Hyde Rescues Buckeyes' Championship Hopes

By Kyle Rowland on October 5, 2013 at 9:43p
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On a career night, Carlos Hyde saved Ohio State's national title hopes.

EVANSTON, Ill. – October 5 was a date circled on calendars throughout the Chicagoland area. The Ohio State game was billed as the biggest Northwestern home game in decades and arguably its history. The purple-clad fans will remember it for years as the one that got away.

Ohio State 10 3 7 20 40
Northwestern 7 13 3 7 30

The 16th-ranked Wildcats threw everything they could at the Buckeyes. But in the end, No. 4 Ohio State, a nemesis to Northwestern for half a century, was able to overcome three turnovers and an inconsistent offense for a 40-30 victory. It was the 29th win over the Wildcats in 30 tries for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State was challenged for all 60 minutes, facing constant adversity. It rode running back Carlos Hyde for much of the night – he finished with a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns – but Braxton Miller rose to the occasion late in the fourth quarter with a national championship hanging in the balance. And he did so on a night when he was far from his usual dynamic self.

There was talk all week about Northwestern possibly shrinking in the spotlight. Instead, the team embraced the moment. The Wildcats led 30-27 midway through the fourth quarter when the law firm of Miller and Hyde took Ohio State 81 yards in eight plays. It was a trademark championship drive.

Miller completed four passes for 64 yards and ran once, with Hyde doing the heavy lifting on the other four plays. He scored the game-winning touchdown from seven yards out to give the Buckeyes a 34-30 lead with 5:22 remaining.

Urban Meyer called it the Carlos Hyde game. 

“I think I did wear them out,” Hyde said. “I’m built for this. I’m built to carry it that much. Coach said he was going to ride me, and he did. When a coach tells you that, you get excited.”

Said Meyer: “That shows how much I trust the kid.”

One the ensuing series, the Ohio State defense, which had been torched by Northwestern for much of the game, stopped the Wildcats on 4th-and-1 after Kain Colter fumbled the snap and stumbled. It was the biggest play of the season thus far and validated the Silver Bullets on a night filled with struggles.

Cameron Johnston pinned Northwestern inside the 20 with 21 seconds left, and Joey Bosa recovered a fumble in the end zone on the game’s final play to provide the 10-point margin.

PASSING Cmp/Att Pct Yds TD Int Rat
Braxton Miller 15/25 57.7 203 0 1 94.8
RUSHING Att Yds Avg Lng TD
Carlos Hyde 26 168 6.5 17 3
Braxton Miller 17 68 4.0 15 0
Rod Smith 3 13 4.3 9 0
Ezekiel Elliott 1 1 1.0 1 0
Cameron Johnston 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0
RECEIVING Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
Corey Brown 6 127 21.2 38 0
Carlos Hyde 4 38 9.5 12 0
Devin Smith 3 31 10.3 13 0
Evan Spencer 2 7 3.5 9 0

[Full Box Score]

Miller finished 15-of-26 for 203 yards with zero touchdowns and an interception. He gained 68 yards rushing, but had a costly fumble inside the Northwestern 10 and another that led to a touchdown. Hyde had 112 yards in the second half, while Philly Brown caught six passes for 127 yards.

The defense clearly missed both the leadership and play of senior safety and captain Christian Bryant. His replacement, Pittsburgh Brown, struggled from the first snap on, and the secondary allowed 343 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Northwestern’s do-everything running back Venric Mark victimized the Ohio State defense to the tune of 103 yards on 21 touches.

The Buckeyes clinched a bowl berth with the win. It'll be their first appearance in the postseason since the Gator Bowl following the 2011 season. They also have a big upperhand in the Leaders Division race, all but wrapping up a trip to Indianapolis. Ohio State would have to lose twice in the final six games and Wisconsin would have to win out. 

The Buckeyes had not faced adversity all season, but it came in bunches on Saturday night – and quickly. Ohio State trailed for the first time all year seven minutes into the game and only led 10-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Quick starts have elevated the Buckeyes to victories in each of its first five games.  Entering the Northwestern game, they outscored opponents 116-21 during the game’s first 15 minutes. Not only did Ohio State not get off to an efficient start, the Buckeyes didn’t score an offensive touchdown in the first half. The 20-13 halftime deficit was Ohio State’s first since last season’s Michigan game. 

The Wildcat defense has allowed large chunks of yards all season – they rank 85th in total defense – but they are able to force team to kick field goals. That scenario played out again Saturday when they held the Buckeyes inside the red zone twice.

Ohio State moved the ball with ease on its opening drive, traveling inside the 10 in five plays. But the offense stalled from there and was held to a field goal for an early 3-0 lead. The Buckeyes had an opportunity to build on its lead until quarterback Braxton Miller fumbled at the OSU 23. Northwestern recovered and scored in just five plays, with quarterback Kain Colter lining up in the slot and catching a touchdown pass from co-starter Trevor Siemian. It came at the expense of Brown.

Momentum shifted Ohio State’s way when Bradley Roby broke free as Northwestern attempted a punt from its own end zone. He quickly scooped up the ball to put the Buckeyes back in front, 10-7, late in the first quarter. In the Meyer's 12-year career, his teams have blocked a punt in 20 games, winning all 20.

The Wildcats didn’t flinch, though. A workmanlike 10-play drive ended with Colter outrunning the Ohio State defense to the corner of the end zone from two yards out. The bend-but-don’t-break Northwestern defense arrived again, denying a Buckeye touchdown from first-and-goal at the 6. The Wildcats stuffed two runs before Miller missed Chris Fields in the end zone. Fields didn’t have a Northwestern defender within five yards of him, but the throw sailed over his head by several feet. A field goal from Basil cut Northwestern’s lead to one.

Fields goals on consecutive possessions pushed the Wildcat lead to 20-13, where it remained for the duration of the half. But not without Ohio State showing glimpses of panic. Facing 4th-and-3 from its own 32, Meyer rolled the dice and rolled Cameron Johnston to the left on a fake punt. However, Northwestern converged quickly and then didn’t need to gain a first for a field goal.

