With MSU Trailing, Dantonio Summoned DC Pat Narduzzi to the Field

By DJ Byrnes on December 9, 2013 at 11:44a
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi came down to the sideline in the third quarter, in an attempt to fire up the Spartans. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)

From MLive.com:

After Ohio State opened the second half with a 75-yard touchdown drive to tie the Big Ten championship game, and then grabbed the lead 7 minutes later, the nation's No. 1-ranked defense appeared to be on the ropes.

So Dantonio told defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi to leave the coaches box and get to the sideline. This isn't out of the norm for Narduzzi, but the message once he arrived packed a little extra juice.

... "Every other word would probably have to be bleeped out," admitted defensive end Tyler Hoover. "His messages are strong. He's such an amazing guy."

The Spartans heard Narduzzi loud and clear, allowing just 47 total yards on Ohio State's final four drives, including just 25 in the entire fourth quarter.

Thankfully, Pat Narduzzi is reportedly up for the UCONN job, so this guy could be exiled to Connecticut in time for next year's B1G realignment that will see Ohio State and Sparty share divisions and a yearly game.

If only Narduzzi had just kept his meddling-ass up in his ivory tower. If only. If only. If only.

Suddenly Woody's words of "I despise to lose," never hit closer to home.


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stittracer99's picture

Whatever Narduzzi said to those players needs to be bottled and sold to poor defenses everywhere. I suggest Gene Smith gets this approved and delivered by the truckload before the bowl game.

ScarletGray43157's picture

Over the years there have been some black eyes given to the Bucks by Sparty.  Dantonio has been in on a couple of them, and he's not going anywhere.  I like our chances going forward based on sheer talent, but he has a habit of recruiting guys from Ohio that then become self-motivated when playing Ohio State.  
Hopefully this loss stings enough to light a fire under our butts for next year.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

gwalther's picture

You know what, after two years, any version of a New Ten Year War may be more likely with MSU than TSUN. Right now, it's 1-1, in two hard-fought, competitive games.
My main reason for suggesting this is a possibility:
1) I think Mark Dantonio is the only coach in the B1G with the swag, tenacity, determination, skill, and knowledge to go swing for swing with Urban. Bo was that guy for Woody.
Other reasons/parallels you could draw:
2) Dantonio was a former Ohio State assistant who knows what being a Buckeye is about and has familiarity with the school and program (despite there being a different regime now).
3) As an assistant, Dantonio won a national title here.
4) MSU, like TSUN, recruits Ohio.

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AndyVance's picture

Wow, what a great observation. I think you're on to something here, especially since we know we'll be playing them every year in the Division henceforth. Guess it's going to make our stance about giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan all that more important.

betiobuckeye's picture

I Kind of hope he stays for another year to give the Bucks another crack at him. If you wanna be the best you gotta beat the best. 

cinserious's picture

I wouldn't mind if Bo Pelini brought some of that juice over to the Buckeye sideline. He would go toe to toe with Narduzzi as the Buckeye's defensive coordinator.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

buckeyedude's picture

I don't understand the fascination with Pelini by some Buckeye fans. The Nebraska defense has been as pourous as OSU's, if not more so. And he's still the coach there for the time being.*
*didn't give the DV.



Iron_Buckeye's picture

Maybe folks want to see Pelini as a DC because he was LSUs DC when we played LSU in the titlel game. LSUs D was pretty legit then. Nebraska is nowhere near the caliber defensive talent that a school like LSU has been able to field.

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

cinserious's picture

That's exactly my point. Pelini is a Buckeye, was a damn good DC at LSU and can get the whole defensive side of the ball jacked up with his fiery attitude. Nebraska's D is garbage but that's Pelini's fault only for not firing his D-Coordinator. If he's on our sidelines, he doesn't need to worry about all that.
BTW, unlike Nebraska, the Buckeyes can recruit LSU's defensive talent and then some.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

That bridge has long been burned

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

BuckeyeJosh's picture

If only Narduzzi would join the good guys...

Poison nuts's picture

I'd welcome him. Apparently, he's damn good at his job.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

2002osubuck's picture

I'll say it again, MSU's D didnt stop us, we did the moment we stopped running Carlos Hyde. Hyde was successful running all game for 6.8 ypc and the only reason we had just 25 yards in the 4th quarter is because he didn't touch the ball. It's simple, the moment we started pounding Hyde in the 2nd qtr we scored 24 unanswered points. And, the moment we stopped we gave up 17 unanswered points, didn't control the clock and lost all the energy his running style provided the team. 

TLB's picture

Not to hard to figure out what's coming when you see an empty backfield.

73buckeye's picture

When you see an empty backfield on Sundays,  you usually see 5 wides or stacked formations and quick slants or tight ends over the middle or wide receiver screens. There are a lot of good plays that can be run from that set. With the Bucks, it telegraphs Braxton running. Throw in a few of those other options occasionally and I bet the times Braxton does run out of it, he'd be much more successful, especially behind a really good offensive line.


Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Also, I didn't understand the throws to Carlos in the flats.  He is much better going N/S than E/W.

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another-navy-buckeye's picture

This was exactly my thoughts. Hyde was missing in the 4th quarter and we didn't move the ball. Didn't seem diffiicult to see that Braxton was going to keep the ball AGAIN.


4thandinches's picture

It was our offensive play calling, not Narduzzi yelling, that stopped our offense. Plain and simple.

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

GoBucksToledo's picture

I agree that we did as much to lose that game as they did to win it.  That said, well done to Sparty and looking forward to our next go-round.

RedStorm45's picture

Well Herman certainly helped them out by going away from worked to get us those 24 points.

