Three Key Stats: Justin Fields is Versatile, Wide Receivers Have Their Role, Jordan Fuller is Underrated

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Knarcisi's picture

323 rushing yards for the win!

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TJG32's picture

Fields breaking the ankles of the defensive tackle on one of his runs added to the great rushing performance by the Buckeyes. 

TG Proud Buckeye alumnus.

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SoulPatrol32's picture

BINJAMIN VICTOR CAUGHT THREE OF FOUR TARGETS

That 1 he missed was gift wrapped for him to take it to the house. So happy he responded by having a great game from that point forward. 

Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted. 

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McGrind's picture

After two throws just over Brownings hands...it was great for him to get the tip on the third try.

Justice delayed is justice denied....#FTP

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Dillon G's picture

Fields missed a few throws. Not much though. It happened with a lot of pressure. Victor certainly seems fast in the open field, even when it looks like he isn’t running fast.

#walkaway

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

That horrible blindside block on Browning was not a factor in this game, but if that happens in a 17-17 game at the same juncture that would be beyond terrible. Too many non-football people making football rules.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

No matter what they’re calling it today, that’s what used to be called clipping.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Technically, though, isn't a clip a block from behind that hits the opponent (not a ball carrier) in the legs?  If anything, Browning should've been flagged for an illegal block in the back.  Defender clearly couldn't see it coming, and contact is made on the back of the torso.  It didn't look overly dangerous, but technically illegal.

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So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
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AZ Buckeye13's picture

I have seen this kind of block several times now in college and pro ball. This is the first time that I saw a flag thrown. On an interception/fumble recovery the defense (now in possession of the ball) can push or block in the back as long as it is above the waist. Not sure how the rule book views it but in the past this has never been called that I have seen. 

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

On an interception/fumble recovery the defense (now in possession of the ball) can push or block in the back as long as it is above the waist.

Why is the rule different for a fumble or interception? I thought the only caveat was at the line of scrimmage, linemen spin and turn their backs to blockers as a technique. This rule goes away once the ball leaves the "blocking zone"

Rule 9 (Conduct of players) Section 3 (Blocking) Article 6 (Blocking in the Back) reads:

A block in the back (other than against the ball carrier) is illegal.

Exceptions:

  1. Offensive players who are on the line  of scrimmage at the snap within the blocking zone (Rule 2-3-6) may legally block in the back in the blocking zone...(Not applicable in this case)
  2. When a player turns his back to a potential blocker who has committed himself in intent and direction or movement. (Didn't happen that way)
  3. When a player attempts to reach a runner or legally attempts to recover or catch a fumble, a backward pass, a kick or a touched forward pass, he may push an opponent in the back above the waist. (Not what happened, but may be the rule you're referring to.)
  4. When the opponent turns his back to the blocker under Rule 9-3-3-a-1-(b) (Rule regarding legal use of hands by the offense - in advance of the elbow, inside the frame of the opponent's body, at or below shoulders, apart and never locked, open with palms facing opponent or cupped with palms not facing opponent.)
  5. When an eligible player behind the neutral zone pushes an opponent in the back above the waist to get a forward pass (Rule 9-1-5 Exception 4 - Clipping). (Not the case here, because the pass was already intercepted.)

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So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
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AZ Buckeye13's picture

All I am saying is that I have seen it happen numerous times right in front of referees and the refs never threw a flag. I am talking about shoving a player in the back, not actually blocking him like you normally would facing the player. 

I first noticed it during the Cardinals/Steelers Super Bowl. Right before halftime, the Steelers picked off Warner at the goal line and the lineman started running down the field. As a Cardinal offensive player reached the player and was getting ready to attempt the tackle (after he had crossed midfield) another Steeler player used both of his hands to shove the Cardinals player in the back (and onto the ground) allowing the player to score the TD. No flag was thrown and, as I said before, I have seen it before in the pro game and the college game. Might just be an interpretation thing by the refs but it does happen a lot. 

The biggest difference with the Browning call, he leaned in with his shoulder to shove the player and the times I have seen it happen the player has used his hands to shove the player in the back.

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Poco Loco's picture

Navy, after watching it in detail, I agree that it was a block in the back. A penalty was the right call, its definition was wrong. 

a hard rock miner from Butte, Montana

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Bukirob's picture

If your head is in front of his body like this play, it's not clipping.  It was an AWFUL call

You WIN with people.