“The head coach and the offense really put the defense in some bad positions,” Meyer said. “We went for a fake punt. I felt like we needed to swing the momentum at the end of the first half. I thought we were having trouble stopping them. That was an error by me.”

The first half came to a close after an Ohio State drive ended with an interception after Miller’s arm was hit on the follow-through. The Wildcats scored on the first possession of the second half to stretch its lead to double digits. Miller turned the ball over again on the next series when it looked like he might score a touchdown. The fumble at the 7 had all the makings of a backbreaker, but a three-and-out gave the defense a much-needed boost, then the offense marched down the field for a touchdown to trim the lead to a more manageable three points.

Following Miller's second fumble, Meyer had Kenny Guiton warm up on the sideline before opting to stick with his starter.

“My heart bleeds, but I almost put Kenny in there,” Meyer said. “We were riding. I didn't think that was the appropriate thing to do at that point.”

The Buckeyes reclaimed the lead for the first time since early in the second quarter came after Doran Grant jumped on a pass by Siemian. Grant’s interception gave Ohio State the ball inside the red zone, where Hyde scored his second of three touchdowns.

A 67-yard pass play on the second snap of Northwestern’s next possession put it in prime position to swing the lead back in the Wildcats favor. On 3rd-and-goal, Siemian repaid the favor to Grant and connected on a 12-yard pass play with the receiver he was covering.

That set up the dramatic conclusion.

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penult's picture

It must be hard to write something like this and watch a game like that, waiting to see what happens.  God bless ya, Ramzy.  And God bless El Guapo. God bless everyone.

BSTP DeCon's picture

My thoughts exactly lol. What a game! Good fight from the nerds of the Big 10.

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

Oh, it's easy, really. 

[puts snorkel and diving mask back on]

[slips into bathtub filled with whiskey]

Hovenaut's picture

Have to hand it to NW, they played a tough game. 
18-0 (6-0)
EL GUAPO IS A GROWN ASS MAN. 

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

penult's picture

God bless ya too, Hov. 
Great effort by NW. Herculean effort by El Guapo. 

Hovenaut's picture

Backatcha Penult.
O-H!!!

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

buckeyepastor's picture

Seeing Hyde play through the pain and battle to stay out on the field, not wanting to come off, gotta believe that gave a lift to the defense especially in the 4th quarter.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

yrro's picture

Damn, man. I'm glad to escape with this one, but I almost feel bad for Northwestern. They're a good football team, though, and I hope we meet up with them again for the conference championship.

BSTP DeCon's picture

I don't want to meet up with them in the B1G Championship game. My heart can only handle so much...

AndyVance's picture

It was tough to watch for a while, but my hat's off to this team and staff for keeping their heads in the game and pulling out the big comeback victory.
The best thing about being 6-0? The chance to go 7-0! Go Buckeyes!

Kaceybrown's picture

Fat finger dv, sorry man. I'll get you back

AndyVance's picture

No worries, KB, I've got a couple extra tucked away for a rainy day :)

Buckeye Chuck's picture

WE FINALLY GOT THOSE FOURTH QUARTER STYLE POINTS!

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Zallton's picture

A lot of gamblers are really upset/ecstatic about that last play and the 6 point spread...

Thank god for Hyde. 

stevebelliseeya's picture

No shit...can you imagine losing money on that last play?
 

"What's the matter kid? Don't ya like clowns? - Captain Spaulding

TennesseeBuckeye's picture

I'm glad I don't bet or at least didn't bet against the Bucks, If I were a film maker I might have to use a clip of that last play, a guy down in his luck, bet everything, oh my!

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Paulillo's picture

Of course Brent was right on top of the gambling implications during the broadcast - haha.

BSTP DeCon's picture

I was thinking all game how I was happy I didn't bet on this game cuz I would've picked OSU to cover. Now, I' kinda regretting it!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I can't wait to tell OptimisticBuckeyePessimist, in a deadpan way, "I told you they'd cover." 

D-Day0043's picture

I smelled a trap with that line. Last time I did that I got burned. No more gambling for me. :-)

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Kaceybrown's picture

Won me some  money...... Whew....

97Buckeye's picture

Style points... wow

BuckeyeChief's picture

Ok, I can breathe now...going to do some more painting...

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

penult's picture

I'm going to finish touching up my bonzai tree before turning in for the night.

741's picture

Wax on. Wax off.

penult's picture

I've always liked Fitzy.  But after watching this game, man...does he think every penalty is against the other team and his team never commits one? Anybody else notice that?
 

bucksfan92's picture

I had never really paid much attention to him until this game, and yeah I lost a lot of respect for him. He sure acted like a whiny twit in a game where literally everything went his team's way.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Add in the injury faking at Cal and the sheep pasture of a field tonight, and I'm beginning to wonder if the reason Tress - of all people - used to run up scores on NW - and not any other programs - was that he had good reason not to like Fitzgerald. Then again, I could have the timing wrong, maybe Tress's RUTSing on NW predated Fitz?

Riggins's picture

Nearly every "close" call broke Ohio State's way tonight.  I still love Fitz.  I'd be frustrated if the calls were breaking NU's way.

buckeyedude's picture

Excuse my language:
But that win is because of EL MUTHA FUCKIN' GUAPO!
Braxton looks waaaaaaaaaaaaay too tentative to me. N'western's QB looked more confident to me that Braxton.
I told all you pimps that EL GUAPO WOULD WIN THIS!
BuckeyeJason, I'M LOOKIN' AT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 

penult's picture

Braxton had a lot of key check down's to #34. I agree he needs to get his confidence up, but he hung in there.

buckeyedude's picture

Man. I love Braxton, but he just looks way too afraid. The opposing defenses can sense it.
 

 
 

Chet Stedman's picture

Liked it when he could of ran for the first and stopped and made the pass to Guapo or Philly.  That's how you run the offense.

Paulillo's picture

Agreed - that was a great play.

buckeyedude's picture

I agree. Braxton did not play great today, but he did make SOME good plays.
 

 
 

DJ Byrnes's picture

 

Never. A. Doubt.

