After Further Review, Ohio State Holds Off Indiana 52-49

Written October 14th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Nate Williams is out, and Zach Boren has been moved to linebacker. And that’s just what we knew about heading into the game; a matchup that Ohio State dominated until mental lapses and a “never say die” Hoosier team made the contest too close for comfort late.

Since Eric is at a wedding and Tim’s got work, you’re stuck with me for the recap.  Buckle up.

First Quarter

Guapo Being Guapo

Braxton was able to get enough of the passing game going over the middle of the field to keep the Hoosiers honest, and found Jake Stoneburner for an early first down catch on a close call.  A pass interference call kept the Ohio State drive alive, and Braxton made a good read on an option pitch to Corey Brown for the first Buckeye score. After a three and out by IU, the Buckeyes took over again and began to feed Carlos Hyde. After one first down, though, the Buckeyes were forced to punt, and IU began on their own seven yard line.  The Hoosiers continued to have the dropsies, and IU punted back to Ohio State. Rod Smith reported for duty for Ohio State on their third drive. After a couple of nice runs, Devin Smith dropped a sure touchdown forcing Braxton to scramble on third down to pick up the long first. A couple of times during the first quarter, Ohio State showed a new wrinkle of a “touch pass”- they were unsuccessful in converting, though, and Drew Basil added his third field goal of the season.

Indiana got their first first down of the game, and began to move up tempo. Indiana ran an off-tackle play to Stephen Houston who ran 53 yards for the score, and the Hoosiers drew within three. Heuerman dropped the first down pass attempt, and Indiana was able to feather the option attempt and stop Braxton from any gain. A false start put OSU at third and 15; Braxton was only able to pick up five yards and the Buckeyes punted… and it was blocked by Indiana. The Hoosiers started at their own 17, and gained two yards prior to the end of the quarter.

Second Quarter

The quarter began with a swing pass on second down, then Indiana’s Wilson ran off tackle for their second score of the game. Rod Smith returned the kick to the 30 yard line, and found Jake Stoneburner for the first down. Indiana’s defense continued to get penetration and limit Ohio State’s quarterback runs. Two quick tosses to Corey Brown led to a fourth and one, and Coach Meyer elected to go for it on a quick snap. Carlos ripped off a long run as the Buckeyes turned the temp0o up a notch. A Rod Smith run brought up third down, but Braxton was unable to connect in the end zone and Basil missed the subsequent FG attempt.  The Hoosiers regained possession and maintained momentum.

The Hoosiers picked up a first down as their QB scrambled, but were forced to punt and Corey Brown recovered at the 28. Jake Stoneburner got another first down on a dump down pass, but the deep ball to Smith on first down was just long. Braxton had a lane on second down, but he slipped after getting only a couple of yards. Corey Brown was open for the first down, but the ball was too low and Ohio State was forced to punt. Indiana would start on their own 13 yard line.

A first down run was stuffed for a six yard loss, and second down screen picked up four. A deep pass was broken up by CJ Barnett, and Indiana was forced to punt. The Freak Show proved their worth again, and Travis Howard blocked it into the end zone where Bradley Roby recovered for the Ohio State score.

Indiana started on their own 25, where a quick pass and a Jonathan Hankins tackle for a loss led to a third down, where a Hoosier receiver was stripped by Roby for a third down.  Corey Brown’s long return was brought back by a block in the back by Rod Smith and Ohio State began with the ball on the 22 yard line. Hyde ran for 15 yards on the sweep, but two short runs brought up a third and long for the Buckeyes., where Braxton hit Devin Smith in stride for his fifth touchdown of the year on the 60 yard play.

Indiana got 15 yards on the kickoff on a personal foul call, and started with a run for four yards. Travis Howard forced a dropped pass on second down, but the third down toss was successful for the first down. Two consecutive incompletions, and a nifty move by Shane Wynn led to the decision by Coach Wilson to try to draw Ohio State offsides- to no avail, and IU took the delay and punted to end the half.

Thoughts from the first half

Indiana is a good team against the run, and really took advantage of the fact that Ohio State struggles against true spread teams- Nebraska and Michigan State were primarily power teams. The defensive front was held pretty ineffective against the quick timing of Indiana’s offense, and OSU was less willing to bring additional pressure and sacrifice coverage options. Ohio State will need some continued success in the passing game and a couple of interceptions to be victorious, in my opinion.

