Instacap: Buckeyes Escape With 34-17 Win Over Navy

By Tim Shoemaker on August 30, 2014 at 3:23p
209 Comments

Big plays carried Ohio State on Saturday as the fifth-ranked Buckeyes used an 80-yard touchdown catch from Devin Smith and a 61-yard fumble return for a score from Darron Lee to escape M&T Bank Stadium with a 34-17 win against Navy.

With Ohio State trailing, 14-13, redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett delivered a throw over the top to a wide open Smith, who took it the rest of the way to give the Buckeyes a 20-14 edge. It was a play that seemed to break the spirit of the Midshipmen.

From that point, Ezekiel Elliot added a 10-yard touchdown run and Michael Thomas scored on a 9-yard touchdown catch from Barrett to cap the Buckeyes' scoring.

Ohio State Quarterback Debuts
Year Quarterback Opponent Pass YDS TDs
2014 J.T. BARRETT NAVY 226 2
2011 BRAXTON MILLER COLORADO 82 2
2011 JOE BAUSERMAN AKRON 163 3
2008 TERRELLE PRYOR TROY 139 4
2007 TODD BOECKMAN YOUNGSTOWN STATE 225 2
2004 TROY SMITH INDIANA 161 2
2004 JUSTIN ZWICK CINCINNATI 213 1
2001 CRAIG KRENZEL ILLINOIS 164 1

Lee's 61-yard fumble return for a score seemed to give Ohio State the momentum early in the second half, but Navy responded with a four-play scoring drive that was highlighted by a 67-yard scamper from Ryan Williams-Jenkins.

In his first start, Barrett was efficient, going 12 for 15 for 226 yards and two touchdowns. He did throw one interception in the first half. He also rushed for 50 yards on nine carries.

Elliot gained 44 yards on the ground for the Buckeyes, while Curtis Samuel had 45 and Dontre Wilson collected 43.

Ohio State trailed Navy at halftime, 7-6. The Buckeyes were held without a first-half touchdown for the first time in the Urban Meyer era as their only first-half points came on a pair of Sean Nuernberger field goals.


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Hoody Wayes's picture

These Buckeyes have guts!

I'm glad lots of guys got their fingerprints on this W.

Go Bucks!

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TLB's picture

I'll take it.  Not the best but it's a win.

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KingsRite's picture

Tough to watch but a win is a win is a win!

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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BuckGuy003's picture

JT will do right by us. Mark my words. He seemed much more comfortable as the game went on

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buckeyeotaku's picture

it seemed to me like Barrett went as the line went, when they buckled down and held the pocket he did fine.

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Bichigan

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Seattle Linga's picture

Super job Boys - you make us so proud. Good game film to make adjustments - Get some rest - you deserve it

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

As much as I would have liked to seen an ass whoopin' I truly did enjoy watching this game. Navy usually has a good team and today was no exception, tremendous respect to the midshipmen. *Tips cap*

Brady Hoke ate my comment

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BUCKfutter's picture

first three quarters: wishing we played a cupcake

fourth quarter: glad we didn't. big time growth that game

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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stittracer99's picture

Any naysayers out there need to read this comment. Then read it again. Then read it a third time.
Tough battles against a good team will pay huge dividends later. Our boys fought for everything they got today and I feel good about our team with all of this youth. A lot of guys got their first meaningful playing time today.

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45has2's picture

Navy IS a cupcake.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

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German Buckeye's picture

Respectfully disagree Sir.  They have athletes, heart and discipline.  They will win 8-9 games this year.   

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whiskeyjuice's picture

And don't forget they went 9-4 last year with one of the nation's best rush offense.

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Seattle Linga's picture

Awesome ending with the singing 

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Byaaaahhh's picture

Couldn't watch it; what happened?

Seattle Linga's picture

We went to their end and sang with them as they sang their fight song and then they came to our end and sang Carmen Ohio with us - classy move by both sides

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Sing second!!!

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

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Sightlygrain6's picture

I predict a blowout of V tech next weekend. Along with at least 2 commitments. 

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ibuck's picture

Let's not get carried away.  VT has a better D than what we faced today.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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lsjSnail's picture

People really need to chill on the downvoting when someone gives their opinion or optimistic prediction...sheeesh

Dmac3212's picture

so annoying...you get hated if your not a complete homer.

Jeremy91's picture

Good win against a good team. Best thing about being 1-0...

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TLB's picture

Pretty cool for CBS to show that

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Drew2006's picture

Awesome composure on UM part. He continued to instill confidence in JT.  Navy had us by the ropes but good ole Tom Herman opened up the playbook!  What in the heck happened to Curtis Grant. Lee and perry were Killing GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Do we need to put McMillian in?

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JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

Curtis Grant played well

Buckeye fan from PA

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D-Day0043's picture

I wonder why they had Perry playing Mike?

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TheBadOwl's picture

Probably to get their three best linebackers on the field. Lee looks like our best linebacker right now, Perry's been the best through camp, and Worley looked way too good to keep off the field.

