Five Things: Wisconsin

By Chris Lauderback on November 18, 2012 at 2:30p
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"I'm honored to be the coach of an 11-0 Ohio State Buckeye team, especially one that's very deserving. We played a great defense in a great environment and their offense, to keep that running back somewhat in check, I thought our defense did a fantastic job. That one drive was painful to watch at the end where they got a score to the tying touchdown. Another overtime win and that's good to see from the Buckeyes." - Urban Meyer

Urban improved to 5-0 all time in OT including 2-0 at Ohio State

On a night when the Buckeye offense was stymied by Braxton's worst effort of the year and, at times, some curious play calling that took an otherwise rumbling Carlos Hyde out of the game, Ohio State took advantage of a huge play on special teams and some gritty defensive performances highlighted by John Simon and Ryan Damn Shazier to leave Madison with a 21-14 overtime win over Wisconsin

The victory improved the Buckeyes to 11-0 with only The (Bowl) Game standing in the way of an improbable perfect season. 

With losses suffered by Kansas State and Oregon, the Buckeyes also vaulted to #4 in the AP Poll behind Notre Dame, Alabama and Georgia. 

It really has been an amazing ride in year one of the Urban Meyer Experience and to potentially cap off an unbeaten season against That Team Up North on Senior Day in the 'Shoe would be downright orgasmic. 

But before you dive headfirst into Hate Week, let's take a quick look at Five Things from the big win over Mr. Buzzcut's Badgers. 

Braxton Blues

For the first time all season, Braxton failed to find the end zone either through the air or on the ground and struggled to get anything going against a Badger defense that committed at least one, if not two, spies to slowing the catalyst of the Buckeye offense. 

Miller's composite stats over the last 4 games aren't pretty

Miller was held to a season-low 97 yards passing on 10/18 and was just one yard shy of tying his worst rushing effort of the year with just 48 yards on 23 carries (2.1 per). 

Beyond the numbers, it was the way he went about struggling that was often painful to watch. 

His first half wasn't much to write home about but he engineered an eight-play, 67-yard TD drive that gave OSU a 14-0 lead as he connected on 4/4 passes for 37 yards, including a 12-yarder to Philly on 3rd and 5. The toss to Brown was one of his best plays of the night as he looked right before shifting his eyes left and finding Brown just beyond the sticks. 

For the half, he completed 8/12 for 78 yards but ran for only 36 yards on 13 carries, but that mediocre production dwarfed his miserable 2nd half (not counting OT) as he went just 2/6 through the air for 19 yards with eight carries for exactly zero yards, though two of those carries were sacks for -14 yards. 

He did bounce back briefly in overtime with two carries for 12 yards including a nifty scamper left on 2nd and 6, giving the Buckeyes 1st and goal at the two. 

In the pocket, he either had trouble finding an open receiver, or else none of his targets could gain separation as he continuously held the ball way too long against a physical Badger front. 

Even with his struggles in the passing game, it was his decision-making in the ground game that proved the most frustrating. With Herman/Urban continuing to dial up the zone read, Braxton often misdiagnosed the Badger front. Not only did this stifle his personal ability to gain yards but it took the ball out of Carlos Hyde's hands, who was having little trouble finding running room when given the opportunity. Give the Badgers some credit obviously but I bet Braxton won't be thrilled with his reads upon watching the tape.

After the game, Braxton was still at a loss for exactly what Wisconsin was doing to slow him down. As such, you can expect Mattison to employ similar spy tactics to keep Miller from getting outside. That said, it wasn't all on Braxton. Too often, Wisconsin stacked the box and even in cases of audibles, Braxton and the staff failed to exploit what was often a vacated middle of the field with screens, slants or crossing routes. 

I have to believe the Buckeyes will be much more prepared for such schemes should Michigan try to replicate Wisconsin's success. 

That said, looking at Braxton's individual production, his numbers have dropped sharply over the last four games. Amazingly, he's completed just 49% of his passes going back to the overtime win over Purdue and on the ground, he's averaging just 3.8 yards per carry (78/302). 

A bounce-back effort against Michigan sure would be a nice springboard to 2013. 

