Statagram: Ohio State 34, Navy 17

By Matt Pence on August 31, 2014 at 6:15p
1,000 words – more or less – on Ohio State's 34–17 win over the Navy Midshipmen.

It was close for longer than many Ohio State fans would have liked it to have been close, but in the end, 1–0 is all that matters.

Your Navy Statogram

[Photo via Stephen Mattiola Photography]

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

In our rear view mirror and onto Virginia Tech.  No other game matters at this point.

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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CGroverL's picture

I have tons to comment on about the Navy game...I might need my own blog. In the end though, your comment says the most important thing to Ohio State as any team's defense will look bad against Navy's offense. Holding Navy to 17 points is not necessarily a bad thing at all, though. Offensively with the Bucks...what is there to say? New season, new QB, and somewhat of a new offense because of it. Great comment..."rear view mirror" is all that really matters. Excellent outlook.

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



UpIrons's picture

Wish it was possible to have a stat for how many "Buckeye Fans" stopped watching halfway through. I had no choice but to watch this via FirstRowSports and the links they had were all really choppy streams, almost unwatchable due to so many dropped frames... But I stuck with it and by halftime it was perfectly watchable again which tells me that a lot of people either gave up because the streams were so bad or they just aren't true fans and didn't bother to keep watching because the Buckeyes were struggling. 

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CGroverL's picture

My wife ordered a sports package from our cable provider so I could get BTN. Luckily, it came with CBS Sports Network, which carried the game. I'm in Florida and CBS probably will carry no more Buckeye games, but it was a great feed to have. Still though, I actually had to stop the game and WANTED to walk out on my TV because of the game itself. Reception and everything else for the game was fine through CBS though. Sorry about your luck...hopefully that situation will plague you no more. Go Bucks.

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



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tOSUperiour's picture

I noticed the same thing on First Row. Apparently, good things come to those who wait.

We don't give a Da*n for the whole state of *ichigan cause we're from OHIO!

Byaaaahhh's picture

Beautiful charts and infographs get me hot and bothered. One pet peeve is murky presentation though, so the passing/rushing yard totals might be better represented as two-leveled bar graphs instead of two circles with one obscuring the other. The circle disguises the true area and hinders visual comparisons. Also yards/quarter is very discrete with only four real data points per team even though the graph appears continuous.

Other than that, I really like this; it looks great and I look forward to these after each game!

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GoBucks10's picture

Excellent graphic, glad to see these are back from last year. Stat that has me most concerned is 3rd down conversion rate. Without many explosive plays, I expect us to face more 3rd downs and we will need to work on converting those.

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

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daytonbuckeye1983's picture

Agreed the 3rd down stat is the biggest concern. Combine that with being so so in the red zone, it speaks to a potential issue in short yardage situations. I kind of expected to see a short yardage/red zone Cardale package, like Tebow's freshman year.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great work Matt.  Love the stats and charts.  

It wasn't a pretty game, but Bucks did come out victorious and luckily relatively injury free.  I think many of the younger player will gain a lot from this experience.  A team grows a lot between game 1 and game 2 so it will be interesting to see the performance level next week.  

Here is to focusing on Va Tech next and beating the Hokies in the Shoe!!!

Go Bucks!!

Buckeye Fan in SC's picture

Just take them WON game at a time........

David AKA Buckeye Fan in SC

OSUStu's picture

20 yards passing? We have to be like the #1 pass defense in the nation! Chris Ash may have turned that ship around.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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CGroverL's picture

Well, it did happen against a team that doesn't pass. I honestly believe that the 2013 Buckeyes would have had about the same stats against the pass. Let's not give coach Ash any true, legit credit yet. He'll have plenty of tests down the road, though and I sincerely hope he has had some effect, if only a little. He hasn't had that long to work with the secondary and the Buckeyes were playing against a team that totaled just 1,117 yards last season. After all...Navy had just 4 attempts and 2 completions against the Buckeyes.

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



OSUStu's picture

I was just kidding around man.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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ohiobobg's picture

1,117 yards all last season?