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Poison nuts's picture

Make it two.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

DJ Byrnes's picture

The only people who won't be impressed with this win are 1) people who don't respect Northwestern (idiots) 2) people who didn't watch this game.

Sadly, that will make up 68% of the AP voters voting.

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penult's picture

I didn't watch Game Day, but it sounded like they made that determination during the afternoon.  Why bother watching the game, right? 
 

theDuke's picture

This is true. That NW team is good. I hope we beat them again...in December. 

theDuke

Run_Fido_Run's picture

DJ, you're killing it today. Spot on insight on AP voters and perfect gif above.

My2Sons's picture

 
3.  Mark May AKA sissyboy.

Young_Turk's picture

Told you they'd beat the spread.  
 
Called it!

dsbgobux's picture

El Guapo IS THE MAN!!!!

Buckeye in PA purgatory

Doesntwork's picture

This is UFM's way of saying "fans, you guys got what you guys wanted, see? more 4th quarter points than other quarters". lol

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

That was a crazy game. Joey Bosa played out of his mind. 

kalabuckzoo's picture

bosa is a  bona-fide starter.  We should just use 5 down lineman and bench a DB.

penult's picture

Don't forget Jamal Marcus.  He forced at least one FG.

WOLFofOHIO's picture

im...25 and i needed blood pressure meds for this game...great game
secondary = we. need. work.
but in all..a win.is a win is an win is a win is a win is a win is a win
is a win is a win IS A DAMN F&#$%@#!!!!! WIN!!
great game pat.

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

captain obvious's picture

FUCK style points
but next year is really our year

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Paulillo's picture

Even with most of the OL graduating?

GABuckeye's picture

And our stellar DBs.... wait...

luckynewman13's picture

Congrats to El Guapo! He was given the chance to shine and boy did he.

rosycheeks's picture

I have a feeling this might be the first of two installments. The other side is wide open, but there are flaws in Michigan, Nebraska, and MSU. Northwestern has flaws too, but they might be the best of the bunch. I'll definitely be cheering for them.

Chet Stedman's picture

Get on the tackling drills this week...wrapping up is the key, not trying to blow someone up!
Also, props to V. Mark, that kid's a hell of a player.  Definitely a Sproles type who will likely show up in the next level.
Boo to the yardskeeper...Bill Murray would be proud!

Alice in Aggieland's picture

Thank god for the liveblog. It was ten seconds faster than my Dish signal - so much easier to watch the telecast when you know what's going to happen, good or bad.
2002 CALLED; IT WANTS ITS TERRIFYING WINS BACK.
::Trots off to take heart medication.::

VestedInterest's picture


 
HHHHeeellllllllll YEAH!

D-Day0043's picture

Any Carlton dancing GIF gets an automatic up vote from me. 

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kalabuckzoo's picture

CARLOS...nuff said

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Fumble issues is my guess

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

buckeyedude's picture

No Dontre because every time he touched the ball, he was on the kick return team, and deep in the end zone.

 
 

luckynewman13's picture

probably because he kept muffing kickoffs

Paulillo's picture

Carlos is awesome - no doubt. He won the game tonight. I'd just like to see Dontre get a couple touches each game besides kickoff duty.

NCBuck1's picture

That was a great game! Not sure how the hell I'm going to get any sleep tonight!

rosycheeks's picture

Not quite sure why Dontre is pinned to the sideline. I know he's fumbled a couple times, but I would have liked to see him out there. But I can't argue with the results.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Besides the fumble issues, maybe Dontre doesn't run that well on a sheep pasture.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Dontre weighs 175 and NOT the same 175 Northwestern's Mark weighs. Dontre should do most of his work lining up as a WR. Where he can get the ball out in space. Dontre would not do well in a physical game running the ball. 

Geraffi's picture

Yep. Seems like our offense has become less wide-open now that starters are back. Go figure.
But, we're 6-0, with a chance to go 7-0 and that's pretty sweet.

bucknut3011's picture

Whoooo!!!  My stomach is a mess, but frankly, this was a good game, err... experience for us.  First time we trailed all season, let alone repeatedly, and had to dig down deep to find out who we are.  Down our defensive captain, perhaps Bennett is stepping up to fill the void...  No doubt the defense has some work to do.  So let's go get better, take better angles, wrap-up, and build some confidence.  I don't care about the style points, this was a win with a pile of lessons for everyone.

Bamabucknut's picture

My 2 cents
Our defense was exposed...again.Northwestern got over 500 yards.Countless missed tackles.
Braxton = far from Heisman level play.

kalabuckzoo's picture

It's sad but also so darn true.  Either way I will relish in the fact that this team is 18-0 and a FAR, FAR cry from the disaster that was 2011.

cajunbuckeye's picture

I feel better about the game than 100% of the Northwestern fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

rosycheeks's picture

ESPN.com says 437 yards?

stittracer99's picture

Love the headline Ramzy. I caught myself going all Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds a few times tonight when I would yell "NEEERRRDDDSS" after random plays.

buckeyedude's picture

I'm just saying, next year, we are going to miss EL MUTHA $^%^*ING GUAPO like we miss Big Hank this year.
Thank GOD for MICHAEL BENNETT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great game, MIkE!!!!!!!

 
 

rosycheeks's picture

I actually don't miss Hank. I think Bennett and Bosa have been more productive.

buckeyedude's picture

So you're saying it takes one Bennett and one Bosa to make one Big Hank?

 
 

darkhorse3d's picture

We talk about the secondary but man i wouldn't want to run against this front 7. Win against a top 20 team in back to back weeks! Ill take it.

kalabuckzoo's picture

not an expert but the soft coverage is getting so old, we did well with the blitz, just man up on the wr's and be aggressive.  what am I missing here?
 
edit: not to mention the pick came on tight coverage.

kr66osu's picture

I was almost more mad than happy on the interception because it was one of the first plays where they played tight coverage and what a surprise! An INT
I don't know if it's Fickell or Withers responsible for this nonsense but it is going to cost a game down the line

kr66osu's picture

I'm going to have nightmares about our secondary tonight
Thank goodness for Hyde, he saved our asses yet again. Also the few times that Fickell called pressure we got good pressure so that's a plus too despite the fact that the defensive playcalling was mind numingly bad

AltaBuck's picture

Did Bosa score the TD on the last play? I hope so. He and Bennett played their asses off.

