PSU - My Own 5 Things

baddogmaine's picture
October 28, 2012 at 12:13p
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Blog style so I don't have to worry about length.

 

One. Great job Buckeyes. That was the most complete performance of the year, under possibly the harshest circumstances. There is only one 9-0 FCS team and it resides in Cbus, and #9 was no fluke. Way. To. Go.

Two. What happened yesterday in our game and other B1G games only confirms to me not only that I was right before but that Urban has done some rethinking. Braxton did more sliding and going out of bounds yesterday than he has all year, and my feeling is that very little was his own fear. I suspect strongly that Meyer told Miller both to run when he can, and avoid unnecessary hits. QBs are valuable commodities, injuries occur enough under normal play, there is good reason to avoid unnecessary hits. Guiton did really well in the Purdue game, but I bet AACC's Bellomy had been doing well in practice too and we saw what he did in the game. WIS is probably going to represent the Legends Div in the B1G title game by default but winning that or a bowl game is no sure thing without Stavi. What this means for us - I hope - is that we don't unnecessarily increase the chances of needing Kenny. When we need yards we call on Miller,  but when the odds are against us and it isn't a need, just a want (like being at least 40 yards from FG range with 17 seconds left in the first half in a close low scoring game), we do what PSU did at the end of the first half AND WHAT MEYER DID AT THE END OF THE GAME and take the victory formation to save Miller for when we need him.

Three. Where has this defense been? We had definite problems with the double move wheel route, nothing is perfect, but though McGloin got a lot of yards this was the first time all year that I felt that even with those yards his drives ended because we ended them, not because his own team self-destructed. And what we did to their ground game was nasty. If we can continue to play this way the AP voters may have to give us some thought. (Though as long as AL and/or OR and/or KSU and/or ND continue to play as they are playing we have no realistic chance at a split title)

Four. Lots of good to be said. On the other side: Miller's passing has to improve. Other than the Stoneburner TD which was not a 72 yard pass though that is what it covered Miller's passing was inadequate. Missing an open guy deep early. Throwing Bauserbombs 15 feet over the heads of receivers. Other than the TD he was 6 of 18 for 72 yards. Against a defense that was packing the box and should have been vulnerable to the pass. He was excited? No excuse at this level of ball. I'm frankly shocked that PSU did not do a better job on Miller's zone reads - I really thought that if PUR culd do it PSU could do it - and if they had Miller's pasing would have hurt us. Progress every day but serious progress needs to be made in our air game if we don't want the 2013 NC to end as the 2006 and 2007 did. I think Meyer quoted someone to the effect that if one doesn'tt learn from wins one will learn from losses. Let's learn from this win.

Five. I don't know what the difference was between the halves. If it was Meyer making offensive adjustments than that's the coaching I've been looking for. If not, if it was just things working that had not been - it is OK to make adjustments at half time, Urban. Game plans are really good, changing the plan when it is not working is just as good. So, again, if you did things at halftime on Saturday I give you a standing O Urban.

Comments

BuckeyeinAnnArbor's picture

Agree with everything except the notion that the AP voters might give us some thought.  Even if we were the only undefeated team in the country, it's not going to happen based on our schedule.

Bolt's picture

The offense seems to be very much feast or famine. When they get on a roll they roll hard and when they're in a rut they sputter in place. That seemed to be the difference between the halves. This PSU offense is much different than the offenses we've struggled with previously. This matchup against PSU played much more to our strengths than playing against spread teams. Purdue was doing some things differently along the defensive front than PSU was. Braxton also made some fantastic reads on the read option plays and just started playing like Superman when we needed it (see: the best 1 yard TD I think I've ever seen). I definitely agree Miller's passing was frustrating last night because he was missing guys that were so ridiculously wide open and almost threw two pick 6s where he completely locked on to the receiver. Braxton's only a sophomore and shows the ability to make any tough throw that's needed of him. Every time you start getting down on his passing he throws a beauty in stride on a rope for a TD. He'll get better and more consistent. He did seem a little bit tentative last night and Spielman commented on that several times. Hopefully he gets a little bit more comfortable again, but also hopefully is learning to protect himself as well.

baddogmaine's picture

You are right, Bolt - that may have been the best 1 yard TD I have ever seen. My heart stopped. Brilliant!!!
And a correction of my own writing - we are in the FBS. I keep getting that wromng, becauyse I still think of it as Div 1 and Div 1A.

Bolt's picture

I still refuse to call it anything other than 1A/1AA

baddogmaine's picture

Leaders, Legends, FCS, it's all F - BS. Same old good product in a new unappetizing package.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

The defense looked better because it was playing against a team that runs a more "traditional" style. If PSU had mobile QB, or was good at screen passes they may not have looked so hot.
 
BUT, they did look much improved on their fundamentals for the most part. 

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