Cal Notebook: Guiton Authors Another Thrilling Chapter

By Kyle Rowland on September 15, 2013 at 3:19a
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Smooth Jazz has become ol' reliable.

BERKELEY, Calif. – Tom Herman asked Kenny Guiton to stand up in front of the team and deliver a postgame message. Guiton, Ohio State’s wunderkind backup quarterback, had just started his first career game as a Buckeye and led fourth-ranked Ohio State to a 52-34 win.

As the words flowed from Guiton’s mouth, the tears formed in Herman’s eyes. That moistness stunned Herman. Not because Guiton’s accomplishments weren’t deserving of emotion, but instead because they’re beginning to be every weekend occurrences.

“He’s the best in the business at what he does,” Herman said. “His story touches me. I don’t know why it still gets me choked up. It shouldn’t. It’s pretty normal now.”

From Purdue to San Diego State to Cal, Guiton’s heroics have now become commonplace. The sheer audacity of the backup quarterback being such an integral part of a top-five team is almost unprecedented. But Guiton is exactly that.

He’s a captain, a source of inspiration and a producer when he goes on the field. A half hour before Guiton was to start his first college game, he bobbed up and down to the music inside Cal’s Memorial Stadium – filled with 25,000 screaming Ohio State fans – and flashed his trademark smile.

Guiton’s personality and poise rubs off on his teammates who exude confidence. Faced with the challenge of a Pac-12 school on the road, it took the signal-caller all of two plays to get the scarlet-and-gray-clad fans on their feet. And he did so in historic fashion.

The 90-yard scoring strike to Devin Smith was the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State history. It was the beginning of a 608-yard evening that represented the blue print for an Urban Meyer and Tom Herman-led offense. Few, if any, would have believed Guiton and not Braxton Miller would lead the effort.

“I watched so much film,” Guiton said. “I killed myself with film. I just wanted to know everything Cal could do and everything they could show me. I think when you’re nervous about something, it helps you prepare harder.”

Nerves. That’s the first sign Guiton has shown that he’s human.

Guiton finished his first start with a 179.3 rating. That’s what happens when you complete 21-of-32 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns. For good measure, Guiton ran for 92 yards, accounting for 368 total yards.

All the production has led to question marks when it comes to Ohio State’s quarterback situation, an unheard of situation as recently as two days ago. Meyer said he’ll find a way to get Guiton on the field throwing the football when Miller returns.

“I'll be a leader,” Guiton said. “I'll be helping Braxton no matter what goes on. If my number is called, I’ll do the job that I can do.”

That's Quite A Hall

Ohio State’s backfield was rock solid in 2012. How good? The quarterback finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting, the running back nearly climbed over the 1,000-yard mark and the team finished undefeated.

Three games into the 2013 season, a year filled with national championship aspirations, Miller, the quarterback is injured and his backup has become a folk hero in the process, and Carlos Hyde, the running back, hasn’t played due to a suspension. Meanwhile his backup, Jordan Hall, has run for 402 yards and six touchdowns on 64 carries – an average of 6.3 yards per carry.

Those stats include a 159-yard game and 168 yards, the most recent coming Saturday night at Cal. Hall finished with career highs across the board: 30 carries, 168 yards and three touchdowns.

“I’m really thankful for the things that happened to me the last couple years,” Hall said. “I play hard every play. I’m not taking any plays off. I’m not taking anything for granted because I had a season taken away from me.”

When Hyde returns to the field next week, he could do so as a backup. It would be a role reversal from last year, when Hall started but was supplanted by Hyde after he suffered a season-ending injury.

Hall has been the Buckeyes’ top offensive player and garnered unlimited praise from Meyer. The players don’t look at it as a competition, but rather the team getting stronger with Hyde’s return.

Guiton called Hall “great” before adding the offense will only improve with the addition of Hyde.

“That’s just adding to the mixture,” Guiton said. “Man, I can’t wait to see him go this week.”

