El Guap'd: Carlos Hyde's Top Five Moments of 2013

By Jeff Beck on December 16, 2013 at 2:30p

It’s the holiday season; a moment to recognize all of the blessings in our lives while spending time with friends and family. Lucky for me, all of you readers here at 11W are friends so I feel this is the perfect forum to recognize one of our collective blessings: Carlos "El Guapo" Hyde.

No. 34 runs with light feet and an angry heart. The combination is devastating for anyone who has the marbles to get in his way. Take it from Coach Drayton

Hyde has had an unbelievable year despite missing the first three games of the season. The senior is averaging 7.7 yards a carry (not a typo) while amassing 1,408 yards and 14 TDs on the ground with another 2 TDs through the air. The trip to the Orange Bowl should be a special one for the Florida native who will get a chance to wear the Scarlet and Gray for the final time in his home-state.

But, before we say our final goodbyes to El Guapo let’s take a moment to reflect on his top five moments of the 2013 season.

No. 5: Hanging 63 On The Lions

While the Buckeyes were busy handing Penn State their worst loss in 114 years, Carlos Hyde decided to show off his speed, outrunning everyone for a 39 yard TD to put the Buckeyes up 35-7.

No. 4: Getting Loose Against Indiana

On the opening possession of their game against the Hoosiers, the Buckeyes promptly marched down the field powered by a 41 yard Braxton Miller run. Working from their own 16-yard line, the Hoosiers' D dialed up the right call, blitzing a linebacker right into Carlos. Here’s how that ended up:

No. 3: Five TDs in the Champaign Wind-Tunnel

On a day where nothing seemed to be working for Miller through the air, Hyde took over, rushing for 246 yards and 4 TDs on the ground with another TD off of a pass in the flat which he promptly housed.

His day was monstrous to say the least, as his 35 points helped the Buckeyes “escape” 60-35. Here is every TD from that game on repeat forever:

No. 2 Beast Mode Against Iowa

With the game knotted at 24 to start the fourth quarter, Hyde took the handoff at the Iowa 19 and found some running room on the right side. Slicing through two defenders with just one man left to beat, Carlos became the victim of a full-on grown-man lumber-laying. A mortal would have crumpled under the blow, but Carlos absorbed the hit, staggered back five yards, regained his balance then dove into the end-zone. #WeightRoom

No. 1 Everything at NOrthwestern

With 6 minutes left in the third quarter of the Northwestern game, the Buckeyes were officially in trouble.  The Scarlet and Gray were struggling for answers with Braxton Miller looking shaky at best; turning the ball over an uncharacteristic three times in three quarters of play. Toss in a Buckeye failed fake punt and October 5th had all the makings of an upset in Evanston. That’s when Hyde decided enough was enough.

Down 23-13 Carlos took off his Clark Kent suit, scoring the Buckeyes next 21 points and helping to bleed out the clock in the process. The Wildcats simply did not have an answer for the bowling ball disguised as a man, and the Scarlet and Gray rode him to victory. Make no mistake, the Buckeyes were saved that night by Carlos. Here are all three of his heroic moments:

So raise your glass to No. 34. Cheers to an amazing 2013, and here’s hoping for a few more endzone flexes in Miami.


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GABuckeye's picture

You'll be sorely missed young man!

OSUmuFAN's picture

All I want is for Carlos to be in Orange and Brown next year, that way we don't have to miss him at all!

SgtMdx's picture

From your keyboard to God's ears, my brother.

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Smithy's picture

Thank you Carlos. A great year. Lay one on the Tigers!

droessl's picture

Damnit I'm gonna miss his running next year. That said, I don't know how that run against Iowa isn't #1. 

Doc's picture

Love El Guap!  Just an absolute beast.  Thanks Carlos.

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AndyVance's picture

I love his endzone celebration - it's simple, perhaps understated even, yet it speaks all the confidence in the world without being obnoxious. Once this season he scored and didn't take us to the gunshow, and The Stunning Mrs. Vance even said, "Hey wait, he didn't flex! What gives?!" 

