Braxton Optional in Blowout Win Against San Diego State

By Kyle Rowland on September 7, 2013 at 6:48p
Braxton Miller is expected to play at Cal.

COLUMBUS – The unblemished record left Urban Meyer in a jovial mood. The best thing about being 1-0 is a chance to be 2-0, the head coach says. An early 23-0 lead against Buffalo imprinted visions of the fast-strike offense mentioned all summer.

Ohio State 21 14 7 0 42
San Diego State 0 0 7 0 7

Then Ohio State became sloppy, resting on the three-touchdown margin.

The quickest avenue to agitating Meyer is not giving 100 percent on every play. There’s a reason four to six seconds of relentless effort is repeated ad nauseam. Players admitted to being lackadaisical and uninspired the final three quarters, when the Bulls outscored the Buckeyes 20-17.

It caused Meyer to issue a decree of no complacency. The message was delivered during a demanding week of practice that saw vomit on the field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

On Saturday afternoon, there were 104,984 fans whose stomachs went inside out on Ohio State’s seventh play from scrimmage. Braxton Miller crumpled to the field, helmet flying through the air after a vicious hit. It wasn’t a head injury, though, but instead a sprained MCL.

It was the nightmare scenario spoken of as the lone roadblock to an unbeaten season. But Kenny Guiton, as he did multiple times last year, proved he wasn’t just a backup relegated to mop-up duty.

“The old right hander steps in again and does a nice job,” Meyer said. “He’s too slow, not a strong enough arm, but all he does is lead, manage and distribute and has an incredible knowledge of the game. He also incredible leadership skills where players respond.”

PASSING Cmp/Att Pct Yds TD Int Rat
Kenny Guiton 19/28 67.8 152 2 1 129.9
Braxton Miller 2/2 100 30 0 0 226.0
RUSHING Att Yds Avg Lng TD
Kenny Guiton 9 83 9.2 44 1
Jordan Hall 13 75 5.8 25 1
Dontre Wilson 5 51 10.2 18 1
Ezekiel Elliott 6 36 6.0 11 0
Rod Smith 3 11 3.7 6 1
Braxton Miller 1 5 5.0 5 0
Warren Ball 2 4 2.0 0 2
Devin Smith 7 46 6.6 16 0
Corey Brown 6 73 12.2 27 2
Dontre Wilson 3 6 2.0 4 0
Jeff Heuerman 2 33 16.5 25 0
Rod Smith 1 12 12.0 12 0
Evan Spencer 1 10 10.0 10 0
Nick Vannett 1 2 2.0 2 0

[Full Box Score]

The third-ranked Buckeyes scored one play after he entered the game and in four of his first five series. That steak of good fortune dated back to 2012, adding up to 13 touchdowns in 21 series with Guiton at quarterback.

Ohio State had little problem dispatching San Diego State, 42-7, behind Guiton’s 235 total yards and three touchdowns. Miller never returned to the game, though Meyer said he could have and will likely be ready for next Saturday’s trip to Cal. Miller jogged back from the locker room and wore a knee brace.

“We had a long discussion on the sideline,” Meyer said. “I think he could have [gone back in]. But things that make him dangerous are his wheels, and I don't think it would have been smart. So we all decided it was best not to.”

The Heisman hopeful’s presence wasn’t needed against the Aztecs, a nine-win team in 2012 that has gotten off to a disastrous start this season. San Diego State didn’t get their first first down until 18 minutes into the game and were limited to just three total yards in the first quarter.

Quarterback Adam Dingwell had struggled in his previous two games, completing less than 40 percent of his passes while throwing seven interceptions and zero touchdowns. After three series and no completions in five attempts against a bolstered Ohio State secondary, head coach Rocky Long had seen enough. Quinn Kaehler entered and played the rest of the game.

The offensive line’s inability to block the Buckeyes’ D-line was a bigger issue. Ohio State had three sacks and held San Diego State to 64 rushing yards on 27 attempts. Michael Bennett was a big part of the run lanes being clogged. He tallied 3 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, including 0.5 sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

“He’s a difference maker right now,” Meyer said. “I can’t think of a guy playing better and leading better. He’s a perfect example of hard work because this time last year he was nonexistent. When he went in he was a liability. Now he goes in and he’s one of the leaders on our defense.”

