Buckeyes Roll Buffalo Behind Depleted Roster

By Kyle Rowland on August 31, 2013 at 3:26p
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Chris Fields caught two touchdowns on the afternoon.

COLUMBUS – Urban Meyer’s day started with the straight-laced, no-nonsense look of an Army sergeant. As he peered out from the tunnel in St. John Arena, Meyer was all business. Walking to midcourt, he took the microphone, shared his appreciation for Buckeye Nation and delivered a promise.

“To honor and defend, we will fight to the end, for Ohio,” Meyer said. “For our families, for this great university and more importantly, each other. The journey starts today. Let's get to be 1-0.”

Meyer used those words, a play on the school’s fight song “Buckeye Battle Cry,” to deliver a toast at the Blackwell to jumpstart Ohio State’s season. It was a toast of championship water at Michigan State last season that put in motion the beginning of the Buckeyes’ 12-0 record.

They decided not to delay the movement until the fifth game of the season in 2013. And the team adhered to Meyer’s message on getting win No. 1 and not starting slow. Actually, there wasn’t much Ohio State did slow in Saturday’s 40-20 win over Buffalo.

The Buckeyes had three scoring drives of five plays or less, all of which took no more than a minute, 20 seconds. It was a far cry from last year’s offensive debut against Miami (Ohio) that registered a grand total of zero first-quarter points. It took Ohio State 1:09 to pass that total Saturday.

Sure, there was some lollygagging during the middle portions of the game. Cramps took Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier out of the game, and for the defense, that meant one returning starter was on the field. Still, Buffalo only managed 258 total yards and 13 points on offense. 

"I thought they came out of the chute fast," Meyer said. "Pretty strong week. Two quick scores. First quarter was script. You can't play much better than our guys did. We're pushing the ball down the field, guys making plays."

The Buckeyes led 23-0 after the first quarter and gained 216 yards on offense, scoring three touchdowns on just 17 plays. A 180 from trailing Miami (Ohio) 3-0 in Meyer’s debut last year. Miller found Devin Smith open in the end zone for a 47-yard score and came back the next possession to Chris Fields, who caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.

Ohio State surprised everyone after both scores by lining up unbalanced on the point-after attempt. Kenny Guiton, serving as the holder, ran for two points after the first touchdown, then completed a pass to Jordan Hall on the next conversion.

They call the play magic. 

"It's a pain in the rear end that you have to prepare for,"Meyer said. "Coach Warinner's done a nice job with that. I think as many ways to get cheap points and make people work, it looked good today. Those guys did a nice job."

Hall finished off the first-quarter scoring with a career-long touchdown of 49 yards. The shaky play came during the second and third quarters. Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack played like a first-round draft pick, never displaying his skills more than on a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter. He finished with a game-high eight tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception.

"They've got a kid that kicked our tails, that outside linebacker," Meyer said. "He had a couple of sacks, pressures. I know he beat guys that I expect to play very well on our offensive line. So we've got to get that fixed. The good thing is we can. When you score 40 points and gain 460 yards or something like that and you're disappointed, that's a good sign. And the bad sign is we've got a long way to go."

Ryan Shazier missed a bulk of that time because of cramps. He spent most of the second quarter in the locker room, finally returning to the field after halftime. The Buckeyes led 30-13 at the break.

Miller was also sidelined with cramps. But Guiton came in and calmly led a touchdown drive to put Ohio State in front 37-20. The recipient was Chris Fields, reuniting the tandem who defeated Purdue.

"It's a concern," Meyer said about the cramping. "I know our strength staff and training staff work hard on the hydration, and I'm not sure if Buffalo cramped. So we've got to just continue to do a good job getting these guys [conditioned and hydrated]. But it was a hot mother out there now."

Buffalo’s last chance to tighten the game came when they moved all the way to the 1-yard line. On 4th-and-goal, though, quarterback Joe Licata bobbled the snap and was tackled well before the goal line.

Drew Basil kicked a 39-yard field goal to provide the final margin.

Miller finished the first day on the 2013 Heisman campaign trail completing 15 of 22 pass attempts for 178 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He ran 17 times for 77 yards, including a 40-yarder.

Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith’s absence meant little, as Hall had a career-high 159 yards rushing, surpassing his previous high in the second quarter.

The Buckeyes finished with only one sack and forced one turnover, an interception by Ron Tanner. Ohio State turned the ball over twice – Miller’s interception and a fumble by Dontre Wilson.

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TNbuckeye91's picture

i am very disappointed in buckeye fans. some of you are such terrible fans. it's disgusting.

Jason Priestas's picture

People losing their minds in the live blog, I take it?

TNbuckeye91's picture

yeah, that's what i was talking about. i know some of it is trolls, but i know a lot of it is buckeye fans who expect complete perfection. as irritating as it is at times when you see bad mistakes happening on the field, people just act like lunatics.it just makes our fan base look terrible sometimes. although i do love the live blogs. but like i said, a lot of trolls, and a lot of people who feel they deserve perfection. either way go bucks! 

TNbuckeye91's picture

and a lot of what i'm talking about is people blaming the defense for this and that, when a lot of went wrong was the offenses fault. fire fickell! and all that nonsense. people can downvote me all they want. i love the buckeyes and i love our fans. there's just some that act like they run the show, and thankfully they arent.

Silverbuck8's picture

Heard a very good interview early this week that week 1 matchups are the toughest as the inferior opponent is usually at full strength and the difference in depth isn't as noticeable.  The turnovers allowed this game to be closer than it was, the other issues will be great learning tools.  I would rather see this team peak as the season progresses

opus's picture

I just registered here a few weeks ago, and despite reading 11W for a few years, never popped my head into one of the liveblogs. I hope that's not the norm, because whoo boy was the sky falling in there.

d5k's picture

Avoid the live blogs, you will be better off.  I don't think there was a game last year with a plurality of reasonable perspective in the live blog.  Maybe the Nebraska game.

Squirrel Master's picture

If u are referring to the comments in the live feed, look at who was mostly talking trash. When it says guest, they are hiding trolls.

Happens every week even when buckeyes play well. Don't pay all that no mind. Some are bad comments but most were trolls just having their fun.

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Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

Absolutely agree.  Entitled college football fans are the bane of the college football experience.  Some of these "fans" have only been watching since the heyday of Tressel, so they don't understand these times are the good times, and they should cherish it as such.  

How firm they friendship...

OSUNeedles's picture

I try not to be overly critical to the point of insanity, but we are starting the season as the #2 team in the country. People are allowed to critique and have high expectations for a team that is expected to do great things. You can't panic everytime the other team gets a first down, but watching more blown coverages & mental lapses does make you concerned if playing other, top level, elite talent, opponents

cinserious's picture

If you demand perfection, you will get a better product. Not a perfect product, but a better one. That said, the defense must do a better job tackling and wrapping up than last year or against Buffalo.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

Buckeye06's picture

Can I just say why are we blaming the D?  They were put into a bad position on 1 drive, and the other drive continued due to a penalty that it kind of just a weird call.  Add a pick 6 and that's it.
Less than 300 yards given up total
Why are we questioning the D? I really don't understand it

4thandinches's picture

The only question I have for the D is why were we playing such soft coverage?