Touchdown Philly's Back Again

It's not often that a play occurring so early in the game is considered to be monumental but Philly's 68-yard punt return touchdown giving the Buckeyes a 7-0 lead with 1:58 left in the 1st quarter was absolutely gigantic. 

Philly now has 2 PR TDs and is averaging 13.6 yards per return

Philly will be the first one to tell you it wasn't the most difficult or electrifying punt return of all time thanks largely to a line drive punt from Drew Meyer, but he showed great awareness in allowing the initial wave of gunners to fly by and reading one chip block before he juked Meyer to coast into the end zone for six. 

The return was big in that it gave the Buckeyes an early lead on the road and the score only increased in value as it was clear the Ohio State offense was having a tough time getting anything going. 

Even bigger, this didn't seem to be the night to ask the Buckeye offense to overcome a deficit and playing with house money like that took a little pressure off. 

Additionally, the score sucked the life out of what would later become the usual insane atmosphere in Madison. 

Coming into the year, I figured Brown would be a top two receiver but I was far from convinced that he would be that third playmaker the Buckeyes could count on to complement Braxton and Hyde. 

As it turns out Philly is leading the team with 52 catches and 574 yards with two scores and he now has two punt return touchdowns to his credit, with both serving as key plays in big wins over the two toughest opponents on OSU's schedule to date (unless you prefer PSU over Wisconsin). On 14 punts, Philly is also averaging an impressive 13.6 yards per return. 

And he'll be back next year to produce and also help groom guys like Marshall and Elliott. I can't imagine he won't be a captain in 2013. 

Just Win Baby

How lucky are we to have Urban Meyer in Columbus?! 

I could write a few paragraphs every week on what he has done to re-energize the program and shift the culture to not just winning but being confident about it and making no bones about wanting to kick people's asses. 

It's just such a different mindset as a fan watching the game. Even when Tress was cranking out wins, we didn't always feel confident about how things would unfold or if the team would take the opportunity to try and rip out the heart of the opponent, goodwill be damned. 

Urban Meyer is simply one of those special personalities that young players gravitate toward and want to give their all for. He exudes a belief that failure is not an option but that winning only comes with being willing to put in the work. 

Coming off a bye week, I was a little worried about how the Buckeyes would look until I got a glimpse of how Urban has handled such scenarios in his career. Once Kyle told me Urban was 12-1 following off weeks during the season and 32-2 when having more than one week to prepare for a game, I felt more at ease. 

Sure, the bye week didn't seem to do much positive for Braxton and there were other breakdowns but as usual, Urban found a way to win the game. 

If he and his team can find a way to prevail at home next week to cap one of the best honeymoons in the history of Columbus, I can't even imagine the momentum this team will take into the offseason, to spring to fall camp. The intensity the team will play with knowing they'll be in the postseason hunt is going to be off the chain. To think 2012 could just be an appetizer is unreal. 

Curious Play Calls

For one of the rare times this year, there was a ton of chatter during the game about the offensive play calling. Typically, such banter has been reserved for Fickell's schemes on defense though that group also drew the ire of fans, mostly late in the game as Wisconsin reached the two on their second-to-last drive in regulation before scoring a touchdown with :08 on the clock to force overtime. 

Underutilized, Hyde still managed 15 for 87 yards and 2 TDs

Two of the more curious offensive calls occurred on 3rd downs on Ohio State's first two possessions of the game. 

On OSU's opening possession, they had marched from their own 16 to the Wisconsin 37 before facing 3rd and 7. Against a seven-man front, Braxton audibled at the line and despite having only five blockers and an empty backfield, dialed up a QB keeper for no gain. A puzzling decision to say the least. 

After the Bullets forced a Badger punt and the Buckeyes had moved from their own 20 to the Wisconsin 38, OSU again faced 3rd and 7. With the play clock almost exhausted and the Buckeyes again in shotgun with an empty backfield and five blockers against a seven-man front, Urban called timeout. 

Interestingly, still outnumbered with six Badgers at the line and OSU still with an empty backfield, Miller stuck with the original play call which was a doomed QB keeper. The play went for a loss of four and the Buckeyes were forced to punt it away. 

