Kenny Guiton, Ohio State Get Busy in Berkeley

By Kyle Rowland on September 14, 2013 at 10:40p
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Devin Smith's 90-yard haul in the first quarter goes into the books as the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State history.

BERKELEY, Calif. – To play or not to play? That was the question.

Ohio State 24 7 21 0 52
Cal Bears 14 6 7 7 34

It provided sports-talk radio in Columbus an entire weeks worth of airtime. In the end, the answer came before the first snap of Ohio State’s West Coast visit to California. Head coach Urban Meyer said he knew the verdict on Thursday: there would be no miracle one-week recovery for Braxton Miller’s sprained MCL.

And there would be no triumph for upset-minded Cal. On just the second offensive play for the fourth-ranked Buckeyes, Kenny Guiton, in his first career start, uncorked a pass down the sideline that landed in Devin Smith’s arms with the wide receiver racing to the end zone untouched. The 90-yard touchdown pass was the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State history.

“Oh, man. That’s pretty cool,” said Guiton, upon learning his name was in the record books.

For Cal, it was a familiar sight that caused nightmares. Smith was the recipient of the game-winning touchdown pass in Ohio State’s 35-28 win over the Bears last season.

PASSING Cmp/Att Pct Yds TD Int Rat
Kenny Guiton 21/32 65.6 276 4 0 179.3
RUSHING Att Yds Avg Lng TD
Jordan Hall 30 168 5.6 36 3
Kenny Guiton 14 92 6.6 33 0
Dontre Wilson 5 59 11.8 26 0
Corey Brown 2 15 7.5 8 0
Rod Smith 3 8 2.7 7 0
RECEIVING Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
Corey Brown 5 35 7.0 8 1
Jordan Hall 5 20 4.0 11 0
Devin Smith 3 149 49.7 90 2
Dontre Wilson 3 48 16.0 32 0
Chris Fields 3 14 4.7 9 1
Nick Vannett 1 8 8.0 8 0
Evan Spencer 1 2 2.0 2 0

[Full Box Score]

It would mark the first of seven touchdowns for the Buckeyes in their 52-34 victory. Once again, Guiton was electrifying, completing 21-of-32 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns, one shy of tying the school record. He also rushed for 92 yards.

“He’s a very good distributor,” Meyer said. “He gets the ball to the right people at the right time. What I was more impressed with him were the downfield throws. Those were right on the dot.”

Guiton’s effort was far from what might be expected from someone who hadn’t started a game since 2008, when he was a senior in high school. But as he’s shown time and again, he’s not the ordinary backup quarterback.

The Ohio State offense performed like many believed when Meyer was hired some 22 months ago. They gained 608 yards, surpassing the previous high under Meyer – 578 yards at Indiana last season.

If Guiton has created a quarterback controversy, consider Jordan Hall the main culprit in a running back debate. He had another career night, totaling career highs in rushing yards (168) and touchdowns (three). Suspended starter Carlos Hyde is due to return next week when Ohio State hosts Florida A&M.

Not to be outdone, Smith caught three passes – two for touchdowns – for 149 yards. His average was half the football field.

“Devin has world-class speed,” Guiton said. “Sending him on deep routes in man coverage, we’re going to try to exploit that. I saw him beat his man and I tried to lay it up for him. He ran under it and he can do the rest.”

What was tabbed as the Buckeyes’ first road game of the season was anything but when one glanced at the crowd. An estimated 25,000 of the 62,467 fans in attendance were decked out in scarlet and gray. 

On Ohio State’s second possession, Guiton connected with Smith again. This time Guiton threaded the needle with Smith catching the pass in the end zone as a defender was draped over him. Again, the Buckeyes scored on the second play of the drive.

Ohio State got the ball back on a Cal turnover. Ryan Shazier delivered a blindside hit on Cal quarterback Jared Goff, which knocked the ball loose. Michael Bennett recovered the ball, his second fumble recovery in as many weeks.