On Guiton’s first play, he pitched the ball to freshman speedster Dontre Wilson on an option and watched him jet to the end zone from seven yards out. The next possession concluded on a 27-yard touchdown pass to Philly Brown. Jordan Hall scored on a four-yard run late in the first quarter. When the first 15 minutes were over, the Buckeyes had another three-touchdown first quarter.

Where the game differed was the final 45 minutes. The foot stayed firmly on the gas pedal. Guiton scored on a 44-yard run, snaking from one side of the field to the other. It brought the loudest ovation of the day and served as another signature Guiton moment.

“He’s as good of a backup quarterback as there is in the country,” Long said. “I don’t know how they decide which one starts to be honest with you. I think both of them are very good players. When one goes down, I don’t think they lose anything.”

Rod Smith capped the first half scoring with a one-yard plunge. Ohio State’s 35-0 lead was a welcome relief for the coaches and players after a lull last week.

The Buckeyes made it 42-0 in the third quarter on a beautifully thrown 24-yard lob pass by Guiton to a well-covered Philly Brown, who came down with the ball with two defenders surrounding him. The 11-play, 66-yard drive was Ohio State’s longest of the season.

San Diego State scored on a two-yard run late in the third quarter. Even in a near flawless performance, players can always find something to pick at.

“It’s frustrating we didn’t get the shutout today,” said linebacker Ryan Shazier. “Every defense wants to hold the other team to zero points, but we did what we had to do.”

It was a return to normalcy for the defense with Bradley Roby, C.J. Barnett and Shazier all on the field together. The trio finished with 16 tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup. Barnett had a team-high seven tackles, while Doran Grant and Armani Reeves, who started in place of Roby for the second straight week, each snared an interception.

“Having guys like C.J. and Bradley back is like a security blanket,” Shazier added. “We know exactly what they can do and that they’re going to do it.”

Hall built on his 159-yard performance last week with 75 yards and a rushing touchdown, and Wilson finished with 51 yards and a touchdown. Brown led the receiving corps with 73 yards and two touchdowns. Devin Smith had a game-high seven catches for 46 yards. 

It was the 17th game of Guiton’s career, and by far the most snaps he’s every played. He set career highs in nearly every statistical category. Guiton finished 19-of-28 throwing with 152 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He ran nine times for 83 yards and a score.

“I just do my best to let my voice be heard and impact this team in a positive way,” Guiton said. “I take pride in the fact the offense almost doesn’t skip a beat when I come into the game. I just do my best to be a leader in that way.

“I let the team know everything is going to be OK.”


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BuckeyePoetLaureate's picture

I've said it before and I'll say it again...

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FROMTHE18's picture

Better this week. Wish we got the shutout but improvement is nice. Kenny G, best back up in America.

Nutbuck1959's picture

Guiton has a wonderful grasp of this offense. He looked great. LOVED the diamond formation.

ChillitownBuck30's picture

Yep called it..I knew UFM would throw that in there...another thing for a defense to gameplan for.

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OSUPhilosopherAndHomer's picture

I loved watching Kenny run. If he made a bad decision and kept it when he shouldn't have, I sure didn't see it. Go Bucks!

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81Alum's picture

Yeah, I guess the coaches will know better, but I thought Kenny was close to perfect with his decision making - except on that interception.

buckeyepastor's picture

Agree.  He lacks Miller's athleticism and speed, and struggles on his deep balls, but he is a much better decision-maker and "manager" of the offense than Miller.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

Jhesse17's picture

Reminds me of Alex Smith.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Solid win against a badly overmatched team. Aside from the penalties and occasionally mediocre run blocking, I can't say much that's negative about the starting 22. Plus, we played a backup QB virtually all the way, and that's not a minor thing.

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WOLFofOHIO's picture

Kenny guiton = awesome. Braxton Miller = also awesome but blood pressure
Killer..all in all..better team this let's go hunt some bears.

