Ohio State Rallies to Dump Iowa and Win 19th Straight

By Kyle Rowland on October 19, 2013 at 6:47p
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Hyde's second touchdown was beautiful.

COLUMBUS – Before Ohio State and Iowa even kicked off, the day was full of upsets and exciting finishes. And it didn’t stop at 3:30 eastern inside Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes were on the ropes from the outset, trailing in the first, second and third quarters.

Ohio State 3 7 14 10 34
Iowa 10 7 7 0 24

But on the year anniversary of the Purdue comeback for the ages, Ohio State had more drama saved up. The game-winning touchdown in a 34-24 victory came on a PlayStation-esque 19-yard run by Carlos Hyde, where he broke a tackle at the 7, backtracked four yards and then fast-forwarded with a dive into the end zone.

“It’s God-given [talent],” Braxton Miller said about his backfield partner’s highlight-reel score.

Said Hyde: “'I’ve never had a run like that, but that play was working all day. The safety came up and hit me. I came out of it and I was still up. I was like, ‘Let me catch my balance,” and once I did I turned around and was like, ‘Man, I haven’t even scored yet.’ When I saw Philly’s block, I just went in for the touchdown.”

It was another second-half surge for Hyde, who finished with 149 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He had 106 yards and both scores after halftime. Miller added to the backfield’s production by turning in his best outing of the season and looking like the 2012 version that earned the nickname XBrax360. He tallied 324 yards of total offense – 222 passing and 102 rushing – completed 22 of 27 passes and had two scoring strikes. It was the 10th game of his career with 100 or more rushing yards.

PASSING Cmp/Att Pct Yds TD Int Rat
Braxton Miller 22/27 81.5 222 2 0 175.0
RUSHING Att Yds Avg Lng TD
Carlos Hyde 24 149 6.2 28 2
Braxton Miller 18 102 5.7 16 0
Dontre Wilson 3 16 5.3 7 0
Jordan Hall 2 11 5.5 0 0
RECEIVING Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
Devin Smith 7 72 10.3 16 1
Jeff Heuerman 5 38 7.6 15 0
Evan Spencer 4 28 7.0 10 0
Corey Brown 3 72 24.0 58 1
Dontre Wilson 1 9 9.0 9 0

[Full Box Score]

Philly Brown and Devin Smith each finished with 72 yards receiving and a touchdown, and Jeff Heuerman snagged a career-high five catches.

For more than two hours, 105,264 fans sat anxiously in a cold, damp stadium just waiting to cheer for something, anything. They got it on Hyde’s touchdown run and much of the second half. The Buckeyes had five second-half possessions: three resulted in touchdowns, one a field goal and the last ended in the victory formation.

“We knew going in that Iowa was a physical team, that they had one of the leading rushing defenses in the nation,” Meyer said. “But we responded, especially in the second half. We had 273 yards against a team that’s as good against the run as anyone, so we were pleased with that.”

It was the first half, though, that stuck in the craw of head coach Urban Meyer and the players – for multiple reasons. A tone was set on the opening drive when Iowa faced little resistance, traveling 80 yards in 12 plays while converting two third downs to take a 7-0 lead.

“Defensively, I was very disappointed – very, very disappointed in first half because I thought we were getting pushed around,” Meyer said. “The second half was much, much better, but that was a very good, physical team we were playing.”

But it was the second Hawkeye possession that was a game changer.

On 2nd-and-4 near midfield, Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz caught a pass before being leveled by cornerback Bradley Roby. Problem was Roby got called for targeting a defenseless player, which comes with an ejection.

It led to an unhappy stadium, an irate Roby and an incensed Meyer. But it didn’t provide an energy boost to the defense, at least not in the first half. Iowa converted seven of its nine third downs in the half and gained 222 yards. For the second consecutive game, Ohio State trailed at halftime, this time 17-10.

All three scoring drives by the Hawkeyes were at least 10 plays. It took Iowa all of 15 plays to get over the century mark. But Ohio State also faced little resistance. It gained more than 7.5 yards per play but had two drives stall deep inside Iowa territory – one resulting in a field goal, the other a turnover on downs. Meyer had the chance to kick a 45-yard field, only to decline and go for it on 4th-and-10.

“We were into the breeze a little bit,” he said. “I thought about punting it. I think [Braxton] was throwing the ball well and receivers were catching the ball, so I decided to take a chance there.”

The highlight of the half came on a 58-yard pass play from Miller to Philly Brown that resulted in a touchdown. It was a career-long catch for Brown and the fourth time this season Iowa surrendered a touchdown pass of 40-plus yards.

Adjustments on the defensive side of the ball were paramount for Ohio State during halftime. Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock torched the secondary in the first 30 minutes and the Buckeyes’ stout run defense had suddenly found its match. The Hawkeyes gained 101 yards in the first half.

Bradley Roby was ejected for this hit.