Grant played a good game, but for Navy, we needed guys getting to the edge and containing. Lee and Worley are perfect for that. And by putting Perry in for Grant, you're not giving up any size.

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.

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D-Day0043's picture

Sounds logical to me.

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sb97's picture

They were rotating guys in and out.  I really don't know how much any of them played.  Grant certainly saw significant time although there was a stretch when it looked like they were going with smaller quicker guys. 

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chicagobuckeye's picture

Curtis Grant made some big plays. I also think it's hard to judge any defense playing navy's offense. Different style and know a runs coming pretty much every play. 

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German Buckeye's picture

Only thing I was disappointed with our LB's was inconsistent coverage of the pitch out/option.  Navy ran for a ton of yards, so that was disappointing.  That also stems from a lack of push from the D line, so they were a little inconsistent too.  Need to blow up those plays in the backfield.

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Feels like the 2001-2002 season again... I'm going to need a defibrillator 

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45has2's picture

Except the BCS is dead and it is all on the perception of the committee. Play crapy against teams you should blow out....hello Hula Bowl.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Navy is a very solid team and we still covered. There's a reason it is a 60 minute game and not 45 minutes. It's about how you adapt to adversity. 

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southbuc's picture

WRONG. Still same formula. Win them all and you are in. 

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chicagobuckeye's picture

If only I could watch it on a screen larger than my phone and it didn't intermittently have seizures

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UpIrons's picture

I'm with you. I found a link to watch from and even managed to hook my laptop up to the TV but the first half was a choppy mess. I was about to give up and go to AM Radio but apparently too many people gave up on it and the 2nd half was actually a nearly perfect picture. Turns out all I needed to watch was the 2nd half anyway. What a game!

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FROMTHE18's picture

that pick was a prime example of a young QB trying to do too much, he had Smith wide open in the end zone if he looked back to the middle. Bit worried about pass protection, but our RB and H-backs look legit as hell. Nothing really to take away from the defense because Navy is such a unique style…Bosa was always there

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chicagobuckeye's picture

Saw that too. Would have been a hard throw across the body and a difficult read coming from that spin. Also think the o line gained more confidence and is good at run blocking other than the 4th down and allows the passing game to open up. 

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BeatTTUN's picture

Coaches can use that lone mistake as a teachable moment now. JT played well, he never looked like the game was to big for him. The td pass to Devin was massive, also he finally kept the ball on zone reads for big gains.

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Looked like a redshirt freshman on that play. Overall, though, I found a lot to like about the pace of our passing plays. There was a rhythm to the plays that isn't always there with Braxton.

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sivaDavis's picture

Yes they did all look legit. I loved how many playmakers touched the ball today. Dontre & Jalin Marshall and Samuel & Elliott is going to be ridiculous. Fresh bodies in there carrying the rock is always a good thing. Devin Smith is always a home run threat and Mike Thomas had some good catches. Hoping to see more out of Corey Smith. Crazy to think but Curtis looked farther ahead both physically and mentally than Dontre did last year. I think we are really going to see this team come alive next week. Nerves are out of the way, no 3-4 defense to compete against, no crazy triple option. Man college football is great.

P.S. I thought Dontre was fast and shifty last year... He looked 10x that today. Big game next Saturday! Go Buckeyes!

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southbuc's picture

If only he could block. Bad play call or not. He got destroyed on that third down and we would have scored if not.  

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NJ_BUCKEYE's picture

I thought Barrett just made the wrong read on that play.  No one committed to him and yet he pitched the ball.  Ithe defender looked like he was trying to play both Elliot and Barrett, and that's where Barrett has to get north south and pick up the yardage.  IMO

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BeatTTUN's picture

Victory!
Was looking dicey, key word is "was"
Defense mad stops when they needed them
Offense played a little impatient in the 1st half then settled down and made big big big plays in the 2nd

Huge win for the 2014 Buckeyes

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

That defense reminded me more of the Heacock days, particularly when Laurinaitis was tearing things up (not as good yet, but getting there).  Occasionally gave up big plays but when you needed a stop, they would show up.

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

I was nervous seeing our defense get gashed by the triple option, but when Navy did run the pass, you could see the pass rush.  I really believe the defense will be pretty damn good this year against more "traditional" offenses.

You could see we played better assignment football as the game went on.  The fourth quarter, we really started to shut them down.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

And keep in mind that it is the first game of the season so to open on the road with a freshman QB. I think we did well!

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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BeatTTUN's picture

Heck yeah

I know I made the glaring error of forgetting games are won on the field not on paper. The Buckeyes roster talent is amazing but they still have to execute plays and schemes against other living things.

I am very impressed that the Buckeyes did not wilt under pressure. There was no looking around and finding someone to blame, they just stuck to it and made plays when they needed to be made. That alone will pay dividends the rest of the year.

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

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Buckeye419er's picture

The best part about this win is that it felt like a team effort and not just a few individuals. Love it. Great game against a worthy opponent.