Third Quarter

Held On To This One

Indiana started on the 25 yard line after a kick into the endzone, and their first pass was dropped after a hard hit by the Buckeyes. Indiana threw for a first down just over Orhian Johnson’s hands, and then went deep on a 39 yard pass over Doran Grant, who was in for an injured Travis Howard. A pass interference call started Indiana on the eleven yard line, where they only managed four yards on three plays. The subsequent 23 yard field goal closed the gap to 24-17 Ohio State.

Indiana native Rod Smith returned the kick to the 30, where Braxton Miller ripped off a 75 yard touchdown run reminiscent of his 81 yard run against the Hoosiers from 2011. Indiana went three and out and punted back to the Buckeyes and had the ball partially blocked by Bradley Roby. Carlos Hyde started out the next series with a huge run down to the Indiana 16 yard line. Braxton scrambled to the five, but was wrapped up on first and goal. His pass in the end zone was intercepted, though, as the IU’s Heban picked it off the turf.

A quarterback scramble started the IU series with a four yard gain, but pressure forced a third down that saw IU connect with Glenville’s Shane Wynn on a pass that went for a long touchdown after several Buckeye defenders were picked by another Hoosier receiver.  Ohio State started on the 25 yard line after the touchback.

After two Carlos Hyde runs, a deep pass to Devin Smith resulted in a 15 yard pass interference call and a subsequent first down for Ohio State. Rod Smith took the next run 11 yards down the field, and the following one picked up eight.

On second down, an Indiana defender hit Braxton Miller late and out of bounds; it resulted in a 15 yard penalty, but also kept Braxcon out for the  next play. Kenny Guiton handed off to Carlos Hyde for 8 yards, and the next play resulted in Ohio State’s second false start of the game. Guiton and Hyde ran the “inside option” play to perfection and Carlos rambled into the end zone for yet another OSU score.

While the  piranhas were excellent for most of the night, on the following kickoff Verlon Reed missed a big tackle, and Indiana found themselves in Buckeye territory following the kick return. Indiana got a first down on a deep out pass, and the subsequent one was dropped by Roby in what was sure to be a pick six.  No worries, though, as Christian Bryant looked to intercept Indiana’s Coffman, but the play was overturned on video review. Nevertheless, the screen pass was incomplete, and IU lined up for a field goal attempt. One of the conference’s best kickers added three more.

Ohio State started on the 21 yard line after Rod Smith’s return. Jake Stoneburner got the Buckeyes nine yards, when Carlos Hyde pushed through for twenty yards on third and one. Rod Smith fumbled on second down, but Braxton was able to fall on it and bring up a third and four. Corey Brown picked up the first down on the out route. Devin Smith dropped his second sure score in the endzone, but Miller finds Hyde on a broken play for the first down to end the quarter.

Fourth Quarter

Ohio State started on the 23 yard line, when Carlos left off where he started and rumbled into the endzone for the score, which was brought back to the one after video review. Hyde blasted through for the score after a “quick huddle” by the Buckeyes. 45-27 Ohio State.

Indiana started on their 25, but the deep ball was just out of Hughes’ grasp. An enormous hit by Noah Spence came a second too late, and Indiana was able to pick up a first down. Storm Klein went down with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, meaning Justin Boren would fill that slot for the remainder of the game.

The Hoosiers put together a nice drive with short passes, but a long end around to Shane Wynn put Indiana within the red zone. A fake screen and throwback to the tight end resulted in a first and goal after Boren made a touchdown saving play. Boren continued to wreak havoc, making the tackle on the next run, but Indiana went into hurry up mode and scored on a tailback dive to make it 34-45 Buckeyes.

Corey Brown made the catch for a first down at the 35, and Hyde went no where on the next play. Braxton scrambled for a first down on a broken play, but Ohio State’s third false start pushed them back to the 42 yard line. Hyde found no room on the next play, and Braxton picked up all but four on the second down. A slant to Devin Smith, combined with some elusive running, resulted in his second touchdown of the game. 52-34 Ohio State with over six minutes to play.

