The option just isn't as effective without a home-run threat from the quarterback.
I agree, DJ, that Braxton would have been enough to win this game and cover over some of the glaring issues on offense. That being said, the option was great in the second half when the Buckeyes actually ran it. In fact, the game tying drive was built on the backbone of the option actually working.
Overall, I'm not dumb enough to trash the coaches (I believe in them), but Herman easily called his worst game of his career. The refusal to throw screens, hot routes, dump-offs over the middle, slants, and to abandon the run and option.... was pitiful. He instead tried to just throw over the top all night with go routes and put the offensive line and Barrett in a no win situation. VT hardly had to guard the Buckeyes sideline to sideline, packed everyone within six yards of the box and blitzed the A & B gaps all night. Herman played right into their hand.
Here's hoping the Bucks regroup and use the next few weeks to really get into a groove offensively...