It would all come crashing down in the third and fourth quarters. Iowa was limited to 153 second-half yards – 29 rushing – and 85 came on one play, a touchdown pass to Jake Duzey. It converted just one third down. Ohio State outgained the Hawkeyes 306-153 in the second half and dominated time of possession, controlling the football for all but 6:55.

Rudock finished 19-of-34 passing for 245 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Duzey caught six passes for 138 yards and a touchdown.

Ohio State tied the game after a 13-play drive to begin the half. Hyde scored from one-yard out for the first rushing touchdown of the season against Iowa. Miller was 4-for-4 passing on the drive and completed his first nine passes of the half.

The Buckeyes’ first lead came with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter on a 14-yard pass play to Devin Smith. But the 24-17 advantage didn’t last long. Rudock’s 85-yard pass to Duzey came on the first play of the ensuing drive. Roby’s replacement, Armani Reeves, was beaten badly on the play, allowing his second touchdown of the game.

However, the fourth quarter belonged to Ohio State. The go-ahead score – Hyde’s dipsy-do – came with more than 13:00 left. Iowa would only run 11 more plays, though, with one of its two possessions ending with the only turnover of the game - a Tyvis Powell interception.

From there, it was win No. 19 in a row for the Buckeyes. The streak ties the second most consecutive wins in school history. Meyer won his 20th straight game as a head coach, becoming the first head coach to have three suck streaks.

“I’ve learned a lesson in my life. I’m going to enjoy this win,” Meyer said with a mischievous grin. “I feel outstanding. I’m going to go hug my players and hug my family and go to work tomorrow. But, tonight? I'm not worried about the defense. I’m going to enjoy this win.”

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stevebelliseeya's picture

Jesse Palmer telling the truth right after the game...awful secondary but we bullied them with the running game.

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BuckGuy003's picture

Jesse Palmer is definitely one of the better announcers. Never seems to play favorites

weirdscience's picture

I was suspicious of the former Gator for a long time, but he's grown on me the last few years. Pretty objective and almost seems to support the Bucks a little from time-to-time. 

D-Day0043's picture

That's more than I can say for Herbstreit. He made it his personal mission today on game day to say what a crap schedule we play and how all of these one loss teams deserve to be ahead of us.

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teddyballgame's picture

So in other words, telling the truth? rofl
You guys seriously watched this game today and still have the homer glasses on?
WERE OVERRATED HELLOOOOOOOOO

Run_Fido_Run's picture

WERE OVERRATED HELLOOOOOOOOO

Which teams - beside the winner of the FSU v. Clemson game - would you drop the Buckeyes behind?
6. Louisville: Lost
7. Texas A&M: Lost
8. LSU: Losing 24-14 in the 4Q.
9. South Carolina: Lost
10. UCLA: Lost
11. Miami FL: barely beat UNC.

teddyballgame's picture

We could easily lose to any of those teams, also Stanford and Baylor
It looks like theres about 3 good teams in College football at this point and the rest is just mediocrity....
So if you want, we can pretend like we're the king chit of turd island, whatever.  If we even sniff the NC game though, that's a JOKE.

Baroclinicity's picture

We should just pack in the rest of the season.  No reason to play, obviously.
 

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

aboynamedtracy's picture

Baylor? Lol. No, seriously...

cplunk's picture

Your use of capital letters has convinced me that your point must be correct.

gravey's picture

Fake Ass Buckeye is what TP called him.  He's an SEC shill.  The SEC looked like crap today - and I'm not sure what other 1 loss team looks better than us.  I've watched a lot of PAC 10 teams - and they mostly don't play d at all.  We're not perfect, but we heard this crap from ESPN the entire 2002 season.  

cplunk's picture

In a lot of ways, this team is the exact opposite of the 2002 squad. The 02 team had an unbeatable defense and an offense that often seemed like it couldn't do anything right but sometimes still made big plays. This squad has an offense that nobody really stops and a defense that sometimes seems like it can't do anything right but sometimes still makes big plays.
In 02, it turned out our defense was so ridiculously good that arguably the best, most balanced team in football history couldn't beat us. It's possible the offense this year could be similar. Maybe the defense doesn't really matter- it just has to be good enough to once in awhile make a stop while the offense racks up points.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

CPLUNK, I've been thinking the exact same thing.
We're in some kind of weird time-space continuum in which everything is reversed from '02 - that offense often needed the D to bail them out, while pulling a miracle out once in a while (Purdue); this year the young D is very suspect at times, needing the O to carry the team, yet coming up big in crunch time (Powell's interception, for example).
Not sure if we're MNC calibre, but it looks to me that very few if any other teams are totally dominant (and don't tell me about 'Bama last night, Bert's Hogs suck big time!)
No scarlet-colored glasses, the defensive backfield is a mess... One good thing, however, is lots of young guys are getting game-time experience. Let's see if the coaches live up to THEIR hype now, and develop these young'uns!
Just win, baby! Just win!

jreiter81's picture

Jesse Palmer needs to quit using those NON-words: physicality and trickeration. Keep it simple stupid and quit making up words.