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

weimerad's picture

Still not pleased with the 2nd half performance and play calling. They have to continue to play aggressive and score more points. 
Also they weren't nearly as up tempo as they should have been

SOF_Buckeye's picture

Agreed; though I'm not panicking. Would like to see the offense unleashed for a full iteration (or at least 3 quarters). The penalties need to get under control. 

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Woody Hayes

81Alum's picture

Agree, what's with taking the foot off the gas? The difference between the two halves was noticeable, both on offense and on defense.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Let's look at that second half again.
First drive of the half, the Buckeyes picked up where they left off, moving the ball easily, but consecutive 15 yard penalties pretty much killed things.
Second drive of the half ended in a score.
Third drive, we got a couple of first downs and then were stopped on fourth down. By this point, we're already in the fourth quarter.
What's weird is that Guiton's keeper on fourth down was the last Buckeye running play of the entire game. The next two drives were 4 passes and a punt, followed by 3 passes and a punt. These drives weren't effective, but it's the opposite of what's usually meant by "going conservative."
Plus, you have to factor in the substituting on both sides of the ball -- the Aztecs kept possession much more in the second half than in the first -- and the fact that we were going with a backup QB to begin with. 
I don't like the penalties, but aside from that, I didn't see much regarding the 7 points in the second half to be worried about.

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KingsRite's picture

We looked much better today. Great win and get ready for CAL!

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

Poison nuts's picture

Great win - although I wanted to see a 2nd half full throttling, but still a great win & genuine domination.

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DefendYoungstown's picture

Kenny G is the real deal and fits into our offense extremely well.

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

Baroclinicity's picture

Marcus Hall is in for a rough week.

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

81Alum's picture

Have we replaced false start Shugarts with false start Hall?

Corvas's picture

Speaking of vomit on the field at the WHAC...

mb5599's picture

Much better on both sides of the ball this week. Defense was agressive and Kenny Guiton didnt miss a beat taking over at QB.  Did'nt see the let down after the 1st QTR that I saw last week.  SDSU couldnt move the ball against our D for most of the day which is the way it should be.  Way too many penalties on the o line however.  They also didnt blow the SDSU defensive line off the ball in short yardage situations.  Saw too many pulling guards on short yardage instead of just driving the D line off the ball.  Elliot and Wilson looked pretty good.  All in all a great performance by the Buckeyes. Hope they show this much improvement every week. If they do, they can live up to all the hype they have recieved so far.

Big B

kr66osu's picture

Much better than last week aside from it seeming like we were getting called for false starts every other play for a while

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

Personal Observations/rambling
Did the ghost of JB Shugarts possess Marcus Hall? Good Lord...that was atrocious..
I get so nervous everytime Brax runs. With Pryor I got excited, with Brax I'm holding my breath and hoping he gets back up.
I cant wait to watch Bradley Roby go against an elite WR, but he is the next STAR out of DB U. I hope to God the Lions draft him (IDC if this earns me a downvote lol Go Lions)
I thought Rod Smith should have played the entire game.
Brionte must be deep in that dog house. 
Is it me or does anyone else think we should chill a bit on the punt block attempts? I realize how valuable and how much of a momentum swing it is, but you gotta realize that if you send pressure like that on every punt, you're going to get a roughing call everytime you dont block the kick
I hope everyone in the Big House tonight forgets where they parked and they roam the parking lot like idiots until the morning.

Jonnferrell's picture

Sometimes a different QB can throw your timing off a bit.  Maybe that contributed to Marcus' jumping too soon.

"I miss Brady Hoke."

Will in Arizona's picture

RE: Miller vs Pryor
I think it's fair to label Miller as injury prone at this point.  I agree with you though - with Pryor, you never felt concerned about him getting hit.  With Miller, sometimes he gets all gimpy with minimal or even no contact.  Some guys just have bodies that don't cooperate, and I think Braxton might be one of them.

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Lurker - my brotha from anotha motha....  Dude I totes agree on every single point, thanks for my game summary.

DefendYoungstown's picture

Urban said "Devin and Corey need to quit dancing around".