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

TheBadOwl's picture

Honestly, with Roby and Barnett out, soft coverage was really the only way we could go. I thought it would have been better to put Grant on their best guy instead of Reeves, but hey, that wasn't nearly as ugly as some of the games last year.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

yrro's picture

As I understand it, in our defense field and boundary corner are very different positions. I'm not sure how much you can just swap the guys to follow their best receiver.

cplunk's picture

^this
The two corner positions are not the same position in our scheme. Of course there are guys that are prepared or good enough to play both, but it isn't as simple as just moving guys around. If we played more man and press, it would be easy to swap around- but we would have had Reeves playing with no margin of error in his first game and one safety starter out.

Gulfstreambuckeye's picture

They played soft all year last season. You need to play bump and run and give spence and co. A chance to sack the qb.

Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust...but life goes on.

Silverbuck8's picture

If you remember in the all access last year they want to keep the ball in front and then make the tackle.  

kr66osu's picture

at least the first quarter was fun

hit_the_couch's picture

I know it's the opener and not to expect too much, but that was garbage.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

buckeyedude's picture

^^^^^says the Michigoon fan.
 

 

 

4thandinches's picture

Fans are expecting a well oiled machine. Give it time guys. You remember the first half of last season? 

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

Michael's picture

Kenny Guiton with a 606.4 passer rating.

ATXbucknut's picture

Good eye. That is awesome. That guy continues to make history!

4thandinches's picture

Honestly, he should have been in there for pretty much the entire second half. Once Miller went down with the cramp, he should have gone in and stayed in. 

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

ralEbuckI's picture

I agree.  I understand wanting to get Braxton game speed experience, but when you have someone who is a bit injury prone, you may want to err on the side of caution.

Buckeyejason's picture

.  I understand wanting to get Braxton game speed experience,

Hes been starting for 3 years now, he has plenty of game experience. He SHOULDN'T have been in there. Let Guiton play for goodness sakes!

BUCKEYES BABY!

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Kenny G is worth his weight in gold!

ATXbucknut's picture

Not the greatest Buckeye performance ever, but a win is a win. And it's early in the season. So it's still worth expending a celebratory gif.

d5k's picture

Is that Bobu Sappu?!

MusicBuck's picture

It wasn't spectacular, but it wasn't the clown show some of you are making it out to be. I, for one, am just glad that the season has begun...and with a win. Trust in Urban.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Agreed. Waiting for the season was excruciating.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

buckeyedude's picture

Injuries, suspensions, cramping, and a young OSU defense. They still won relatively comfortably against a veteran MAC team that may be playing for a MAC championship.
Also, the Buffs scored two TDs off of OSU turnovers. Otherwise, it would have ended 40-7.
We'll get better, I have no doubt, but wouldn't be surprised if OSU drops to 5th or 6th in the polls because they're haters.
And what about KENNY EFFING G?! The dude came through and gave OSU a TD when Braxton went down with cramps and the offense had gotten flat.
Oh, and one other thing: I think Cameron Johnston needs to get that punt off a LOT QUICKER, or he's going to be suseptible to blocks.
 

 

 

MassiveAttack's picture

Decker got schooled by several players, not just Malik. I can't believe that Taylor beats Farris so definitively, then Chase gets on the D line so easily. 

dubjayfootball90's picture

D could have played better, O definitely could have played better. Everyone could have played better. The good thing is, practice makes perfect. Still early, many are still green. We will be fine.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

BigMoosie's picture

Thought the Oline play was a roller coaster ride today. Had some bad moments, Taylor Decker especially.

buckeyedude's picture

Agreed that T. Decker looked weak. But he was playing vs. a future 1st round draft pick, Mack. When Fickell started double teaming Mack, it slowed him down significantly.
But yeah. Decker is the weak spot on the O-line. No surprise there. He'll get better.

 

 

Nutbuck1959's picture

You're right. Decker got schooled a few times today. I thought he looked bad.

Young_Turk's picture

So Fickell is calling out our lines blocking assignments?

andretolstoy's picture

It doesn't matter, Fickell should have known better! :)

nfischer's picture

T.D. looked lost and outmatched all day.  You could see his frustration.  Yes, he was outmatched often by what appears to be a future first rounder.  However, I'm still in wait-and-see mode on that one.  I'm sure he'll get better.

BeijingBucks's picture

That 1st rounder also dropped Mewhort and got a pick 6...  
But that wasn't our first OLine by then... Linsley was out I believe

 

 

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LadyBuck's picture

Just take a deep breath you guys. We needed to see this so we know what we need to improve on. We knew coming in that our D was thin due to the suspensions and the crampedimic didn't help our cause. Most of those guys have barely played a down of college ball, and games are different than practices and scrimmages.
What worried me was the OLine since they appeared very porous and soft, which didn't help Braxton all that much.

southbymidwest's picture

It also didn't help that Linsley was out the majority of the game. Youngest Boren took his place. So you had a newbie center, and a newbie RT who was going up against a LB who might be drafted 1-2nd round. I would think that a new center would throw off the rhythm of the line, and from what I understand (if I have understood Ross Fulton), center in this offense is pretty complicated.

Squirrel Master's picture

Starting All American level RB out! Starting All American corner out! Cramping hurting QB and star linebacker.

Still an easy 40-20 win. Take it and move on. It won't always be pretty and to be honest I can see Buffalo having a great season. Mack is a stud and future NFL sack artist.

It was ugly though and no excuses! Urban wasn't happy.

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nfischer's picture

And starting All American LB out much of the day as well.

Bamabucknut's picture

I did not see a team that should be ranked #2 today.

Buckeye06's picture

We looked as good, or better than South Carolina did on Thursday night.  I don't know if I understand the frustration, and haven't seen anyone who can make a rational argument as to why people are freaking out.
 
We were up 23-0 in the first quarter, after that the offense went vanilla because there was almost no time where the game was really in doubt.
 
The D gave up 2 TD's assisted by 15 yard personal fouls (the one on Grant I can live with all day honestly), and the other 7 were on a phenomenal play by a phenomenal player.  They gave up less than 275 yards total, with 9 new starters. 
 
I would really like someone to make a rational argument about why you are angry at the performance.  I would like to have a discussion because I really don't get it

saltybuck61's picture

Several good points here. Like you said it is the first game of the year, and while it wasn't perfect, it will no doubt improve. The sloppiness that was seen at times will be gone in time. I am excited for next week, hopefully we see a better picture of the season next week.

mike78's picture

I think people are freaking out because, in the final three quarters, we we're outscored 20 - 17 by Buffalo.  I'm not angry, but I'm a bit disappointed.  I thought we we're completely dominant in the first quarter, and simply meh after that. 