Scarlet & Gray Forever

BuckGuy003's picture

Haha I hate trickeration.....the word is trickery!
 
physicality has always been a word -__-

stevebelliseeya's picture

phys·i·cal·i·ty noun \ˌfi-zə-ˈka-lə-tē\
plural phys·i·cal·i·ties

Definition of PHYSICALITY
1
:  intensely physical orientation :  predominance of the physical usually at the expense of the mental, spiritual, or social
2
:  a physical aspect or quality
 
 

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teddyballgame's picture

Maybe you've been keeping it simple for too long.  Physicality isn't a word?

Hovenaut's picture

Accentuating the (offensive) positives first - great game by Braxton (we hardly knew ye) and El Guapo (as usual). 
Pretty disappointed to say the least on the other side of the ball, that's just not going to cut it down the stretch. 
But today, 19-0, with a chance to go 20-0. 
Go Buckeyes!

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

DefendYoungstown's picture

This might be one of the best running attacks that we have ever had at tOSU.
 

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

buckeyedude's picture

No doubt this is do to El Guapo. He is more important to this team than Beanie was when he was still wearing the S & G. I stand by the comment and make no apologies for it.
It wasn't too long ago(2 months) when many were saying "next man up" when El Guapo got in trouble. Well, he is always patiant and waits for the holes to open, he always falls forward, he blocks good for Braxton when he isn't carrying the ball, and he rarely fumbles.
Without Braxton, it would be difficult to get to the MNC game, but without El Guapo, we could have dropped two games already.
We don't get to the MNC game without The Handsome One.

BTW, that touchdown run by Carlos was the best TD run I've seen this year. I thought he was going to run the other direction. The dive at the end was....priceless.

 

 

balbak buck's picture

Carlos remind me of a horse called seabiscuit.Although he may not be the most talented back in college, but he undoubtely has the biggest heart of them all.

Fugelere's picture

For the rest the season I sincerely hope we score on every offensive series.  If another team shuts down our offense and we have rely on our defense, we're toast.

bairjo's picture

I heard these same words from the fans of that bunch of drones up north 3-4 years ago...RichRoditus at OSU?...Hope not.

Ahh Saturday's picture

Remind me which years in the Rich-Rod era did Michigan win 19 straight games.

bairjo's picture

Okay...you win. You brought up a point unrelated to what I was talking about.  Fact is only this years wins only matter this year.  Fact is we have the same dilemma they had.  Am I wrong?   If we do not score a huge number of points against quality team...our defense most likely will not have our back. Lucky for us the O has delivered....so far.
 

Ekes42's picture

I think the problem with your logic is the fact is that Rich was running with Nick Sheridan, Tate Forcier, and Denard in sophmore year.  I'll take Braxton and/or Guiton running our offense over those three clowns anyday.  
We gave up 24 to Wisconsin.  It seems like we are just playing down to people and that needs to change.  Our team has found a way to win the past two years and I'm going to keep thinking they will find that way to win until they prove to me otherwise.
 

bairjo's picture

I agree..I'll take our O over that other goofy group any day.  BUT if we go up against lets say a quality team like Bama, the D secondary will need to show up like they have played together before.  Do you really think we would rack up a huge amount of points against them?...The D will be factor and that is scary right now.  Not saying it will always be that way....but the bye week refocus efforts  didn't seem to help as much like I had hoped....a little, but not as much as I had hoped for.

BeijingBucks's picture

Every time I hear the name Forcier I get a devilish grin on my face and start dreaming of pick 6s

 

 

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Seth4Bucks's picture

I love Brown's progression on the TD run.
He blocks, he jumps around giddy due to the 1st down, then oh fuck he's still up and running, block, TD Hyde!

iloveu2chris's picture

Well not a perfect game but still perfect on the year, just win

pig4skin's picture

hope the staff prepares for next week's game where we know they will utilize their TEs. would like to see one of our freshmen move up on the depth chart behind roby, reeves is not the answer

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

Buck_Michigan's picture

unfortunately I have little faith in the 2 "defensive coordinators" to prepare this team for PSU...look at this game...they had 2 weeks to prepare for a lessor opponent and let them put 24 points on us...if the O wouldn't have saved our asses again this would have been a L.  I'm tired of the whiffs our secondary takes when defending the pass...I can't say our D-line was much better in the first half but they at least made adjustments.  I miss the days of the Dantonio and Heacock Defenses...Ficklell/Withers is not good.  I don't know if Fickell, Withers or both are the problem but if this continues the remainder of the season someone needs to go...it is unacceptable and I know UFM will not let this continue. 

