than their opponent. Hope special teams will hold up. GO BUCKS!! 




Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Re: Carlos Hyde. Feed. Him. The Rock.

I said this at least 7 times last night. Get out of my head, Mr. Beck.

Jeff Beck's picture

Great minds think alike.

Poe McKnoe's picture

The worst part about that Shane Wynn touchdown is Christian Bryant knowing how fast he is and being unable to do anything about it.

baddogmaine's picture

I couldn't see the game, the B1GN is still not available in Maine, so all I could do is watch the play-by-play being posted on the on-line four-letter network. The punt block is not an exception, as the second time this season it is an issue that Meyer can not, CAN NOT ignore. The defense is WVU bad. From the start of the year the Silver Bullets have turned decent QBs into Heisman candidates, and it has consistently been forgiven because we have outscored the opponents. Just win baby! Annd after NE I thought we could win that way. But we didn't just let IN score, we actually helped them do it. Not just the failing to cover an obvious on-side kick, though that was not the first one of those for us this year. It was two personal fouls with two minutes left, and Hankins turning a third and 10 into a third and five with an offsides, not the first one of those either.
There are no more excuses - this defense is just bad. It's really bad statistically, and it is bad situationally. It has been under-par from the start and for Meyer to just now say that he will take a personal interest is a bit late in the game. Yes, I know about the injuries but other teams suffer injuries and don't so often let short crossing routes turn into long TDs.
As we saw yesterday in Lubock good offenses can be stopped by good defenses and if WVU got manhandled as they did it may be just a matter of time before it happens to us.  WIS plays good defense (and their offense is waking up - don't let early struggles lull us into complacency), PSU plays good defense, and while their offense is not exciting McGloin passes better than MSU's Maxwell, and if his receivers catch better than MSU's that could be a struggle. And if I had to predict today AACC even in the 'shoe looks like a bad loss the way our defense is playing and the way the Wolverines defense is improving (#10 nationally in total defense).
We are 7-0. But other than Ohio U I don't think there is  shakier unbeaten in the FCS. Finish unbeaten and we get the last laugh, but given the way our defense and special teams are playing (did I mention a missed 35 yard FG and allowing a 60 yard kickoff return?) what happened to WVU is waiting to happen to us. Even in the "bad" B1G.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

If there is ever a year to suck on D, this is it. UFM is loading up on that side of the ball and I don't think this issue will be remembered next year.

cplunk's picture

The punt block was Boren's fault. His role is to call out the number of rushers in the box, which in turn sets who blocks whom. He didn't call it right and he and Cam Williams ended up blocking the same guy and leaving another one unblocked. It wasnt a scheme issue like the previous blocked punt earlier this year (they haven't used that formation since). This one was just execution, and easily fixable execution at that. WOuldn't worry too much about it.

ATXbucknut's picture

After reading this for a few weeks now, I think this is my favorite feature on 11W. That's saying a lot.  Keep these de-briefings coming!  Don't change the format a bit.

Jeff Beck's picture

You're making me blush over here...thank you.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Thanks for another debriefing Jeff, always enjoy reading these!
It's going to be interesting to see where this defense goes from here. 

Jeff Beck's picture

Sounds like Meyer is going to start getting more involved. Let's hope that's the spark the D needs!

Lon_Paul's picture

"Devin Smith hates Miller’s Heisman campaign" LMAO!