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nikolajz1's picture

JT looked better than Pryor, Smith or Braxton in their first starts. He did incredible minus the one bad pick. 

Also, Dontre is incredible. 

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OSU725's picture

Dontre and Marshall rotating (sometimes both being on the field) in that position will be fun to watch this season.

Roger's picture

Absolutely crucial to be able to play under pressure. Navy put the pressure on early and often. Awesome first game; great experience. 

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

^ This!  We need to be hardened by the crucible of fire (ie, tough wins) so that we are sharp and devastating against our competition heading into Nov and Jan

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LABuckeye's picture

Next week's game will tell us a lot about this team. Glad I'll be there.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks to the entire staff for handling the thread issues today - great to see that we didn't miss a beat

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teddyballgame's picture

Navy is better than people realize, and we have a young team.  They're going to get better as the season continues... I am optimistic after today.

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chicagobuckeye's picture

I am interested to see navy vs notre dame this season.  

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

I won't be surprised at all if Navy beats ND.

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I agree. I saw their schedule and thought "who else beats them? ... Maybe no one"

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lsjSnail's picture

I hope they do, but teams seem to implode after OSU beats them in a close game.

Jsstull's picture

Wins are cool! 

O-H-I-O

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AndyVance's picture

Barrett is legit -as are the Midshipmen. Well done men.

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sharks's picture

They started slowly, got it together, covered the spread (last I checked it), and beat a pretty good squad.  High fives all around.

Getting ready to watch ND now; they're probably Navy's toughest test the rest of the year.  The Middies may not lose again, if they play like they did today.

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Terry Porter's picture

Dontre Wilson looked a lot bigger than last year. Had some great returns. Marshall and Samuel also looked good. We need some work from the linebackers though. Raekwon?

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wibuckeye's picture

Class act at the end from both schools. 

WIBUCKEYE

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Young_Turk's picture

I have to think Woody had a conflicted, wry smile when the 3rd quarter stats showed the rushing stats as 300 vs 80 in favor of Navy.  But I'm sure he's very happy with the results.  Good guys win, and Midshipmen represent with class.  Raising a glass to Woody and the Midshipmen tonight.

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bdegroff's picture

Well, 1st half wasn't pretty. However, good signs from the D. The Bucks weren't going to stop Navy's run game. No one does. Diesel had a great game. Bennett had a great game. There were some great hits by the d! I think the D is definitely the strength this year.
The O took a bit. 4 new lineman does that. Barrett looked like a redshirt freshman. Otherwise, great game. Doesn't run like Braxton, however, I think he is a much better passer.
Bring on Va. Tech! Great atmosphere at the Shoe! I think the D looks much better! Can't wait

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DannyBeane's picture

Curtis Samuel is a beast. This game really got the heart pumping but I imagine its gritty games like this against teams like Navy that help galvanize a team

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LouBuck35's picture

Still miss El Guapo, but EzE, Dontre, Jalin, and Curtis all looked good running the ball. O line needs to take a big step this week. JT was good, only made 2 real mistakes and looked comfortable. We will be ready next week.

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

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va_buck's picture

Nice adjustment by the coaching staff.  In single back formations, Navy was blitzing off the edge, when the good guys brought a guy in motion, they could run up the middle.  A good start against a team that may not lose for awhile. 

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Gobucks2204's picture

Definitely a good game to build on. A great team win. Now let's focus on VT, and landing a 20 star(4 x's 5 ) commit weekend. Need to text Lebron to get him here too.

mtrotb's picture

JT did a pretty good job really in his first time.  Need to run more plays, only had 55.  Yes, I know the last drive we were milking the clock, but we need to have more plays for our athletes with their speed.

mtrotb

D-Day0043's picture

The gameplan was mild, but it wasn't as conservative as I thought it would be. I am surprised they gave Samuel as many touches as he got. It is clear Dontre is going to be featured in this offense.

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dbit's picture

Hey we fixed the pass defense!! Only gave up 20 yards in this game

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Once they opened up the playbook more, they looked pretty good on offense.

DLine played pretty well.

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UpIrons's picture

Yeah I was almost wondering if they didn't want to show too many plays in their first game to keep VT from seeing too much. But they obviously needed to after the first half. 

buckeyeswift's picture

Meyer said they only ran 4 or 5 plays in the second half..Not really opening the play book lol

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Perhaps, but at least one of them was a pass attempt over 7 yards...

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

steveoz49's picture

This is a tough game to gauge how deep the team is and if they're improved from last season.  VT will be a great game and a game that I believe we will get to see the improvements (if any) Coach Ash has made with the secondary.  I believe that as long as they open up the playbook, JT will be fine.  He had a couple nice pocket presence moments and made a few nice throws, not to mention his keeper late in the game had everyone fooled. 

Sidenote.... JT led the Buckeyes in rushing with 50yards.  He accounted for 276 total yards.  Nice start I'd say.