 

 

WW Hayes

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Are we looking at the same video? Because the video in the Tweet in the article clearly shows the MSU player is facing away from Browning, and the crown of Browning's helmet is even with the Spartan's shoulder pad.  Browning's head never gets in front of the other player's body.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

BTW - I just checked the rule book, it specifically states that head position does NOT necessarily mean it's a legal block. The key element in the foul is where the force of the initial contact takes place.

Brownings shoulder hits right next to the number on the player's back, and his left forearm is extended laterally across the player's lower back.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
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2morrow's picture

Too many non-football people making football rules.

AMEN!!!

Also, it looks like we have some in the replay booth on bogus targeting calls as well!

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buckeyepastor's picture

I don’t care if the hit by Browning can be said to fit the rulebook explanation of a blindside block.  Any honest person knows what sort of vicious, injury-inducing hits the rule is there to prevent, and any honest person would say that hit by Browning is not what the rule is there to prevent. Still a dominant win, but disappointing to see a play full of so much team and individual effort get negated. 

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

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DaytonBucks's picture

Shout out to the O-line, they played really good against a top defense

JKahut

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GareBear's picture

Shoulda been 41-10

Michigan sucks

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AzBuckeye45's picture

I've been saying it for a year now, Brian Hartline is awesome! He has done a very impressive job with his players. 

"Cause I couldn't go for three!"
Woody Hayes-1968

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Triv's picture

Obviously it didn’t have an impact on the game, but Victor and Hill had crucial drive killing drops. Clean those up and Fields adds at least another 80 through the air and a TD

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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iowabuckeyes's picture

The problem with statements like these is that you’re tacking yards on to the total without considering they’d have a ripple effect across the entire game or the plays Day would’ve called, as if they happened in a vacuum and nothing else would’ve changed. 

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

Much like the pass play up the middle on the very first drive, I’ve been harping about. Not sure how many yards after the catch there, but I think if we catch that it would’ve helped momentum immensely. Conversely, we struggled for awhile thereafter- cred to MSU for some of that too obviously, but we’d been enjoying fast starts in early games....

A lion sleeps in every man, dissatisfaction moves him,  complacency keeps him asleep.

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HandsOfSweed's picture

True. But to be fair, Sparty had at least 3 huge drops that may have actually made this a game. 

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BucksHave7's picture

Loving the fact we can always rack up 21 pts in 2 minutes!!!!   

Awesome for this teams psychy (and mine)!

BucksHave7

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

My key stats were offensively, 8 of 15 on third down; defensively, 4-13 on third down; 10 penalties for 85 yards (and some stupid ones like the UC on Hooker). A little less conversation and a little more action.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
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Iwannagobacktoohiostate's picture

Hooker, please report to the SW corner if Ohio Stadium, section 29A, Row 1.  Great.  “Now run up to the top, turn right and run to section 27A, come all the way back to the bottom, turn left and run to 25A.... I’ll meet you at Section 30A when you complete the circuit”...

I think we now agree how not to conduct ourselves in an OSU uniform. Good day. 

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gobucks96's picture

Totally agree, not sure why that was allowed to continue. You saw it ramping up, don't know if they were trying to get into ta few heads...Just don't like it.

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okiebuck's picture

Same thought here Navy; shut up and play; Arnette runs his mouth way to much.
 

The only hard day was yesterday

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buckeye92's picture

The trash talking and taunting needs to stop. What a stupid penalty Hooker earned-just giving away 15 yards and just looks bad.

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Not gonna lie, when I first saw Arnette wasn't in the game, a part of me wondered if Hafley pulled him and sat him on the bench. He was playing the best football I've seen him play as a Buckeye, but yeah, the jaw-jacking was really taking away from a great performance.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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2morrow's picture

He's been doing that all year. Damon, "Play like you know you are good and stop the yapping."

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OhioDarryl's picture

Did anyone notice Okudah wasn't in the game?  McCall wasn't either.  I didn't see anything about injuries, but maybe I just missed it.

Go Bucks!

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DCDDC's picture

They both played

m GO BLOW!!!

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jasonooliver's picture

refs were great for msu. cheating big ten refs. josh perry knows it was bs too. They were trying to make it a game but couldnt. thats why the teams they cheat for players dont pan out in the nfl.

Jason

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