It took the Buckeyes a lengthy six plays to make it 21-0. Guiton threw a bullet to Chris Fields on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line. It put Ohio State up 21-0, but just as the rout was on, Cal answered with an odd 61-yard touchdown pass.

A Drew Basil field goal put the Buckeyes in front 24-7.

Goff answered with another long touchdown pass in the final minute of the opening quarter. The Bears set up a screen to perfection to Chris Harper, who had a running lane to the corner of the end zone.

An hour after the opening kickoff, the first quarter ended. Ohio State totaled 275 yards in the stanza – 165 through the air, 110 coming on the ground. The Buckeyes have outscored opponents 68-14 through the first three games of the season.

The breakneck speed slowed in the second quarter with teams trading punts and only scoring 13 points combined. Midway through the quarter the Buckeyes converted their second 4th-and-goal, this time on a one-yard plunge by Jordan Hall.

Cal answered with a 13-play drive, but it only resulted in a field goal. The Bears got the ball back with 2:15 left in the half backed up to their own 15. It looked like Ohio State had them stopped near midfield. Sonny Dykes rolled the dice, though, and had Goff back as the punter. The Buckeyes failed to adjust and Goff found Caleb Coleman open for an 11-yard gain and a first down. Cal was able to kick a field goal on the final play of the half to cut the Ohio State lead to 31-20.

The Buckeyes’ response to start the second half was textbook. They traveled 75 yards in seven plays in workmanlike fashion with Hall scoring from a yard out. Ohio State gave itself a 25-point cushion as Guiton floated a pass over a diving Philly Brown, who hauled in the touchdown pass.

Cal scored in just four plays on the next possession after Khalfani Muhammed returned the kick to the Bears 47-yard line. Bryce Treggs hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass.

From there, the Buckeyes and Bears traded touchdowns to finish the scoring.

Goff finished 31-of-53 passing for 371 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Cal gained 503 yards on 90 plays. Brendan Bigelow, who gashed the Silver Bullets for 160 yards and two touchdowns on four carries last year, was limited to 39 yards on 11 carries. 

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ATXbucknut's picture

So...did Kenny G make a believer out of Buckey Nation?

biggy84's picture

He did out of Buckeye Nation.

Eph97's picture

Hard to say, I don't think too many Wisconsin fans were watching the game besides the hardcore B1G followers.

Jonnferrell's picture

Holy Buckey, Batman!

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

FROMTHE18's picture

Lets go for 100 vs FAMU

WOLFofOHIO's picture

Air raid freaking indeed..this was pass pass and..for the hell of it
More pass..I loved Kenny g.and heard to hall.. on to the next one.

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

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

This team will get better and our backup QB is excellent, go Kenny G!

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

UrbanCulture's picture

Lots of coachable moments in this game! Was just hoping for a W and got it. Good day.
 

D-Day0043's picture

The most impressive thing on Kenny G's stat line is 0 interceptions. Damn fine performance.
Again, this was Herman's best called game to date.

YTOWNBUCKI's picture

The O-Line was exceptional today.  There were some nice gaps for Hall and Guiton to run through.  This was easily their best performance so far this year.

D-Day0043's picture

Take your time Brax, smooth Kenny G. has got this.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Nice road win. Good execution on offense and Kenny G was very good. The defense got tired in the 2H, but they were missing several guys. It was good for them to have to go to war for a little while, especially as the game was never really in doubt.

buckeyedude's picture

Overall a very good performance by the Buckeyes. Sometimes I think they play better on the road than at home. And sometimes it also seems like the crowd is more in to the game than on our home turf. (Of course, the Blue Hairs don't travel much)

 
 

fanatibuck's picture

You must be very young and you don't watch or get to too many games at the Shoe to be making statements about our crowd and the way the Bucks play at home. I really don't understand some of our fans. 

THE URBANATOR AND HIS BOYS' JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN; 26-0 IS COMING BABY!!

UrbanCulture's picture

To his credit the atmosphere at home games that aren't Michigan or at night is IMO very disappointing for 100k+

fanatibuck's picture

Then why is Ohio Stadium consistently voted in the top 5 as one of the most intimidating atmospheres in college football? Seems to go against your logic and the credit of previous poster. 