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bukyze's picture

I might go straight to hell for saying this, but I thought Danielson called a really good game.  

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Nutinpa's picture

He's a solid analyst.  He didn't become a dumb-ass just because CBS and the SEC were paying his salary. 

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lamplighter's picture

Not bad, but there were moments when I thought about muting the set and finding a radio

chicagobuckeye's picture

Yeah I agree, but sometimes their banter made me feel dumber. 

The Clean North's picture

I thought he was well informed and fair which  I can appreciate 

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ibuck's picture

Buckeye O needs to get better. OSU converted only two 3rd downs, continuing poor performance on 3rd down from last 2 games of last season.

 And VT has a better D than what we faced today.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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dwcbuckeye's picture

Classy move by both teams at the end to sing each team's songs.  Tear to eye

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D-Day0043's picture

Yes it was. Very classy.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

It really was-I was there and it was neat to see.

D-Day0043's picture

The most impressive thing about J.T. was that he was going through his progressions. That was more than I could have hoped for. He was completing passes to his second and third options. This kid is going to be slinging it all over the yard as he gains confidence. He doesn't have the strongest arm, but he has accuracy and touch.

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irishfury's picture

This.  I really like what I saw out of him.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

Yeah, he looked comfortable and poised in the pocket!!

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andretolstoy's picture

I'm satisfied with the result. I think the Defense is much improved. They kept us in the game. And barring injuring (I'm biting my tongue as I write this) they will only get better. Our offense has talent we just need to mellow out with the playing calling and play basic football. BTW Navy is a GOOD football team.

Faded Trey's picture

I'll take it. I predicted 31-13. There is so much young talent on this team. They'll get better.

BHT's picture

Barrett looked like a raw Guiton. Give him a few games, and the offense will start to click. It won't be like last year, but I think a playoff spot is a reasonable expectation for this team.

CPDenn's picture

Really happy with this one. Played a tough ass team, and the rushing yards given up aren't indicative of how good this front seven is going to be. How about Adolphus Washington? He looked healthy and was in the backfield often. 

buckskin's picture

I only saw Grant and Perry at MLB.

gumtape's picture

And Perry played awesome today.

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TheBadOwl's picture

He was on kick coverage.

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.

BUCKfutter's picture

tough game for a true freshman on D. i'm almost glad he didn't play much - a few missed assignments in a game like this can poison your mind and cause you to lose confidence for the rest of the season.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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MikeTheBuckeye's picture

JT played well in his first start, seemed to get more comfortable as the game went on. Samuel impressed the most of all the RBs, in my opinion. And the front seven on defense was a rock. It wasn't an easy game to watch, but I'm happy with my team and I'll gladly take this dub.

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

EXCITED for watching Curtis Samuel for several years! 

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McBane's picture

I am as we'll. If any of our running backs (besides the Percy Harvin role) showed signs of NFL talent, it was Curtis Samuel.

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WiliestBuckeye's picture

As long as the defense holds them to 21 ppg or under we have a good chance at victory since even with Braxton out I think this offense should average somewhere in the mid 30s ppg.  Looking forward to VA Tech next Saturday.

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Vinsaniti's picture

A little rough for the first half and part of third quarter. Overall I'll take a win anytime. JT4 played well in the system. Like the rush game. Offensive line needs a little work. Can't judge much on Defense but Darron Lee is a playmaker.

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Iron_Buckeye's picture

I'll take the win. I get the feeling that both the defense and offense is being handcuffed by the coaches. They need to let these guys get loose and let the talent shine!

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illich's picture

Did Urban leave the tight ends home in Columbus again this year???

Carl T.

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Canukbuck's picture

I guess they didn't want to risk injury to our TE's today, so we probably should have just played with an extra O-Lineman .... 

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Nutinpa's picture

Hey, mark my words:  Stoneburner will have a MONSTER game next week.  I just know it!

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Onionballz's picture

Running game was pretty solid.  Our skill guys are scary fast.  Line looked shaky on pass blocking several times.  I was impressed with JT overall.  Looks better than I thought he would.  

First game jitters out of the way.  Time to get to work on Va. Tech.

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GOOMBAY's picture

There's two or three potential all-stars in there. - Lou Brown

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Gobucks2204's picture

Serenity. Now can relax and watch the rest of the games today.

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D-Day0043's picture

That's what I just told my wife. We won, so now I can relax and enjoy football.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

And actually talk to people, you know, besides people on TV.

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D-Day0043's picture

Yeah. Lol! I get tired of saying "I was talking to the tv" to my kids.

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McBane's picture

Yep, dropped one too many F-Bombs in ear-shot of the youngins 

buckskin's picture

Great win vs a quality, disciplined opponent. Glad they finished it off well to build some confidence. J.T. looked good enough, we're in good shape. Surprised we didn't see more power runs in the 1st half. It was there all say long.

QBYBuckeye's picture

I saw a very young team with lots of room for improvement; a coaching staff that really needs a long look in the mirror (play-calling was suspect, at best); a young QB who made a couple mistakes but played well; a dominant D-Line; and a team that should improve immensely over the course of the year.