The 23 yard line was where Indiana started next, and began another good drive with an 11 yard run following an 8 yard pass. The first down play was swallowed up, the second down pass was almost intercepted, and the dump off pass on third down was blown up by Christian Bryant. Indiana punted under heavy pressure, and the Buckeyes started on their 23 yard line with a false start on Carlos. He picked up the five yards on first down, Braxton followed with a three yard gain, but was flushed and ended the OSU drive.

A lot of young defenders were inserted into the game, particularly on the front line, as Indiana wanted to put together some sort of positive yardage. With a minute and a half to play, though, Ohio State was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness after a pass that was blown up and a cheap shot at Hankin’s knees. The yardage allowed Indiana to score their another touchdown on a short pass over the middle.

Indiana kicked onside, but the kick went out of bounds and was tossed back into the field of play. Video review showed that the IU defender had his foot out of bounds when he released the ball, but the play was not overturned. For those keeping score at home, that’s four video reviews that went against Ohio State tonight.

Indiana continued to drive with the clock winding down, and Ohio State had several opportunities to intercept and end the game. An offsides penalty against the Buckeyes led to third and five, when a broke play turned into a first down for Indiana.  A long shuttle pass led to a score that tightened up the score for the Hoosiers. The two point sweep was good, and we have a three point game with one minute remaining.

Second Half Thoughts

The Buckeye defense continues to struggle with injuries and big plays- although it’s not uncertain that these two aren’t related. Klein’s leg and Williams’ concussion will be key to watch as the weeks continue, and Ohio State fans have to be concerned coming into next week’s matchup against a Purdue team that runs a spread offense at a much higher level than the Hoosiers do.

On offense, it’s hard to find problems given the score, but I think that Braxton continues to struggle making the correct read on several option plays. There were numerous examples where he handed the ball in the face of a huge running lane for himself, or kept it when Hyde or Smith could have gone for big yardage. Devin Smith’s drops also continue to be a problem, as do the lost yardage and momentum killed by the false starts.

Focus continues to be a problem for Ohio State- it makes sense, given the youth and the two huge games that Ohio State just had, but the mental letdowns will not be something that Buckeye coaches will look forward to seeing, and that players will not looking forward to having addressed in the coming week of practice.

Video review… seriously? It cost Stanford a game tonight and almost cost Ohio State.

The Buckeyes are 7-0, and host Purdue next week in Columbus.

23 Comments

  1. Ed (Flabuckeye)No Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    We never give up 50 points on defense………never……period. And when we do…..pink slips need handed out……this is not acceptable

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    JeffNo Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 6:09 am

    agreed!

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  2. Ed (Flabuckeye)No Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    When you take your starting FB ( Zach Boren) and plug him in at LB ( which it took the BTN broadcasters several minutes to point that out by the way) and then he leads team with tackles…….theres an issue. I find it also hard pressed, that our defensive front let 2 huge plays run straight up through them…….untouched.

    We are going to lose a game if this sh**!! continues.

    I also find it hard that on 2 different occasions the ref’s through 2 flags on Indiana’s defense late in the game……but the rest of the crew talked them out of it.

    Braxton cannot do everything, he can’t play defense too………or wait…..

    Can he??…..

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  3. Ed (Flabuckeye)No Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Roby’s comments to BCastOzone……..

    “Defense needs to wake up and realize it cannot take plays off”

    “Defense looks up at score board and sees how many points we have and start to relax”

    ” guys on defense were laughing and joking around before they gave up those last 2 TD’s “.

    Troubling to me,I read this on the Buckeye Planet game thread this morning. And I whole heartily concur with the poster……if your a player, how can you take plays off? I can see this stuff on Sunday play……but not Saturday’s

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  4. RyanNo Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    1. Up 18 with 100 seconds left…they relaxed. This will normally not do anything, but Indiana started to play at 150%. I still feel good about the team, as if we were up by only 3 with 100 seconds left in the game, then they would have played 100% and held on.
    2. If I remember correctly, those false starts really are killing us. Way too many…what’s wrong. And on our last drive, a false start brought it from 3rd and 4 to 3rd and 9, and we couldn’t pick it up. We pick up that first down and a 3 point victory shows up as an 18 point victory.
    And 3. We allowed 481 yards… that’s NOT supposed to happen. How does our defense struggle against the spread when they practice against the spread every day? Our team has no identity. They are a defensive team against Michigan St, and when we played everyone else I felt like we should be in the Big 12.