Killer nuts's picture

Not bad for a fullback. Too bad Urban's offense has no use for fullbacks

Whbrbl's picture

How poetic: 1408 yards; 14 touchdowns. One touchdown for every 100 yards (the length of a football field).

Buckabroad's picture

Blazing speed, devastating punch and the greatest heart I have seen in a long time. Near perfect RB. You will be missed badly, Carlos, but always respected and never forgotten.

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

bucknasty13's picture

I think I will remember the power of Carlos more than the touchdowns.  There were so many plays that looked like he would stopped after 3 yards and he would pick up 10.  He is a monster.

iball's picture

Meet you in Miami, Big 'los

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

iball's picture

You always love a guy who falls down for 3 yards

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Denny's picture

"The end zone, flexin"


bigbuckinky's picture

If only Herman had trusted him more in the B1G championship Game, OSU may have come away with a win.

fear.the.nut's picture

Just to think, 1,408 yards & 14 TDs were only over 10 games - translates to 1,830 & 18 without the suspension.  Probably wouldn't have been enough to win the Heisman, but I'll be damned if he wouldn't have been invited to New York.

RKC's picture

All of those moments were great but his presser after the Northwestern game was pretty amazing and perhaps one of his finest moments as well in 2013. I remember thinking it should be used for instructional purposes every spring before the team is on its own all summer. I'm not an NFL person at all but I think GM/Scouts prolly like to see that sort of humility on display when he easily could have flexed after that monster second half.

Bucks43201's picture

One of those Buckeyes you wish never ran out of eligibility
Very special

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Zimmy07's picture

Plus he only played in 2 series against FAMU, essentially a half against Purdue, and only 3 quarters against Penn State.

Dirty419Boy's picture

Too bad we never got to see him run the ball on 4th and 2 against the Spartans.

buckeyeboy59's picture

I would have loved to see how many more highlights he would have had if he wasn't suspended for 3 games. There would probably be a few more on this list!

faux_maestro's picture

BUT, I have a feeling that the suspension prompted this season. He said he was running with more purpose than ever because football had been taken away. 

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buckeyeboy59's picture

True, it made him realize how important football is to him

2002osubuck's picture

If only the coaches rode Hyde to victory, when we played MSU, the way they did against northwestern. It would've been the same outcome and that still makes mad we went away from Hyde at all. We'll know when we play Clemson, because if we run Hyde all game keeping Boyd off the field, if we win then we could've had a chance against FSU. But, if we get thrown all over and don't run Hyde, then we'll know we probably would've lost to FSU, and that will help ease the sting just a little bit.

Seattle Linga's picture

The talent in the stable is unmatched and the next few years will be extremely exciting all around. 

Brutus1972's picture

Agreed, I think EZE will be better than Carlos before he is gone and thats not a hit on El Guapo but more of a vote of confidence for what type of talent we have waiting in the wings. I think the majority of the '13 class will have better careers than their predecessors before it is all said and done.

Seattle Linga's picture

Wow Brutus I like where you were going with that thought process. Our O line this year was amazing the way they opened up the holes. I hope your analysis is correct on EZE. 

GOOMBAY's picture

For me, it's a tie between "untouched" v. PSU and "stoopid" v. Iowa. But, really, it's the fact that - as the season progressed - every time he got the ball you knew he was going to truck someone and you believed he might break it.
Every. F-ing. Time.
That's why people love the run. Many thanks, Carlos.

CowCat's picture

Even though we're loaded at running back, I think Carlos is one of those special players that really got the mental side of the game.   You can have all of the talent/speed/size in the world, but still choke in big games.  Carlos always stepped up to the plate.
Good luck to him in the NFL.   I think he will keep trucking people. :)

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-- Urban Meyer

llong83's picture

Man...i need one more year with him... *tear

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Barnsey69's picture

There is absolutely no reason why Mr. Hyde and his O-line hog mollies cannot run right over Clemson...can't wait to see it! 

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45buckshot's picture

unfortunately, that was never the question; the question is can our defense stop anybody? and unfortunately, again, the answer seems to be no... 
i'm kind of hoping Clemson kills us throw the air so that UM3 has the fuel he needs to make some changes... 

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