2012 Beat Michigan Tail gate:  UFM:  "Let’s beat the sh*t out of Michigan, have a good night."

dlb72osu's picture

Heacock was a holdover from the Cooper days, but he was just the D-line coach until '05. Fickell was hired in '01 as the linebackers coach. Dantonio was the D-coordinator from 2001-03, both Fickell and Heacock were named co-coordinators in 2005 and both continued in that capacity through the 2010 season.
Your statement about Dantonio and Heacock is misleading. With the resources at our disposal these misstatements should not be made. 
Fickell and Heacock had a lot more time together than Dantonio had with the Buckeyes.

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

kiester's picture

I'm am starting to wonder if one (probably Fickel?) or both need to go. The talent on the entire D (even with the linebackers) is far far far too good to be giving up that many points to Iowa.

What are other peoples thoughts on this (letting one or both go)?

dlb72osu's picture

I am not too sure about the talent comment. The d backs seem to be more problematic than the linebackers. That's Coombs area. And he is a fantastic recruiter. Reeves play allowed tight end to get behind him for the 85 yard td.
Please remember, we are everybody's bowl game. Every team we play is going to get their full undivided attention and they will bring their A-game.
I think as we get a little deeper into the Urban era we will see, not only a talent rise, but the position depth will take a dramatic increase. His recruits are currently only Freshman and Sophomores. And he didn't get into the recruiting process until late into his hiring (Novemeber).

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balbak buck's picture

Where is Heacock now? I think Withers can recruit. I do not see the value added by having Fickel.He is more suited to be a linebacker's coach.nothing more.But there is a dire need for a new DC.

LeftCoastBuck's picture

I hope I can stop hyperventilating long enough to enjoy the win. Go Bucks!

"To crush the Wolverines, to see them driven from their stadium, and to hear the lamentation of their fans" Conan the Barbarian (paraphrased) on "what is best in life."

DrBuckeyePete's picture

I could watch this run all day... 
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9850248&ex_cid=espnapi_public
Great win boys. Best part about being 19-0... 

Ohio State Alum '10 
Go Bucks! 

BUCKSOMIES's picture

I agree DR.  Braxton's run just before Hyde's effort was a beauty too.  Nice 1-2 punch.  Plus both were over 100 yds rushing for the day.

Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

That was one of the best runs I've seen in a very very long time.

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

And you know, it can't be me but I am almost certain that the Iowa D sorta froze for a second there. Like wait, is he on our team now??

kr66osu's picture

OSU is now a second half team instead of a first quarter team I guess

Seth4Bucks's picture

Now if only we could put together two great halfs in a single game!

VestedInterest's picture

Our D didn't look good until the second half when they weren't on the field. Best D is our O...that's a sad testament for "the Silver Bullets"
19-0

GODOFWARBUCKEYE's picture

I'm glad the bucks won the game but I'm sick and tired of seeing the team on defense and offense play down to the competition... This has been going on for a while now and I put that on the coaches all of them..

"GIMMIE THAT BEAT FOOL!!! IT'S A FULL TIME JACK MOVE" Ice Cube jack for beats..

D-Day0043's picture

You call scoring 34 points playing down to the competition? They didn't punt. They scored on every drive except the 4th down snafu and if Brown didn't get called for blocking in the back they probably would have scored there too.

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sandytowne's picture

The offense played great today.  The only reason it didn't score more is because Iowa controlled the ball for a significant part of the first half.  For instance, OSU had all of one offensive possession in the first quarter.
The defense, on the other hand, is a problem, especially the back seven.  It is disconcerting that none of the linebackers that have been recruited the past two years have stepped up at all.  

RedQueenRace's picture

Wasn't pretty but a win.  Again in the second half the only score was one breakdown.  Weird how one always seems to have to happen.
Next, I hope to watch Bert's team get curbstomped by the Tide.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Well, if there ever was a time to grit your teeth and hope a Bielema led team could perform a miracle ...

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

WOLFofOHIO's picture

game was..at times..meh and ARMANI REEVES..WHY U NO BLOCK!!! but brax360 and
warhorse hyde got the w....now on to the penn staters.

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

GODOFWARBUCKEYE's picture

Me thinks Ferentz was pissed off about that due to his quick and terks hand shake..

"GIMMIE THAT BEAT FOOL!!! IT'S A FULL TIME JACK MOVE" Ice Cube jack for beats..

D-Day0043's picture

Well there was a punt. Johnston's arse must be sore from never having to get off the bench today. ;-)

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Scott's picture

Call me old fashioned, but I really hate when Braxton does this. 

Class of 2008

Scott's picture

I just remember how stoic and composed Braxton looked as a freshman after leading the team to a win over Wisconsin. This just feels like the antithesis of that.

Class of 2008

TheBadOwl's picture

The best part about that Braxton punt -- Reeves over on the sideline casually walked over and caught it with one hand.

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.

