The ONLY reason they had so much yardage in the first half was very simple. We gave them the ball on turnovers. Oregon fans can shout about the several guys they were missing all they want, but 4 turnovers more than makes up for any guys they didn't have. The offense put the defense's backs up against the wall and they responded beyond expectation. Defensively, we didn't stop anyone in goal to go situations all year and we did it to the Ducks at least 2 times! THE most high powered offense in the land! If that game had been a 0 turnover game, we win by 40 and the game is done by the half. Four turnovers and 2 of them around our 20 yard line going in. We took it to them. Now they know how we felt in 06.
Here's my hope, we've been in the Buckeye's corner all year long no matter what. I HOPE that we don't turn on these kids that have brought us so much enjoyment over this year and years past for the loss of 1 game. Blake Sims doesn't deserve that venom spewed at him by someone who sounds like he couldn't spell college let alone having ever attended one. They were all on Board the BAMA and Sim's train until Midnight last night and then started deserting like the ship was sinking. The BUCKEYES are my team and I will rise and fall WITH them.
If the 49ers fire Harbaugh he gets 15 million from them without even having to work for it. So this contract from UM would only be worth 34 million to him. I truly am not seeing him make this jump. Frisco will fire him there is no doubt, but to Michigan he goes? If he was going to do this it would be done already. This might be part of his revenge against UM.
I don't normally say anything about these matters because it brings out the superstitious Dummy in me, but this is FSU's normal reaction to any football player in trouble. "They're just boys" Winston is a 20 year old "boy" and I think that if he were going to mature and grow up he'd have already done it. Look at Chris Carter. He practically had to lose everything before he got it figured out. Now he's one of my favorite people.
When a defense gets that aggressive they have a tendency to over commit. That will open up some serious running lanes. UM's line is not even close to ours. MSU gets too happy they'll do half our O-lines job for them. UM had to commit Funchess to blocking (he's a horrible blocker) so that took a weapon off the perimeter (one they couldn't use anyway). I don't think they will be able to do that to us nor will they be able to walk up the DBs and just take our receivers out of the game. Again, if they do that, then Heuerman and Van Net will have huge days.
Here's what I'd say. Keep winning and the rest will take care of itself. We can't be in the conversation if we don't win. I'll take it. Alabama and Oregon both have worse schedules than we do so I would say that FSU has a better claim to #1 then anyone else. Va Tech takes on the Noles soon. PLUS, did anyone think Tajh Boyd played like he was high or something. I've never seen him play like that.
The perfect play for the Hawks. Inexperienced DB plays the ball not the man, misses on the jump and can't gather enough to run him down. That and he was way faster than I would have thought.
Don't forget 85 of those 152 second half yards came on ONE play. ONE. With that exception the second half was a Buckeye beat down on both sides of the ball.
I know a lot of people hate this rule, but I'm OK with it. There has to be something with teeth in it to stop players from launching and blasting a defenseless player. 15 yards isn't going to do alone so they added the ejection portion of the call. It is also to encourage players to tackle like Spielman preaches in his little lessons during the games. The way some of these DBs tackle is going to get someone killed. I was mad when they made the call, but I understood why. Glad it didin't affect the outcome. With Roby in there they score 7 few points.
I fed myself more than I fed Denard this year. I put on some serious poundage!
In regards to a couple of the comments above. Conley didn't flip because of seeing the game from the Buckeye sidelines. He was on our sidelines because he wanted to visit other schools after he'd committed to UM and Hoke said after you commit to me you can't visit. The rest is history.
I used to like Herbie a lot. Now it seems that he thinks he can say whatever thoughts pop into his head. I don't think NIU deserved to get in. They're really good, but not special good, but they're in so deal with it. I feel sorry for FSU on New Years day now. NIU will play harder than any team they've ever played. The Noles will feel they've been shafted because they didn't get the Sooners. One thing Herbie does not know about Cinci from a few years back is that they didn't want to play for the interim coach so they just went through the motions. Heard that from one of the players. I guess they proved their point, whatever it may have been.
PS - Herbie, maybe temper what you say sometimes with where you came from. Just a little bit. Almost feels like being stabbed in the back by one of you own.