Zofinda's picture

It'd be great for the conference if he became a HC for a league team. I'd  rather see him stay than go to Connecticut, for the betterment of the B1G

Bucks43201's picture

Why would he consider UCONN....there has to be more desirable jobs out there than the UCONN position. Wake Forest comes to mind.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

M Man's picture

Narduzzi was born in New Haven and has some Connecticut/eastern roots; he played first for Youngstown State and then for the University of Rhode Island.

Bucks43201's picture

I did not know that...thank you

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

buckeyedude's picture

Isn't the Boise State job open, now?



andretolstoy's picture

Not to take away anything from Narduzzi but folks on this blog are way too into mythology. What? Coombs doesn't yell and scream and intimidate and drop F-bombs? Vrabel doesn't do this?
OhioState lacks balance - mostly in emotions. We're over hyped. We, the fans, over hype. And this takes away from the balance attack and from throwing off our rhythm.
Guess what guys? This is why, as annoying it is for us, when we're caught off balance and offense like Bollmans, which is notorious for vanilla shakes can take advantage of us. This is why Coach Tressel type football was so effective. It worked hard to keep things even keeled and in a controlled-rage. This actually works in attempting to play 4 quarters of football. Today, we on the other hand - can't manage to play 4 quarters. We hit huge spurts and then we're gone.
 It's all about getting back to basics. Urban needs a bit more Tressel. And I am interested if anyone asks him the question about his comments about MSU being a Tressel-type of team, whether he meant that as a put down, or as a sign of respect?

If Meyer thinks he owns a team that plays Tressel ball, he better think again.  We barely eeked out a when in East Lansing last year, and got plowed by MSU this year. I think Coach Dantonio holds the edge over Meyer right now. And I think Meyer knows this (which is a plus.)

M Man's picture

The Ohio State football team won't make excuses; but I think I might.
I think it is brutal for an Ohio State or a Michigan to have to play the week after a game like the 2013 edition of The Game.  Those of you who know current or former Buckeyes; ask them privately what they think about that.
This is the great downside of conference championship games, playoff games, etc.

andretolstoy's picture

That's no excuse. Besides, and no offense, based upon all of the UofM fans who are basking in the glory of of MSU's accomplishments as if their own, I don't see The Game ever being the same again. In fact, if Meyer and Dantonio stick around, I see this game overtaking the rivalry. At least the next ten year or so. But just my own opinion and no disrespect.
But we new that The Game would potentially suffer because of the new league alignments and college playoffs.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Nick Saban agrees with you, at least about his brutal rivalry game.

locko48's picture

yes playing the week after a huge rivalry game is why Auburn lost SEC championship in 2013, Alabama in 2012, Auburn in 2010, Alabama 2009...

2002osubuck's picture

This team scored the most points in OSU history and had the best running attack we've ever seen. We, the fans, over hype? Really, well a 24 game winning streak is the best in OSU history and this teams one of the best rushing attacks in the country. The reason we lost is because we stopped using our strength, carlos hyde and the running game. It's absolutely impossible to win every game forever and it happened to be in the biggest game, the B1G championship, but by no means did we get beat because we got caught off balance by "Tresselball." We played a very good MSU team that has similar principles to Tressel's but Meyer doesn't need to do anything but continue what he's been doing. Not to mention, continue excellent recruiting to fill the holes left in the defense, mainly LB and DBs, and getting talent on offense after Tressel's departure. This defense was top 10 until we lost Bryant and when Curtis Grant got hurt our production dropped farther down. I blame this on the transfers and losses in the LB depth Tressel recruited, leaving our defense vulnerable because the LB is the foundation for the defense that we've used successfully the last decade plus. It'll be a totally different story on defense next year, with the studs Meyer brought in, after being in the program for a year or two.

another-navy-buckeye's picture

If running Hyde more is a bit more like Tressel ball then I will have to agree with you.  We did not, nor would not have been "plowed" over had Hyde been kept in the game through the 4th quarter. 


Actorjonnyb's picture

Meanwhile on our sideline fickel adresses the defense with.."It is what it is guys"


andretolstoy's picture

Heck, if we're going to misrepresent and streamline what the guy says just to vent our frustration - we might as well say that he said, "it is" it will make just amount of sense.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Just rewatched our offensive possessions after the MSU field goal cut our lead to 4. We ran 12 plays before our last series when we were forced to pass. Here's how the 12 plays break down.
12 total plays
Carlos Hyde rushed 4 times
Braxton rushed 5 times ... two of those appear to be zone reads (once with Hyde, once with Hall).
3 were passes (one bad throw by Braxton, one completion to Brown where he didn't get up field fast enough and got a minimal gain, and an incompletion intended for Spencer that was broken up on a solid defensive play by MSU).
Looking back on it, there are maybe only two play calls that I didn't like.
MSU was daring Braxton to beat them with his arm. They were set up well against the zone read and weren't going to give up much to anyone. Both the bad pass by Braxton and the Spencer drop (or good defense, whatever you wanna call it) would have put is in MSU territory with a fresh set of downs.
Really, the only two plays I didn't like were the designed draws for Braxton. Those were doomed from the beginning.
So yeah, don't fire Herman.

NashBuckeye's picture

I deleted the game from my DVR as soon as I got home. Would be interested in the order and result of those 12 plays and which plays cost us each possession. My guess is the runs by El Guapo were the most successful of the 12 plays.

MichiganBuckeye222's picture

i deleted mine too.....
here is the snorg tees girl to cheer you up....

Representing the Buckeyes in the Mitten State since 1987.



gwalther's picture

Well played.

Class of 2008

gobucks96's picture

I'd still like to hear why we completely stayed away from the short to intermediate throws in this game particularly. empty the backfield and have Braxton suck the entire defense in and dump it off. It was open on multiple plays. 
Ahhh, to be an arm chair offensive coordinator...