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

If we had a problem stopping the TEs today, it's going to be a long night against Penn St next week. 
I have never criticized Fickell before this game, but it's becoming harder every week. I don't understand the 10 yard cushion we give the WRs every single play. We also have to have the most missed tackles of any Top-10 team. Got to get better.
In the end, the best part of being 7-0 is the chance of being 8-0. 
Go Bucks!

nm_buck's picture

I think they kept rushing 3 because we were up against the worst rushing offense in the B1G.  Maybe got a lottle too overconfident.... and Iowa came out fighting with nothing to lose.  Don't understand why they kept it up in the second half tho... but they did seem to mix it up a little more in passing situations...

D-Day0043's picture

Iowa was averaging a little over 200 yards a game rushing. That is not a bad rushing offense.

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nm_buck's picture

You're right... they are middle of the pack... I was thinking of last season

Buck_Michigan's picture

I've tried to support Fickell/Withers but I'm done defending the defensive coaches.  The poor play by the defensive is equally placed on Fickell and Withers....at the end of the day they are in charge of the Defense...thats why they pay you two the big bucks...if Combs isn't cutting it or one of the other position coach on D then it's your responsibility to mange them and make adjustments.  None of this is happening....unless something truly magical happens one or more defensive people will be replaced by Meyer.

2012 Beat Michigan Tail gate:  UFM:  "Let’s beat the sh*t out of Michigan, have a good night."

irishfury's picture

Yeah I'm in the same boat.  keeping my mouth shut but this game was just bad bad D.  The soft coverage and the part that worried me is Iowa oline blew the Dline of the ball 3-4 yards the whole first half.

nm_buck's picture

Our secondary will get beat up by most anyone when we don't have Roby or Bryant. 
 
I think I only saw two blitzes the whole game... and both resulted in incomplete passes.  I understand playing conservative.  I'm sure at halftime the coaches were confident in the offense.  But man o man... seems like they were pretty vanilla all day on D.

RedQueenRace's picture

They sent 6 on one of the TD passes in the first half.

nm_buck's picture

I missed that one... I was frantically driving home from work to get the game on....
 
about one quarter later I almost decided to go back to work... lol

ScarletNGrey01's picture

That one touchdown run by Hyde better not just be in the ESPiN top ten ... it betta be the #1 play in da top ten!

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

nm_buck's picture

Cody Whitfield of Stanford made the reception of the year today.
 
http://gamedayr.com/sports/video-stanford-cardinal-kodi-whitfield-makes-...

fear_the_nut70's picture

Really?  You care what ESPiN shows?  

USMC11917's picture

I am a little worried about PSU. I think Hackenburg could have a career day on us. Obviously I hope I am silly wrong. To be honest, Indiana scares me more at this point.

HotSauceCommittee's picture

I have been worried about Indy since last season. Now, my worries are amplified. 
hackenberg will dink and dunk us to death. Gonna be a tough game. 

dlb72osu's picture

Worrying is interest paid when you have no control over the problem.
All I can say is...Dave Wilson passed for an NCAA record 621 yards against OSU in the 'shoe in 1984. Final score, OSU 45 Illinois 38.
Passing yardage does not equal wins. Rushing yardage equals wins. This is the message that the coaches and pundits have been preaching for the last month.

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

BuckGnome's picture

Time of possession:  OSU 35min - Iowa 25min
Did not expect that after the 1st half.

D-Day0043's picture

Yep. Iowa also had 17 first downs to our 9 in the first half. The second half Iowa had 5 and we had 21. Give the coaches credit, they made some halftime adjustments. We out scored them 24-7 in the second half.

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Ahh Saturday's picture

I think it's clear that this D is gonna be giving up some points, but the offense is really gelling and will be very hard to stop.  We might have to sweat a little bit, but this team is going unbeaten.

Bamabucknut's picture

Another shoot out because our defense played so poorly in the first half.

Riggins's picture

MORE TECMO BOWL, PLEASE. (Hyde TD)

Baroclinicity's picture

Been saying it all year long: just win, baby.

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

Toilrt Paper's picture

Is there an Ohio State fan left in the world that doesn't think Robey is STUPID?.
Is there an Ohio State fan left in the world that doesn't think Reeves is the slowest CB in many years at Ohio State?
Is there an Ohio State fan left in the world that thinks Hall should be getting more than a handful of carries from Carlos Hyde?
Is there an Ohio State fan left in the world that still thinks Noah Spence is a stud?
Is there an Ohio State fan left in the world that doesn't think Ohio State's defense is the reason Ohio State is not worthy of playing in the BCS Title game?

Ahh Saturday's picture

Dude, what are you like after a loss?

cplunk's picture

He probably can't remember what he's like after a loss; it has been too long

DaiTheFlu's picture

There's at least one Ohio State fan who thinks that you're a moron.

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

D-Day0043's picture

You lost me when you said Hall should take carries away from Hyde. You want to take carries away from a man that physically dominates defenses? Brilliant....

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rosycheeks's picture

You read it backwards, but he's still gotta take a chill pill.

lsjSnail's picture

He isn't saying that.

buckeyedude's picture

I accidentally gave you an upvote. My bad.
While I do agree that Roby leads way too much with his head(this is why he's missed so many tackles this year, but recovers because of his speed- he'll get ejected again, mark my words. They're even cracking down in the NFL), I disagree with everything else you said. ESPECIALLY the part about

"Hall should be getting more than a handful of carries from Carlos Hyde?"