Buckeye06's picture

Ok, that at least is some semblance of a reason and I can be fine with that.  Are you disappointed that we ran the ball in the 3rd and 4th to run the clock as opposed to going for more points?  Did you want them to get more freshman involved? 
I appreciate the comment Mike, but I guess I saw the staff take the foot off the gas cause they had won the game, and didn't want to give anything away when they didn't have to.  Cramps can lead to injuries and turnovers so I was fine with them getting more conservative.  We already know this staff isn't conservative like the Tressel staff, but I don't think that warrants being reckless.  I thought it was safe and conservative, and I was fine with it after the fireworks in the first quarter

mike78's picture

 I don't think Meyer ever takes his foot off the gas.  I don't think the offensive struggles in the final three quarters were the result of easing up, I think it was just poor execution. That, to me, is a little troubling.  If we're serious about competing for a MNC, we can't afford close calls against teams like this.  The B1G reputation is at an all time low, we will get no credit for 13-0 this year. If the Bucks play for the BCS title this year, they need to destroy this type of opponent.  You will still hear people talk about how we had a close call against Indiana last year, even though you and I know how that game actually played out

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Exactly - Meyer NEVER takes his foot off the gas until the end of the game!  Everybody in this country is itching for reasons to dump us in the polls and execution and lazy performances from the offense from the 2nd - 4th quarters are exactly what they're looking for.  They need to improve their focus and execution for 4 straight quarters!

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buckeyewalker's picture

I think your point about the record is blatantly false. Does anyone REALLY expect that the biggest fanbase in the country, top five winningest program all time, on a 25 game winning streak, led by a two time championship coach is gonna get shut out of a National Title Game? Gimme a break.
 

Zimmy09's picture

I think you have to say they at least somewhat took their foot of the gas...how many times did they run the "hurry-up" after the 3 quick TD's?  I don't recall any times after that last Hall TD.  I think they did made the decision to slow things down and prevent injuries on the offensive side of the ball due to the heat after jumping up 23-0 quick. Too thin upfront to risk any OL injuries.  So yeah I think they did take their foot of the gas.    

BorderBuckeye's picture

Seriously people you are overreacting. Our team won by 20 points. With a small roster and with very little depth at some critical positions because of a number of reasons, including playing in a hot environment. Our defense needed a break because of the lack of depth and the cramping/dehydration. That is why our offense slowed down and got more conservative and predictable ("taking their foot off the gas"). If our offense simply scores in 5 plays every time we get the ball, sure we will score a lot. But our defense will be constantly on the field with no chance to catch some rest. They will get tired. They will get hurt. They will lose even more players, which would not bode well for a good season. We had to run the ball much more to move the clock and keep the defense on the bench in front of the fans/water.  We had control for vast majority of this game. It wasn't always pretty, but when is the first game ever pretty? Rarely ever! They just got done with fall camp which is always too short of a time to get a team up to speed on everything. Do you remember that it just started a few weeks ago?! Let's be happy with a win. Let them get rolling and everything will gel. They may not go undefeated(GASP!!- Noooo! that can't happen!!). But they will still make most of us proud I am sure, if we can be rational.

Squirrel Master's picture

As opposed to the team struggling at #7 or the UF team that could barely win their games.

Most of the top teams are struggling this week. I wouldn't be surprised if even Alabama has its struggles.

And the #2 ranked team was missing half that team with suspensions and injuries. 4 out all american quality starters.

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Squirrel, you're right.
I said on another thread that we Buckeye fans are the most neurotic bunch in college football, even though I love Buckeye nation.
Guys, the D at one point had NO ONE out there that had started or played much at all last year. They still did a very good job of shutting down a pretty potent O. These guys are going to be studs by the end of the year.
Decker will get better. That Mack kid is a legit NFL prospect, and he was going against a dude making his first college start. Look how Warriner developed the O line last year.
The one area of concern MAY be a lack of depth on the D line until Schutt comes back. All in all, it wasn't the total blow out many of us thought it would be, but I never doubted the outcome.

jkrk's picture

Yeah, the more I think about it, even having just Roby back would've made a huge difference in the score for this game. 

DefendYoungstown's picture

Let the team vote on Hyde's suspension

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

boojtastic's picture

heh. i see what you did there. what do you expect from a michigan man?

Baroclinicity's picture

Spoiled fans...
We're fine, people.  It's not going to be a perfect product. Ever.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

BorderBuckeye's picture

Exactly!! If you expect a perfect team at all times, go find one and let me know so I can put a bunch of money down on it. There isn't one. And if you think you found one, it is a team that is about to lose. Besides, if a team was absolutely perfect, I think it would get boring pretty fast. 100-0 scores over and over again wouldn't be something I would want to watch, even if it was my team. Like having your rival be a team that has not won a single game against anyone in a decade. Not much of a rivalry. I do not root for ttun, but I do want them to be a decent team along with the rest of our opponents, because it makes it all the better. Makes our Buckeyes look like and become a better team. I am now rooting for Buffalo to have an excellent season and am not worried about us doing poorly -as some of you see it- by only beating them by 20 or by only scoring 40. 

D-Day0043's picture

I was damn impressed with Mack. That kid is going to be playing somewhere at the next level.

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nfischer's picture

He embarrassed Decker (and I guess Braxton as well) on multiple occasions.  He looked really, really good.

D-Day0043's picture

Yeah, he was taking Decker to school. I don't know why they didn't put a tight end on him at all times to help blocking. They didn't even put a RB to chip him.

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buckeyedude's picture

Smith and Roby back next week! YAY!!!
We need them both. No offense to J. Hall who played a good game, but we need bigger backs like El Guapo and Smith.

 

 

4thandinches's picture

What more do you want from Hall? Big TD runs, hit the pile and keep going forward. 

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

lippertini's picture

Against bigger and better competition, we need someone else getting most of the carries.
Hall is a very good back....but Hyde and Smith (fumbles aside) are on another level, because they are indeed bigger yet still very fast.  Smith also seems to have elite vision in the little I've seen, though I'll withhold confirmation until I see more of him.  Hall dances too much, as does Braxton.
I do like Hall in the slot, though I expect Wilson might supersede him before the end of the year.

cplunk's picture

So you disagree with Urban Meyer, who considers Jordan Hall better than both Hyde and Smith?

ih8rolltyde's picture

Allowing Hall to be versatile (H back) is why we will be much better with Smith back next week, and Hyde a few after that.

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lippertini's picture

Looks like the coaches watched the film and have come around to my thinking :)
"Meyer also said Rod Smith is on target following his one-game suspension. Meyer said he hopes he earns right to carry ball because that frees up Jordan Hall to help us in other places."
"With Rod Smith's return, Drayton said Hall's role in offense could evolve."
"On Rod Smith's return from a one-game suspension, Drayton said it will likely change the order of the RBs. He said Smith is a guy that can run through defenders and that kind of runner was missing Saturday."
http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2013/09/25434/ohio-state-football-urban-me...

Buckeyejason's picture

Geez you people are unbelievable! 
Hall can run for 150 yards a game and you'd stil say "I like Smith better because he's bigger". Give me a break..doesn't matter if those guys are bigger. Matters who's more productive!

BUCKEYES BABY!

SPreston2001's picture

^^^I totally agree. Smith has yet to put up a 100yd game and people are still drooling over his HS film. Jordan Hall played a hell of a game and if he keeps this up then I say let him play!! And how has Smith proven to be better than Hall??!! This Rod Smith hype is unreal....
But I do agree that El Guapo is the best back on the team. But Hall earned his playing time today...

Buckeyejason's picture

Finally someone agrees with me!