Hall isn’t the only running back Hyde will battle for carries. Dontre Wilson has established himself as a game-breaking ball carrier the past two weeks, while Rod Smith, Ezekiel Elliott and Warren Ball have also touched the ball.

For Ohio State, there’s no such thing as too many weapons. Meyer welcomes the “problem.”

Tackling Woes Continue

For the second straight season – and with a completely different offense – Cal managed to befuddle the Ohio State defense. Sonny Dykes’ up-tempo offense gained over 500 yards and scored 34 points.

Those numbers didn’t please Meyer, but when you consider the Bears ran 90 plays, it becomes less damning. What was evident, though, were missed tackles by the bushel. There were also ill-advised penalties, including a personal foul by captain Ryan Shazier.

“We missed tackles,” Meyer said. “We made some stupid penalties, too. We knew there was going to be a lot of yards. You’re crazy if you think you’re going to just shut them down. But when the offense puts you up by three or four scores, that makes it easier to play defense.”

Shazier, who missed a series with a sore shoulder, had a team-high 11 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. All came in the first half. Pittsburgh Brown had a career-high eight tackles, Joey Bosa had two tackles for loss and Michael Bennett recovered a fumble for the second straight week.

“They’re a great team,” Cal quarterback Jared Goff said.

He entered the day as the nation’s top passer and accumulated 371 yards against Ohio State. But he was sacked three times and threw an interception.

“They’re all they’re talked up to be,” Goff said.

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Young_Turk's picture

Kenny G!  Please, no more with statements like "He's the best backup".  
Think of it this way.  It's like when they go to do a lethal injection.  It's not a single dose that does the job.  They get a lethal injection of one drug, then a lethal injection of another drug.  
XBrax360 is still our first lethal injection.   
But don't worry, XJazz360 will kill you just as dead, with his smooth mellow music.  
Smooth Jazz, into warm quiet oblivion, oh yeah.

buckeye_heart's picture

He did a great job and I am glad he didn't transfer when he was thinking about it. We sure have needed him.

vitaminB's picture

So does Brax sit again against A&M, or do you start him and tell him to stay in the pocket so he's not rusty for Wisky?

gwright78's picture

Sit him and get Cardale some action.

vitaminB's picture

I agree. He's already used up his RS; right?

gwright78's picture

Once upon a time, Joe Bauserman started over him, right? Man, who coached THAT team...

gumtape's picture

Bauserbomb started over true freshman braxton miller. It was the Nebraska game in 2011 when miller got hurt and bauserman gave away a huge lead and guiton sat on the bench.

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

BuckGuy003's picture

Maybe it was because it was in California but this game was giving me rose bowl '10 against Oregon vibes all night. Felt great to win like that. Glad that our offense can keep us ahead while our defense learns to tackle!

ToTheHouse's picture

Probably gonna break the 'down-vote' record, but with SO many WEAPONS in the Tool-Box, does Coach M. lock in only 3, D.Smith, J. Hall, K.G. ? QB = No brainer; but we have the 3 Yards n a Cloud of Dust...SMOTHERED...with MORE than ready for a full house back-field, ya that system is ancient-history, but where was our tight-end combo ? NOT. THRILLED how K.G. is the MAN for NOW ! Yea, I'm an Arm-chair qb, maby...Erb isn't sure how to use all the AMMO ?
From Kyle's skully: "He’s a captain, a source of inspiration and a producer when he goes on the field. A half hour before Guiton was to start his first college game, he bobbed up and down to the music inside Cal’s Memorial Stadium – filled with 25,000 screaming Ohio State fans – and flashed his trademark smile.
Guiton’s personality and poise rubs off on his teammates who exude confidence. Faced with the challenge of a Pac-12 school on the road, it took the signal-caller all of two plays to get the scarlet-and-gray-clad fans on their feet. And he did so in historic fashion.
The 90-yard scoring strike to Devin Smith was the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State history. It was the beginning of a 608-yard evening that represented the blue print for an Urban Meyer and Tom Herman-led offense. Few, if any, would have believed Guiton and not Braxton Miller would lead the effort.
“I watched so much film,” Guiton said. “I killed myself with film. I just wanted to know everything Cal could do and everything they could show me. I think when you’re nervous about something, it helps you prepare harder.”
TACKLING WOES CONTINUE
For the second straight season – and with a completely different offense – Cal managed to befuddle the Ohio State defense. Sonny Dykes’ up-tempo offense gained over 500 yards and scored 34 points.
Those numbers didn’t please Meyer, but when you consider the Bears ran 90 plays, it becomes less damning. What was evident, though, were missed tackles by the bushel. There were also ill-advised penalties, including a personal foul by captain Ryan Shazier.
“We missed tackles,” Meyer said. “We made some stupid penalties, too. We knew there was going to be a lot of yards. You’re crazy if you think you’re going to just shut them down...”
 GO BUCKS !_!