Navy surprised me with the quality of their athletes and impressed me with their grit. They should be bowl bound with 8 or 9 wins.

Next week, the VT defense will be more of a challenge, but their offense will be more conventional.  We should see a similar result in terms of score, but better execution by our O-Line and linebackers.

New York Buckeye

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Nailed it! I agree 100% with all of the above.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

HYDEYOKIDS's picture

Offense is kind of what I expected. Once jitters went down the line and J.T. started to play better. Biggest concern for me was the inability of the linebackers to cover the RB on option plays. They ran he same play dozens of times getting at least 5yards per play. Maybe it was just against the option and they will be better against more conventional offenses. The D-Line though, wow...

D-Day0043's picture

That was because of the cover four shell. They are suceptible to outside runs. Ultimately they accomplished what they set out to do, which is shut down Keenan Reynolds.

Michael Bennett was a freaking beast.

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THE's picture

W. 

Drivin > Disco > Drivin.
To the people in the bathroom, how's it going in there?

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FROMTHE18's picture

OSU Rushing attack, one word: Balance

JT: 50 on 9 carries

Samuel: 45 on 7 carries

Zeke: 44 on 12 carries

Wilson: 43 on 6 carries

Jalin: 7 on 3 carries (surprising, thought he had more)

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allinosu's picture

He did just on one play. Somebody screwed up.

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D-Day0043's picture

I was very happy they spread the ball around. Passing yards and rushing yards were close as well. Balance open things up. Once Barrett showed he could throw the ball downfield the offense opened up.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Most of Marshall's carries were technically passes because Barrett tossed the ball forward to him.

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The Clean North's picture

His big gain of the game was ruled a pass so it would be receiving yards. 

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For anyone not sure about how great this win was, just look at Urban's face when it was over. Our offense lost our leading rusher, our leading receiver, four starters off the offensive line, and a Heismann contending quarterback, yet they put it together over the course of the game and were rolling in the fourth quarter. Our defense was an embarrassment at the end of last season and lost two first round picks from that squad and was set to face an offense that is notoriously difficult to defend and was bringing back nine starters including a quarterback being universally hailed as the best Navy quarterback since Roger Staubach. Navy is a solid, veteran team, and the young Buckeyes took their best shot and won going away. Great first win.

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D-Day0043's picture

Very well said.

We have got some play makers. It is just going to take a minute for them to gel.

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rkylet83's picture

We have a lot of growing to do, but make no doubt we have talent everywhere on the field.  Next week will be another tough affair.  This is going to be a frustrating early season, but I think we will be a terrifying team in November.  Outside of the INT J.T. had a great first game.  Our defensive line is as advertised.  On the downside our offensive line struggled in pass protection and our linebackers still have the same issues.  Only time will tell how good the 2014 team can be.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

 I think that there are many positives from this game. At the very least, Barrett and the OLine now have tape to review and receive critiques on their performances. That was certainly ugly, but a win is a win, and overall, I thought that the D looked pretty good considering how long they were asked to be on the field. They kept the team in it the first half. Now, let's go out and get a W against Va Tech. Most importantly, I hope that they stay healthy and continue to improve with each game.

The future is certainly bright in Columbus, and the present could still be pretty special too! Go Bucks!

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Mikefletcher24's picture

Talent finally prevailed. This looks like a typical Meyer (SEC. Sorry) team. Marshall, Samuel, EZE  and holy crap Wilson looks crazy fast. Maybe it was the SEC announcers, but that seemed like a different team than I've seen forever at OSU.  Can't wait to kill michigan with all that speed.

TURD_BUCKET's picture

Something to build on. UFM looked pretty darn happy after the game. Losing streak OVER.

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rkylet83's picture

I think a lot of people forget that Navy is a good football team.  

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buckguyfan1's picture

Things to address for sure, but I really really like this game 1 win.  Congrats to the Team and Staff.

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The youth movement is on! rFr (Barrett) Lead in passing. Fr (Samuel) Lead Rushing. rFr (Lee) with momentum shifting Defensive TD

80% completion percentage and over 200 yds passing 2TDs. JTB4 was impressive IMO. A better passer than I expected. Not as good of a rusher as I expected. Still impressive

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D-Day0043's picture

He had 50 yards. I'll take it. ;-)

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sivaDavis's picture

He doesn't have to be a good runner, he just has to be a good enough runner. He had 2 long runs today that compared to Braxton looked like they were 3 yard slow runs but one was the draw on 3rd and 11 which he got the first down after EzE laid out the LB and the other was the roll out on 2nd down when he had room to run and no one was open and he ran for 10. That is exactly what I want from a QB. Over 80% accuracy, didn't take big hits, got first downs with his legs as well. Had one mistake when he tried to do too much but he will get better and Herman and Urban will both tell him, throw the ball away, we'll try another play and if that fails, we get 3 points. JT Barrett impressed me today. 