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

andyb's picture

I'm glad he said that! I was screaming on a couple of those 3rd downs we didn't convert because primarily Devin wanted to juke people out (not his strength) instead of running downhill with speed like he's good at. 

bucks15's picture

Aside from the injuries, this was the most disappointing thing I saw today.  Neither of them seem to have the ability to make people miss in the open field.  This is a concern if we want our offense to be as good as we are expecting it to be.  

DefendYoungstown's picture

It's opening the door for the younger guys...

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

joel121270's picture

Kills me how some always got something to complain about. Be happy Brax is ok and that they looked better than last week and move on. Good God I get tired of the arm chair qbs always nit picking everything. Enjoy the freakin win!!

DefendYoungstown's picture

The comment about dancing around came from UFM himself after the game. What's wrong with fans having opinions about the performance of the Buckeyes.    

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

ScarletNGrey01's picture

These forums in part should allow fans to share their analysis of the game ... the good, the bad and the ugly.  I think it's great to be upbeat and positive, but I get tired of these kinds of posts that admonish people for having an opinion regarding areas of improvement.  Apparently all you want is mindless cheerleading.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

joel121270's picture

That's fine and I get that but when they looked good up to 42 points what is there to complain about. Don't get me wrong, I am not an apologist and they didn't look good last week but they won. I'm not saying each week has to be happy go lucky no matter how bad they look. I'm just saying is some people every single week will find something to complain about even if the game was executed to perfection. 

81Alum's picture

Get well soon, Braxton. Also, the first I've heard of the lower body injury to Washington. Get well soon Adolphus.
I don't feel that we established the run. Carlos Hyde is being missed and will make a huge difference running between the tackles.

andyb's picture

agree 100% about Hyde...even though we have all of these new weapons we still looked a little one dimensional out there at times..we need our bruiser back to keep the other side honest.

vitaminB's picture

263 yards rushing on 40 attempts.  6.5 per.  I think we established the run just fine.

Larryp713's picture

The positives: I really liked the defense in the first half... had flashbacks to the mid-2000s; Kenny Guiton is a real leader and capable QB, at times spectacular; Armani Reeves had a nice bounce-back game which I love, because I think he will be a very good corner in the next couple of years; loved watching EZ with the ball and Ball picking up blitzes... great to see the young guys get a chance to play.
The negatives: The energy level dropped in the second half, which is to be expected; penalties will hurt us in B1G play - need to clean that up; I think we should be breaking more big plays - better than last year, but not as good as I expect.
Bottom line, the Buckeyes improved this week but still need to get better. I think they will get there. Well wishes for Braxton's recovery.



DefendYoungstown's picture

Nicely done sir +1

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

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Just got back from the shoe.  Amazing performance (overall) by Kenny.  Michael Bennet looking good, great to see Elliot AND Ball getting some reps.  The defensive line could get a little more penetration I think and the corners and safeties allowing a bit too much of a buffer, but the prevent defense worked well except for one drive.  So many offensive weapons on this team.  Game ball goes to Kenny G obviously.  About to sit down and watch every play on my DVR, may have a little different perspective then.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Goalscorer9's picture

Shout out to Steve Miller.  Had a big sack and made a nice tacke on a bubble screen

biggy84's picture

I feel much better about the defense after this week. First time since 2010 that i saw the true Silver Bullets. My confidence has really been boosted.
Offensively, i still think we haven't seen the best the unit has to offer. On a side note, i feel bad for the offensive linemen that have to be in their stance for 30 seconds every play before the ball is finally

DaiTheFlu's picture

Taylor Decker has to be relieved as hell that Marcus Hall channeled his inner JB Shugarts today...

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

zbd's picture

Thanks Kenny G for a top performance. The stupid penalties of the OL  and blocking the kicker must stop. Conditioning is questionable. Glad to see some of the freshmen getting PT.  

AJW_16's picture

Just got back from the Shoe - any word on why Jordan Hall and Rod Smith switched numbers? (sorry if this has been talked about already)

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

Crimson's picture

Hall is playing special teams with Bell, both wearing 7.  They had Bell in 11 at the last minute for game 1 to negate this.

BuckGuy003's picture

Something about 2 players having the same number on special teams.

