McLaurin with a couple epic downfield blocks on the last two TDs. Way to go 83.
"Everyone has a plan, 'til they get punched in the mouth."
We are gonna be talkin about McLaurin,s night for a long time.
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Why grandson, that was nothing. Back in my day a Legend of a True Buckeye, and that would be Mr McLaurin to you, took out not one, not two, but three Penn State defenders with a block for a TD to lead our glorious warriors to victory on the field back in’18.
oh yessiree, that ‘‘twas a beautiful sight to behold.
Are you crying Grandpa?
No! Well, maybe. Tears of happiness.
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That block on KJ's score was a perfect 5-8-9 spare.
"It's always scotch-thirty on my island."
More like 5-4-6...rewatch the tape and you’ll see what I mean.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
Damn straight. It brought back memories of a certain movie classic:
When I saw the replay it reminded me of Evan Spencer against Alabama
69 in 18
That is exactly what I yelled at the TV - when did Evan Spencer come back? That was legendary blocking by T-Mac!
The punt team flipped the field and kept us in the game until the final 8 minutes. Maybe some of that high level execution will rub off on the FG team. Go Bucks.
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On the long missed field goal attempt following the penalty, i was shouting "punt the football" at my television.
I was screaming so loud the apartment above was pounding the floor...my ceiling...so hard my chandelier rattled. Or did that happen every time McSorely was running free?
"Give your dream an aspiration date."
After all, the punt is the most important play in football.
What scares me the most or worries me the most is the LB play. After 4 games they still looked lost and out of place letting Mcsoreley to run like a wild man on us. Our LB coach is or graded another 1 on Urban's coaching scale of 0 to 5 in my opinion. For someone that Meyer said was a good coach, he seems to be dropping the ball when it comes to coaching up our 4 and 5 rated LB. I don't get it.
That was by far their best game. Borland led the team in tackles, had a TFL and forced a fumble.
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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. "
- Stuart Scott
And Harrison and Werner were everywhere. Borland does look awfully slow in the open field though.
Agreed. I don't think he was the best choice to spy McSorely. It's clear that Borland's achilles injury is still holding him back a bit.
It reminds me of watching Weber last year. It's him, but he's not the same.
Excuses, excuses. He looked horribly slow against Wisconsin too. This was BEFORE the injury.
Yeah, because they were SOOOOOO out of position and took such horrible angles on tackle "attempts." I stress attempts because they missed SOOOOOOO many tackles.
If you can provide stats and not sooooooo much hyperbole, we might be able to have a serious discussion about it. Until then your comments are hard to take seriously.
Harrison should be the spy at all times. The way he ran down McSorley from behind before he got to the line of scrimmage was a thing of beauty.
Lol. More than half of his tackles were assists. He got totally burned by McSorley on one run and gave up a TD to the TE on another. The play in which he forced the fumble was nothing out of the ordinary. Just a mental lapse by the RB. Some of you people are here are SOOOOOOOO desperate to turn him into something he is not.
The TD to the TE was a great throw and catch - sometimes you give credit to the opponent for making a play. Tuf had good coverage, the ball was just perfectly thrown.
I'm sorry, I meant to say the ball was SOOOOOOOOO perfectly thrown.
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Coming into this game, I had long thought that McSorely was an over-rated, arm-punting bum who happened to get lucky more often than not.
Screw that. Dude's a baller.
Exactly. I understand everyone is upset about the linebackers, but news flash that QB is a dude. I think they did a decent job. Yes Tuf looks a step slower, but the kid did a good job. I’m glad he’s our Mike.
Fortune favors the bold.
Now we can sympathize with how they must have felt facing Troy and Braxton.
My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom. - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)
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I thought Harrison looked pretty good spying McSorley but on a lot of his big runs he just wasn't being spied. Harrison was fast enough and athletic enough and got the job done when given the opportunities I thought, but I haven't rewatched the game or anything. I don't think the linebackers were an issue on this one other than Borland being too slow to be effective spying McSorley. No matter what you do though McSorley is going to make plays he's just that good, best you can do is limit the damage.
Glad Chrisman is getting some shine. He played a big part in keeping us in the game in the 1st half when the offense was struggling. Kept them pinned. The punter/coverage have been outstanding—just hope we don’t have to see too much more of them the rest of the season
I'm sure he's not losing sleep over it, but I think Chrisman deserved the award on his own.
Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.
Chase Young had himself a night. Good call.
At last, Kerry had cracked open his first Red Bull with an impatient delight. And the rest, as they say, was history.
Chrisman was the mvp of the first half..one shanked punt and it would of been a long nite.
If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear.
Yep. Ironically their punter, Gillikin (who is one of the best in the B1G) shanked multiple punts in the first half. That was about the only thing PSU was doing wrong in the first half.
"Medicine is not a science" - Leo Spaceman
I still can't believe the snag he made on the pass thrown behind him. Hell of an effort hauling that one in.
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co-offensive player of the game!
Heroic efforts by McLaurin. Chrisman was cool as ice under pressure. Chase Young emphatically ended the game. All of these Buckeyes deserve their honors.
"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer
Wasn't Johnnie Dixon the #1 that made two or three tackles on punt coverage???