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Kingbuck12's picture

This is just the beginning, JT is going to be special. He will excel with all of these weapons and our defense was outstanding in my opinion .   We are young. Just wait a couple weeks, we will turn heads. Go Bucks!!

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GOOMBAY's picture

Analysis later. I'm in new-season-afterglow mode for the rest of the evening.

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buckskin's picture

I thought Barrett looked pretty good in his 1st game competition since 2012. Linebackers had a chance to shine, but really struggled, considering they knew a run was coming every play. I noticed Burrows started but once Bell got in the game he was everywhere. Leave him in there.

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BSTP DeCon's picture

Not going to lie, I thought I was going to have a heart attack that first half. Barrett was much more efficient than I thought he was going to be. Even with the lone INT. So glad football is back!

buckskin's picture

They have got to teach Barrett to get down after getting some rushing yards. He took a couple of good shots today.

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FROMTHE18's picture

just saw Urban had the guys stay for the Navy alma mater…well done

FLAMikey's picture

LB play was very spotty. Despite declarations that this unit has been fixed, I'm not convinced.

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D-Day0043's picture

It's impossible to dislike Navy. I'm glad we won. Both teams showed a lot of class. That was just a hard faught game. Best of luck to the Midshipman the rest of the way.

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DC-town's picture

Well....God made Bert, and Bert don't hurt

huge hole, gaping hole

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TossTrap's picture

Headline here is quite correct Buckeyes Escape . . .

I don't know what some of you saw but any reasonably good blitzing team will present problems for the O-Line and QB. Navy doesn't have much D and still had us on the ropes for 3 quarters. Lots of close games this year.

Oh and give me more of Jalin Marshall.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

I don't know what some of you saw...

An offense where a large number of the key pieces were starting for the first time.

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Whosisbrew's picture

Last year, Dontre Wilson looked like a skinny little pipsqueak.

Now he looks like this:

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D-Day0043's picture

Lol! I don't know if I would go that far. He does look like a fireplug.

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Crumb's picture

We're Back!!! Kickoff always feels good because its the furthest away we are from the dreaded offseason. Man I love bein a BUCKEYE!

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

D-Day0043's picture

The defense held Keenan Reynolds to 23 carries for 42 yards 1.8 yard average. 2-4 passing for 20 yards. 60 yards total offense.

Pretty damn impressive considering how everyone was raving about how great he is.

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HYDEYOKIDS's picture

True but what yards we took away from him largely went to the pitchman...

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That's the idea. You take away their best player and take your chances with their lesser player.

The defense only gave up 17 points. Last year they would have gave up 30.

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HYDEYOKIDS's picture

Yes though when they run the same play for the whole game the LBs should have covered him.

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ibuck's picture

what yards we took away from him largely went to the pitchman...

I wish Braxton were even half that efficient with his reads/pitches.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

ibuck's picture

Yes, the Buckeye D did limit Reynolds individual stats. But Keenan managed the Navy offense to 344 yds and a 14-13 lead in 3rd quarterr, and brought them to within 3 points in the 4th. Reynolds helped keep Navy's spirits high as their D was tough for 3+ quarters.

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If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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Who cares how many yards they had. 390 total yards of offense isn't that bad. Alabama just gave up 230 in the first half against a mediocre West Virginia team.

They only gave up 17 points. That's all that matters. Once the offense got rolling we saw the end result. If the defense can hold opposing teams to only 17 points per game, we are going to win a lot of games.

People complained last year about all of the points. Now we are complaining about yards. No one is ever satisfied.

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GrinandBarrett's picture

JT Barrett looks like a real QB, tight spiral and accurate, he will only get better and will be fun to watch over the next few years. 

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JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

Would anybody agree with me that JT is a better PASSER than Braxton? Not overall QB to clarify, just passer.

Buckeye fan from PA

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Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

I thought he was about the same quality as Braxton.  For all the positives, his lack of arm strength showed when Devin Smith had to come back for that deep ball - that would have been an incompletion or maybe even an INT against a Michigan State CB.  Also on Dontre Wilson's first incompetion he really led Dontre even though Wilson was so incredibly wide open.

I do think JT might be better at his reads than Braxton.  I could see JT being a productive QB in this system not by being an NFL passer but by knowing which one of the nuclear-tipped weapons around him to give the ball to on each play.

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GrinandBarrett's picture

I think his " lack of arm strength" was a complete non issue today, they didn't give him much of a chance to show off his arm, so we really don't know what kind of arm strength he has.  The deep ball to Smith was slightly under thrown, but how many times have we seen Braxton overthrow that same pass with no touch? I'll take that pass all day, considering it was his first throw over 20 yards in college.

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Pretty sure the throw on the deep ball was slightly underthrown on purpose.  He was so wide open, I don't think JT wanted to overthrow him.  All he needed to do was allow for an easy catch, and this may go for 6 points.

