Ohio State's passing game ended up 8th in the Big 10 in terms of yards per attempt, behind Penn State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Nebraska, and tied with Maryland.
Happy for him that he's coming back. Whether or not you want to call his performance over the last two years a "regression" or not, hopefully a second full year of experience and a new QB coach will help his development. Specifically, he needs to address a few things mechanically: He sometimes bailed at the snap, messing up the timing of his drop (and thus timing with the receivers). He seemed to rely almost solely on swing passes or passes to stationary targets, which limits the receiver's options after the catch. This year, he seemed to try to throw as hard as possible on every throw, which I believe affected his accuracy. He also had too many batted balls - this could be an arm angle thing or perhaps staring down receivers.
Luckily, all of the above are things that can be addressed by a good QB coach and with practice. I'm optimistic he'll work out the kinks before next season.
What I see in Watson's stats:
- Completion %, Yards/Attempt, QB Rating are nearly identical
- Yards/Game, TDs, and INTs are up
What I see in JT's stats:
- Completion % dropped from 2014 to 2015, and from 2015 to 2016.
- Yards/Attempt dropped sharply from 2014 to 2015, stayed constant in 2016.
- QB rating dropped sharply from 2014 to 2015, stayed roughly constant from 2015 to 2016
- TDs/Attempt dropped sharply from 2014 to 2015, and dropped again from 2015 to 2016
Your comparison is suspect at best.
Pathetic offensive performance all around. The gameplan was terrible - abandon one of the few things the offense is good at, and continue running the swing pass that averages -4 yards. The execution was terrible - JT was wildly inaccurate even when receivers were open, Durbin continued his weird miss woes, Weber decided to cough it up in the few opportunities he got, pass blocking continued to be terrible.
The defense was great. Nothing you can do to overcome being on the field constantly.
Good lord, we can't even score on their reserve defense.
Last time OSU was shut out in a bowl game was apparently 1920. Let that sink in for a minute.
Or, you know, another overthrown pass.
4th and 27...time for the backwards swing pass
Maybe Durbin can make a FG.
They were open on three straight deep throws. Amazing the coaches waited until the game was basically out of reach to even attempt one.
Can't blame the defense for getting gashed here...they've been on the field the whole game.
Saying it in all caps doesn't make it any less of a baseless speculation.
Massive overthrow on a wide open receiver.
ok...that guy tried to murder JT there
Game over for sure now.
The WR was open on that deep ball. JT overthrew it by 3 yards and threw it inside towards the coverage.
Wide open...overthrown by 3 yards.
Oh good, it's "run JT every down" time
I like how our idea of a screen pass is to have the QB hold it for 3-4 seconds while someone at the RB position stretches out to catch the ball 5-8 yards behind the line of scrimmage with all their momentum taking them towards the sideline. What genius thought that made any sense?
Pass the ball 8 yards behind the LOS...so stupid.
Good job showing the replay...definitely a snap infraction.
Should have been an offsides penalty.
Well that's on Weber. They gave you an opportunity (finally), and you did the ONE thing you absolutely couldn't do.
Weber has 1...ONE...carry for 5 yards. JT has 6, for 5 yards. Samuel has negative rushing yards.
If I'm Weber, I'm pissed. How often have we seen this over the past few years? Abandon the RB and the offense stalls.