In addition to those questionable decisions both by Braxton and the staff, it was also easy to take exception with the number of zone read plays that were called considering Miller was either often struggling to properly read the play or the Badgers simply had a favorable alignment on a particular play. 

Those calls were frustrating not only because of Braxton's apparent misreads but also because Hyde was making hay out of the power sets more often than not. 

He was only given the ball five times in the first half but was averaging almost seven yards a pop. With Miller unable to reach the edge, it seemed like plowing straight ahead, especially when Wisconsin often had their LBs at the line of scrimmage, meant Hyde just needed a small crease to reach the back line of the defense. 

Hyde was given twice as many carries in the 2nd half/OT and still averaged 5.3 a carry, finishing with 15 for 87 and two touchdowns on the night. 

Don't get me wrong, this isn't meant as a knock on Tom Herman (nor Urbz obvi) because he's a beast in a headset that I believe has the chops to be a head coach at a power conference school someday. I just think coaches, like players, can have an off moment here and there. 

Simon Says Sack

John Simon was an absolute beast yesterday. The senior hasn't quite grabbed the headlines some envisioned heading into the season but he's still the inspirational leader of this team and is having a fine overall season highlighted by his four-sack performance last night. 

Simon tied the school record with four sacks (-36 yards)

The four sacks not only tied a school single-game record already shared by himself, Jason Simmons, Big Vern and Bobby Carpenter, but the four TFLs moved him up to 8th in the history of Ohio State.

Simon was solely responsible for -36 yards on the day via the sacks and he threw in two other stops and a pass breakup taboot. 

The pass breakup was a sensational play as he quickly diagnosed a 3rd and 5 pass to his side. Off the snap, he took two aggressive steps to pressure the pocket but reading the quarterback's eyes, he quickly settled his feet and was able to jump and knock down the pass thanks to his impressive awareness. It sounds simple but it was truly an outstanding individual effort. Even better, the ensuing punt he forced was taken to the house by Philly to give the Buckeyes the early 7-0 lead. 

On the next series, Wisconsin was hoping to stifle the OSU momentum but Simon would have none of it, immediately bringing down Phillips for a six-yard sack on 1st down, putting the Badgers in a hole they couldn't get out of as the Buckeyes forced a three-and-out. 

Early in the 3rd quarter, with Ohio State nursing a 14-7 lead, Simon forced another three-and-out as he again got pressure and sacked Phillips for a loss of 13 yards, pushing the Badgers back to their own 25. 

His two other sacks came on the missed field goal drive that ended on the first play of the 4th quarter and during Wisconsin's touchdown drive that tied the game at 14. At the time, with Wisconsin taking possession at the OSU 41 with 1:33 left in regulation following a 34-yard shank by Buchanan, Simon's 11-yard sack on 1st down looked like an enormous play but to Phillips' credit, he responded with five straight completions (minus a clock-killing spike) including a five-yarder to Jacob Pederson to tie the game with eight seconds left.

Overall, it was an outstanding performance by Simon and with just one game left, at home against Michigan, you can expect he'll play lilke his hair is on fire next week for 60 minutes.

I look forward to Simon putting a nice cap on a terrific career.  

  • Thing 5.1: Matt Millen is a turd. Reid "Fraggle"? Ryan "Shayzurr"? He's an embarrassment at everything he's done since he hung up the cleats. 
  • Thing 5.2: Montee Ball is one hell of a football player. Love watching him play. 
  • Thing 5.3: It'd be nice to see Linsley work on his shotgun snap accuracy. Those things were higher than Snoop all day long.

 

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BuckGuy003's picture

When kstate and Oregon were undefeated I was almost glad we wouldn't have to play them and be embarrassed in the NC again but now that we would be playing a very beatable notre dame team, I am so mad at this ban

brylee's picture

wait...after the way oregon and kstate played last night, are you kidding...  i feel like our buckeyes are outclassed by no one in the nation...including alabama.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Well - considering we have beaten Oregon 9 straight times - I don't remotely believe we couldn't beat them again and I like our changes against KState as well. 