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Alice in Aggieland's picture

Yuuup. He had an awesome game.

AltaBuck's picture

Good....thanks Alice.

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J.Mo's picture

Did Washington get hurt in the first half? I only noticed Bosa in the 2nd half.

Poison nuts's picture

Yes. Bosa is the man. Killed it all night. Freshman of the year IMO...

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

stevebelliseeya's picture

Hyde breaking down in press conference...
 

"What's the matter kid? Don't ya like clowns? - Captain Spaulding

buckeyedude's picture

I wish someone would post the video of that. I would like to see my bro, El Guapo all emotional. The dude is human, but on the football field, he is like THE TERMINATOR!
 

 
 

Dublin68's picture

I guess Braxton Miller and Roby will be back next year, they are not a first or second round NFL Draft
 
Hyde was a beast

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I think Miller was a guaranteed stay for his senior season

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buckeyedude's picture

If we're being honest, Roby has looked, uhhhhhh, not like a first round pick the last two weeks.
Roby, if I was your agent, I'd suggest you finish your degree @ The Ohio State University.

 
 

BrewstersMillions's picture

He looks like he's playing hurt. He is always grabbing at the side\hip area. I don't think its a hall pass but I'd bet dollars to donuts something will come out in a few weeks about him gritting it out through a nagger.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

D-Day0043's picture

Yeah. Mr. Roby has played himself down to a fourth or fifth round pick. He would be wise to come back.

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bucknut3011's picture

No way is Braxton NFL ready -- looks a bit off-balance too often.  Roby... his stock has dropped, but I think he still has an opportunity to raise it.

GoBucks10's picture

It will not be a fun time having to play them (potentially) in the B1G Championship Game...

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

alust2013's picture

To be fair, that game would be indoors on turf, and basically a home game since it's in Indy. 

...and Michigan still sucks.

Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

We turned the ball over 4 times (including the failed punt) and still won the game.  I have no problem playing them again.

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HydesMan

Brady Hoke ate my comment

penult's picture

Can not wait for a GIF of that punt block.

Colin's picture

Wow, Hyde crying when talking about his suspension...I kinda loved seeing that emotion.

rdubs's picture

So to recap...
3 turnovers, one bad punt fake call in our own end, and we beat a top twenty team on the road in  primetime.  Not so bad...

wojodta's picture

Exactly. NW played nearly a perfect game and the Bucks still won. Hard to complain.

saltybuck61's picture

I guess I never thought of it that way. You are right. Without the turnovers, the offense was almost unstoppable tonight. Great game to watch though, even with the mistakes.

Jdadams01's picture

I honestly feel good that our C game was enough to beat a good Northwestern team's A game on the road. No, I don't like the mistakes, but some games you just don't have it and everything is up hill. Champs win those games anyway. These games will be rare for Brax. 

cajunbuckeye's picture

And the winner is JD, for pointing out that the Buckeyes walk away with a win, while not playing their best game. Played poorly, still racked up the victory. The great ones can do it. Go Bucks +1 for JD.

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chitown buckeye's picture

I'm just sad we had a C game show up on prime time. That's what worries me but I get what you're saying.

"I'm having a heart attack!"

Jabba the Hoke's picture

For what was billed as a trap game since before the season, I'll take a W playing the C game. All signs pointed to a letdown, coming off a tough win against a team following a bye on the road... The game was sloppy, but they (Hyde) pulled it out.

Poison nuts's picture

Man - my lucky shirt really seems to be working so far.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

UrbanCulture's picture

^^^ I was wearing my white AJ Hawk Jersey, then at half time had to whip out my "never-lost-while-wearing it" Red number 10...ensue comeback.
 
I should probably just wear it every game?

bucknut3011's picture

It's only weird if it doesn't work.

VestedInterest's picture

Nope. It's the act of the switch. Never be without a change of gear, always works for me.

BSTP DeCon's picture

and you better NEVER even think about taking it off, Poison Nuts lol.

Poison nuts's picture

I won't.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Squirrel Master's picture

To me, the biggest difference between the two halves: penalties!
I was beside myself that there wasn't one penalty called the whole first half. I don't think there was one false start. 
The holding was unbearable. Finally got a call late that helped, although they still got a TD on that drive a few plays later.
I think the defense did enough. They didn't play great but they made plays when it counted. It definitely kept this team in the game early or it would have been a romp. BUT, I just don't get why they only rush 3 so often. OSU has the best defensive line in the B1G when you use them. Soft coverage and only rushing 3 is a bad game plan. I think that formation was exposed the most. They did make plays late though. Outside of the big play on a hell of a pass, they were able to slow down NU! (FYI, when you are gloating later on and talking trash to a northwestern alum, ITS NOT NW!!!!) 
Elliott better be taking notes. He needs to be that player over the next couple of years. 

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Yamosu's picture

I, for one, never doubted that we would pull out an easy double digit win against nerdwestern... But seriously, why do we continue to decide to run the ball with Braxton instead of just giving the rock to El Guapo and the stable of running backs at our disposal.  The more I see Braxton panic and fumble, the more I don't understand why el Guapo doesn't get 35 carries a game

UrbanCulture's picture

Hyde looked pretty exhausted by the end. I wanted him to finish the game instead of the two miller keepers on 2nd and 3rd down

BSTP DeCon's picture

If we lose Hyde, we're pretty much guaranteed the Rose Bowl at most.

Jabba the Hoke's picture

I think it was the quick pace of the offense along with repeated carries that got to him. It was two or three carries in a row in the jet pace that started to wear on him.

Urban John Simon Meyer's picture

Because it would kill him.
Need I remind you how a certain bobblehead up north fared when he carried the ball 35 times a game? 

Mikefletcher24's picture

Most likely gonna see them again in Dec. love the game Hyde had. He's a hammer.Woody would have loved him. Beat michigan....for the defense , I'd rather press cover, get pressure and live with the outcome good or bad. The best D I ever saw (85 Bears) did it almost every play.