Dixon made the tackle on the int. Probably saved 4 points.
No. Okudah was flying all over the place making the tackle on seemingly every kick. He did a phenomenal job.
He sure was, and so was McLaurin. Those two make a nasty tandem as gunners on the punt team.
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McLaurin was getting down the field first and forcing the plays. But #1 was the one actually making the tackles. Not to suggest that McLaurin's disruption wasn't important.
The first gunner either makes a spectacular tackle, or he forces the guy to go where the second gunner is laying in wait. They're an exceptional duo & they work great together - they completely shut down one of the the, if not the, most dynamic out returner in the country.
I would like to give some love to McCullough. How many long snaps did he have last night? Punts/FGs/XPs....a loveless job, but lost your long snapper and you are in real trouble.
On one hand I'm glad they're rewarding McLaurin for impacting the game through his blocking to provide extra incentive for other players to follow suit. On the other hand... there were other players like Dobbins, Victor, and Hill that I thought were also deserving. If they're doing this many co-winners for special teams, why not do it for offense as well? Victor made a hell of a catch and run that totally shifted momentum. Dobbins and Hill were crucial all game to the offense's success.
I thinking they are reminding the team that blocking is a very important TEAM function. Yeah, great plays from the guy with the ball in his hands, but how far does he go without good blocking?
My favorite team? Whoever is playing TTUN.
Victor did a nice bit of running but there was some great blocking on his TD, too.
I get you, but if selfless and, literally, stat-less play like McLaurin's reaps awards, it's a great incentive for our skill guys to do all of the little things that don't show up in the box score.
It helps to have a coach who took out two Iowa Def players out at same time.
WR blocking is coming on strong.
I hate the offseason.
Most notably, McLaurin made the key block on K.J. Hill's game-winning, 24-yard catch-and-run touchdown – moving not one, not two, but three Penn State defenders out of the way to clear Hill's path to the end zone.
I have been raving about that block since last night! I am glad to see him get the nod, it is most deserved in my opinion.
I've only got the the above view to go by, but couldn't McLaurin's block be an illegal leg whip on the last (#3) defender?
I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes
As it was completely unintentional, I'd say it's legal.
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Thanks, 3M. I'll see youall tomorrow on the Bat Channel.
When that punt was downed at the two I told my brother in law “at least we can punt well” lol. Glad to see him honored for that awesome punting!
Offensive MVP with zero touches. That is a huge team player. McLaurin is having a huge season. Incredible!
Way to go, Hilliard! Maybe someday they'll give him a few reps with the starters on defense. Kid has paid his dues. Hope to see him get rewarded with more meaningful PT.
I was hoping that some one here would bring up the subject of Hilliard getting more meaningful reps at linebacker. He has been looking good when he has played and my sense is that he could contribute more to the linebacker unit.
Yep. Rotate him and boreland. Move browning outside and rotate 3 OLB. Seems simple enough
Not sure Drue needed to share.
New Day for OSU. Same noon for TTUN.
What about those Defensive tackles they played their asses off.
Mark May is a mental midget
Surprised Jones didn’t get an honorable mention somehow.
Let Drue wear #97 because he tilted the field , his punts kept us in this game , just like Bosa would’ve .
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Dobbins had some key pick ups as well.
I read all these comments waiting to see the one comparing McLaurins performance to the likes of Evan Spencer. Does all the little things for the team, what a great kid, you need sacrifice and hustle like that from your team to win big, close, tough games. Thank you Terry.
How long has that van been there?
The best leaders put others before themselves. Terry Mc definitely displayed such qualities when blocking. Great Team win! Go Bucks! #Brotherhood
Da juice ain’t worth the squeeze
Wish I could upvote the above two blocking comments more than once.
Ttun, nice catch!
It's great to see these guys graded on their performance, not their stats...
McLaurin made the Victor and Hill TDs possible, I know he didn't show up on the stat sheet that much, but man, what a player. Respect to him for sure.
Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.
That was an amazing block.
The Buckeye punter, Chrisman, was OUTSTANDING and really helped us stay in the game during our 1st half struggles. Glad to see him receive honor and recognition !! GO BUCKS ! Beat Indiana...remember not to take any team for granted !
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I'm thinking that the Senator will be sending Drue a sweater vest, probably a Brooks Brothers Classic V-Neck in red, for Christmas or something. After he blasted one of those fifty yard high-risers yesterday, the Senator peered over his bottle of green tea and said, "Ellen, that's a boy after my own heart".
These were some good choices. Without great downfield blocking and big catch & runs we lose this game because for all the talk of Haskins settling down and finding a way or whatever, it was almost entirely on the back of screens, great run after catch, and great downfield blocking. We weren't going to drive down for touchdowns relying on Haskins hitting guys for 10-15 yards a pop or going downfield as he wasn't showing that he could do that against that pressure - something that needs to be corrected. Hopefully this experience will be a big learning moment for this entire offensive staff and players.
So, yeah, McLaurin was a good choice and highlighted just how critical off the ball effort is winning games.
Chrisman obviously came through and had a big role in keeping Penn State to only 6 points early despite total game dominance.
Chase Young and Okudah needed to step up and play great in larger than usual roles due to injuries, and they did.