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LouGroza's picture

Was waiting for one of those snaps to sail over Braxtons head at the worst time. Thankful it did not happen but the ole snapper must get a little rusty sitting in the corner during a bye week. Someone oil that baby.

LouGroza's picture

It seemed like the gameplan was to use QB runs quite often. When they didn't work the coaches just kept going back to it. That was the most confusing part. Guess they thought Braxton would break one eventually. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

I've been looking for a game John Simon took over and it was last night. He was a total monster last night.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

Ahh Saturday's picture

Wonder what role the bye week played in Simon's performance.  I get the feeling he's been playing hurt the whole year.  Hopefully yesterday is a preview of what Simon does to michigan.

chitown buckeye's picture

Couldn't stand them calling Ryan "Shazurr" sometimes and Shazier other times. Being a radio guy for awhile, I know that is a sure sign you have no idea how to pronounce the name. You know you are saying it different each time. Very unprofessional! Total joke in the box last night.

"I'm having a heart attack!"

pjtobin's picture

Game over. New game on! I hope to see miller go 26/33 passing. Stoneburner catch a dang ball. Hyde rush for 220. Miller run for 80. Pass for 280. Our d hold tsun to negative yards. How awesome would that be. I hope our coaches dial up some sweet play calling. And leave the every hater with a bad taste of undefeated piss in their mouths. Mark may this piss is for you. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

pjtobin's picture

Also how is our injured players list looking? Is Nate ok? I didn't see him come back in. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Does anyone really think the OSU offensive playcalling was held in check because they didnt want to divulge too much on the game film for Michigan? I know that suggests holding back, which would mean they were purposefully being mediocre. i have a hard time thinking any Urban Meyer coached team would do such a thing. However, as solid as Wisconsin is on defense they're not 1985 Chicago Bears or 2000 Ravens caliber for pete's sake. Wisconsin's D had NOBODY I'd want on the Silver Bullet defense. Even that 400-pound Harry Knowles lookalike on the D-line. Just makes me wonder. Otherwise, I'm thinking Michigan is just going to follow the exact same defensive gameplan to stop Miller and would succeed unless the playcalling improves this week. Prove me wrong guys. I beg you.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

cbusbuckeye's picture

I think it may have been. Urban held a lead all game and the offense didn't do anything until they absolutely had to in OT. Big credit to Wisconsins defense but I have to think that Urban not wanting to show any more than necessary had to be a factor. 

buckeyedude's picture

I think you're reading too much into the conspiracy theory. I just think Wisconsin played really good D, and Braxton struggled on the road.
We still won. That's what championship teams do. Win when you have a bad day. Michelin knows what we like to do. What kind of "secrets" are we going to Hyde hide?

 
 

buckeyepastor's picture

I think Meyer kept the ball in Miller's hands as he trusts him to make plays with his feet when all else isn't working.   I was screaming for them to exploit the pass game more, but the receivers weren't helping themselves or Miller all that much.  Have to believe they'll sort out how to beat what Wisconsin'[s defense did.  To me, a steady diet of Hyde and Smith slamming into that defensive front would have opened up other things, but I trust the coaches to know more than I do.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

Buckeyefan9973's picture

2 things, I have a feeling that the Buckeyes roll this Saturday, I am usually right but not enough to bet on.  Second if Urban and Co do not see that the safeties cheating up to contain Braxton leave the backside slant completely uncovered I am putting in my application to be O coordinator.

baddogmaine's picture

Meyer wasn't holding back. Early in the season we were playing for respect; at 10-0 Meyer wants perfection as much as anyone, and would never make a loss to Bielema more likely than it needed to be to save some secrets for scUM.  With an extra week to prepare we had every right to expect that we would be prepared, on both sides on the ball. Instead, our offense was once again confused by a defense we should have known would be selling out to stop Miller's runs; and as the fourth quarter was winding down it was becomming more and more likely that if we wanted a win in regulation we were going to need to eat some clock or flip field position so if we had an offense it was time to unveil it. And the defense continued to bend until it broke under the irrestible force of a guy starting his second game with almost no game experience whatsoever before that, without ever putting that inexperienced QB under the kind of pressure that might have caused him to mis-fire.
One would never guess from the way the game was played which team had had the extra week to prepare;  from the way the game was played after intermission few would credit OSU with having the stronger leadership. Fans have avoided all season saying anything harsh about our coaching staff but at some point it seems unavoidable to both  praise our brass for instilling a belief and recruiting brilliantly AND criticize them for not getting our guys as ready to play as they should.

gwalther's picture

Glad I won't have to listen to anymore half drunk overweight 45 year olds shouting "fire fickell!" at The Shoe for awhile.
 