Jdadams01's picture

To be honest, I wouldn't be crazily worried to see them in the Big Ten Championship Game. I don't know what they could bring out that they didn't use tonight. And that Northwestern team was jacked up all game and played at home. It's doubtful they could muster a similar A+ level game against more prepared OSU players and coaches.

rdubs's picture

Also unlikely that we make 4 huge mistakes again.

darkhorse3d's picture

Im pretty sure withers is behind the soft coverage.

ScarletGray43157's picture

If Miller makes the wide open throw for 6 and doesn't put the ball on the ground it isn't even close.  OSU's defense wasn't effective against an above-average offense, but Ohio State left points on the field.  A lot of points.  The only thing that stopped our offense was our offense. 

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kalabuckzoo's picture

yes but you can't.  and miller has put the ball on the ground quite a bit, they just didn't get called back for penalties tonight.

Actorjonnyb's picture

We need a real coordinator.... Period!  I'm so tired of the Fickel cool aid drinkers...2nd and goal from the 10 and we blitz the hell out of them and shut it down..The very next play we rush 3??? three guys blocked by 5 allows yet another mediocre QB to escape and throw a 16 yd TD. OMG!!! Why wouldn't you blitz again? we knew they were going to throw! Dip stick mentality. Where is the teaching for our secondary??? This is mid year 2 of this crap and nobody is near a receiver! How many times do we give up 500 yds with our numerous 4 and 5 star kids? 

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William's picture

Yeah because its Fickell's fault that 8 guys couldn't cover 5 players.. That play was well called, and everyone executed except for Doran Grant....

D-Day0043's picture

For whatever reason the DB's never stay with their receivers. They get lost in zone. Honestly the defense just isn't very good, so the coaches kind of have to pick their poison. They need to mix in the blitz more instead of sitting back 3/4 of the game.

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TheBadOwl's picture

Nobody is drinking the Fickell Kool-Aid, nobody is saying that he's the best coordinator in the country or that the scheme is great. The anti-Fickell sentiment is ridiculously overblown, though. Northwestern's offense is really, really good, and we held them to 10 points in the second half.

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.

kalabuckzoo's picture

totally with you on the third down.  3 man rush is just a terrible idea.  the weakest of all qb's can find an open guy with enough time.

Squirrel Master's picture

I think we are all frustrated like you but until they lose, I don't think there is any point in calling for Fickell's firing. There is seriously no one drinking the Fickell koolaid. We all think he and this defense can do better. 
but screaming and crying for him to get fired when it won't accomplish anything isn't worth the effort. 
FYI, what is a real coordinator? I assume Withers isn't culpable also? 
and not to make any excuses, but I think missing Bryant hurt a lot! They still played like shit, but I think Bryant would have helped a lot!

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pig4skin's picture

Agree...I have been complaining about the same issues for the 2nd season now. The coaching calls on both sides of the ball leaves much to be desired. We have the superior athletes, all it takes is decent coaching to win. The secondary is horrendous! Why do the Cals, Ind, NW, etc. always have 500 yard games against our defense. We are not a dominant team.  Last year we were lucky to escape Ind, Pur, and Cal games.  On offense, what ever to giving the ball to our skill players in space, at least miz them in and El Guapo would even more effective. Love what Urban has done in terms of recruiting and coaching but there is room for improvement.

As much as I like Urban, his coaching left a lot to be desired in the Wisconsin game. W had a game plan to shut down Miller, thereby 70% of the offense, by assignment defensive personnel on him throughout the game. OSU should have made them p

William's picture

We just beat a ranked team on the road,in primetime, by ten. All while our secondary decided they would stop tackling and our QB had three turnovers. Anyone that complains about this win is crazy. 

TheBadOwl's picture

Putting the horse in front of the cart here, but everybody's been saying we'll have a rematch with TSUN in the B1G title game. I think we'll play Northwestern again.

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.

D-Day0043's picture

So now everyone understands why I've been bitching for the last two years about rushing 3?
I will say this, I've been calling for press man and we got a pick and the next time we used it we gave up like a 67 yard pass.
Meyer is 18-0, so what the hell do I know anyway?

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bedheadjc's picture

Oh lord that is wonderful....

Harold's picture

UFM had NO intention to put KG in...that was a head shrinking tactic for Miller...it worked, thank God, and #5 was a different player from that point. Ran harder, played without fear, reminded me of the first half of last year.

Ahhh, the smell of Chris Spielman's Dirty Socks...

gobucks96's picture

Well said. Urban played this wonderfully.... A masterful coaching job.

Ahh Saturday's picture

6-0 with the top two teams on the schedule behind us, and the bye week in front of us.  There is time for this team to get better while winning.  Love our chances at going undefeated.

Toilrt Paper's picture

I'm afraid going 25-0 will get Ohio State the Rose Bowl. Not a bad thing, but not the #1 goal.

Ahh Saturday's picture

Not even worried about that tonight.  Keep winning, keep getting better.  The rest will take care of itself.

lsjSnail's picture

I understand this kind of mentality...but as it looks now OSU won't make it there.

ibuck's picture

A Rose Bowl win will be fine with me. OSU can't win a NC with that defense, even if our offense is lights out, which it hasn't been against FBS opponents.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

Ohioste's picture

I'm sorry...I'm not normally a superstitious person, but the first half may have been on me and my new daughter. She was born August 17, two weeks before the first game. I've taken a picture with her each week and posted it on facebook saying that it's a good day to be X-0 depending on the week. Well, my daughter was uncooperative before the game and did not want her picture taken. She fell asleep and at half time I woke her up, made her cry, but we put a picture on facebook! 
It won't happen again!

D-Day0043's picture

You better tighten up!

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Urban John Simon Meyer's picture

I walked out the room to tend to my youngest son and Miller coughed up the ball the first time. I didn't leave the room again. I'm not superstitious, but I am wearing all of my buckeye beads, and my OSU shirt, hat, pants, and shoes...

