Debriefing: Buffalo

By Michael Citro on September 1, 2013 at 10:30a
J Hall did some work on Saturday.

Hello, my fellow Buckeyes, and welcome to your first game debrief of 2013. It’s everything you’ll need to know in order to sound like a boss when you discuss the game with your colleagues this week. And you will discuss it. It’s the season opener in what could be a very special year. If you arm yourself with the right information, people will just assume you’re knowledgeable and admire you for it. And who doesn't like to be admired?

First up, we’ve got the Buffalo Bulls from the Mid-American Conference. It’s your first look at Year 2 of Urban Meyer in Columbus. Here we go.

Water Cooler prep (Everything you need to know…in one paragraph)

The slow starts of last season weren’t a problem, as Ohio State raced out to a 23-0 lead in the first quarter, looking good in all facets of the game. After a couple of turnovers, Buffalo got a toehold in the game and the Buckeyes perhaps got complacent — and had a few guys go down with injury. Gamely, the Bulls hung around and made enough plays to keep Ohio State’s starters on the field until late in the game. Buffalo actually outscored Ohio State after the opening quarter, 20-17. Ryan Shazier scared everyone in Scarlet & Gray by riding a cart to the locker room before the half, but it was just a cramping issue and he eventually returned. Devin Smith opened the scoring on a 47-yard bomb from Braxton Miller. Jordan Hall ran for two scores and Chris Fields caught two touchdown passes — one from Kenny Guiton. Oh, and the Buckeyes went for (and converted) two-point conversions after their first two touchdowns.

Talk before the game  

Also this:

VIPs in Attendance

Urban Meyer saw a familiar face while walking into the stadium — former OSU fullback-turned-linebacker Zach Boren. Meyer pulled Boren in with the team as they walked into the Horseshoe.

In addition to Boren there were recruits on hand:

Talk in the aftermath

“The only stat that matters is the W!”

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

Jordan Hall set a career high for rushing yards midway through the second quarter. He finished with 159 yards on 21 carries and the aforementioned two touchdowns. That’s an average of 7.6 yards per tote. Hall showed he could run between the tackles, especially when the hogs up front opened up a gaping maw that led to a 49-yard touchdown romp. Hall consistently found positive yardage throughout the game, making third downs manageable (Ohio State was 7/12 on third). The fifth-year senior also caught three passes for 14 yards and added another reception for a two-point conversion. He served as the offense’s security blanket all game long. After his injury problems of 2012, it was great to see Hall find some success.

He gone.

Snot Knocker of the Game

One big hit stood out above all the others. Ohio State led 16-0 and was thirsty for more. With Miller scrambling left for a first down, Philly Brown came back to help. Brown’s blindside block on safety Jake Stockman was a classic de-cleater. Stockman was shaken up on the play and was down for a few minutes, but he later returned to the game.

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

Up 37-20 and backed up against their own goal line, the Buckeyes faced 3rd-and-eight. Miller dropped back into his own end zone, paused a moment, then broke left toward the first-down marker. He picked up a couple of blocks, cut back to his right, and rumbled 41 yards on crampy legs to flip the field. It was a glimpse of vintage Braxton, who had not run much to that point in the game. Ohio State eventually kicked a field goal when the drive stalled, going up by 20 and putting the game out of reach.

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

Buffalo’s Khalil Mack is a future NFL player and perhaps a first-round pick. Shortly after the Bulls scored their first touchdown, taking advantage of a Dontre Wilson fumble and a 15-yard penalty on Armani Reeves, Mack came up big. Buffalo’s star defender fought off a cut block by Jack Mewhort, popped up and snared a pass intended for Wilson. With forward momentum and a head start, Mack just barely outran both Wilson and Miller to the goal line for a defensive touchdown. The Bulls failed on a two-point try while you were still shouting uncharitable things and possibly hurling objects with great velocity.

Tip your hat to the return of the Mack.

Jim Tressel's Least Favorite Moment of the game

Tressel works at Akron now, and might become the next president of that university, but he tweeted an “O-H” before the game, so you know he’s tuned in to Buckeye football on Saturdays. He looked up from his Sudoku puzzle when Jordan Hall was stuffed on fourth down in the second quarter, with the Buckeyes up 23-0, and muttered, “You have an excellent punter who came all the way from Australia to play football in the great state of Ohio. Use him…and those kinds of things!” Then he went back to filling in the number “3” in every single box on the Sudoku, because The Vest loves field goals.

What you texted your friend at the end of each quarter

First: 23-0! This offense is sick. Braxton is a boss.

Second: Wait, what happened to the offense?

Third: This helmet rule is terrible. How come our guys are the only ones cramping?

Fourth: Meh. It’s a win, but I have some concerns.

It was over when

Buffalo failed to score on fourth down when Joe Licata fumbled the snap near Ohio State’s goal line. The Buckeyes drove from their own two-yard line on the strength of two long third-down runs by Miller — including the Play of the Game referenced above. Drew Basil capped the drive with a 39-yard field goal with just 7:05 to play. The three points put Ohio State ahead, 40-20, and sealed Buffalo’s fate.

That’s it for the opener. You’re ready to take on all comers at the office water cooler. On to San Diego State in Week 2.