You can't be serious. You can't be. I think I saw Hall run with the ball in his hands twice today, and one time he caught a short pass, had a wide open field and tripped over his own two feet.
This is El Guapo's team. Say what you want about Braxton.

 

 

Deadly Nuts's picture

For a second I thought that upvote was his second account.

LEBRON

lsjSnail's picture

Re-read what he actually said. He needs to chill though but has a point.

BukFan's picture

Who is Noah Spence?

ohiowhitesnake's picture

Is there an Ohio State fan that doesn't know how to spell Roby?

pjtobin's picture

I agree with Robey being stupid. Along with being spelled wrong, is stupid. It is Roby. He is a kid. He is not having the best year. He is being asked to cover the run and the pass. So he has been exposed more times than us fans like. He still contributes. He still makes plays. Take it easy man. These are kids. 

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

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Agreed, and if Roby does not get the interception in the Wisconsin game or recover the ball in the endzone on the blocked punt in the Northwestern game, we might not have won those games.

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dwcbuckeye's picture

Great game all around by the offense, but just disappointed with the D.  The line did not look good.  Sorry Iowa is not Alabama but kind of looked it in the first half.  Was that 85 yard TD to a TE?  Huh?  That is ridiculous to see Spence running 70yards trying to make the tackle.  Where was the D?  But on the bright side no punts.  

geoffrsc's picture

Both of El Guapo's TDs today were things of beauty. The first one was pure power against a D who knew it was coming and couldn't stop it. The second one-Balance and determination then flying into the end zone. Watching that one will never get old.
And Brax is finally getting back to being amazing.
 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

The defense played terrible in the first half, but you have to give some credit to Iowa - smart game plan, very well executed. The Iowa OL had only given up 5 sacks in 6 games prior. They're very good at avoiding negative plays, which ended up making for a tough matchup against Ohio State's young and athletic but sometimes undisciplined and clueless defenders.
In the 2H, though, Iowa made only one play on a busted coverage. If we're going to hammer Fickell and company for the 1H mess, shouldn't we give them so credit for 2H adjustments? 
On a day like this, with a bunch of Top 10 teams going down, it's survive and advance.
Obviously, though, the defense has a ways to go.

D-Day0043's picture

You're right. The staff made second half adjustments, but the offense kept the defense off the field most of the second half. We just fell behind and Iowa got to dictate the game. Once we got ahead they were forced to throw and they can't compete with us if they have to play catchup. They gave us their best shot in the first half. Our depth, power, and speed, wore them out in the second half. That is where having the best strength and conditioning coach in America earns his money. Our boys are in better shape. That is why we are able to pull away from teams in the 4th quarter.

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pjtobin's picture

I agree with both of you. And it was our d in the 2nd half that stopped Iowas o. That is why our o was on the field so long. Our d looked 1000 times better in the 2nd half. I was proud they turned it on. 

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biggy84's picture

If pollsters are going to criticize tOSU for playing a weak schedule, they better blow out their opponents. The defense is really hurting our chances of going to a NC game. Too much talent to be playing this badly. Way too much.

lsjSnail's picture

How many times are people going to say this? it doesn't look like they are going to blow out anyone anytime soon. Wins are wins but they are ugly.

ScarletGray43157's picture

A win is always good.  The defense is good enough to get through the rest of the year without losing but it is not yet championship caliber.  If the Bucks do get through the year unbeaten, then it must be championship caliber by the time the bowl game is played, no matter what bowl OSU ends up playing in.  The defense has to develop a lot to get there, but it is possible.  I liked that guys stepped up when Roby was tossed (at least for the most part) and made enough plays to win.  Progress is being made.  

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dwcbuckeye's picture

With 3 losses and 2 in a row does georgia finally drop out of the top 25.  We have a few decent B10 teams that should move in, thinking Michigan State, perhaps Nebraska

airbuckeye's picture

Ill be shock if Ga drops out of the polls being their an SEC team i look for them to drop to around 23 to 25. And that will be because the ESPIN will pimp the shit out of them still saying there the best 3 loss team in the top 25 and the fact if the were not playing without 4 of their best offense's weapons they would be still be unbeaten in ranked in the top 5.

Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

How can the Fla State/Clemson ACC love-fest continue?  How can either be ranked ahead of the Buckeyes?
The only ranked team Clemson beat was 4-3 Georgia.  The only ranked team not named Clemson that Fla State beat was #25 Maryland.
How is that a better schedule than a Buckeyes team that has gone undefeated for 2 years?

fear_the_nut70's picture

Georgia will drop one spot.  So will SCe.  Expect Missouri to jump us.  SEC bias is ridiculous.