Ethos's picture

House, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul. 
Seriously though what the hell did you just do other then copy txt from another article?

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

An indecipherable first paragraph, and after that ... learn to use the Block Quote feature.  We read the article, it was a good one, no need to duplicate it.

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

CUBS's picture

Goff is going to be the next big time QB in college football, especially in that offense. I don't think they beat Oregon but don't be surprised if Cal ends up 2nd in the Pac 12 north. Their defense is below average but they can put up enough points to beat most of the teams on their schedule. Nobody likes giving up a ton of yards and points but to Cal its expected from a B1G defense. Its a good thing to play teams like that because the defense will play faster against slower teams due to the experience. Didn't watch the game but from the summaries Ive read, its not something to be overly bothered about (the points and yards). Guiton looks poised and confident in there for Ohio State, I'd almost suggest he is more confident and sound as a QB than Miller is, at least in the passing game. It may turn into one of the more intriguing national questions by seasons end but for now I will just wonder how many teams Kenny G could start for and lead to wins. 

Ethos's picture

I considered it an Excellent oppurtunity for our defense as preparation for northwestern

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

yrro's picture

The Oregon-Cal game next week is going to be all sorts of ridiculous. The over has to be 100 points.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Awesome game of football Buckeyes!!!
I'm not so much concerned about missed tackles because those are usually due to poor angles, tired player, or fundamentally unsound technique - all of which are expected out of a young team and can be, and will be fixed.  Other than that, given the amount of offensive plays that were tossed at them, I thought they did a decent job!!!
What bothered me the most were the penalties!  Ryan DAMN Shazier's roughing called enabled the drive to stay alive and score a TD (I thought it did anyway).  The other killer was the offside call that nullified an Armani Reeves INT - that drive ended up in a TD as well!  
Kenny G - man do we love having you on this team!  You are such a class act and are a glowing example of what is right with college football - unlike a certain ass that we're all tired of hearing about and shall not be named!!!
 

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

wjpalumbo's picture

Have to agree about the youth factor on the defense.  The way they got sucked in on that screen pass was a perfect example of it.  Jumping on the quarterbacks cadence was driving me crazy especially since they were using the right guard to signal the snap by tapping the center.  The good thing is OSU is winning these games and the defense is getting a lot of game reps.  I have seen improvement since the first game and feel pretty confident that they will continue to do so.

 
 

ScarletNGrey01's picture

My wife and I were screaming in real time for Shazier to back off ... everyone could see that coming a mile a way.  I guess during the heat of the moment you get locked in sometimes, I dunno, never played football.

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

pjtobin's picture

Love the fact the Herman got emotional about Kenny G post game speech. What a great time to be a Buckeye. 

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

MN Buckeye's picture

Great, solid win!
While the defense did miss tackles, I was very impressed with Goff. He was very sharp and showed great poise for a freshman. I agree with CUBS that he will be a force in the PAC12.

teddyballgame's picture

I liked when Christian Bryant wasn't fooled by the flea-flicker and made the pick.