BUCKEYES BABY!

hspbuy1's picture

Has Smith ever started? Jordan Hall did great! Keep him as the starter. Short yardage,give me the big bruiser,even if he,s the lead blocker! What are you talking about his HS Film, we saw what we can do last year on the field! nobody's putting Hall down. 

hspbuy1

buckeyedude's picture

Jason. This was Buffalo. Of the MAC.
Yes, 150 yards was a very good day for Jordan. I just don't think he's OSU's best running back. I think Meyer just wants to make El Guapo and Smith hungrier to play by making them win their spots back.
I have no doubt that after the fourth game of the season, El Guapo will be the #1, and Smith the #2 RB for OSU. (as it should be, with all due respect to J. Hall)
I feel so strongly about this that I will wager a bet with anyone on this site.

 

 

Buckeyejason's picture

I feel so strongly about this that I will wager a bet with anyone on this site.

Ok, I'll bet there's no way in hell Smith passes up Hall(injuries don't count) and ill wager whatever u want!?!? 

BUCKEYES BABY!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

159 yards and 2TDs is just a "good" game?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

yrro's picture

Hall is an awesome general purpose back. I would much rather have Hyde in on short yardage.

buckeyedude's picture

OK, Ok. Hall had a very good game.
I still want El Guapo toting the rock when he gets back. I think he still is the best RB we presently have. 

 

 

D-Day0043's picture

Hall has his place on the team and deserves to get touches, but El Guapo punishes defenders and that is what they need for their bread and butter. 
The main thing is that Herman needs to know when to use which weapon given the situation. 

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I wanted a Rod Smith/Hyde combo. But Hall showed he has improved. Heck, if not for injuries, he might have had a fantastic year in 2012.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

DefendYoungstown's picture

I can't wait to see Rod Jones play next week...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

He and Braxton Oliver will dominate.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Buckeyejason's picture

No offense to J. Hall who played a good game, but we need bigger backs like El Guapo and Smith.

No we don't. We have 220 + pound Dunn and Ball and they didnt even play.

BUCKEYES BABY!

oregonianbuckeye's picture

FYI- Ball played a few downs and had a few carries. Dunn did not play.

WiliestBuckeye's picture

It feels like every year some fans forget what a first game looks like. This is real life, not a video game people. We won, and as long as we do that every week, the rest will take care of itself.

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

Johnny Ginter's picture

really disappointed that you guys aren't giving me dap for my amazing crumbles joke

Squirrel Master's picture

Oh it crumbled alright!

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buckeyedude's picture

I thought that was pretty good, JohnnyFootballSports Writer.  :)

 

 

Alice in Aggieland's picture

I have to wonder how much Coach Mick's strength training regimen has to do with the cramping (crumbling minus the fumbles, natch) issue. How much flexibility and elasticity are these guys sacrificing for muscle? Interesting that two of the most freakish athletes on the team were the ones dealing with bad cramps today.
Then again, xBrax and RDS go 100 mph every play. So there's that.

Buckeyejason's picture

Its simple..these guys are just not stretching and hydrating ENOUGH!

BUCKEYES BABY!

rdubs's picture

Stretching weakens muscles, so I hope no one stretches prior to the games.  You can do it afterwards or on off days to improve overall flexibility, but it is an awful thing to do before competition.

buckeyedude's picture

Stretching weakens muscles

What? I'm 49 years old, and I've been pumping iron since I was 14. I've NEVER heard that "stretching weakens muscles." If anything, it strengthens the muscles because it enables the muscles to make a stronger, harder contraction.
Unless something in human anatomy has drastically changed since the 70s that I don't know about?

 

 

rdubs's picture

I meant in the short run.  You don't want to do static stretching right before a hard effort like a competition.  Muscles should be "loosened" dynamically through easy running, bounding, and other similar exercises.  Static stretching just tears muscles without doing much of anything to improve blood flow.
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-04-15-stretching-muscles...
 

Brutus's picture

You know who didn't get cramps...the kicker. It looks like he was well hydrated at least.  Look who's laughing now Coach Coombs.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

We see what you did there.  Extremely clever, I snickered when I read that ... you need to copy write that.   It also would make a good name for some kind of tasty cinnamon snack cake.

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Earle's picture

Personally, I would have gone with "fumps". Crumbles is too much like a real word.

Just say no to italics abuse.

4thandinches's picture

My goodness buckeye fans. How many people did we have not play today? How freaking hot was it causing cramps? UB is actually a pretty good team with many expecting them to win the MAC.
If you don't know by now, Urban and Herman will not open the playbook or go full throttle before they enter the Big Ten games. Heck, they even curtailed Miller to focus on passing and not to take off running. They can't give away all their secrets. I'm sure if they wanted to they could have run the score up to 60. They played reserved so no to give everything away. Urban got off to a fast start and then let off the gas to try and experiment with calls and formations, he said it himself. These games are a good time to try new and different things to see how they work because you know you can always make up for the bad plays. 
 
There is a lot more to this game than just what we saw on the field. v

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Buckeyejason's picture

UB is actually a pretty good team with many expecting them to win the MAC.

Get real they won 4 games last year. 

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WOLFofOHIO's picture

Adjust adjust adjust..I want ed to go to Decker and make him a bit more efficient.
Time and patience..week one is week one..adjust adjust..coach..coach
Coach..adjust..coach..adjust.......adjust. overall..get better.
2002 Was the same. 2012 Was the same. This will pass. Adjust.

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osubuck57's picture

J.Hall had a very good game!! Smith may gets some reps to give Jordan a breather, but Urban has already said, It's his job to lose and it should be, after his performance.

SCOTTC.

buckeyedude's picture

I would like to watch the Chippewas upset the Michelin Crapperines, but I don't think the game is televised.
This PSU/Syracuse game looks a lot more intense than the game we just watched.

 

 

SC Buckeye's picture

B1G Ten Network is showing CMU and scUM on DirecTV. 

buckeyedude's picture

Thanks SC Buckeye.
Go Chippewas!

 

 

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

The team will improve as the year goes on. Secondary will be much better with Roby & Barnett back there (Reeves, though, looked pretty bad).
Didn't think Braxton & Shazier were the same after they left w/ cramps.
Although Hall had some nice yards, the O-Line should be credited for those long TDs. Any RB on our roster could have ran those for TDs. We'll be much better running between the tackles w/ Rod Smith & Guapo once they're back from suspensions.
Decker gotten beaten badly today but Mack might be the best defensive player he faces all year- I expect Decker to get better. 
Bosa looked really good and I saw Vonn Bell out there a lot.
We didn't really show much in regards to our play calling and that's not a dig, it's just that I think we're going to see our O open up against SDSU & Cal. 
In the end, a wins a win. The best thing about being 1-0 is the chance to go 2-0.
Go Bucks!

FROMTHE18's picture

we were supposed to open up the playbook by the end of last year and im still waiting for this to actually happen. It still seems like the players are trying to settle in to this offensive system and it didnt look sharp today at all. An entire season in it, an entire offseason in it, and it still looked lag-ish.. I didnt understand at all why they basically told Braxton to avoid taking off in the 1st half. Sure, work on his passing, but dont do it at the expense of offensive production. I mean Braxton wasnt Braxton until the fourth quarter. Plenty of times where he could have gone for 20+ if he just took off. 

zbd's picture

I now don't have a problem with over confidence of the Buckeyes.