D-Day0043's picture

I stopped wearing all my gear for games when UFM destroyed us in the championship game. My mom had bought me a awesome Troy Smith Jersey for Christmas, but it had that freaking Fiesta Bowl patch and I never wore it again.

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sloopy88's picture

I went to a party and didn't get the game on until there were 9 minutes left, so I'm pretty sure it's all my fault.  Sorry everyone. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Watching Ohio State play football is like watching a python eat its meal. Its not sexy, its not fun to watch  but when its all said and done, the thing that is supposed to happen happens.
18 in a RO-H-I-O.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

Harold's picture

...and Hyde got an an upper body injury on his 2nd or 3rd carry...he played HURT almost the entire game.

Ahhh, the smell of Chris Spielman's Dirty Socks...

Iron_Buckeye's picture

Phhheww dang that was close, glad we got El Guapo to ride into the sunset! Yeehawww!

“The minute we stop expecting greatness from our football program, we become Wisconsin.” Craig Krenzel

Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

A satisfying win
 

 

Squirrel Master's picture

he isn't really that over weight? how do they let him in the ring? he is not what I would call an ultimate fighter, although he isn't a slicked down muscle mag looking better than he fights. 
Is this guy the John Daly of the Octogon? lol

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buckguyfan1's picture

Congrats to all Buckeye Fans!  Big Big Win.  Take time to cherish the fact that we all share an 18 game winning streak.... Sure there are a few more rules in life, but I think this guy is on the right track....

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Concise yet eloquent.

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

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Herbstreit wearing a purple tie ... man, that guy is now just basically telling Buckeye Nation that he thinks he is an ESPN golden boy, doesn't need us anymore and we can all suck on it.  Braxton Braxton Braxton ... love the kid but something is missing there.  Hope he gets his head on straight during the bye week and a couple of opponents that should help his confidence.  Kenny G. does not lose his composure, miss open receivers, or turn over the ball the way Brax does.  I thought after the Wisconsin game Miller would be trending upwards, but he has problems putting two good games in a row together.  I do think he had a ton of potential and in his senior season he will put it all together and will be something special.

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

BrewstersMillions's picture

What? He wore a tie and he's getting attacked? Musberger-an NU alum-wore a red tie. What's that say?
I've seen some bad effrontery directed at Herbie but this one takes the cake. 

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Are you really that naive?  Even Musberger said something to "Herbie" about it.

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

BrewstersMillions's picture

Are you that paranoid? Its a tie. It meant nothing.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

saltybuck61's picture

Musberger gave him that tie this morning during College Gameday. The tie that Musberger was wearing was an Ohio State tie. Not just a red tie, an Ohio State tie. He and Herbie both wore ties of the other's alma mater.
Edit: I apologize, I didn't see the below post.

BrewstersMillions's picture

But it means Herbie thinks he is ESPN's golden boy....
 

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

45has2's picture

Herbie IS Espin's golden boy and I didn't even wear a tie while watching the game.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Fair enough guys, I stand, or actually sit, corrected.

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

BrewstersMillions's picture

The downvotes you got were undeserved, for the record.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

Deadly Nuts's picture

He got those downvotes for "being a jerk" I suppose... It wasn't really jerk-like though. It was more of a uninformed comment that was portrayed as "jerk-like". We will need an official review.

Fuck m*ch*gan! That is all.

Harold's picture

Agreed...it was just a tie, and it was done on purpose with BMuss. Herbie had a different tie on earlier in the day. Bmuss actually had an OSU tie on...not just red...it was an Ohio State tie.

Ahhh, the smell of Chris Spielman's Dirty Socks...

bucknut3011's picture

Herbie and Musberger exchanged ties during GameDay today.  It was a goodwill gesture from each.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

I suppose next you will defend him if he wears a blue and maize tie?  I'm probably being petty, not that big a deal I guess, and Herbstreit and his bank account could care less about my opinion LOL.

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

bucknut3011's picture

Hmmm... yes, I see your point. If he and Desmond get all chummy in November, I'll puke. That would be sickening.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

I KID GUYS I KID ... wow, tough crowd.

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

USMC11917's picture

Ill throw you a few. I see where you lacked information but you never appeared very jerk like.

nm_buck's picture

that pissed me off

Toilrt Paper's picture

Braxton has a bad knee. He has not out run anyone since, nor faked out anyone since. 

ScarletNGrey01's picture

True that TP ... forgot about that duh.  The bye week may be good for him physically AND mentally.

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

Orlando Pancakes's picture

ScarletNGray, this is so over the top that I almost think it's a fake comment. Nevertheless, you still get a downvote from me for your ignorance alone if it is real. Did you watch the game on mute or not notice Musberger's scarlet and grey tie? I think you made an honest mistake so I will leave it at a that......and a downvote of course. Lesson learned, no big deal.

ibuck's picture

I think Braxton would play better and distribute the ball better if he was pushed...by a QB who does that and doesn't miss the open man. Just warming up Kenny Guiton may not be enough. Perhaps Braxton needs to see (more) film of Guiton doing all that, and actually pitching the ball to the RB in actual games, thereby opening up more room when the QB sometimes keeps it.

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topgun67's picture

anyone know why no Dontre today other than special team?  strange...
Miller's Heisman - hope is gone.. not a very good game in front of national audience... not that the trophy means much to the TEAM's hope for BCS champ
Hyde is the game changer.. w/o him, we would have lost
well, as before, unless 2 or 3 teams lose we don't make it to BCS champ..
best chances are:
Stanford - in a dog fight tonight w/ WA... (be great if they lose tonight and win against OR later)
OR - see above against Stanford.
Clemson - lose either against FSU or USC
FSU - lose to Clemson or to UF end of season
AL - be nice to see them lose in SEC champ game against GA (or lose to LSU during regular)
I still think many of these scenarios could happen

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Some very good points.  Personally, I don't give a damn about the whole state of Michigan ... or the Heisman.  After 2006 I just plain stopped caring about individual awards.