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dwcbuckeye's picture

Im calling bullshit on your comment.  JT didnt want to overthrow the receiver.  He made the the safe throw.  That was the right call despite the parrotting of arm strength complainers.

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D-Day0043's picture

It is really too small of a sample of J.T. to compare. It's only one game.

If you are looking for observations: Miller is by far the more dynamic player with a stronger arm and escapabilty, but he struggles with his progressions, being consistently accurate, and touch.

J.T. doesn't have the strongest arm, but today he was poised in the pocket despite the rush, went through his progressions, showed accuracy, and touch. He ran the ball just enough.

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FROMTHE18's picture

I want Navy's fullback, he is an absolute beast.

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Three biggest plays:

1. Lee scoops fumble (off great Bosa play) for TD.

2. Barrett bomb to Devin Smith.

3. Lee planting Reynolds. The Navy QB wasn't the same after that.

Alhan's picture

First half was tough to watch, but they returned to Buckeye form in the second half.  I'm excited to watch JT develop and Wilson looked friggin' awesome.  I was thinking the D wasn't much improved in the first half, but honestly, all in all they did very well against Navy's offense.  Great win!

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FitzBuck's picture

Way too much negativity on this thread for a win and nearly 40% new starters including QB.  They hung tuff and came through.  Good win.  

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Alhan's picture

The way Ohio State responded in the second half has me very optimistic about this team.

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45has2's picture

Player effort: A  Coaching: F-   Where was the attacking defense that was blathered on about all offseason? Navy had 3 plays: option right, option left and up the middle. Put the linebackers in the gaps, put the corners on the line to force everything to the middle and cheat the safeties up. PeeWee 101. Conversely, when facing a 9 player in the box defense.....air it the F out.  J.T., you, my friend, are the real deal. Fantastic first outing, I only hope you can get some good game planing in the future.

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Alhan's picture

I'm going to reserve judgement on how improved the defense may or may not be until I see them against a more standard offense.  Navy may be "limited" in the plays they run, but with the triple option they have many different plays within the play and their quarterback is amazing at making the correct decision.

That's not to say the option call by us in the Redzone and the hurry up that eliminated the possibility of the spot review on the turnover on downs didn't have me shaking my head.

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avail31678's picture

Watch the hurry-up, non review fourth down call again.  As Eze was rolling over the defender, seemingly staying up, his whole left forearm is down sorta behind the defender.  He was down. 

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Navy had 3 plays: option right, option left and up the middle. 

Not trying to be a jerk, but you clearly don't understand how a triple option offense works if you think it has three plays.

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D-Day0043's picture

If you can run the triple option and throw out of it, it is nearly unstoppable. Navy's big mistake was that they didn't throw more.

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GrinandBarrett's picture

Defense kept them in the game all day, I don't know what game you watched.  And Navy had more than 3 plays, they were all well disguised/executed run plays that no one in the country but you really knows how to shut down.  Maybe meyer should have hired you instead of Ash.

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D-Day0043's picture

I'll take what I saw out of the defense today all year long over that chicken $hit clown show defense we saw last year. 

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ghalephoto's picture

Simple...you never attack a triple option team with 3-4 good runners.  Do that and you will be out of position and watching TD's.  Coaching F?  Really, on a game that was won, on the road and was your opening game using a 1st time QB.  

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BIG needs to be Relevant Again's picture

If I hear one more person describe a buckeye victory
by saying "escaped" I'm going to scream. We won. We beat a good OOC team. We did not escape anything. Watch less sEcSPiN and more games

Just win

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BayCountyBuck's picture

Gary Danilson gushing over Urbs and OSU's class, color me shocked. Overall happy with W, lots to improve but who didn't think that would be the case? I think we got out healthy, hoping to see the playbook open up more next week, and hats off to two very classy programs

dubjayfootball90's picture

good all around win. J.T. is going to be a good one. Just give it time. Sadly, he only has a few days before a bigger test comes his way. Buckeyes will be ready. Great win!

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Squirrel Master's picture

A win and they covered. I liked it despite the running commentary that it was a struggle.

It wasn't easy but when I expected a blowout of 42-14, and the final score was 34-17, even in a struggle they came pretty close.

Hopefully the pundits realize that putting up 50+ doesn't happen much against Navy. 34 isn't bad at all.

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2morrow's picture

Navy will end up a quality win in the rankings- they will go 9-3 or 10-2 and more than likely be a top 20 team. I was really surprised at how bad the OLine looked in the first half and just as surprised at how they seemed to turn it around in the second half. Defensive line looked good - still think we have some linebacker problems. We will see how good the defensive backfield is once we play a decent passing team. I thought JT looked good and utilized a bunch of playmakers today.

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wojodta's picture

They did struggle but not for the whole game. I'm not sure why the media is acting like OSU barely survived. If Bama ends up winning by 25, are they gonna say Bama struggled too? Probably not.

sb97's picture

For a team breaking in a Freshman QB that hasn't played a game in 2 years, a completely rebuilt line, and new feature running backs you kind of had to expect some struggles.  If the OL gets things sorted out I have faith the offense will be fine.  I was disappointed that Rod Smith didn't get to play more.

