Quotebook: Penn State

By Kyle Rowland on October 27, 2013 at 9:00a
A swarm of Silver Bullets.

COLUMBUS – After the release of the initial BCS standings, the first reaction in Central Ohio was one of fury. How could undefeated Ohio State be so disrespected?

The fact was the Buckeyes just hadn’t delivered a prodigious effort this season. Well, the lack of a statement win is over. Ohio State’s 63-14 throttling of Penn State was historic on many fronts.

Week 2 of the BCS isn’t likely to have much change. Oregon might jump Florida State for the No. 2 spot, but the Buckeyes will almost certainly stay stuck at fourth. The fun is just beginning, though.

Next weekend marks the beginning of November. In college football parlance, it’s akin to the month of March and college basketball. Champions emerge and pretenders fade.

“We don’t worry about it,” safety C.J. Barnett said about the BCS rankings. “Honestly, we just focus on the task at hand and next week that will be Purdue. All the other stuff will take care of itself at the end of the season.”

Head coach Urban Meyer knows from past experiences how important winning and winning big is. But that isn’t the approach Ohio State took to the field.

“It helps,” he said “But that was not certainly our mindset. Our mindset was to find a way to win this game against a very talented team that we have a lot of respect for that had a lot of momentum coming into this game.”

Braxton Miller: “We’ve got to keep our foot on the pedal.”

Devin Smith: “We wanted to make a statement.”

Penn State had never given up 40-plus points in three straight game until Saturday. The Nittany Lions had not allowed 50 points since 1988, they hadn’t surrendered 63 dating back to 1920 and they gave up the most yards – ever: 686.

“I take full responsibility for this loss,” Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien said. “We didn’t prepare them enough as a coaching staff and we did not play well enough. We have great kids and they never quit and we’ll put this one behind us, learn from it and get ready for Illinois.”

When you glance at the final score, it’s hard to pinpoint one play where it all went back. But if anything, it was when Penn State drove down the field in the first quarter attempting to answer an Ohio State touchdown. But on third down from the Buckeye 12, Christian Hackenberg got greedy. It ended with a Pittsburgh Brown interception.

“I just saw the quarterback staring [tight end Adam Breneman] down,” he said. “He threw the ball and I was just in the right position to make the play. I knew it was a big play for our defense and our team.”

Everyone’s been pining for more playing time from Dontre Wilson. Now they finally got it, and he responded with a 49-yard kick return and a 26-yard touchdown reception. Urban Meyer wanted Wilson to improve in other aspects, not just playmaking, and it sounds like Wilson heeded the message.

“As I continue to progress in practice I am beginning to see more playing time because I am working towards it,” Wilson said. “I’ve started to block a lot better.”

The entire defense had its best overall game of the season. It started up front and the return of Tommy Schutt has been a factor.

“We all want to stay healthy and make sure we all are doing well,” he said. “We all can play and make plays. Everyone knows they can be called on at any time.”

Whether voters are left impressed or not will be learned. O’Brien has seen Ohio State up close now and believes they’re near the top of the nation.

“They’re a good football team. No doubt about it,” he said. “Ohio State has good speed, good athletes and coached better than us. Miller causes trouble when you let him get on the perimeter of the defense.”

Consider Meyer pleased.

“I like where we’re at right now as a team,” he said. “The most impressive part of the game to me was we caused turnovers and we hit the quarterback a little bit. We haven’t been doing that.”

Meyer on Miller: “I love where Braxton’s at right now as a quarterback. Last year, I felt he was an athlete playing quarterback. Now, he’s a quarterback.”

“I feel comfortable in the passing game,” Miller said. “It’s just exciting to see the guys get the ball and do something with it.”

[Photo: Kirk Irwin Photography]


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painterlad's picture

We just eliminated the 94 debacle. Now let's go erase Purdue Harbor.

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

Baroclinicity's picture

Any word on Spencer?

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

InHartWeTrust's picture

Came in here to post the same thing, was hoping to see an update in the article.

Hovenaut's picture

Amen....Curtis Grant also, although I know Holly Rowe did report he seemed okay after leaving the game.

Maffro's picture

Didn't Grant come back in or am I remembering incorrectly?

t-dub's picture

i am fairly sure he was back in the game

"What is our aim, I can tell you in one word. Victory" Winston Churchill

Hovenaut's picture

I missed it then, glad he's okay.

Ethos's picture

yeah I think I saw two buckeye injuries he talk at all about those?

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BuckeyeChris's picture

I admit when I am wrong. I have come to admit it. I was wrong on 10-20-13: 
"And.... forget running up the score this week. From what we've seen from our DBs, with Robinson and the PSU TEs coming to town, we're going to need to score on (just about) every possession just to get a "W" this week."
I don't recall ever being this happy about being so very, very wrong. 