4thandinches's picture

I would like to give a special shout out to Johnny for creating "crumble." 

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

FROMTHE18's picture

May get hated on for this but did anyone seriously notice substantial improvements? Braxton still holds onto the ball too long, still slightly indecisive (why does he run out of bounds for a loss when he could just throw the ball away?), defense was pretty weak outside of a few plays, and that O line...I know Mack is a hell of a player but wow, they struggled even with 3 DL and this is BUFFALO...Maybe its because this team decided to do what most OSU teams do recently and thats let off the opponent and get arrogant early in the game. Its the first game so Ill give the coaches the benefit of the doubt and assume the team will work on things but I wasn't impressed at all today. Dontre is going to be a monster however.

LadyBuck's picture

We are wrapping up a majority of our tackles. That has to mean something, as compared to last year this time was kind of mess in that aspect. I thought Braxton's throwing mechanics, from what I could see, were better than they were last year.
As for the DLine, I don't know what you were expecting, seeing as most of those guys are rather green. We knew coming in that the defensive side of the ball wasn't going to be great, but would have growing pains throughout the season. Before the cramp, Shazier was holding that new DLine together by getting whomever broke through, and never really recovered afterwards.
At the end of the day, we won, doubled their score at the end, and all without our suspended as some major players (read Braxton and Shazier) getting cramps.  

FROMTHE18's picture

Wrapping up? Their RB got out of tackles quite a few times, Cris Carter grabbed him and just let him go at one point. Tacklings still a problem. As for the D-Line...Buffalo's O-line isnt exactly Alabama and I think they struggled a times but overall had a decent game...The issues with the D had a lot to do with the playcalling and strategy and Armani Reeves being on the field (man is he bad). Roby coming back will help massively as well as CJ getting healthy, but our depth on defense in the 2-deep could be a major issue this year, especially if we cant cover WRs.

LadyBuck's picture

How many huge piles and strip runs did we see this game compared to last year this time? Not perfect, mistakes abound, but better from where we were a year ago in that aspect. No, they aren't Alabama, but they're older, smarter, and more experienced than our DLine, and that's enough for the moment until our green DLine get used to being in the game.
As for the rest, I agree. Armani Reeves was less than impressive today, and it appeared we couldn't do anything with the way they were switching up Mack, which is frustrating. Hopefully, there will be less cramps next week as well.

ih8rolltyde's picture

I thought Braxton's footwork looked vastly improved, as did his overall zip on the ball. Noticed a higher percentage of tight spirals, as well.

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Dayton Buckeye's picture

We will fine. The coaching staff will give them a lot to work on this week. Was Dunn hurt? I thought he would get some carries.

ohiowhitesnake's picture

Hall played great. Kenny G was smooth like jazz, and a very young D played well. Not sure I see as much negative about today. It's week one. If this team improves like they should week to week, then I think we will all be happy in early January. 
 
 

BuckGnome's picture

Bosa looked legit.  Reeves and Decker looked awful.    Glad Roby stuck around for one more year.
Is it next week yet?

boojtastic's picture

Is anyone else watching Hackenburg at PSU? Kid's got some game.

Knarcisi's picture

Not complaining and being a bad fan, but offering a dose of reality. Here goes:
1) Underwhelming performance by the OL. Taylor Decker in particular was horrid. Overall, we didn't control the line of scrimmage like we should have. Buffalo more than held their own with us in the trenches. 
2) D has a long way to go.  
3) Armani Reeves was disappointing. And I've been talking him up. 
4) I'm tired of hearing about Spence and Washington being unblockable. They were essentially not a factor today. They will be great players once its all said and done, but lets stop crowning these kids off of what they do in practice. 
5) Meyer needs to watch that his confidence doesn't move to arrogance. We should have been able to convert a 4th and short but this goes to show how quickly things can turn with a young team. Maybe better off to punt them deep, up 23-0. 
6) Corey Brown scares the hell out of me on punt returns. He nearly cost us against scUM last year and he's too experienced to be muffing at this point. 
Overall, Miller and Hall looked good, and I like that we are opening the play book and getting reps for young guys. We'll take the W, but long way to go. We get a few guys back next week and our schedule will allow us to improve week after week. 

boojtastic's picture

RE: OL play, I would remind you that Buffalo plays a weird 3-3 scheme that is difficult to gameplan for and that is well-suited to stopping the read option game.

Knarcisi's picture

Just stop it. We're Ohio State.  They are Buffalo. Were in our backfield way too much today. 

boojtastic's picture

difficult argument to make when you end up with 460 total yards.

Knarcisi's picture

300 after 3 plays. I watched the game rather than referring to a stat sheet. We weren't consistently good on the OL today. After I watch the replay maybe it will turn out to be mostly Decker, but that's my first impression. 

Buckeye06's picture

I thought we were ok on the O-line, aside from not being able to block Mack at all (he legit reminds me of his namesake from the movie the program).  Decker wasn't very good, but Miller didn't help him a couple of times where Decker gave him a few seconds and he didn't make a fast enough decision. 
 
My real concern on O was the forcing of Wilson into the game.  It was like every time we brought him in, he needs the ball.  That is what caused the pick 6, and he fumbled (due to being a young man, which he will fix I'm sure).  The O was great in the first half, which is kind of what I expected, and then the team bled clock when cramps started limiting chances

boojtastic's picture

First impression is fair enough. I couldn't agree with you more on Brown's shaky hands, for esample. But i think you're going to find that the offensive line had relatively few plays where they got entirely blown up, and most of those were Decker, who deserves a bit of a learning curve. After all, there's a reason why the athletic department schedules MACtion early in the season.
All the best.

HotSauceCommittee's picture

Credit Buffalos short drops for neutralizing Spence and Washington. Spence had a sack erased by that horrible helmet call on Grant.

BammBammRiley's picture

This is fair and in my opinion an accurate and detailed account of what we saw today.

It's a starting point and it's not so bad to have some things to work on.

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Toilrt Paper's picture

5)if you were really watching you would have noticed that Ohio State's "best running back"missed the hole.

Knarcisi's picture

I do agree with you here. Hole was to the right. That's what happens though with that quick snap and dive into the OL rears. 

Knarcisi's picture

And by the way, I was really watching. 

buckeyedude's picture

Did you just respond to your own post?

 

 

CharlieBuckeye's picture

Deckert needs help. Any D Coordinator will constantly test him with their best pass rusher. They were able to speed and bull rush him when it mattered.  Impressed with array of new offensive weapons. Defensively - young and will improve. Need to stop arm tackles and soft coverage. 
As they say a win is a win.

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I expected us to completely dominate this game and we did not - we played sloppy and unfocused for much of the game!  The offensive line at times appeared extremely porous and this is against a MAC team!  My problem was with the offense after the 1st period - it appeared to go to sleep.
The only real complaint I have with the defense was Reeves - but he is young and that is to be expected.  We get Roby back and that will most certainly help!
It was a win and I am elated that we won and football is back on! 
 