Not trying to offend anyone, but those guys exist, and it was annoying to listen to them.

Class of 2008

buckz4evr's picture

^^^^Hey, what about the completely drunk, skinny, under 22 crowd shouting 'you old people need to get off your hands and start  throwing the F bomb around after kick offs' 

gwalther's picture

They're right about the "get off your hands" part. Why suffer through the cold to only stand up for the band at halftime, and hang on sloppy in between the third and fourth quarter? Theyd probably be more comfortable and have a better view from home.
 
But the young drunk crowd can be annoying...theyre exuberant though, the people I was talking about seem angry at life.

Class of 2008

Ocbucks's picture

I saw Bielema look on his face when he shook hands with Meyer. He knows there is only one Big ten regular season game between now the next he will lose to the buckeyes. We play wisky as the first BIG game next year at the shoe Sep 28! 

avail31678's picture

That early?  Woh.  I can't necessarily put my finger on why, but that has to benefit us, if anyone.  We're returning most of our team, they're losing Ball and who knows who their QB will be.  Of  course, I thought everything was stacked in our favor yesterday, but we barely won...so who knows?

misterbulbous's picture

Couldnt believe how pathetic Matt Millen was/is...some absolutely profound comments.  Stuff like:
"It's crucial that this team convert on third down"  repeat about 10x
"This team's gotta score to keep the game close"
"you really got to avoid a turnover or anything negative here..."
I would say he was basically neutral, if not a tad bit favoring OSU, but there's got to be more interesting color commentators out there...

Alhan's picture

"Montee Ball could break the record ON THIS PLAY!" x1000

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altrn8ngcurrent's picture

You forgot the other phrase he said about every other drive. "In order for this team to be successful, their offensive line has to perform."
NO SHIT MILLEN? That's revolutionary!

buckeyedude's picture

Thank God I'm not the only one that noticed what a horrible job Matt Millen did calling that game. Turd is too nice.
I've never been in radio or TV, but I would think at least trying to be impartial is the first requirement. Geez.

 
 

brylee's picture

the buckeyes have been stuck with the bottom of the barrel announcers this year...that beth? mowins is the absolute worst, then this matt millen joke...where do they find em?

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

The common denominator is ESPN/ABC. They're so biased against tOSU they trot out their biggest Buckeye bashers. Cases in point:
Millen - Penn State grad
Dan Fouts (now with CBS) - Oregon grad
Bob Griese (now retired) - Purdue grad (son Brian went to TSUN)
What's worse is that they've manipulated Herby and Spielman into being borderline anti-Buckeye. Thats what really angers me.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Alhan's picture

Eh, Herbie might be annoying because it seems like he never gives tOSU the benefit of a doubt, but I've never seen or heard any anti-tOSU stuff from Spiels.  He does a great job of being impartial in the booth in my opinion and is one of my favorite game day announcers.

You can kill a fly with your slipper or a cannon. Either way, the fly dies. -Ramzy

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

They both definitely go out of their way to sound impartial, which is fine, they're professionals and the most credible announcers ESPN has right now, but it still hits me like a wet washrag when other ESPN/ABC announcers are allowed to trash us but our guys have to keep a zip on it. Double standard for sure.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Luckily I was at a bar here in Toronto and couldn't really hear the announcers all too much! 

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theDuke's picture

does anyone else get goosebumps when they see the BRACARO formation? I mean that is a look of pure power.  

theDuke

osubuckeye4life's picture

I think one reason we didn't see a ton of Hyde is because of the risk for an injury.
 
I'm thinking the coaches limited his carries so he would be fresher for TSUN. A calculated risk because we only won by one TD.
 
This week though I think we will see a ton of Hyde. 
 