Bucks's picture

Co-worker had an extra ticket and invited me. Typically only go to 2 home games a year (big ones) but the weather was beautiful and jumped on it.
1) Shout out to Script Ohio with the Quad today.
2) Just now catching up on XBrax and the injury. BP went a bit high when he was laid out and the staff wasn't focusing on a cramp. Watching the cart take him away didn't help.
3) Kenny freaking Guiton. Buddy & I were trying to think of a "backup" to compare him to but just couldn't do it. Granted, anyone could argue the Tebow/Leak or Jackson/Germaine type combos, but those are quite different. Flat out impressed by this guy. On the drive home (on that note, I promise that merging really isnt that expletive hard ppl!) heard the fan talk on the team reaction to Guiton. Heck, the team looked excited to have Kenny in. It was evident.
4) In the same vein, Xbrax & Guiton both need to see the field, IMO ... and this coming from a guy who cannot stand the dual QB system.
5) Dontre. I usually equate hype train on a new guy to "he might do good things." Pfft. All aboard & Choo Choo. That 160lb #1 is a fraction of a second from breaking the big one every-single-touch. Kinda ridiculous what he is probably going to do while here.
6) Love seeing Hall on the field and want to keep seeing him. It was said somewhere that Hyde is a hammer and can't wait for him to be back to be that. Hall & Hyde is going to be another ridiculous spoil.
Go Buckeyes! I hope everyone enjoyed their day!

Baroclinicity's picture

Nice seats, yo.

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

Bucks's picture

Yeah, friend told me they were good but didn't know they'd be that good.

buckeyefanatic's picture

>> Dontre
I keep trying to think back to Michael Wiley and his first few touches where he took it to the house the first 2/3/4 times vs Rice.  Did he "look" that exciting?  Its gonna be fun!

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Buckeye Black's picture

Glad Kenny G could manage, but he has obvious flaws with intermediate to deep throws. Braxton needs to man up!  He has the pain tolerance of an elementary school kid.  The knee has four major ligaments.  The ACL, PCL, MCL, and LCL. Pryor tore his PCL and still played like a boss.  Braxton sprained his MCL and looked like he was about to die on the sideline.  I love the kid, but I question his toughness in the moments that will count.  Say we play "x" SEC team and a linebacker creams him, is he going to bounce up like nothing happened, or lay there and whine?  I hope nothing but the best for him, but at some point he needs to man up and say I'm out here to dominate.

faux_maestro's picture

It has been reported that Urban said Braxton could have returned but that he (Urban) chose to hold him out, so there's that.

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Buckeye Black's picture

Yeah I heard that too, but the footage from the sideline just irked me a bit.  Trust me, no one wants Brax to be a beast more than me, but I want him to also man up when the situation calls for it.

Ethos's picture

And I'm sure you would get right up after spraining your MCL

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

Ethos's picture

You have no Idea what the extent of his spRain is and you obviouosly missed the comment in the game that said Meyer chose to pull him it wasn't braxtons call. 

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

Buckeye Black's picture

No I heard every bit of it, and I've sprained my MCL and PCL at different times, granted they felt better in a few days after rest and NSAIDs, but I also continued to compete afterwards.  I see the down votes, and I'm not a negative fan.  I just think he could be a little tougher.

extemporary08's picture

Get real. Risk a season ending injury to Miller for playing against SDSU? what a joke...

BuckGuy003's picture

Holy moly he's not saying that miller should have come back! He's saying it seems like every time he gets hit he's either down for a few seconds or a few plays. He seems to be very fragile and its frustrating. 

Jhesse17's picture

Normally I would be right there with you, as players that don't play with injuries have always irked me, whether on my teams or the teams I am a fan of, but there was no reason to risk further injury against San Diego State. And this is coming from a guy who holds Rondo playing with a dislocated elbow and Lucic playing the Stanley cup finals with broken ribs among his greatest sporting memories.

13THandSummit's picture

As fans, we have no clue what kind of pain he experiences from play to play, but I have to agree with the original post. I just get the sense that a lot of other players would not react to the same amount of pain in such a dramatic way. Basic fact that some people have a higher pain tolerance than others. Great athlete, great person, glad he is our QB, but he does appear more fragile than other dual threat QB's.