TobyMagic's picture

Rod Smith missed some blocks that could've sprung some big plays

whiskeyjuice's picture

And I think that is part of what has kept him from the 2 deep.

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TobyMagic's picture

I'd like to see a breakdown of the offensive line by position as the game progressed.. Pat E started on the left, then moved back to right? Hale moved in.. Interested to see if Ed has it figured out

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William's picture

34-17 is all that matters, and they even covered the spread. How can anyone complain about this game? They won against a decent team, with a new QB and 4 new starters on the O-line. I'll take that any day of the week. On to the next one. 

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archcitymadman's picture

I'm happy about the improvement over the course of the game.   Not sure if it was coaching or execution, but the line went from getting embarrassed an awful lot in the first half to gaping holes for backs and giving the qb some time on passes in the second half.   If the second half offense shows up against Va. Tech, i am confident.  Defense, we will see next week.  So hard to really judge against that option

NuttyBuckeye's picture

I thought someone would have commented on the blown option play on 3rd and 1 inside the Navy 5 in the first half. An absolutely piss poor play call. We were NOT GOING TO FOOL Navy - a team that plays option - with an option call. All we needed to do was run inside, once or a second time on 4th and short if we didn't convert, and we get the TD early. May have helped turn the tide of the game much earlier.
With that said, I like the way JT was brought along in this game. His numbers are better than almost every other Ohio State QB in their first start. I really think JT improves every week.

I am really glad this game is behind us, and we can now let the defense start to focus on normal offenses. Our pass rush is going to be tough to stop.

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SPreston2001's picture

Yeah its almost like Herman fails to understand when its time to keep it simple and pound the football! That very play brought back Mich St memories from last year...

Montana silver bullet's picture

Judging by the numerous comments about VT, apparently some of you guys have not watched them struggle against William and Mary today.           That's right, I wrote William and Mary!  Ended up pulling away later in the game but Navy looked better--

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Nutinpa's picture

Okay, I am sober now.  Damn, that nap felt good after all those beers.

Would be interesting to see a side-by-side comparison of the stats from the 2009 game with this one...and I suggest this Navy team will end up more successful at year end than in 2009.  We escaped in 2009 with a 2 pt victory....whose Buckeye team won the Rose Bowl with a top 10 D by year end. 

Cheer up, boys.  Cheer up.   

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BoFuquel's picture

Just a typical THE game, as they have been for the last 65 years. Navy hung with us for a while, but we just wore them down, the more thing change...... GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Jabba1977's picture

The offensive line will gel in time,I was impressed with J.T. overall!! We missed to many tackles in the open field!We need to play better on special reams.

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Nutinpa's picture

It's one thing for ESPN and the national media to say that we "escaped" with a 17 point win. 

But why in a fan forum write up....and I am no homer by any means.

If Auburn holds serve and beats a hapless Arkansas team by 17, is that an "escape" too?

How about Alabama vs. WVU? They are up by 10 as I type this.  Are they going to "escape" West Virginia?

I am not of the "ESPN hates us" crowd....and believe me, in the first half, you could see Mark May's shit eating smirk from 1000 miles away.  But the 2nd half, the Buckeyes set things right, even with a few ugly moments. 

Escape?  Fine....just use the same descriptive of the other favored teams too.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

Agreed and well said. The media (esppn) should use similar verbage to describe other favored teams that win by 17

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

If you want to call a 17 point win an "escape"...yes, the first 2-2.5 quarters were sluggish offensively, and up and down defensively, but everything came together in the last 1.5-2 quarters.  It was basically a young team, in their first game of the season, away from the friendly confines of the 'Shoe, starting off slow and getting it going. 

Class of 2010.

OSU725's picture

I was not surprised that Navy put up a lot of yards today, that is tough offense to plan and prepare for. That being said there was a lot positives to take out of this game. JT was pretty solid, one really bad pass. The d-line was excellent Washington, Bennett, and Bosa all looked excellent and the others filled in well. The linebackers looked good, Perry, Lee, and Grant all played well. Vonn Bell is going to be good, seems like he is always in the right spot. Also the young guys on offense Marshall and Samuels looked real good.

I am pumped for next week!!!!!!

BuckeyesALLDAY1's picture

SAMUEL ,DONTRE,EZE,JALIN n space is the key to open up the passing game..

bellarebuckeye's picture

Watching the O line come together was TOOOOOOOOO SWEET. This is going to be a Great unit ! JT is going to wear out finger celebrating.

GrinandBarrett's picture

It looks like we are all set at kicker for the next few years,  Nuerenburger looks like he's going to be a good one.

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Agreed!  He reminds me of a baby Sebastian Janikowski (?) - the Raiders' kicker.

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Gobucks2204's picture

46 yard field goal for his first kick. He has ice water in his veins. Would be awesome if he could be like Nugent was for us.