THE URBANATOR AND HIS BOYS' JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN; 26-0 IS COMING BABY!!

kdogg72's picture

Very happy with the win. Coach Guiton played great and our offensive line looked great. I look forward to getting Braxton and Hyde back soon. Having said that, I have to give some props to the Cal quarterback. That kid played a gutsy game and throws a great ball

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Nicely done Buckeyes - a dominant performance from the start! 

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

alust2013's picture

Kenny G was a lot better with the deep throws this week. Must have spent a good amount of time on that.
Also, props to Goff. That was an impressive performance, especially from a freshman against a solid secondary. 

...and Michigan still sucks.

ATXbucknut's picture

Did not realize this (from Cleveland PD's Bill Livingston) and it just seems unbelievable that we've never had a longer one: 

The 90-yarder [from Kenny to Devin Smith] was the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State history.

D-Day0043's picture

Yeah, Sanzenbacher got called for a bogus hold on a Boom Herron run a couple years ago that would have been like 92 yards.

saltybuck61's picture

I remember that play vividly. Sanzenbacher's block was a textbook block. He just happened to block him for 50 yards. It reminded me of that one scene in the Blind Side. The officials didn't think a block like that could be legal.

D-Day0043's picture

Yep. It was textbook. The fact that they called a penalty was down right criminal.

fanatibuck's picture

Yes, I remember the play. Darn right criminal. 

THE URBANATOR AND HIS BOYS' JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN; 26-0 IS COMING BABY!!

Urban John Simon Meyer's picture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKgPDlVngUM
For those that have forgotten the play; it starts at 3:49

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Teddy Ginn, Santiona Holmes, David Boston, Terry Glenn and Joey Galloway find this hard to believe.

Haybucks's picture

More scarlet than gold in the stands.  Way more! It appeared if the Bear fans didn't have seats between the 40's they sold them.  Great traveling Buckeye fans!

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
- Edward Gibbon
 

gwalther's picture

Pure excellence.

Class of 2008

roamingbuckeye's picture

and I heard that they got an O-H-I-O going in the stadium. always a good day when we can dominate an opponent's stadium like that!

"I just cant wait to play football." -UFM

brylee's picture

Buckeye Nation!!!

Brutus's picture

Just got back from the game.  If I'm feeling kind to Cal fans, I'd say the crowd was 55-45 in their favor...if I'm being kind.  We had a stadium wide O-H-I-O going for a sustained period twice, once in the 3rd quarter and once in the 4th.  During the first one, the Cal fans got irritated and tried to drown us out, but we just go louder.  Pretty flippin sweet.  I was a bit worried when Cal got it to 24-14 and they were a dropped pass away from making it 24-21.  But the Bucks just cruised from that point on.
On a separate note, I took my son to his first Ohio State game today.  As I'm sure many, if not most, of you can relate, today was a very special moment for us.  That the Bucks came a way with a dominant victory makes it that much sweeter.

DefendYoungstown's picture

Agreed it was my son's first game too. A day I will never forget.

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

HotSauceCommittee's picture

Thanks for sharing. Enjoy reading these type of comments.

cinserious's picture

Somebody tell the Aggies that the Buckeyes have an 11th Man that travels!

"Get him a body bag, Yeah!"

Boom777's picture

12th man but who's counting

Wherever you are, there you be!

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Life comes at you fast, so definitely something to savor!

ScarletNGrey01's picture

I know it's WAAAAY too early BUT ... I'm a little less worried about Northwestern, Michigan and Penn State after today (NWern based on playing the same opponent ... I know, the transitive property does not apply in sports).