ATXbucknut's picture

TOS posted a pic of Thomas Holley on the field before the game. Anyone heard anything on how his visit is going?

teddyballgame's picture

I don't know how you can even want to go to a NC game with this defense.  We'd just lose and the haters would have even more fodder for how 'OSU sucks on a big stage'...

irishfury's picture

As worried as I would be.  I would never count out an Urban Meyer team with a month to prepair. 

lsjSnail's picture

2 weeks for a poopy Iowa team didn't look good....

Run_Fido_Run's picture

So, should we root for losses?

40 Degrees North's picture

In the early 1980's, John Riggins of the Washington Redskins went into coach Joe Gibbs office. He made one comment:
"Just give me the ball.Everything will be alright."
The same should be said for Carlos Hyde. Just give him the ball. The Buckeyes will be alright.

The Butler's picture

Meyer won his 20th straight game as a head coach, becoming the first head coach to have three suck streaks.

Is there something UFM isn't telling us? Gives new meaning to the term 'head coach'

I've trained Canaries in the sport of falconry.

 

jreiter81's picture

I think we have one of the top O-Lines in the country.

Scarlet & Gray Forever

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

We are going to get everyone's best shot. Just look at how much NW has imploded since we beat them. Iowa will likely go out and lose after this game, too. These teams put EVERYTHING into beating us (which makes it all the more sweeter when we win). That can never be discounted.
I kinda wonder if we weren't caught looking past this game a bit. Penn State next week with GameDay in town? Maybe. Maybe not. I do know we were kinda flat to start and needed time to wake up.
Iowa's OL and DL are big and physical, maybe even more so than Wisconsin.
I will have faith in Urban Meyer until he gives me reason not to. Considering his track record and what he's done since he's been in Columbus I doubt that faith will ever waver. If he can't fix it, nobody can.
Go Bucks!
 

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dlb72osu's picture

IBS&G -
I'm all in, brother!

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

D-Day0043's picture

True. We were Northwestern's Super Bowl and that loss took all the wind out of their sails. I don't care what schedule you play, winning 19 games in a row is damn hard to do.

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jkrk's picture

Not only do we get everybody's best shot, but aren't there 4 or 5 teams we play that are coming off of their bye with 2 weeks to prepare for us?

Buckabroad's picture

Exactly! Instead of slamming our schedule, this point should be considered!

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

Jeeves's picture

GameDay really? I was hoping they had been banned from our campus.

lsjSnail's picture

Heres a reason, the defense last year and this year. I wish I could be as positive as you.

INTLBUCK's picture

Too bad Vanderbilt pulled out on us this year. They had a nice win today that would have helped our resume....
I'm driving 12 hours to take my family (wife, 3 kids) to their first OSU game next Saturday vs. PSU...so glad the streak is still alive!  Go Bucks!

DefendYoungstown's picture

Looks like LSU is going DOWN today too...

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

buckeye4life050233's picture

I still am baffled by the ejection Roby got for targeting......Up to today I had seen many of other booth reviews for ejection in which there was direct helmet to helmet contact and the player was not ejected...yet roby hit him in the "strike zone" so to speak and the clueless sideline official was about 30 seconds late throwing the flag.......terrible officiating and it will be interesting to take note of how many times an opposing player gets a targeting call whilst hitting one of our receivers....ill set the over at 1 bc it probably won't happen.....the big ten officials are worse than some of the high school crews i see on friday nights in ohio
 

ScarletNGrey01's picture

I am a total, partisan buckeye homer, but it looked like Roby's feet left the ground and the top of his helmet did smack into the face mask.  I know he got some shoulder into it also, but the refs are going to err on the side of caution with this rule, and based on the replays it might have been borderline but not a horrible call by any means IMHO.  Kind of a moot point anyway.

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

Jeeves's picture

Wouldn't erring on the side of caution be NOT throwing the guy out of the game?

lsjSnail's picture

Kinda hard not to hit some ones face mask when you hit them cleanly. Even the textbook tackle shows this.

RC's picture

Apparently you only watched the play once.  Watch it again.  His feet never left the ground.

D-Day0043's picture

And LSU loses. The one loss team everyone on game day said should be ranked ahead of us. :-p

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D-Day0043's picture

Clemson is getting slaughtered... Jamis Winston looks pretty good for a red shirt freshman.

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Baroclinicity's picture

So many fans on this site hyperventilating about the defense, slamming certain players, coaches, we'd get house in the NC game, expecting perfection on every single possession/play, etc...
News flash:
You're forgetting to enjoy the games. 
We won.  Relax.
Doesn't matter how we look.  We won in '02 with some nail biters against teams that were clearly not as good.  We lost in '06 when we looked untouchable.
Yeah, we have some issues on defense.  But stand by your team... some of things said on this site... we oughta be ashamed of ourselves...
 

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

D-Day0043's picture

Good point. In 06 they were never really tested until Michigan and they just thought showing up for the NC game and going through the motions was good enough to get a win. This team, like the 02 team has been punched in the mouth and they have come back swinging.