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Knarcisi's picture

I up voted you in exchange for the homer that down voted your dose of reality. 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Gracias Amigo!!!

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ih8rolltyde's picture

there appear to be drunken trolls in our midst

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BammBammRiley's picture

Crumbles.. Brilliant. Lol

I'm not going to reitterate any of the all-so-well covered verrying points of view, Nuff said.

I do have to give Buffalo huge props. They could of really laid down after the 1st quarter but stayed composed, faught like bulls and cannot be discredited.

Clearly Urbs was impressed, telling their coach he thinks they are pretty dam good. Valient effort.

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Urbun blamed the offense for the defense's woes.

buckeyedude's picture

Wow. Somebody is REALLY mad.

 

 

Baroclinicity's picture

Hey Mods... got a downvote troll in here...

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

BammBammRiley's picture

Figured id offset any toward you guys in advance.
wasn't going to say anything, but yeah, yeah we do.

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Knarcisi's picture

Agreed. And he can stuff it. 

D-Day0043's picture

The Defense was in the right place most of the time. I do not know why they continue to play soft coverage. Last year should have been evidence enough. Really the only thing I saw wrong with the defense was squaring up on tackles. That is correctable. 
I am just not impressed with Herman's ability to correct personnel matchups. If the defense is attacking a weak spot then you have to give them help. 
Overall, they are a young team and I trust Urban to get them where they need to be. He is rebuilding the whole thing and winning games while he does it. We all just need to relax and show some patience. He will take us there.

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boojtastic's picture

I agree in-game adjustments need to come faster, especially on offense. But Fickell responded quickly to pressing coverage in the 1Q. Not sure why they seemed to move away from it, especially as their rushing attack continued to sputter.

BammBammRiley's picture

I can't help but think that having 2 defensive coordinators can pose some problems occasionally.

Again, things to work on and get ironed out.

Maybe they knew they could afford to experiment with different coverages to see how players fit those schemes. Playing around with things if you will.

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boojtastic's picture

Couldn't agree more. Having co-coordinators just creates so much opportunity for crossed wires. To make it work, you have to have a very clear understanding about who is making which decisions.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Weren't Mattison, and Strong co-DC at Florida?

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boojtastic's picture

Not sure. Hard to argue with Meyer's chops and his knowledge of his coaches, but I was speaking generally about the split leadership.

Silverbuck8's picture

Appears Fickell is making all in game calls with Vrabel by his side.  Withers from what I remember was involved more in the game preparations, but as most staffs do sure there are some ideas being tossed around.

BammBammRiley's picture

Ive found it ironic that Fickell always takes the immediate blame from us whenever there are defensive mishaps or questions and we quickly forget he is only one half the equation. Who knows which philosophies are responsible for what we criticize.

Basically what you said...lol

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D-Day0043's picture

I think the major problem is experience calling a game for Fickle. Assistant DC is just a glorified title. I think that is why Meyer brought Haycock back in a consulting role. The defense will be fine. They are just young. They have size and speed. They just need to get more reps. They will be dominant by next year. Meyer just needs time to cycle his recruits into the system.

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buckeyedude's picture

@ D-Day0043:

The defense will be fine... They will be dominant by next year.

What?! I thought you were going to say "they will be dominant by next week" or "they will be dominant in a few games," or "they will be dominant by the time we play TTUN."
Dominant by NEXT YEAR?!! I ain't got time fodat!

 

 

D-Day0043's picture

Lol. There is a difference between dominant and good. They will be fine. 
By the time "the game" is over you'll be saying...
"I thought that school up north was havin a Bar BQ, but we just smoked they a$$."
i guarantee it. ;-)

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buckeyedude's picture

Whew! I feel better now, bro! Had me skeered there, for a minute. I can't wait to say it!

 

 

Buckeye Chuck's picture

It was a strange game. We got out 23-0, and Buffalo looked completely shell-shocked and overmatched. Then we had the fourth down stop, there were a couple of bad penalties in there, Wilson fumbled, Miller got picked, and after that it seemed like we were holding on -- not in the sense of anyone being afraid we'd actually lose, but in the sense of not playing with a lot of confidence.
I'm bothered that we still look so noncohesive when it's, say, a third-and-6 passing situation. Pass blocking is clearly not the strength of this line. And it seems like Miller is running around forever back there--since I'm not at the games, I can't tell if it's a matter of him not being decisive, or people not getting open, or what, but it's hard to believe the Buffalos of the world can dictate to us on passing downs. 
Penalties--I know they're going to come with the territory on Meyer teams, but it's still a frustration. 
Curtis Grant looked OK, though I think he was the goat on the first touchdown pass. Doran Grant was pretty quiet, which I suppose is a good thing.
The defensive line was mostly decent, though like most of the team it had its best showing before people got tired.
Wilson is going to break a few long TDs. Exciting player.
Johnston had good hang time on the first punt, but needed to rush it a little more. He did better getting off the next punt, but it was a line drive that would have been very returnable if Buffalo had still cared. He has promise.
Between the poor reactions, the missed tackles, and the dumb personal foul, Reeves just seemed overwhelmed.
Decker had all kinds of issues. Not sure if it was a matter of him not being up to game speed or what, but when you're both slow to react and getting pushed back when you do react, AND you're a tackle, it's going to create problems for the whole offense. Warriner has his work cut out. 
I think that depth is going to be a major, year-long concern. The combination of youth, transfers, and injuries is going to have us walking a tightrope.

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D-Day0043's picture

Yeah Grant took a bad angle and got beat on that touchdown, but Shazier got lost and gave up a long pass too. It happens. My biggest problem with Grant is he is big and slow. You can compensate for speed at MIKE with intelligence and good angles.

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cplunk's picture

Best, most fair post of the day

CharlieBuckeye's picture

Those of you whom are dooming and glooming. Relax - give it until Thursday until you begin to hyperventilate. As for the now... Enjoy the win and continue Drinking...

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Buckeyes2014's picture

Reeves sucks so much. At least Roby is coming back.

GO BUCKEYES!

biggy84's picture

Does anyone know if Brionte Dunn is suspended? I don't remember him playing at all. Was surprised to see Hall in the game at the end and in short yardage plays. 

Buckeyes2014's picture

We would know if he was suspended.

GO BUCKEYES!

Knarcisi's picture

Hall hits the hole and hits it hard. That's why he plays in short yardage. 

BME_Buckeye's picture

I won't freak out from the game but I was really disappointed in Dekker performance. I know its his first game starting but he's got to improve over the course of the year. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

FLAMikey's picture

Taylor Decker's imitation of Herman Munster trying to pass block was maddening.

HotSauceCommittee's picture

Some bright spots, some great portions, but more lapses and lack of ability to put a team away. The Shoe was quiet for half game. Online played well on run and Hall hit holes well. Brax needs to learn ball safety. D remains on field way too much. Props to Buffalo for quick pass plays and playing hard to the closing whistle.