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

topgun67's picture

yup.. it's only hope.. if there are 3 or more team undefeated and we are one of them, no way we make it to the champ game.. (unless one of those is Louisville)
why - AL, OR, Stanford, Clemson or FSU all play tough schedule... so more than 1 team makes undefeated season, along with OSU, we will be left out..
this is a FACT..
we have to see these teams lose at least 1 game
good thing is chances are good

D-Day0043's picture

As poor as the B1G is perceived and after our last two beat downs in the championship game, we are going to have to go 38-0 to get another shot.

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HotSauceCommittee's picture

At this point we should be happy with a BIG championship and a good bowl matchup.

BSTP DeCon's picture

I'd rather go to the Rose Bowl and win that than get beat down in the National Championship. I just hope our players end the season healthy, we go to a good bowl, and dominate whoever we play.

Jeeves's picture

Well TBH Alabama's schedule is soft.

BSTP DeCon's picture

Oregon's isn't hard either.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Hyde has 1 fumble in 3 years. Wilson has 2 so far this year. Northwestern is VERY good at causing fumbles.
Start worrying about how Ohio State makes the 4 team playoff nest year.

D-Day0043's picture

I asked the same question about Dontre the whole game. Herman goes into a shell of play calling whenever we face a good team. He forces Braxton runs and it takes away from the other weapons we have. He only seems to trust a few guys.

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J.Mo's picture

I think the Nerdwestern Marching Band went full nerd today. While watching the game with my wife, she randomly started singing the "Soft Kitty Little Kitty Yellow Ball of Fur" from The Big Bang Theory and she had no idea where it came from. Later in the game we heard NMB playing it.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

There is an obvious, crass pun available here, but I will take the high road and not risk losing my account by posting it.  All kidding aside, cool that you and your better half enjoyed the game together.

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

J.Mo's picture

didn't catch that - upvote for you sir.

D-Day0043's picture

If Braxton doesn't start securing the ball with 3 points of pressure someone needs to kick him in the nuts.

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Next week make him practice with the scouting team D-line a few plays, lined up opposite of Hyde.

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

D-Day0043's picture

Say here Braxton, hold the ball and practice hanging on to it while Hyde trucks your ass. If you drop it - take a lap! :-)

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JakeBuckeye's picture

LOL @ negative sentiments towards Herbie for his tie.

buckeyedude's picture

You're right Jake. It's almost comical. I wondered why Herbie and Brent did that at first, but it was just all in fun. Loosen up already folks.
There's some really paranoid people out there. It must be a conspiracy. Wow.

 
 

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

CHOO-CHOOOOOOOO, MOTHER F#CKERS! Win train still rollin!

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Eph97's picture

No shame in taking Northwestern's best shot on the road and coming out with a win. Idiots in the media are going to think Georgia slipping by an unranked Tennessee is more impressive. Northwestern can hang with anyone in the SEC and there is a reason they were ranked 16. 

JakeBuckeye's picture

GEORGIA SHOWED RESILIENCY IN A TOUGH SEC ENVIRONMENT,  MAN. SHUTUP.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

DVR'd Buckeye Fever, think I will go watch it now, although they are amateurs compared to the 11W staff!  OK, exciting game, a win is a win (over a top 15 team on the road) and it looks like the bucks can continue to gel and get better the second half of the season.  Everyone have a great evening ... oops ... early morning I mean.

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

kdogg72's picture

What a great win, hats off to Northwestern, they played a great game. This game won't win us any love in the polls but it sure is fun to watch the Buckeyes come from behind in a hostile environment. I thought they showed great resolve tonight. My biggest concern with Ohio State tonight is Braxton Miller. He is the most gifted player on the field every week, but fails to let the offense run at full speed. He looks slow in his reads, and lost reading pass coverage. I look forward to the bye week because I think his biggest strides will be made mentally. 

Jeeves's picture

Why no love in the polls? Who else besides us and bammers beat a top 15 team on the road?

BSTP DeCon's picture

By Bama winning on the road, the whole SEC actually gets a win. Yes, even though they beat an SEC team, the conference wins.

Paulillo's picture

Agreed and he really needs to work on securing the ball. Seems to have been a problem for him since last year.

harleymanjax's picture

CARLOS F*^KING HYDE!
Does Nerdwestern own a lawn mower?

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

buckeyedude's picture

Meanwhile back at the ranch....
Alabama, of the super tough SEC, beat an up and coming Georgia State team.

 
 

D-Day0043's picture

And it took Georgia overtime to beat a team that Oregon took to the woodshed.

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Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

Plz tell me I'm not the only one who is a little antsy that Jordan hall didn't very many carries and that Dontre wasn't "sprinkled" into the offense. Don't get me wrong, Hyde won us this game tonight and he played hurt and was exhausted.......I just like to see us sprinkle the fresh players in every now and then. 
 
As for the defense and their issues in pass coverage. We cannot be a team that plays man/man press a lot. We just do not have the players for it. I wished we did but the only 2 players who can play man fairly well are Roby and Bryant. Bryant of course is out. This bye we will need some players to step up and I'll tell you there's nothing more that I'd love to see than an aggressive man/man press defense. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

You shouldn't worry. Sometimes guys elevate their play to a level where taking the ball out of their hands is foolish. Carlos Hyde was the best player on the field today. Not feeding him at all time would have been wrong. NU had no answer for him from start to finish.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

JakeBuckeye's picture

Hall didn't get ANY carries. He was out with an injury.

D-Day0043's picture

Meyer took a page out of Bill Belechick's injury report with that one. I don't think anyone knew he wasn't playing until the game was about to start. That was the first I heard of it, and I'm fairly connected.

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D-Day0043's picture

It's ok to play soft. But there is a time for it. You have to mix up the play calling and use certain looks in the appropriate spots. Playing soft on first down isn't one of them
and it keeps offenses on schedule because they aren't sure tacklers. This defense doesn't know how to disguise coverage and they declare too early. It doesn't fool anyone, hence we continue to get torched through the air.