Bucks Forever's picture

Fire Fickell!!!!!
But really, great game from Kenny G and his smooth jazz. Also liked the rotation at tailback between Hall, Wilson and Smith. Thought it should have leaned towards Smith and Wilson, but the change of pace helped keep SDSU off balance. Also like how we have interchangeable parts at WR. So many more weapons than last year, and its mostly old guys learning new tricks.

dlb72osu's picture

Really? Fire Fickel?
We all have opinions and we all are entitled to express them but the only thing I can say about that comment is I will trust UFM's ability to pick a capable staff more than some yahoo sitting in the stands or on a couch or on a bar stool screaming to fire an extremely capable assistant.
Sorry, BF, but I couldn't disagree more strongly. He was a very unprepared HC but two very gifted coaches see something in him that your beer goggled eyes are missing.

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

- Invictus

DefendYoungstown's picture

It's sarcasm...

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

jfunk's picture

Sarcasm font was used. Checks out.

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TBDBITL0509's picture

Italics font is commonly used to denote sarcasm on this site. Deep breaths.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Oh how I love me some sweet, sweet jazz by Kenny G!
I doubt if there is another FBS school with such a quality backup. I believe he'd be starting on a couple top 25 teams.
With that said, I sure hope Brax's injury is very minor. Same with Adolphus (saw him on sidelines without pads on).
The Bullets looked more like we expect them to look; obviously having some experience back really helped. Joey Bosa is a stud - very impressed with him these first two games.
I'm thinking that the reason we see the O taking their "foot off the gas" has more to do with having a big lead, trying some things out (why else pass and not run at the end of the game?), and not showing too much of the playbook this early on.
The young guns getting lots of snaps in game conditions (especially the D) is going to pay big dividends down the road.
There's still lots of room for improvement (yee gods, Marcus; hold your water!), but the difference between this week and last was very encouraging.

Gulfstreambuckeye's picture

First half A- second half C. San diego st is terrible. Braxton needs to get down.
What was with not giving smith more carries?
I would feed #1 the ball all day.

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

gravey's picture

Clearly I bought into the hype about the D -line young guns.  I was expecting, when SDS went into pass mode, we'd have a few more sacks.  We can't say "three step drop" this week.  Some of those patterns took a while to develop.  Gotta give their o-line and QB some props....and clearly the blitzes and a number of stunts were called off; but I just though - we'd see a few more one-on-one beat downs by our D line studs on their tired Mountain West boys.  
Thumbs down to the ESPN coverage in the later parts of the game.  They just weren't paying attention to all the backups in the game late.  
Anyone stand out?

Buckeye Black's picture

Wilson stood out for sure.  He'll be the man on the shovel pass later in the season.

gravey's picture

Did anyone else see what looked like their LB twisting Braxton's ankle in the pile?  

Jonnferrell's picture

I missed that, but I'm not surprised.  Being in a pile means getting all kinds of things twisted.

"I miss Brady Hoke."

Basso Profondo's picture

I thought that the Defense had a very good day.  It wasn't all that flashy, but the run D was especially good, and the secondary with two guys back is worlds apart from last Saturday. 
Also, did anyone else besides me LOVE seeing how fired up Kenny G was after his 44-yard TD run? I was at the game, not sure if they showed it on TV; but the dude literally looked like he was ready to run through a wall with excitement.  After holding the ball on the XP he popped up and started jumping around again.  Love seeing that enthusiasm.  Similar story with Reeves after his INT, he looked so pumped and I am glad he could have that exciting moment.

You can't spell chump without UM's picture

To everyone who said the defense needed to play better, there ya go. And I know there's a lot of people, including myself, that wish that the play calling would get better in the second half. But I understand why they start playing Bollman ball after halftime against these weaker teams. You don't want to show all of your plays, you want to save some plays for when you have to play the better teams like Michigan, Wisconsin, Northwestern, etc. So just stay calm and believe in Urban because when the conference games start, you bet your ass they will keep their foot on the gas.