"you can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning"

CGroverL's picture

If I start on writing about the Navy game, I will need my own blog. For now, it is great to see Buckeye Nation look at this game for what it was which was a game against a team with a strange offense and the Buckeyes using many different players and trying to find the right combinations and situations against a defense that isn't the worst defense imaginable. I can't give the Bucks an "A" for anything except effort, but I have a feeling these Bucks, especially the defense, will be ready for the Big Ten games once they arrive.

Oh...I still do not agree that Navy's first TD was legit. If the official would have said that Sanders' knee went out of bounds before he touched the pylon, the booth would have not been able to overturn it and the final score would have ended up being 34-10, which is a lot more decisive than 34-17 to the Buckeye haters of the world. So goes CFB and instant replay, though. Cool write-up...Go Buckeyes.

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



buckeyedexter's picture

Minus a couple big plays I was happy with our defense.  I expected Navy to move the ball and 17 points seemed about right to me.  I was disappointed with our ability to run; I think I've been spoiled and thought we would be able to do that whenever we wanted having the bigger guys up front.

Next week I'll be watching for improvement on our O line and see how the secondary preforms against passing.

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We have to get better every week. There's nothing more bottom line than this. 

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Bleeding-Scarlet-Grey's picture

Just like Urban said this team is all about speed! Now the youngsters just need more time together to gel!! Can't wait to hear all the tOSU haters in a few games when we are running full octane on all our opponents!

Brother man, I have MADE and LOST millions in my lifetime.... Brain cells that is! How I made those millions I do not know because the secret has been lost in the millions I have lost!!!! ~ Taco

OSU725's picture

The number that really jumps out is the 2-8 third down conversion success, gonna have to get better. GO BUCKS!!!!

I am looking forward to seeing move Jalin Marshall!!!!

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Alhan's picture

I thought the same thing, but is it due to a bunch of third and longs?

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

And a lot of those non-conversions were likely early in the game when we struggled mightily. 

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

Tim's picture

Very survive-and-advance kind of game, not a normal season opener.

GOOMBAY's picture

These are awesome and much appreciated.

Hoping for fewer giant non-scarlet yard-spikes in the future...

BucksHave7's picture

1 and 0 with a freshman QB.    


Tampabuckeye85's picture

I'm concerned at the fact that JT was our leading rusher. I will give Navy credit for the great defense they played but we should have had better rushing stats considering how small their line actually is. Better step it up for next week if we want to have the impact we had last year in the running game.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

JT leading the rushing yards might have been because there were so many other RB's/Playmakers involved versus just Hyde. That and 1st half confusion from the new O-line, but that started to sort itself out throughout the game.

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

My thoughts on the game.

QB - Still not sold on J.T. Barrett.  I thought he looked ok for a R-Fr, but then again the playbook was very vanilla.  The INT was AWFUL (and certainly the definition of a Fr mistake), but stuff like that is to be expected.  Better to get it out now, than suffer the very same mistake in a game like Va Tech, Cincy, Penn St, MSU, or Michigan that will actually make you pay for that mistake.  His TD pass to Devin Smith was a thing of beauty.  Perfectly setup by Tom Herman (in terms of play-calling), but certainly a read that Barrett still had to see & execute, and I was happy to see him underthrow Smith than OVERthrow the ball like Danielson said on the broadcast.  One thing's for sure... if we're going to compete this year, Barrett has to progress.  Now let's see what he can do vs. Va Tech.  (Note: I thought it was very telling that we didn't even see Cardale Jones for one drive.)

RB - Disappointing that Barrett lead all rushers in rushing.  I would rather see our top running back racking up 100+ yards than see three tailbacks with 40-some yards each.  I know this is going to sound crazy, but I think having as much depth at RB as we have is actually a detriment than a bonus.  We have so many studs at RB that we have to play them, and this prevents any one of them from 'getting into a rhythm'.  I think it's obvious our #1 RB is easily Ezekiel Elliott, but I was pleasantly surprised with Curtis Samuel's ability to run the ball up-the-middle, and I thought Jalin Marshall looked solid as well.  Even tho Eze is our #1 RB, it was painfully obvious to me that Dontre Wilson is easily our BEST weapon.  Out of the entire bunch, he looked the best (IMO).  My heart goes out to Rod Smith.  It seemed like every time he was sub'd in, he was sub'd out after one play.  Call me crazy, but I truly believe that Smith has the tools to be Carlos Hyde-esk.  Obviously not quite the same nor am I trying to suggest that they are even remotely on the same level, but it's glaringly obvious to me that the POTENTIAL is there.  He just seemed sooo dejected every time he was coming out of there (head held down).