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

Urban John Simon Meyer's picture

I wish I had your optimism. The win today did indeed feel solid, but I'm sure we'll be seeing the Mich*gan we saw against ND, not the sloppy mess we saw today.
Northwestern is my father's pick for our first possible loss this year, I disagree.

fanatibuck's picture

Fickell vs Northwestern......not GOOD!  :(

THE URBANATOR AND HIS BOYS' JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN; 26-0 IS COMING BABY!!

hit_the_couch's picture

Have you seen how bad ND is? michigan is not good either. 
I know once the game comes it usually doesn't matter how good or bad either team is, but it makes me more at ease seeing that ND is worse than I thought and um too.

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

bigbill992001's picture

Plus, giving up 5million yds. to a true freshman thru the air tells us that our D has a long way to go.

Urban John Simon Meyer's picture

As others have said, when you play against Cal's "Bear Raid" offense, you're going to give up yards. Our defense still held them to fewer yards (and fewer snaps) than they average. I thin our D is in pretty descent shape.

hit_the_couch's picture

I would expect a better D performance than anyone they've played seeing as how it's been NW and an FCS school (?).

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

bigbill992001's picture

Actually, Im more concerned about the 34pts.    We;ll see how it goes against Wisky.

DefendYoungstown's picture

As long as our O keeps putting up lots of points it won't matter. Our D will have more stops than the opposition. Look at #1Bama, they gave up a bunch of points yesterday too. We'll be fine by the end of the year.

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

airbuckeye's picture

Bama gave up points because of the Refs and the SEC was not going to allow Bame to pull away from Johnny and A&M for one reason. The SEC did want A&M to fall out of the top Ten to make sure they have a couple of teams they can push to make sure one of them get into the NC Game.
If not for a few really really bad calls on Bama that gave A&M more life Bama would have won that game by 21 or more points. Hell they gifted A&M 30 yards on one of the drives they scored on with two bad calls.
After watching a few games yesterday i ask myself how much these Refs are getting paid because i saw some really out right bad calls yesterday and it was like the Refs did'nt care who knew they were screwing a team over.
 

teddyballgame's picture

I'm still not happy with how we come out like gangbusters in the 1st quarter, but the 2nd half always seems so lethargic.  I hope we're just easing up because we can, and if we really needed it we could turn it on again.

Eph97's picture

Hall really impressed me. Guy showed a nice combo of wiggle and power. Hit the holes hard. Reminds me of Ray Rice. What a nice problem to have; our stable of backs could start anywhere. The sad thing is someone like Dunn will probably transfer.

cinserious's picture

I hope not! Dunn factors in very well with us going forward. Maybe not this year, but no matter what, a big back like him is as invaluable as any other type backs even in our system. He chews up yards, eats clock, preserves wins, etc. Hyde and Hall are gone after this year, Rod Smith won't be far behind. Dunn is every bit a factor as all the other backs. We not only will need him to contribute soon (when he knows what he's doing) but I feel we need to actively recruit more of his type.

"Get him a body bag, Yeah!"

Heartless_Scarlet_Army's picture

Shout out to Dontre Wilson! Boy had the game of his life, too bad he couldn't get in the endzone tonight. GO BUCKS! 

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Hall only averaged 5.6 yards per carry, Wilson averaged 11.8.  :P

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

DefendYoungstown's picture

Still waiting for Wilson to break one though. He will be a stud in the near future.

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

Doug Funnie's picture

Kenny Guiton is a real life Willie Beaman!
 

D-Day0043's picture

The D needs a tune up. 500 yards of offense for Cal. I wouldn't want to be sitting in their film room this week. 

brylee's picture

Yeah, but this team (Goff) had the #1 passing offense in the country, going into the game...

D-Day0043's picture

Northwestern was solid competition. Portland State - not so much...

MassiveAttack's picture

I really enjoyed that game, the team played really well overall. I was really hoping we could hold them to 20 points. But when I saw Roby get beat for two TDs, I knew we had to just keep scoring. I thought 59 was more likely than 52.
Was hoping to get better tackling on several of this drives. I would say it contributed to 17 points. 
Get well soon Braxton.