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Donny T's picture

But why did they do the 2-point conversions last week? Urb said it was to give teams something to think about, something they'd have to spend time game-planning about. Why is that any different from opening up the offense? Somehow, there is still a residue of Tressell and Bollman on this team. Play just well enough to win, and then go into a shell. That's not what Meyer promised. 

DefendYoungstown's picture

Couldn't agree with you more...

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

elitesmithie's picture

Wilson looked like a stud. Braxton could have played if need be; no need to risk injury. Defense played great. 3 top teams in the SEC already have one loss. Would be nice to see Oregon or Stanford lose one early prior to playing each other. All we need to do is get better each week. Good to see Illinois win for the Big Ten and Northwestern looked solid again. Good for OSU down the road with the computers.

holtzy's picture

Thank you Kyle.  The caption on the picture just lowered my stress level.

Donny T's picture

Nice win, but the pre-season Kool-aid and the reality are not matching up. Good thing we got some cupcakes to start the season. If OSU were Georgia, for example, no doubt the Bucks would be 0-2. OSU basically played to a tie in the second half, after dominating in the first half. Urb continues to preach not letting up, yet, they continue to let up. I do not have the same optimism some do that this team will be able to turn it up a notch when they feel like it. Perhaps, as my friend said, the team has ADHD.
There seemed to be little to no push on the majority of pass plays. Maybe the flashbacks to the Silver Bullets defense are clouding my judgment. But where are these unblockable studs we supposedly have on the D-Line? Apparently, they are only unblockable by our O-Line. If that's the case with San Diego, what's going to happen when they hit real linemen, like Wisconsin's? (Though, I will concede Bennett is gonna be a load.)
Pass coverage was better, but still not top notch, even with Roby and Barnett. Will be interesting next week when Cal throws 50+ passes, especially if the pass rush doesn't improve. 
And I swear I saw the ghost of Jim Bollman in the press box. Running Jordan Hall up the middle time after time is so Dave. Still can't pull off a bubble screen. Then having your QB carry the ball into traffic near the goal line, when you allegedly have such a multitude of weapons, just seems dumb. I assume things will improve if Carlos Hyde proves himself on the punt team and gets to carry the ball eventually. But I cannot see this being an NC team with Jordan Hall as your number one tailback. Kudos to Kenny, though. 
And how many times did receivers run routes one to two yards short of where they needed to be to get a first down? Are they really teaching that?  
Special teams, and I'm thinking kickoff coverage, still spotty. Hopefully, Carlos Hyde can solve that problem, too, when he comes back. 
That's my Cranky Buckeye Fan rundown.  

ScarletNGrey01's picture

I think the bucks are a top ten team, not sure if they are a top five team right now.  The least of my worries is the RB position, Hyde will be back and the depth at that position is insane, toss Wilson into the equation and you have a tough crew for opposing defenses to game plan against.  Yes the corners and safeties will have to play a little tighter, the receivers stretch out a bit more, and the line improve on both side of the ball, but the potential is there and there's a ton of speed.  The schedule sets up nicely for the bucks to evolve into a great end-of-the-season team.  Just hope Brax can hang in there, although Kenny G.  might be able to engineer the team all the way.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

ScarletNGrey01's picture

For what it's worth, pulled this off of an orthopedic site:

The outlook for an MCL sprain is usually very good. A mild sprain may take anything from a few days to two weeks to repair, a grade II sprain can take up to four weeks, and a severe sprain anywhere from four to eight weeks, but full recovery with minimal long-term effects is highly likely.

One comment about the interception Kenny had, yes it was under thrown, but Devin did not try to come back to it and knock it down, his just stood there and watched the Aztec defender make the grab (a great pick by that guy).  Really good receivers realize they sometimes have to prevent the safety from getting the pick.  But, Smith had a nice game, and it is easy to sit on your butt and criticize a player for not making the right split second decision.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

Kenny G had a lot of under thrown balls and his YPC was a mere 5.4 yards.  I like Kenny as a backup QB but there's a noticeable difference between his arm and Braxton's.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Yep, more precise at this point I think, but certainly not the deep ball threat.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

yrro's picture

Yeah, Kenny has nowhere close to the physical ability as a runner or a passer that Braxton has.
What he does have is an *incredible* amount of savvy. There's something beautiful about watching a defense get picked apart piece by piece by someone who is one step ahead of them every play. Kenny G brings that. Even on the running plays, I'm not sure if I've seen him make a bad read yet.