WR - Call me crazy, but Devin Smith's game translates better to the Pros than it does in this Offense.  I think Smith will struggle to hit 800 yards receiving in this offense (simply because there are too many weapons and not enough footballs to go around), but I see his game translating VERY very to the next level.  IMO, he has the down-field-speed to get open at the next level; he has the soft hands to catch most of what's thrown at him; and I believe he runs some pretty nice routes (relatively speaking).  Unfortunately, there's just too many weapons who will require touches, thus limiting Smith from getting the # of touches he truly needs to be a 1,000 yard receive (IMO).  Dontre Wilson, again, as stated above, was (to me) obviously our #1 weapon.  I was happy to see Michael Thomas lead the way in REC.  I do believe that he's our best 'pure receiver'.  Guy has the hands, speed, size, and swagger of a top-tier receiver; just needs to put it all together.  Evan Spencer - while I like his seniority/leadership... he's 'JAG' (just a guy).

TE - Jeff Heuerman has the talent to be a nice TE, but with so many weapons and knowing how Meyer/Herman like to utilize the speed guys, I just don't see Heuerman having a big year.  Would love to utilize him more (as I think he could be a real mismatch for defenses), but I just don't see it happening.  Nick Vannett - not sure I even saw/noticed him once.

OL - The OL was a HUGE disappointment.  They did not control the LOS like I thought they should have.  Granted they kinda took over control late in the game and started having better luck, but I was severely disappointed with the play of this group, especially Elflein (perhaps my expectations for him were just too high based off of his brief success last season).  Decker didn't do anything one way or the other, so I'll say he actually looked OK.  Did Chad Lindsay even play?

DL - Mixed emotions here.  I thought Bennett and Washington looked AMAZING (Bosa looked pretty good too, especially when it looked to me like Navy was scheming/running AWAY from him), but I thought Steve Miller looked awful (Rashad Frazier looked better than Miller, IMO) and I was disappointed we gave up as many yards as we did.  I knew Navy was going to come out there and run their option/gimmicky offense... and I knew they were going to put up yards, but I was NOT expecting them to control/run over us like they did.  I'm in favor of Frazier starting over Miller for Va Tech.

LB - I thought Curtis Grant looked surprisingly alright for once.  Still don't think he's put it all together yet, but he did look  improved (which is good).  Darron Lee looked like our most physically gifted LB out there.  Looks like the hype re: Lee this off-season might be real.  IMO, Joshua Perry was quiet.  I don't recall seeing him much / him imposing his will on the game.  Another pleasant surprise was seeing Chris Worley get the time/action that he got, and I thought he looked good too when he was in there.  Maybe it was just me, but I didn't see McMillan or Booker at all at LB.  Not seeing McMillan there was a disappointment (for me); but probably about expected.

CB / S - It wouldn't even be fair to attempt to grade this unit, as there was a whole whopping 4 passing attempts.  I think Tyvis Powell looked great. He was all over the field.  Granted he missed a couple tackles (tackling in general for the team was very poor - Florida-esk - and NEEDS to improve IMMEDIATELY), but I thought he looked great.  He was everywhere and constantly around the football.  Doran Grant was a ghost, but (1) that's what you want as a CB and (2) Navy only attempted 4 passes, so naturally he was going to be a ghost.  I saw Bell a handful of times, and I heard Burrows was getting equal # of snaps with Bell.  Didn't really notice Conley/Apple.

P - We might very well have the best punter in the nation, in Cameron Johnston.  Love this kid.

K - Nuernberger looked alright.