BeijingBucks's picture

Beat. Down.  Shouldn't have been as close as it was... But a couple odd blown coverages on roby's side and a missed pick by c brown kept them on the scoreboard.  That Goff guy is gonna be a player.  Then again that punter switch with the same number as Goff... Haha bs
Best part is I didn't think we even had to show too much of the playbook.  If we had had Brax able to run in there too this one woulda been out of hand.   I'm a little worried about Kenny's touch on the deep route late in game. Like a MR his arm isn't used to so many innings.

brylee's picture

Then again that punter switch with the same number as Goff... Haha bs

 
ha...  my buddy said, as they were getting ready to punt, "wait, isn't that the QB #," and I said, "no f#$&ing way," and sure enough, it was a fake punt.

Urban John Simon Meyer's picture

While not illegal, I think this is one of those underhanded tricks that have no place in organized sports. The numbers on the jerseys are there specifically to make the players easily identifiable. I'm all for trickeration on the field, but this just felt dirty and wrong. 
If it looks like cheating, and feels like cheating...

boojtastic's picture

I agree completely. Nothing technically wrong (yet), but something the rules committee should address.

BuckeyeQ6's picture

I thought it was pretty clever. They probably gave the punter the same number on purpose! But they shouldn't played that card on a lost cause game. 

teddyballgame's picture

Honestly we probably should have picked up on it.  A 6'4" stick figure kicker who is a mirror image of the QB? come on.

BuckeyeQ6's picture

Yea we were sleeping a little. But it's not like kickers have much muscle mass either...at least north of the belt line. 

KingsRite's picture

Overall a Great game from Smooth Jazz and the boys! The D needs to get back to OH and get to work ASAP. It sounds like Urban may play two QBs here and there according to his after game comments.

“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-

ChicagoBuckeye33's picture

How about Philly Brown and that diving TD catch on the corner fade to make it 45-20?  That kid can ball!  He is and will be an All-B1G receiver at least.  And, as everybody has said, but it is worth repeating, Guiton is perhaps the greatest mix of football IQ and natural ability at the quarterback position out of anybody in the country.  It really is too bad for him that the team he plays for just so happens to have a guy with otherwordly athletic capabilities.  The 4th down option he turned into a 30 yard keeper is a perfect example of how this kid has a perfect blend of decision making, athleticism, and the guts to make big plays.
Dontrelle Wilson is one fast sumbitch!  I can't wait until we can get him on the field against a team that has no defensive answer for him- he will probably average 15 yards a touch.  If he weighed 20 pounds more, we would be talking Freshman Heisman possibilities.  I can't wait to see him bulk up and add trucking defenders to his arsenal of moves.  Wilson for Heisman 2015!
The defense doesn't tackle well, obviously.  I'm not sure how the coaches are going to fix that, because apparently an entire offseason did not prepare our linebackers and DEs for quick screens and short passes.  I hope it improves quickly, but our offense can most definitely carry us until the defense "gets it".  I don't understand why it seems so difficult for this group to wrap up and make fundamental tackles...  Anyways:
21 points in 6 minutes!  Guiton is a king!
 

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Well put.  If we could merge the best attributes of both QB's into one guy you'd have the bionic quarterback.

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

ChicagoBuckeye33's picture

Guiton's decision making and ability to run the option combined with Braxton's speed, elusiveness and arm strength.  That's RGIII​2..... RGVIIII

CALPOPPY's picture

RGIX?

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

ChicagoBuckeye33's picture

Oh man! That's embarrassing!  Lol it's been a long drink and I've had a lot of days.
However, I think I got my point across.  I just looked like a dumbass while doing so.

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

Don't worry, brother! I understand what you were saying and I agree! Go Bucks!

ChicagoBuckeye33's picture

I think I went a little overboard in the 2nd quarter with the Remy Martin.  Sometimes my expectations are TOO high lol

Young_Turk's picture

Not to worry my man.  After all, it was the archaic numerals, (as well as their pre-occupation with incest, vomiting and orgies), that cost the Romans their empire.  
 