argyle182021's picture

Kenny makes near perfect decisions on the option

ih8rolltyde's picture

Jack's grandkid just scored for nd.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

TBDBITL0509's picture

It was a Quad Script game - how does ESPN not even show the i-dot shot?

collisionbend's picture

Further proof that ESPN hates tOSU.
First, they throw Beth Mowins into the press box to do play-by-play (she's a horrible play caller - gimme Paul Keels any day!); then they splash graphic on the tv screen while a play is in progress, talking all the while; and then they dis TBDBITL.

"There's a fine line between perception and reality." -- Luke Fickell

drumsontheside's picture

How did they dis TBDBITL? Wasn't watching on tv so just curious.


TBDBITL0509's picture

Love the name and signature, DRUMS.
I think the 'diss' is not showing the show, that's all.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great job Kenny!  He sure came through for us today!  Great job to all of the Buckeyes!!
Go Bucks!!

Knarcisi's picture

Kenny G runs the option and read option better than Braxton.  Period. 

Knarcisi's picture

It's actually pretty obvious. Apparent difference. Not saying he is the better option at QB, but he sells the fakes better and makes better reads. That option never looked so good. 

Paulillo's picture

Agreed - way better.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

I earlier criticized Devin Smith on the Kenny G interception for not coming back to the ball and knocking it down.  That was my perception while at the game.  After watching it on the DVR I was wrong, he was still in stride going down field, there was not enough time for him to change direction and come back to the under thrown ball.  My bad.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

bedheadjc's picture

And EzE has some speeeed. I am so happy they gave him some carries. He's going to win us games in the future. Wilson? Fuhgeddaboutit.  Can't even imagine him after a couple of years in the S&C program.

pjtobin's picture

Kenny put those two td passes on the Money! I was impressed. Yeah his deep ball wasn't perfect. That's ok. He is still tbdbuqbitl. I watched the qbs warm up. One dude was throwing 65/70 yd bombs! My memory of names is horrible. It wasn't JT, Brax , or Ken G. 
We all seen where we need to improve. It will all come together. 4 false starts, and 1 hands to the face on M. Hall. A few other penalties need to go away. Some tackling was not so hot. And playmakers need to go north and south. 
Dontre is really a freaky gifted athlete. A bunch of talent got in today too. Our d line I thought looked awesome. I don't think we took our foot off the pedal. I think we played very well until the final kneeling. I think we ran the same 7 plays over and over with different looks. We showed our cards on both sides of the ball and told them to bring it on. I am hoping they haven't gotten passed three pages in the play book. I am hoping Urban is being sneaky for our tough opponents. But I'm just a happy fan. What do I know?

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

Paulillo's picture

It was probably Cardale Jones.

argyle182021's picture

He's definitely our biggest qb

darkhorse3d's picture

The only thing I'll say is that Hall needs more love around here. Sure Hyde is great to have in short yardage situations or when we need to run the clock, but he's got no wiggle at all. Jordan Hall is the most complete back in our stable right now. he gets no love. If he'd played the whole game he'd have had another 100 - 120 yard performance. Also UFM says he's the best back on the team and last I checked UFM sees them a lot more than anyone else. 
If people want to see their favorite back get totes that's fine, but don't ignore the fact that Mr. hall is performing at a high level right now. Did anyone else see that play on a third or fourth and short where we handed to him to the left side and the O-Line got stacked up? He pulled out the spin move got the hand down for balance made the first down and nearly broke it off for more. I know he's been a disappointment at times in his career, but I'm hoping to see him continuing to shoulder a lot of the workload because he's handling it like a boss. 

oh_dad55's picture

I hope we score in the fourth quarter next week against Cal.  
Someone earlier mentioned the failed attempts at punt blocking.  I think the idea of going for punt blocks early is another way of giving the opponents something to prepare for.  If you have to dedicate players to protecting the punter, those same players aren't gunning down our punt returner.  Everything's being done for a reason.