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    CoquiNo Gravatar
    October 15th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I blame myself more than Mali. When I left the liveblog, we started destroying. I came back with 100 seconds left, and this happened.

    I’ll refrain from the liveblog for the rest of the season (again)

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    ErictBBCNo Gravatar
    October 15th, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Whoa. Mali’s curse passed itself on to Coqui? Not acceptable.

    Just blame it all on me. If I had watched the whole thing, and worn the appropriate jersey, we would have gotten the job done defensively.

    I promise I wont miss any more games, you guys. =)

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    CoquiNo Gravatar
    October 15th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    If during the Purdue game, we don’t get a single false start, it will prove I was the curse.

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  5. RyanNo Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Mali, I think you left out one important thing here. The long shuttle pass to Hyde for a TD at the end of the first half. That was with Kenny Guiton at the helm. Meyer puts in Guiton and gives him the playbook, doesn’t just say “give the ball to Hyde”, as many would understand. He comes in and plays just like Brax. Guiton has progressed a lot, and deserves the credit. If I remember correctly, everytime Guiton has to come in to finish off a drive it ends in a TD, and Guiton makes at least one play with his head either on a good run or throw, but always a good decision.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Good point- This is why I don’t do the recaps. :)

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  6. C-DogNo Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Forty-nine points given up against a bunch of clowns that couldn’t even play for Ohio University, or maybe even Kent State. Wow. Although, is it just me, or is there something “not fun” about a FOUR-HOUR football game?

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  7. Buckeye WagsNo Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Crowell and C. Grant are in their second year. Perry and Roberts enrolled early. Marcus, Perkins, and Burger have had most of a season to learn the D. Boren has played LB since Tuesday..and leads the team in tackles. The defense tackled poorly, took bad angles, was frequently out of position, the play calling was ridiculous. They practice against a spread offense every day. They look uninspired and unmotivated. I heard Urban say that when looking at LB recruiting over the past several years that only 2 or 3 actually played. The joints of the D, where the D-line meets the LBs, Where the LB meet the secondary, the coverages coordniated with the rush and contain, are flawed to put it mildly. We hang 52 on a team that is athletically no where near our talent level..and sweat out a win. Urban retained Fickell for continuity. He did not do himself a favor. Fickell is one of the highest paid D Coordinators in all of CFB. The fact is you can take a motivated, intelligent Fullback and in 3 days teach him more than Fickell “coache up 6 position dedicated LBs. He has to go.

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    ErictBBCNo Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of the “Fickell has to go” comments (full disclosure) though I do recognize that people are upset about the way the defense is playing.

    That said, I did want to emphasize one point. Boren was primarily a linebacker in high school and moved to fullback his first year here. He already understood sound defensive principles and onlyneeded to be taught some basic concepts of our defense in particular in order to competently take the field.

    What that says to me is not that Fickell is a bad D-Coordinator, but that the linebackers are unmotivated, cocky, and/or lazy, and therefore do not put in the work Fickell requires of them. Fickell still has to play someone, so he plays someone mediocre.

    In other words, the linebackers, for whatever reason, have not “bought in”. It may be a problem that will only be solved by recruiting players who have the right mentality to get the job done.

    Also, dont forget that we’re missing Sabino, who by all accounts is a solid linebacker. Last night was proof that we missed him (and the others on defense) dearly.

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    RyanNo Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Shazier is a great linebacker, and even though it isn’t culminating until his last year, he is very talented. I would say those two definitely bought into the system, but that’s it. I expect the young guys have bought in, but they don’t have the experience or raw talent to jump in right away. Landing guys with amazing talent like Tyquan Lewis and Mike Mitchell who could will both likely play as sophmores if not freshman will bolster the ranks. Let’s face it, we don’t have an AJ Hawk or Laurinaitis, who were basically defensive ends who made great reads and had the speed to play linebacker.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Boren was primarily a linebacker in high school

    Fact: Defensive player of the year in Ohio, progeny of a captain at linebacker at a school that will go unmentioned.
    I feel better about this shift than I did the Rod Smith Experiment last year.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    October 15th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Yep, the Boren move makes a lot more sense than the Sith Experiment.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Eric, according to the OSU Athletics Department, Fickell is also the linebackers coach. Any deficiencies in defensive ‘scheming’ and unmotivated, too cocky and/or lazy LB’s are directly at Fickell’s feet.