 

CALPOPPY's picture

No problem. That was all in good fun. Didn't mean to be insulting.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

With #3 Clemson not playing until Thursday and #5 Stanford with an unimpressive win and #6 A&M losing (in a valiant effort against #1, but a loss none-the-less at home) I don't think the top five changes.  Not that it matters a whole bunch right now.  Will be interesting to see how Cal does against Oregon, you would think this game would be a perfect tune up for them, except it will be a road game for Cal.

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

ATXbucknut's picture

Next week should be fun (or a snoozer, depending on your perspective).

ChicagoBuckeye33's picture

I can easily see a 52-0 halftime score and the 2nd half being played exclusively by 2nd and 3rd teamers.  Half awesome, half snoozer,

ATXbucknut's picture

Totally. If the 2nd teamers come in we might get to see Braxton get some reps.

ChicagoBuckeye33's picture

Sorry, I didn't see the sarcasm font at first.  I thought you were under the impression that Miller would still not get the start next week haha.  Sorry man I didn't mean to misunderstand you,  

TheBadOwl's picture

I'm one of those weird people who loves seeing the second teamers. 

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.

bukyze's picture

I assume Cardale would come in to relieve Kenny G?

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Wow, interesting.  Wonder if Meyer will let Hyde play the whole game or if he will make him sit until the second half?

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

NapervilleBuck's picture

Hyde won't start, he is going to have to work hard to get back into regular playing time.

Heartless_Scarlet_Army's picture

Kenny G gives off a Colt McCoy feel to me (Longhorn Version...not the browns version). Always looks comfortable in the pocket, has just the right touch on his passes, and just goes out there and makes plays. We are extremely lucky to have him.

BeijingBucks's picture

Not just touch those two short end zones were a tight spiral on point.  Lovely.

ChicagoBuckeye33's picture

Philly Brown reminds me of Devier Posey for whatever reason.  I guess it's because they were both clutch, both ran amazing corner fades, and got us out of jams.  Not to mention they both were/are potent deep threats on nearly every play.  I guess that makes Devin Smith Sanzenbacher, and that makes sense, as he always seems to be in the right place at the right time.
However, IMO, Brown>Posey

UrbanCulture's picture

I would take posey over brown 
what troubles me with devin smith is he only catches the deep ball and the 3 yard pass. He doesnt have near the intermediate game of sanzenbacher. 
For the most part, our passing game is virtually nonexistent in the middle of the field. I wish we would get our TEs more involved 

USMC11917's picture

This, the only love they get are praises from the coaching staff but it doesn't translate into the passing game. I believe they are sure handed, we sure don't utilize them often though. I do believe they are both outstanding.

ChicagoBuckeye33's picture

What we can definitely agree on is that Sanzenbacher was exponentially better overall as a player than Devin Smith.  I just find it interesting that Smith is always in position to make key plays, such as Wisconsin 2011, Sparty 2012 and Cal 2012.  Likewise, Sanzy had that deflected pass TD against Penn State in 2010, plus that fumble recovery TD in the Sugar Bowl, just to name a few.
Sanzenbacher>>>>Smith
But, I think that as the season progresses, Brown will become one of the top receivers in the country.  He clearly has the physical ability as was displayed today.  He has like 4 or 5 TDs already, right?  Plus, and I know this is biased, Brown will be catching solid throws while Posey was always trying to catch arm punts.  Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton are light years ahead of a 2010 T Pryor as far as quarterbacking abilities. Therefore,
Brown>Posey, but not by much

ChicagoBuckeye33's picture

Also I agree about the Tight Ends.  Heurmann is as good a TE as we have had since pre-Hamby (choke artist!) and yet he only had one ball thrown his way today.  He is strong and quick, with soft hands, and that should make him a big target for any QB.  Meyer is just like Tressel when it comes to TEs.