KLF Buckeye's picture

I didn't see your original comment, but up vote for owning it. To be fair, I don't think anyone seriously predicted that much awesome last night.

igo43's picture

Ghost helmet sticker until I get to 100. I thought the game would be tight.

"The minute I think I'm getting mellow, I'm retiring. Who ever heard of a mellow winner?" - WWH

buckeyedude's picture

I also upvoted you for be honest, Chris. Now if all the people that were throwing El Guapo under the bus this summer and early in the season would admit they were wrong. He's not just a running back. He can block and catch the ball as well. He rarely fumbles the ball.  I still stand by my vote on the poll question:
El Guapo > Beanie.
But it was GREAT to see the offense FINALLY play lights out! And to have it come against PSU is even more satisfying. Gesicki should have waited until after this game to make his choice, but good luck to him. I guess he figures he'd get more playing time at PSU. OSU's going to be playing for championships.



Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

Carlos Hyde is the best RB we've seen around here in a long time.  He's averaging 6.7 YPC against a big-10 schedule with defenses built to stop the run AND without being able to pad his stats against the creampuffs in the first 3 games of the season.  Dude is making a legitimate case for being a 1st round pick.  I think he's the best player on this team right now.

NC_Buckeye's picture

Yards After Contact is what makes Carlos a special RB. Beanie was also good at that. Just not as good as Carlos.

d5k's picture

Carlos Hyde this year looks like Beanie Wells did his sophomore and junior years.  That is not a knock on Carlos.  Recall that Beanie was running Dave into brick walls all day, was the same size and speed as Carlos and ran people over and broke tackles like Carlos but still busted off a lot of long runs.  And I LOVE Carlos Hyde.  He is a beast right now and he is really seeing the game at a different level than he did last year.  I didn't think Carlos would be in the discussion with the Beanie, Eddie, MoClarett crowd but he certainly is now.  But Beanie cemented his first round pick stock halfway through his sophomore year.  Definitely had the most complete career of a RB of the past decade.  He slipped to #31 overall because of injuries he got breaking loads of tackles at OSU.

NitroBuck's picture

I couldn't agree more, and would up vote you if I could.  No disrespect for El Guapo, but I recall a lot of runs for Beanie where it was all he could do to gain a yard or two after breaking two tackles.  You know...hit in the backfield, break a second tackle at the line of scrimmage, only to have the 3rd & 4th defenders take him down for a two yard gain.  I can only wonder what Carlos's numbers would be like in a walrus-ball offense.  Thankfully, those days are in the past.

Ferio.  Tego.

Seattle Linga's picture

Way to "Man Up" Chris - that took nuggets to admit

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

But hey, Chris, you were correct in that we DID [score on (just about) every possession]...and who knows...maybe it was your comment that the team saw and wanted to make sure they did exactly that. 
So there's that.
Be encouraged!

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BuckeyeChris's picture

Good point, South... Thanks!

Rjpfish2's picture

Nice to see some backup O-linemen get into the game. We are really going to be counting on guys with little/no experience in the trenches next year. Any opportunity UFM has to get these guys some reps should be fully taken advantage of. That is, unless Knox and and boys are planning on playing as true freshmen.

t-dub's picture

I bet Coach Meyer takes advantage of the extra practices to start working on the line.  If this year proves anything, it proves the value of the O-Line 

"What is our aim, I can tell you in one word. Victory" Winston Churchill

BuckeyeFanInBoulder's picture

The importance of the line cannot be overstated.  Even without a good O-Line, I think this group of guys would get rushing yards (8 different guys rushed last night), but with the amazing O-Line we have this season, I'd say there is very little doubt we can run *well* on any team in the country.  I sure hope we have the opportunity for the non-starters to get lots of reps between now and whichever BCS bowl game we play in to build in some more depth.
This is perhaps another topic, but I think our rushing attack is the best in the country; Oregon's is the only one that compares to the Hyde/Braxton/Wilson/Hall/EzE/Smith/KennyG/Jones show.  That we have a O-Line to unleash that beast is freaking beautiful to watch.

d5k's picture

It's really just Hyde/Braxton with a little bit of Wilson and some great insurance policies right now.

t-dub's picture

while Hyde and Braxton are the head liners, i'm not sure I agree with this^.  Hall is very good, and the rest of the list is very capable.

"What is our aim, I can tell you in one word. Victory" Winston Churchill

pjtobin's picture

I made the statement in DJ's president ventures that I wanted to see Brutus curb stomp that dumb lion thing. I feel that in someways that happened last night. Go Bucks!!

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