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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Spot on!!!

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Norwalk's picture

Khalil Mack is fast! How many times will you see any player on any team beat Brax and Dontre to the house?

dan_isaacs's picture

He had a 1sec running head start.  he's hella fast, but for a LB, not a WR.  :)

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doodah_man's picture

That. Heard the same thing from Mowins, expressing her nonstop love for Mack. Both Brax and Wilson were closing, at an angle. 

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cinserious's picture

Return of the Mack. LMAO!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I was astonished when that play happened.

dubjayfootball90's picture

When I read:
"When you sank into your chair (The Moment Buckeye Football Disgraced your Family)"
I laughed out loud. Unfortunately for me, when I laughed out loud, my fiance's father was just in a fight with his other daughter, and basically said something that ends the argument (you know those types of statements, they are big and sometimes brutal). Right when that statement finished, I burst out laughing. Not the best time to laugh... ugh...

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

pjtobin's picture

I haven't had the chance to watch it yet. I did listen to it though. This helped me recap it all. I was in such bliss yesterday I forgot 99% of what happened. 

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81Alum's picture

Loved the Tressel reference "…and those kinds of things!". What a contrast between Meyer and Tressel ... and so forth.

CC's picture

It's funny I followed the Bucks from Tress' first game to his last and I don't remember many of his quotes because I stopped tuning in.  By year 3 I knew I would never get anything out of him!

Idaho Helga's picture

Tressel was also spotted grinding his teeth on the 2pt conversions.  "Kick the goddamn thing!" was heard as far away as Wheeling.

Adambob's picture

Awesome. I'm glad Tressel's least favorite moment is still in the debriefing. I can imagine him sipping coffee and spitting it out when he saw the team line up for 2, then slamming his cup down and saying "Get that guaranteed point!". 

faux_maestro's picture

I can imagine him sipping coffee O'Douls and spitting it out


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dubjayfootball90's picture

Also, one thing that made me happy was when Marcus Hall rocked Khalil Mack when Decker was blocking him. Decker was having trouble all day, and Marcus Hall came by for a late double team, blasted Mack on the side and sat him down. A very warm feeling came over me and I thought, "Our O-line will be getting better every week."

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

DenBuck's picture

We were killing it at first and then seemed to get bogged down a bit. Good win. Was hoping to see a bit more of the younger backs...Where was Dunn?

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D-Day0043's picture

If this offense can put together the performance we saw in the first quarter for four quarters, this team can roll with anyone.
Meyer said most of the plays were scripted in the first quarter. After that the play calling was all Herman. His in game calling was very predictable and he forced some things.
Braxton left a lot of yards on the field. His in game awareness still isn't where it should be. He ran out of bounds for a loss a few times when he was pressured, taking a loss instead of throwing the ball away. Several times he dumped the ball off for a minimal gain when he could have tucked it an ran for a big chunk of yardage. He also missed a couple wide open long throws. His decision making and accuracy was still not up to par. 
i just want to see this team use the weapons it has in the correct situations. The ability to stretch the field vertically in the first quarter showed us what the offense could be. The moment they got conservative the field collapsed. The vertical passing game must become consistent. 
I hope to see a better performance next week. This offense has got to learn to trust itself. The sky is the limit if they can put it all together.

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THE_JUICE's picture

I agree with a lot of what you said about the offense.  Thank God this was just the first game and there is time to iron out some of the kinks.  I think we'll see things start to come together as the season progresses and guys come back from injuries and suspensions.
If this team and consistently play as well as they did at their best today, the rest of the B1G should watch out.

DefendYoungstown's picture

Tressel also tweeted "I love this punter, the punt is the most powerful play in college football"

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

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Good info Michael!  Will come in handy at the water cooler!!
Go Bucks!!

MassiveAttack's picture

Where were the tight ends' touches? I can only remember two short receptions. 

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cinserious's picture

I have a feeling that if Dontre receives that pass, he takes it to the house. 14 point swing. Seems like most Bulls defenders were taking a gamble.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

MN Buckeye's picture

Buffalo was successful throwing the quick out to Alex Neutz (19) quite often.

jestertcf's picture

Confession: I have always been the biggest Jordan Hall later. I always thought he was given a scholarship solely for playing with TP.
How I love to eat crow win it leads to wins.

~Because we couldn't go for three~

topgun67's picture

I am still not a big Jordan Hall fan.  His one game against Buffalo doesn't convince me.  Hyde and Rod Smith (if he can eliminate fumbles) are the guys for me.
Dontre is going to be a superstar in time.. but will need to be careful w/ turnovers with his style...
Defense still worries me to death... we need that side of the ball to grow quickly before Big Ten games and grow even further before The Game and Big Ten championship and hopefully the BCS title.  We aren't even close on that side of the ball. 
Braxton still seem to me long way off... but do have better receiver corps this year than past.  Still needs to run though... Pryor will make something of his professional career because of his legs and not the arm... nothing wrong w/ Braxton running for yards... I think it's natural for him.  If we limit that too much, I don't think we will get the results we want - which for college team such as OSU, is to win each and every game (versus honing him for NFL days). 
Next game is tougher, so we better bring it on... and then at Cal... let's see