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harync's picture

Fumbles have been a small but noticable issue for Braxton's entire career, but now it's time to do something about it. On certain plays where Braxton takes hard hits, he just loses all ball control. The Michigan State game last year when the play was ruled dead was a gift. Last week Braxton had two such plays. On one Wisconsin got called for a facemask and on another  fortunately he was already down. I haven't checked, but my guess there are about 10-15 similar plays over the past season and a half. Just hoping that they can work on this with him in the bye week.

teddyballgame's picture

Might want to replace the San Diego State logo up there.
 
 
edit:  wizzard!

onetwentyeight's picture

I must say, despite all his struggles (and let's face it, he'll never be a Peyton manning or drew brees throwing the football. His accuracy on some throws tonight was gruesome) Brax displayed some CLUTCH decisionmaking in the 4th. Those were patient, mature veteran plays he would've never made last season. He'll always be a running QB first (its the truth) but he's learned to use his mobility in an instinctual manner while he buys time to make the smartest football play (that checkdown to hyde, those passes in the flat). 

andretolstoy's picture

Wow. Good, tough win. I knew they were pretty good, but I didn't expect this sort of tough nose stuff from the wildcats. They come at you like a bunch of meth-crazed, Boll Weevils - they don't look like much at first glance, but they'll jack up your crops and help exacerbate a great depression if the timing is right.
Carlos Hyde is a man. The last drive we had was special. Braxton had that running first down for the taking, looked it in the face and said, "up yours Mr. Running First down, I'm going to throw the rock to my boy Philly Brown and have him punch your brother passing first down right in the face and get a few extra yards too boot." And that's what he did by God.
Then Carlos trample down some Boll Weevils for the win.
Love it.

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Anyone who can fit "meth-crazed boll weevils" into a comment deserves an up vote. Lol

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buckeyenobility's picture

Team showed a lot of heart tonight no doubt about it. We absolutely need to play better but still won while playing below our potential. El Guapo took the team on his back and was amazing, so nice to have #34 back there. Michael Bennett was unblockable the entire night and Joey Bosa is already starting his B1G Freshman Defensive player of the year campaign. Secondary was weak in spots but stepped it up in the second half.
The most disappointing thing was how quick everyone wanted to give up on Braxton. Did he play well the first 35 minutes? No and he stepped it up to make up for it. I love Kenny as much as anyone but remember Kenny played SDst, Cal, and FLA&M. Kenny has smarts but no where near the arm talent or speed of Braxton. To get to where we want to go Braxton has to be the guy.
Regardless of all of that, back to back wins over top 25 schools at night.
also loved El Guapo's presser showing his emotions

lax20's picture

The Buckeye defensive backfield could not cover a bed if they were a blanket.  The veterans at these positions were suppose to be our strength, but instead look very lost during games and are a big weakness.  I think during this time of a bye it would be wise to look at their young talent at those positions.  I know we all saw this team play a tough NW and Badger teams, but a NC is a distant thought with the defensive backfield looking extremely bad.

45has2's picture

Our D line has flipped the preseason script on the DB's. Our inexperienced D line played their balls off last night while the D backs continued to struggle mightily. I agree with other comments that some of the struggles rest squarely on the coaching staff's scheme, namely lining up way too far off the WR's. Also, tackling still remains an issue. WRAP UP.
Holy Buckeye, Mark May just gave a helmet sticker to Mr. Hyde.

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FLAMikey's picture

My non-expert observations from 7 rows back:
Braxton looked very tentative on down field throws. He has a chronic tendency to throw the ball  late.
Pitt Brown and Powell looked lost for the most part.
Hyde is an animal, and can't possibly get enough credit for this win.
Poor kick coverage was frustrating.
Bosa is a stud.
Their receivers are better coached than ours. -Much better.
Rod Smith is scary big for a RB
We got pressure when we had to.
Not sure I ever recall OSU's pass D looking so shaky
Not sure How Fitz would do with 5 star players, but the dude can sure coach up kids OSU didn't offer.
 
 

cinserious's picture

ACCOUNTABILITY...(pass it on!)

“The head coach and the offense really put the defense in some bad positions,” Meyer said. “We went for a fake punt. I felt like we needed to swing the momentum at the end of the first half. I thought we were having trouble stopping them. That was an error by me.”

What a great example to the players, and youth in general today Urban Meyer is. When you make a mistake, own up to it. All too often that is a missing component of human interaction these days.

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pjtobin's picture

What a game. I was worried all the way until Joey's td in the 4th. So many things to improve on. And 99.9% has been said in the comments above. I hope to see much improvement. I hope our d toughens up. The only thing that matters is the win. Let's keep this streak going. Being unbeaten for so long is a special treat. 

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

Buckeye Joey Vegas's picture

At first I questioned Urban's decision to fake the punt, but after the defense continued to fail to stop Northwestern, I can't say that I blame him for trying it. Face it, the "D" sucked last night and it showed from the call of the fake try. It was there, punter just made a bad read and didn't take the middle. Big effort coming back "Bucks", showed me something!

ibuck's picture

Can you imagine a running play where no one on the line sustains their block?
Wasn't that the case when punter Cameron Johnston ran the ball?

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andretolstoy's picture

I think Miller needs to be more like Guiton. Miller is more athletic and has a stronger arm, but when I see Guiton play I see a QB. When I see Miller play, I see a great athlete learning to be a QB. There are definitely glimpses of him being total QB, but not completely.
Miller's athleticism won out down the stretch, but his play, for all intents and purposes, put us behind in the first place. I am pretty confident had Guiton being QB the entire game we may have not had the cardiovascular test. I'm not saying we would have blown NW out, but I do believe we would have been a TD or two up the entire game.
I just hope that Miller is learning from Guiton and that coaches are putting him in a position to learn from him. If that means we start Guiton from here on out, then so be it.
Right now, Guiton can play on Sundays as a QB, Miller can play on Sunday, but I'm not sure as a QB - at least not  yet.
 

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Kain Colter lining up in the slot and catching a touchdown pass from co-starter Trevor Siemian. It came at the expense of Brown.

I actually disagree with this assessment on Pitt Brown.  After watching the play again, clearly, Curtis Grant was at fault.  He was, atleast, supposed to jam Colter at the line given the formation and zone...he didn't.  Then he didn't drop back into coverage like he was supposed to.  Pitt was responsible for the receivers in the deep quarter.
Atleast that was how I saw it after the play developed...   

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