    Meyer fulfilled his ethical obligation to retain Fickell for this year, nothing more. The clock is running, Fickell’s charges need to start producing or we need a coaching change.

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    ErictBBCNo Gravatar
    October 15th, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Unless he’s fighting a losing battle against their mentalities about the season not mattering.

    There’s a distinct difference between leadership from a coach or teacher, and leadership from your peers on the field. I find it much more likely that the linebackers just cant give a crap, and have no leadership within the unit than Fickell is suddenly doing a crappy job after 8 or 9 years of good work. It stretches my credulity to the breaking point.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    October 15th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Agreed on your leadership disctinction comment; but then it’s a bit of a reflection of the coach/teacher being unable/unwilling to inspire.

    Bill’s post, below, is very good. If you’re a line manager whose department is underperforming, and the COO feels he has to intervene, then you need to reasses your approach to your responsibilities or they’ll be assessed for you.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    October 15th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    One more ‘vent’ comment. To me, this goes well beyond the Bloomington Defensive Debacle; a lot of these symptoms have been evident throughout the season. Poor attack/pursuit angles, poor discipline (penalties) and horrendous tackling fundamentals. These are basics that we aren’t doing well.

    With the new changes in personnel,coaching staff, playbook, I’m willing to ‘give’ the offense a wide degree of latitude, as long as they show some incremental improvement throughoout the season, and I think the offense is performing above my expectations.

    OK, I’m done. Thank you.

  8. Bill VanceNo Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I have been in leadership practically my entire life, United States Marine Corp, Dana Corp, Ford Moter Co., Huffy Corp., two of my own businesses, Church and here is what I say: Teams of men, regardless of talent, are a direct reflection of their leadership. This Ohio State defensive unit is no exception. They are all clueless and will remain so until Coach Meyer takes the bull by the horns. He will.

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  9. Buckeye WagsNo Gravatar
    October 14th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Look at the difference in the offense performance compared with the D. Smith is making solid progress and gotten better performances from a group that had a high of 14 catches last year. Warriner has made a high performing unit from virtually nothing. The TEs and FBs are performing well. Hermann has an offense that we have not seen at OSU under Tressel. Meyer brought in his own people on offense and it reflects him, driven, aver achieving, aggressive, and continually in pursuit of excellence. The D has 8 starters back from last year when they were rated at 20th in the country,despite having an offense that was terrible and kept the D on the field almost continually. Those 8 returning starters are back. Throw in a marvelously gifted freshman D-unit, and those 8 returning starters and their 4 and 5 star additions are now ranked 103rd out of 120. And that has been accomplished against the worst Big talent base I have ever seen. I think Meyer was either pressured to retain Fickell, or did so for continuity and tradition sake. It was a mistake. Urban should have insisted on bringing in his own guy for D Coor. and let him bring in the very best Assts. possible to implement the new D. We had a chance to put this all together in 2012, to be ready to make a real run in 2013 and beyond. A new D Coor needs to be brought in at the end of this season and should be allowed to find his own Assts., the very best available, to implement his plan. Unfortunately that will mean the whole D coaching staff will go as well, and we will be forced to impement major changes in what might have been a championship run in 2013. One thing is sure…Fickell will never get us there. This must, and will be done.

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  10. bhopNo Gravatar
    October 15th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I don’t think anyone needs fired…YET. If this OSU’s defense has a 40 spot put on it again…then I’d say it needs done. This is the same defense from last year, but they should be improved with 2012′s class as well as gaining experience for upper class players. I have a hard time understanding the patience for this debacle on defense bc it’s obvious that’s what it is. When an OSU team has 13:53 left on the scoreboard in the 4th quarter…then they should stop that team like they used to do in the past. Playing prevent 3 deep or Tampa 2 defense and allowing the defense to be picked apart is absurd. Not to mention what happened to getting a pass rush by LBs and DBs? If you can’t see these things and still want to defend the coaches then more power to you. It just proves those who have a lack football knowledge should stick with being just fans and keep their mouths SHUT!

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