I want to see Hyde go HAM on TSUN like Beanie did in 2007!!!

brglr14's picture

coaches say they dont think that way. i agree with others that brax was a bit off being on the road and all v s a decent d. reminded me of 06 at illinois week before mich . later the game got i think we were playing not to lose and got conservative. im sure theres a lesson learned in there.

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O-H Kee Pa's picture

Thing 5.4: Congrats to Stoney on not becoming Ryan Hamby 2.0.

gunni070's picture

Thing 5.5: Ball's freaking fumble that somehow, even after the review, was called down!  That would have been huge for us.

nickma71's picture

Philly showed some good break away speed on the punt return. Simon sacked all of Findlay and Fostoria. The keepers were a terrible idea when the Badgers clearly were in run blitz. They knew he would keep it. How was that not noticed? Twice?

buckeyepastor's picture

Hadn't realized that Miller's stats have fallen off that much over the last few games.  To me, though, even if Brazton's not putting up gaudy stats the last few weeks, I think November has been the month where OSU really came together as a team more so than the first half of the year.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

bwh's picture

How is Ryan Damn Shaziers amazing touchdown block NOT on the top five.
 
Seriously?!

pig4skin's picture

It really did not appear as though we had an extra week to prepare for this game.  Wisconsin really outcoached OSU and obviously aimed at shutting down Miller as he is the key to their offense. Rather than allowing Hyde to to take up the slack, Urb and Herman continued to call Miller's number for no gain. I figured there would have been an adjustment at the half but they never took advantage of the spies lock on Miller with passes to the tight end and running backs. Thank god the defense kept us in the game.

As much as I like Urban, his coaching left a lot to be desired in the Wisconsin game. W had a game plan to shut down Miller, thereby 70% of the offense, by assignment defensive personnel on him throughout the game. OSU should have made them p

vidstudent's picture

That was Joe Tessitore at the end with the Shazier mispronounciation. Matt Millen is a tool for every other reason. (Bitter? After two wide recievers and 0-16? Naaaaah.)

Reason to watch at home: Seeing that crew on the call, I can turn on a radio and listen to Paul Keels.

Nicholas Eckert

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Boxley's picture

Easily the worst performance offensively this year both by the coaches and our qb. My TV turned itself off, because it was upset by my cussing at it so much.
When a football philistine like myself can so easily see what is not working, why could not a coching staff of this caliber see it also and adjust?
Would it been that bad to give Kenny Guiton a chance to go in and throw off the Wisky D?  The wisky D clearly had a plan to contain Braxton, why did we not change up our attack?
That said, yes it was a win, in a very tough place towin, but did we really need to make it so tough?

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misterbulbous's picture

I don't buy the rationale that the offense was holding back on the more creative or diverse plays in an effort to hide the playbook from Michigan.  There were several critical moments in that game where ONE first down would have sealed the victory and the offense followed the pattern of four yard gain followed by QB scramble for negative 8. 
Whisky player #12 was obviously isolated on Braxton and shut him down several times in a row.  Would have liked to have seen an option or something.

BeijingBucks's picture

I would have loved to see Boren show up on offense and take out #12 giving Brax a clear lane.

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

What I PRAY Meyer and Herman are cognizant of is that Wisconsin just showed the world a blueprint to stop the OSU defense for now and into the future. The only thing that would destroy that blueprint is a highly accurate passer, which Miller isnt right now. I just hope he continues to improve as he has all season, especially during the winter and spring.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

MediBuck's picture

Well, I think a problem was that Braxton's reads were quite poor that game. Carlos Hyde was rolling all game and we refused to give it to him. If the defense spies a QB, that leave one more person drifting to the edge rather than clogging the middle, and we did a very poor job victimizing the Vadgers front seven in this regard. Coach Urbs is too much of a spread guru to let that go uncorrected. Look for Braxton to run early in the scUM game, then suddenly hand it off to El Guapo down the middle to make Skunk Weasel hash in the inside.

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KYBUCKEYE's picture

Would love to see some Kenny G. at qb and Braxton at the Percy spot this week for U.M. ,, What do you`al think ?

Jinks