UrbanCulture's picture

I am withholding a small inclination that we have big plans for heurman/vannett in big ten season and haven't tipped out hand yet 

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

If Braxton is healthy enough to play vs. FAMU he will. We will need him sharp for Wisconsin. However, I DO think Braxton may be limited, especially if we jump out early again.
Defense needs to improve tackling. That's something that can be fixed. The schemes appeared to be working as white shirts were there, we just were not tackling well.
We won't face an offense like that again in the regular season. Maybe if we make it to the NCG or Rose Bowl vs. Oregon. Glad our depth held up. We need Diesel and Schutt back soon.
We have a healthy Braxton today we put up 70 no problems.
Northwestern needed 2 pick 6s to beat California. They were without their best two players, too. Their defense is better than Cal's as well.
If Braxton gets hurt again I'm not going to be worried one damned bit.
Biggest worry next week are stupid injuries.
Go Bucks!
 

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

collisionbend's picture

Defense needs to improve tackling. That's something that can be fixed. The schemes appeared to be working as white shirts were there, we just were not tackling well.

Have to agree here, mostly. I saw a lot of white jerseys where they were supposed to be, but instead of wrapping up the ball carrier and bringing him down, they were trying to hit them down. That never works. Hit the guy, and if he has any semblance of balance, he just runs for another 10-15 yards. Happened several times tonight. This bothers me. Had it not happened, we're looking at 52-14-ish. Urbz, Vrabel, Fickell & Co. need to refresh the tackling drills, IMHO.

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

 
TheBadOwl's picture

That speed option on 4th down was incredible. I've never seen the option run that well.

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.

collisionbend's picture

I'd UV this post twice, if I could: one for the comment, the other for your tagline. ;-)

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

 
INTLBUCK's picture

After watching the B1G in action today I am:
a) more convinced we could go undefeated
b) more convinced we could go undefeated and not play for the NC

roamingbuckeye's picture

I'm convinced we can go undefeated but I have a horrible dread of us going to the NC coming down to if/how Oregon beats Stanford. I know its still early in the season and it wouldn't be college football without surprise upsets...thats just my dreaded scenario right now.  
 
But thats worry for a tuesday.  For a saturday night: GO BUCKS!!!

"I just cant wait to play football." -UFM

brylee's picture

me too!  Nebraska had it wrapped up before they let ucla kick their asses!

Balkestud's picture

was at the game and they best part was when we OHIOed the entire stadium so loud that the Cal fans were legitimately pissed off and left post haste..amazing!!!! Also it was my wife's first OSU and college game ever...she cant wait for the next one..we were behind cal's bench for the shazier late blowup..those chardonnay and weed loving sissies were beside themselves..I got more than enough grief for applauding it and telling shazzie it was worth it...beautiful campus btw

It gets kind of rough in the back of my limousine,
Sean Balke
 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Jordan Hall has been an absolute beast.

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

LABuckeye's picture

I was at the game with my brother (his first Ohio State game). I told him the experience would be nothing like a home game, but it was about as close as you can get and be playing at another school. Buckeyes were everywhere. It was enough to cause Cal fans to start a "This is our house!" cheer. Was happy my brother got to see a modified ramp entrance type opening that went into a double Script Ohio. Good stuff.
Cal fans were great, too. No issues like I had at the USC game.

Balkestud's picture

we were in section u row 7, which i was told by the cal fans was the alumni section..we outnumbered them in that section nearly 2 to 1...that last OH..IO still is giving me goosebumps

It gets kind of rough in the back of my limousine,
Sean Balke
 

DefendYoungstown's picture

Agreed, that last OH-IO was a thing of beauty.

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

Seattle Linga's picture

Enjoy the ride - really ...............let's just enjoy the ride.

jkrk's picture

I think this happened inside Kenny G right before kickoff:

ChicagoBuckeye33's picture

This is the first time in my life I have seen a dual-quarterback approach when both quarterbacks have the skill to be All Americans.  The dual approach usually happens when you have a bunch of shitty gunslingers on your roster, a la USC this year.

pjtobin's picture

Oh how I loved watching this game. I was way off on my prediction of 28-21 TOSU.  That just proves to myself that I am a glass half empty fan. I was thinking we were going to be biting our fingernails the entire game. 
I will always love coach tress. He is the reason I expect every game to be close. I am starting to really love UFM. He is a freakish coach. 

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