Are you not Entertained? Purdue

Written November 13th, 2011 by Eric

Of course you’re not. That was simply one of the worst experiences imaginable. Lets get this over with.

Joe L.

Fickell wasn't particularly entertained himself.

Improvements in the passing game. There were some promising parts to the passing game. Miller missed a couple open shots down field in the 3rd quarter (most likely because his passes drifted due to the wind), and there was an excellent pass play to a wide open receiver on the last drive of the 4th. Overall, Miller was 8/18 for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns – better than he’s been yet.

Continue to pound the ball.  Desperately trying to pound the ball is half of what got us in trouble in the first place. Purdue stacked the box on every down that they strongly suspected we would run, and given our tendencies they were right nearly every time. The few times they weren’t, they were able to get to Miller pretty quickly with their pass rush.

Three and outs.  The Buckeyes only managed three 3 and outs. The Boilermakers converted fully half of their third down attempts, 9/18 for the game. Simply not good enough.

A win. Yea, no.

A Penn State loss to Nebraska.  We got this at least. To bad it means a lot less now. Right now, we need to beat Penn State, and Penn State to beat Wisconsin in Madison. That’s pretty unlikely this season.


Inspired performance. We didn’t see much passion from this team until late, and even then it simply wasn’t there. This team came out flat, played flat, and never really got excited the entire game.

Five sacks from the defensive line. We saw five sacks from a defensive line, but it was the wrong line. Purdue got Braxton Miller five times in this game. The Buckeyes only sacked a Purdue quarterback once, when Shazier took down Terbush.

Boom Herron for 200. The team didn’t gain 200 yards in the game.

Carlos Hyde for another 100. Ain’t likely going to happen on just 4 carries.

Braxton Miller completes 10+ passes. He almost got this, just 2 completions shy.


We saw Hall in the passing game too.

A fully awake team. As mentioned earlier, this team was as flat as the great plains.

More Carlos Hyde. We got 4 carries for 12 yards from him.

Boom Herron. He gained 62 yards on 18 carries, his lowest output of the season, and the first time he was below 100 yards in a game.

Hall in the return game. We did get this. Jordan Hall was back and returning kicks and punts for the Buckeyes and did a fair job.


Focus, Both Sides. Apparently we kept asking for this, but all in vain.

Defensive Score. The defense has still failed to break the goal line, despite a couple of potential opportunities that were missed. Purdue was desperately trying to complete a pass to the Buckeyes, and the defense just couldn’t hold on.

Breaking The Hope Jinx. It is amazing that despite all his issues, Hope continues to beat the Buckeyes. Absolutely astounding.

Diversity. We had to add a little diversity in, because it’s certainly broken now. The OSU running game was not able to get it done today by itself, and the passing scheme was insufficient at best.

No False Starts. No dice this week. Despite missing Shugarts, Mike Adams did us in this time.


Coverage. Chris asked that we shut down the passing game. I think we got the exact opposite.

Three more 100 yard rushers. I feel like we’ll be asking for just one 100 yard rusher next week. Perhaps it will be more like begging.

Inspired play. See above.

A win. In your wildest dreams.

Joe D

Boom in the Top Ten. He needed 41, he got 62. Boom Herron’s now in the top ten of running backs in OSU history!

Two TD Burner. We had two touchdown passes, but neither went to Stoneburner. In fact, he didn’t catch a pass all game.

Force Two Turnovers. We got one, one turnover. It came at the right time, but would have been a lot more sweet if we had made that last extra point in the 4th quarter.


  1. Alan SpitzerNo Gravatar
    November 13th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Actually we need Illinois to beat Wisconsin and Wisconsin to beat Penn State. That is the only chance to win the division. If Penn State beats Wisconsin they win the division with a 6-2 record.


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    November 13th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Wait- so I have to cheer for Zook next week? Friiiiiick….


    ErictBBCNo Gravatar
    November 13th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Nope, you’re right. Good call Alan.

    Here’s to hoping Beliema gets Zookered


  2. KenNo Gravatar
    November 13th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Eric, no, no, I was more entertained when I was sedated for knee surgery a few years ago.

    Funny, I was thinking about this team yesterday while I was walking down the 17th fairway – which may explain why I tanked 17 & 18. This has been an emotional whip-saw season for me. I’ve been all over the board with the Fickell-as-coach thing. In terms of the program, Gene Smith has to go, that’s for starters. The entire offensive coaching staff has to go, maybe making an exception for Drayton. Heacock has to retire. To be honest, I’d like to keep Fickell in some capacity, everyone else gone.

    Having said that, I am critical of Fickell’s decision with the ‘captain-du jour’ approach. With a team as young and inexperienced as ours, off/on field leadership is a requirement. I find it hard to believe that Brewster and Simon wouldn’t provide that spark and direction to this young team.

    My preseason scarlet glasses prediction was for this team to finish 9-3; maybe unrealistic, but fans are sometimes irrational. At midseason (prior to Wisconsin game) I stated that without any improvement in offense playcalling we would finish no better than 6-6. Several games later, I stand by that. (As I type this, I see where Dawson has missed a 22yd FG for the Browns. Wkend of ST suck for me). I understand where the extra practice earned by being in a bowl game iis great for a young team, with our coaching staff I wonder if any benefit will be there.

    Sorry for the lenghty comment, but there it is.
    Go Bucks!


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