William's picture

My 0.02

1) The defense was fine, with the exception of the soft coverage our corners were playing and Armani Reeves, he has a LONG way to go. The two TDs they did give up occurred because the offense put them in pretty shitty situations. 
2) The offense was great in the 1st quarter and then absolutely stalled for the rest of the game. Miller was bad on his reads in the zone-read, and the offensive line looked terrible at times, especially Taylor Decker, who was absolutely abused by Khalil Mack on several occasions. 
3) Miller's mechanics looked better, but his decision making is still lacking, like on the interception he threw, or in the several instances in which he scrambled and held onto the ball far too long.
4) Dontre Wilson is going to be a dynamic player. 
5) Way too many penalties, way too many. 
6) A lot of fault lies on the coaching/training staff, the players were not prepared for this game, and someone needs to teach these kids about proper hydration as well as ensuring they get enough electrolytes on a daily basis. Cramping should not occur, especially when you have a nutrition/training staff. 
7) We're going to be fine. 
 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Two of those penalties were ridiculous.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

boojtastic's picture

Agree completely with #6. We've been hearing a lot about the Buckeyes' strength and nutrition emphasis. That absolutely HAS to translate to game day.

lippertini's picture

I don't see how you can make all the very insightful points you made and then say we'll be "fine", unless that "fine" is a team that loses some games. 
For most teams, that is indeed fine, but I'd love to run the table, and we all know that's Urban's goal.  And if we don't, it's probably due to some of your points.  IMO, Braxton isn't there yet and we lack quality depth at important positions, so a loss somewhere along the line seems likely. 
If anyone can overcome, it's Urban and co., so I haven't lost hope...

William's picture

The offense was on fire for the 1st quarter, and our O-line play was stellar then, because Linsley was in the game, he left after the 1st, which explains why the O-line wasn't as good afterwards. And why do I think we'll be fine? Because our defense will get Roby (This will be huge) and Barnett back, Linsley will most likely be ready to play a full game at Center, and Hyde comes back, eventually. Also the defense will get better, they're extremely talented, they just need time to gel. Look at last year's defense, in August they were a joke, and by November they were a well-oiled machine. 

Buckeye Chuck's picture

A good point about Linsley, who was standing out early.

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calmtommygunn's picture

Hi folks this is my first comment so here goes i was at the game I,m a Usher at porthole A1 i take care for the band and past great buckeyes it was HOT today folks falling out every where I also have lots of contact with the fans of the other teams every year, the folks in blue today talk about nothing else other then how great the buckeye fans were to them all day long and how the Buckeyes are in a much higher level then them and every one of them used their hands to show the difference that being said it pains me so to see Buckeye fans talk worst about MY team then the other teams fans if your weren't there then you have no clue how the heat worked on every one!

boojtastic's picture

Welcome. Thanks for the on-site info.

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Thank you very much!

36buck's picture

Anyone else think a. Washington looks to heavy. May have lost some quickness

D-Day0043's picture

I believe he's gained like 50 lbs. since he got to school. I hope he hasn't been eating HGH Weaties. 

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The Butler's picture

Bottom line, I'll take the win, but if the defense doesn't grow up - and in a hurry - it could be a difficult season.

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droessl's picture

The good: Braxton's reads and patience. 
jordan Hall's vision, cuts, and speed
Bosa and Shazier (pre-cramps)
 
The bad: d-line not pressuring Buffalo
o-line's inconsistent protection 
 
The ugly: Decker's "blocking" strategy
Armani Reeves' day. Just wow. 

gutterwaste's picture

Taylor Decker wanted to call in the Iowa running back from "The Program."  Also, big Jordan Hall fan, but dude's got to lead the country in superfluous spin moves

AJW_16's picture

1st qtr = awesome. After that the team really seemed deflated - almost like they felt they had it in the bag. Seemed to be an issue last year as well.
Overall I am feeling "meh," but I will reserve judgment until I have seen.
Btw, get ready for the "Urban is a classless dbag for going for 2!!! GRRRRR!!" drums to begin. I already have a buddy who is a UM fan go on a diatribe about it. 

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I wonder if they said that about Chip Kelly when he did it at Oregon.

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Lomar's picture

I'm sure your buddy will be far more animated when Urban does that in November!

UrbanCulture's picture

I was at the game. Here are my thoughts.
1) It was HOT. Just sitting there I was sweating up a storm. Can't imagine how tiring it was to be giving all you got every play.
2) RE: Defensive Line expectations. I was expeting the DLine to have a field day. While this was not the case, I was not disappointed in the DLine. When Buffalo threw passes, it was of the dink and dunk variety, thus eliminating our pass rush. When Buffalo did throw the "down the field" passes, our DLine did get a lot of pressure, which was encouraging. 
3) RE: Offensive Line expectations. I was expecting the Oline to manhandle everything in their path today. This was not the case. Reading through this forum it appeared Taylor Decker was the cause but I noticed Braxton rarely had time to set his feet in the pocket and throw.
4) RE: Dontre Wilson. Obviously he has TONS of potential and showed flashes of that today, but it seemed like every time he was put in the game we forced the ball his way. Eventually Buffalo caught on to this resulting in the pick 6.
5) RE: Defense. Back to the soft coverage today. I'm hoping this has more to do with the fact that Roby wasn't available but man were those 6 and 8 yard passes pissing me off. Besides Reeves I liked what I saw in therms of tackling.
6) RE: Offense. It seemed like we over-did the zone read today. Almost every first down post first quarter was a zone read. Hoping this was just to get Brax some more reps in but those plays were rarely productive. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't recall any false starts. Love that. 2 point conversion plays were a pleasant surprise and Kenny G played well.
7) RE: Special Teams: Obviously impressed by Dontre's KR, but other than that pretty underwhelming. Roughing the punter can't happen down the road, and 3 bobbled/muffed punts from Philly. Not sure what really happened with Johnston but i was expecting a little more than 40 yards a punt. Kick Coverage was GREAT and lots of juice on the field at that point.
8) As a type this Alabama scored the MOMENT they touched the ball. I don't think we are on their level yet, but in time this team could be scary. Got the W and Go bucks!

TheBadOwl's picture

I can't even describe the sunburn that I got today. It was so damn hot.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

lsjSnail's picture

Well said, thanks

UrbanCulture's picture

After watching the pick 6, it appeared the Mewhort (I think) was supposed to put Mack on the ground with his block. This would have freed up wilson. Mack avoided the block and was thus in perfect position to make the interception. 

lippertini's picture

Seems like a lot to ask of a guy to need to pancake his man in order for a play to work.  :P

cplunk's picture

Mewhort was supposed to cut his legs out to put him on the ground. Still doesn't excuse Brax basically not looking before he threw it.
Mewhort didn't get his job done, Brax didn't look like he should have, but bottom line is Mack made a great play in keeping his feet on the block, reacting quickly enough to catc it, and running as hard as he could before the fast guys could turn around and get it in gear.