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kdogg72's picture

Punched in the mouth yes, but nothing like the 02 team. They played great defense

D-Day0043's picture

I'm not comparing defenses. I am talking generally about the teams overcoming adversity and finding ways to win close games.

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dlb72osu's picture

kdogg72 -
Not every game. Without two dropped passes, a 7-6 UC team might have ended any hope of a NC in the 4th game of the season. That was an incredible nail-biter.

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

kdogg72's picture

It's great to win today. I am never one to point fingers but today I have too. At what point do we stop giving pedestrian quarterbacks their career day? Our pass defense is horrendous. If you look at our roster we are loaded with defensive talent. If you watch the games our defense is really fast. But we have more blown coverage/open receivers than any other good team in the country. To this point offensive staff A-, defensive staff C-. I get we have young players, I get we don't have ideal linebackers, but Vrabel seems to do fine with young talent. I don't know who to point the finger at but this is unacceptable. Urban Meyer's number 1 goal on his plan to win IS to play great defense. I think it is safe to say we are poorly coached in the back 7.

Seattle Linga's picture

It's amazing how we keep pulling these games out. Our confidence goes a long way in these victories.

Brutus's picture

19 straight wins.  19 straight Saturday nights complaining about said 19 wins.  Yep, sounds about right.

Baroclinicity's picture

Indeed.

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

Jeeves's picture

Those of us old enough remember this is the same way the seasons would go when Woody was coaching. Fans should enjoy the wins.

lsjSnail's picture

No one is complaining about a win. Here we go again, with another week of this.
OMG I'M SO MAD WE WON!
 
is not the same as "wow this defense needs to get it's shit together, why are they playing like this?"
Every week it doesn't look like improvement/consistency. I see a problem here and you should too.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

The new top ten?
 
Alabama
Oregon
FSU
Ohio State
Miami
Baylor
Missouri
Stanford
Texas Tech
Oklahoma State

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

ToTheHouse's picture

Clemson 7 - FLA ST. 48 4th quarter ...watch the BUCKS still won't move up >:|
WSU 21 - ORE 27 only 2nd quarter; Div. 1 is showing parity ALL over the place.
Correction: Clemson 14 - FLA. ST. 51 ...can you say KILLED !!!!
Watch them stay in the Top 10...if in the same boat, the BUCKS wouldn't...GRRR...>:|
The final polls could keep tOSU from the NC this year, but next year anything similar to this there WOULD  be NO...NC...for the good guys regardless of any undefeated season.

Seattle Linga's picture

Media is constantly looking for ways to make us feel the pain when it's not deserved.

Buckabroad's picture

I really don't know what to say about this game. It seemed that today was a sort of Murphy's Law day on which anything that could go wrong did go wrong. As we saw over the past two weeks, most teams simply would buckle and lose. Ohio State? They dug deep and overcame their difficulties with sheer determination and resolve. The Buckeyes are showing the mark of a Champion (especially El Guapo) and are not undefeated by accident.
I would like those who voiced harsh criticism against Ohio State above to pause and consider this point for a moment.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Yeah, thought I was reading MGoBlo from last week!
I've always said we're the most schizo fan base in the country.
No doubt there are issues in the D-backfield, mostly due to youth and the coaching impetus being on stopping the run. Urban even said he was not pleased with the D after the game.
But holy crap, we ARE undefeated. Even Rod Gilmore said on the telecast that there won't be 4-5 undefeated teams at the end of the season!
If we win by 45 or 4, it's still a win.
I thought there was a lot of rust, actually, in the first half, but adjustments were made and, aside from a brain-dead blown coverage, the D really shut down IA in the 2nd half.
Next up! Winning takes care of a lot!

Goose's picture

I thought the Iowa coaching staff had a great game plan today.  It wasn't our DBs that got abused today, it was our LBs trying to cover their TEs.  I don't remember a single significant reception by one of their wideouts.  Even on that long touchdown where Reeves looks really bad, I don't think that was his coverage.  We got caught in a zone blitz where they had asked Spence to drop into coverage, the TE ran a wheel and Spence tried to run with him as he should and just couldn't do it.  Reeves took a bad angle and that was all she wrote.  Their TEs were so wide open that a decent HS QB could've made those throws.  Bill O'Brien and Christian Hackenburg have to be licking their chops.
The other thing that really bothered me was how easily Iowa got the edge on the run plays.  Perry and Spence got abused on the edge against the run.  I know Spence is fast and is good rushing the passer, but if he doesn't figure out how to stop the run, he's going to get abused like he did vs. Iowa regularly.
Isn't this about the time of the year last year where Meyer got sick of all the defensive troubles and kind of took over the defense from a planning and practice perspective?  From that point on last year, there was a drastic turnaround in our defensive performance.  I expect Meyer to make that kind of move soon.  It is obvious that our overall defensive performance is not up to par and is going to be the thing that costs us dearly if not fixed.