Poison nuts's picture

My thoughts were that OSU seems to play down to the level of competition in the OOC games. This year, they actually started quickly & put points up quickly, but as soon as they had a bit of trouble, they seemed to go flat.
Still, they won pretty comfortably & put 40 points up. Buffalo probably should have only scored 7 of their 20 points. 
Kenny Guiton could be the QB of this team & I would be OK with that. He sure is comfortable with Chris Fields...That's not to say I don't love Braxton - I do. But if he can't play for any reason, bring out the sax! I think Braxton seemed to be forcing himself to stay in the pocket & looked uncomfortable for a lot of the game. His first drive was obviously brilliant & I believe he'll continue to improve through the year at being a passing QB.
Armani Reeves had a very bad day. I'm not ready to call him a bad player, but he had a bad day to be sure.
All in all, it was a depleted team & they will improve weekly. I think they'll drop to 4-5 in the country but will work their way back up soon.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

mike78's picture

Regardless of how we all feel about the Buckeyes performance tonight, I know we're all rooting for VA Tech right now, #1 is still #1

ScarletNut's picture

I cannot believe how slow and uncoordinated Decker looked. Mack is a beast but Decker goes against our D-Line all the time in practice. He was pitiful. Not enough adjectives to describe how poorly he played. That effort doesn't deserve another start. Long season if we don't find an athletic RT.

Lomar's picture

I'm not ready to sell Decker down the river just yet.  In his first real game he gets absolutely exploited by a future (high) first round pick.
Did his start-to-finish performance today stink?  Yes.  Is it conclusive enough to say he needs to be benched and can't possibly be coached to where he needs to be?  Hardly.
i think we are forgetting just how young portions of this team are.  Not trying to defend today's performance, but I also think the predictions of doom and gloom are, well, a little nutty.  Too soon to tell, and if I am going to trust any coaching staff in the country to drive improvement...  Let's just say I feel pretty good.

zebiraross's picture

Seemed like Miller was decisive and making quick reads before the interception. After, looked rattled.

Decker was really really bad. And it wasn't just Mack getting around him.

The question to me did they loose interest when they got up in the 1st quarter, or did Buffalo make that good of adjustments?

Why was BM in the game in the last 5 min?

Zone run every time on 1st down was driving me crazy.

I hate soft coverage. Jam the receivers and give Spence and Diesel a extra second to get to the qb. Im confident they can.

Zeb

Buckeyejason's picture

Looks like Carlos Hyde lost his starting spot. 

BUCKEYES BABY!

cplunk's picture

For now, yeah. But Urban is all about competition. No starting spot is locked. Hyde can win it back.
I like me some Hyde, feel good about Hall, think Rod Smith has big play ability, am impressed with Wilson's potential, and can't wait to see more of Ball, EzE, and Dunn. We can't lose, really. That's one position I feel great about.

Buckeyejason's picture

If Hall stays healthy he'll be #1 all year mark it down. 
Dunn, Ball and Elliot should have played plenty today..why they didn't I have no idea!?

BUCKEYES BABY!

cplunk's picture

I wondered about that. Seemed like a great time to get them in. 

Buckeyejason's picture

Absolutely

BUCKEYES BABY!

lippertini's picture

I couldn't disagree more.  Hyde and Smith (if he holds on to the ball) are both better backs against high-level competition, IMO.

Buckeyejason's picture

Maybe Hyde..definitly not Smith! 
Meyer seems to have a differing opinion than you..

BUCKEYES BABY!

DefendYoungstown's picture

Rod Jones is back next week, CAN'T WAIT!!!!
 

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

lippertini's picture

Looks like the coaches watched the film and have come around to my thinking :)
"Meyer also said Rod Smith is on target following his one-game suspension. Meyer said he hopes he earns right to carry ball because that frees up Jordan Hall to help us in other places."
"With Rod Smith's return, Drayton said Hall's role in offense could evolve."
"On Rod Smith's return from a one-game suspension, Drayton said it will likely change the order of the RBs. He said Smith is a guy that can run through defenders and that kind of runner was missing Saturday."
http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2013/09/25434/ohio-state-football-urban-me...

Buckeyejason's picture

Ill believe that Rod Smith can be a starting RB when I see it.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"I'll believe that Jordan Hall can be a starting RB when I see it."

"I'll believe that Carlos Hyde can be a starting RB when I see it."

Don't you people get tired of doubting Buckeye players?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Buckeyejason's picture

I've seen Hall and Hyde make plays for over 2 years..both have proven themselves.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Silverbuck8's picture

Think a key thing to remember is everyone was down on Grant after the Indiana game last year, he played well today.  Reeves started strong but definitely was picked on late, he will get valuable experience as a backup to Roby. 

lippertini's picture

Yup, I'm not too worried about Reeves.  Now, if he was the starter like today, I'd be worried. 

RedStorm45's picture

The punter everyone wanted to see...41.3 yard average on 3 punts.

hspbuy1's picture

After that great 1st qtr, we sputtered alot,  With Hyde, Smith & Hall in that backfield.......Oh Yeah! I'm not gonna judge anybody,I wasn't there.  I was hoping for more points,but I enjoyed the game! Go Bucks! 

hspbuy1

Toilrt Paper's picture

The unrealistic thought tOSU would win 60-0.
At one point Ohio State's defense had 1 starter from last year on the field and 2 backups unavailable. On offense only one running play was called for Braxton.

Whosisbrew's picture

More important: WHERE'S THE BLACK KEYS CELEBRATION TUNES!?

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Loved the first quarter, hated the rest of the game. Miller's pick was unforgiveable. He knows better than to just dump a pass off without looking. But he played well overall. The Braxton in the first and fourth quarter is the one we need.
The depth or lack of it showed on a hot muggy day. The guys don't look to be in that good of shape as been reported, except for Jordan Hall. And those leg cramps drive me nuts. Drink that gatorade! And keep drinking it! I washed my car right before the game and I felt I sweated out four pounds just by doing that. The guys are expending far more energy than I did washing my car. So drink up guys! Stay hydrated. It's the best way to prevent cramps in the leg.
Decker was horrible at RT. He's too fat and slow for any DL or linebacker who can move. He needs a lot of work. The other guys on the OL were great, as usual. Decker is the weak link right now. I hope he won't be when Wisconsin comes to town.
It looked like OSU (someone, don't know who) took the foot off the gas pedal at 23-0. They let Buffalo get back into the game and that shouldn't have happened.

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

I just deleted a couple dozen posts in this thread debating gay marriage. In an Ohio State game wrap-up story. You have got to be fucking kidding me.

This is not the site for your hot political takes. This will never be the site for your hot political takes. Follow the 11W commenting rules or don't comment.

DefendYoungstown's picture

Can't we all just get along?

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

andretolstoy's picture

I'm sorry! The topic was right there - staring at me like a fresh meatball sub, with provolone and warm marinara  sauce. It was too good to resist! My mouth was watering!
Sometimes bones and boneheads are meant to be picked,  - but I honor your rules. Wait, even the play by play announcer comments were sliced? Man you're a tough crowd. No one likes discomfort.
I blame Coach Fickell.

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Wouldn't be the CHASE if we got it all right in week 1. Getting Roby back, another veteran voice in the defensive huddle will be big. Should be fun watching this defense grow up over the next few weeks. Go Bucks!

d5k's picture

2 plays (missed cut block / spectacular sprawl -> pick six, and Dontre's fumble) made this look a lot closer than it was.  Both teams were gassed and cramping in second half so that wasn't really crisp football.

DaFish's picture

I thought Spence was unblockable?

will0327's picture

Everybody just chill....did you still how Alabama looked ....just chill

OUR HONOR DEFENDED .....

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I thought the freshman would see a little more playing time.