Ohio State Survives in Madison, 21-14

Written November 17th, 2012 by Tim Shoemaker

After it was unclear if he would return after a brutal collision with Wisconsin running back Montee Ball in the fourth quarter, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier made announced his return in the biggest way possible.

With the Buckeyes leading 14-7 and just over three minutes remaining in the game, Wisconsin had the ball 4th-and-1 from the OSU 2-yard line. We all knew who was getting the football, and Shazier knocked the ball out of Montee Ball’s hands and Christian Bryant recovered, giving the Buckeyes possession and the ability to hold on and get a 14-7 victory in Madison.

Ballgame, right?

Far from it. The Badgers got the ball back and drove 41 yards in 1:25 and quarterback Curt Phillips found Jacob Pederson for a 5-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 and send it to overtime.

In overtime, the Buckeyes scored first on just four plays as Carlos Hyde carried the ball in from two yards out.

Wisconsin’s possession ended on an incomplete pass on fourth down as Christian Bryant broke up a pass, giving the Buckeyes the 21-14 victory.

The Buckeyes led the Badgers 14-7 at halftime. After getting down 14-0, Wisconsin was able to respond with an eight play, 82-yard drive to pull within a touchdown heading into the intermission.

Statistically, the Badgers somewhat dominated in the first half–and the game. It was no secret Wisconsin wanted to run the ball, and the Badgers totaled 140 yards on the ground in that first half, 206 for the game.

Several things stood out from the game, both good and bad.

The good:

1. Philly Brown’s growth is somewhat astounding. I wasn’t expecting much of anything from Brown at the beginning of the season, but he’s really blossomed into a nice player. His 68-yard punt return for a touchdown to open the scoring was a thing of beauty.

2. The offensive line’s play is really fun to watch. This has to be the best group that OSU has had in recent memory. Some of it may be that Jim Bollman is no longer the coach, but I really enjoy watching these guys pave the way for Braxton and company.

3. John Simon was named as a Lott semifinalist earlier this week–an award given to the nation’s top defensive player. He played like it today, recording four sacks.

4. Carlos Hyde continues to impress me. He didn’t get the ball nearly enough, but he finished with 87 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.

The bad:

1. The play-calling today was atrocious. No creativity whatsoever and the offensive game plan was extremely predictable. Not very Urban Meyer-like at all.

2. I hit on this earlier, but the run defense was less than stellar today. Ohio State was second in the Big Ten in rushing defense coming into today’s game, but the Buckeyes gave up 206 yards on the ground. Granted, Montee Ball is one of the best backs in the country, but that is just not good enough.

3. Braxton Miller didn’t play his best game today. He was just 10 for 18 passing for 97 yards and was held to just 48 yards on 23 carries. He needs to learn to throw the football away, though. With that said, he’s still one of the top quarterbacks in the country and I’m glad he’s a Buckeye.

We all got what we wanted, though. Ohio State is 11-0 heading into “The Game” next Saturday.

It’s going to be epic.


  1. CoquiNo Gravatar
    November 17th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    One of the Goods you left off.

    Penalties. No false starts, only 2 penalties, and only one bad penalty.


    EricNo Gravatar
    November 17th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    That’s very good. Decent discipline when we needed it most.


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    November 17th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Whooooo!!!!!!!! Two games in a row!!!!


  2. C-DogNo Gravatar
    November 17th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Regarding the play-calling, exactly right. OSU played not to lose. As to he run defense, what’s the per carry average? Wisconsin runs and runs and runs.


    KenNo Gravatar
    November 18th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    WI – 3.7 ypc, 56 attempts
    OSU – 3.4 ypc, 41 attempts


  3. KenNo Gravatar
    November 18th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Imagine awaking to a world where;
    * #1 & #2 get beat same day
    * ND is undefeated and inside track to BCS#1
    * OSU-WI total points > Oregon-Stanford total points

    Before I get rolling, a h/t to WI defensive plan and effort, they were very well done. They did a nice job of ‘building a fence’ to contain Miller and covering our recivers.

    Tim, good observations. Regarding our defense, yes they gave up a lot of yards and were on the field a very long time, but in the end they only gave up 14 points and were damn close to giving up only 7. Hats off to a tenacious defensive performance.

    While on the topic, Carlos Hyde & the offensive line made our TD’s look pretty easy. I agree, too bad Hyde/Smith weren’t used more often.

    It seemed that Braxtom Miller looked lost out there last night. His pockect-presence, such as it was, was a regression. He took way too many sacks/hits when the occasional Bauser-bomb into the stands would have been better choice. I also thought the play-calling was a bit iffy. And Jake Stoneburner, catch the damn ball!

    And yet, here we are, getting out of Madison with a win and now sit at 11-0. Wow, is this great or what?!


  4. KenNo Gravatar
    November 18th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    One more thing; another really good game by Bradley Roby. Another so-so game by Travis Howard. I realize that HOward’s career as a Buckeye is nearing it’s end, but why in god’s name does he keep losing his footing in coverage?


    JeffNo Gravatar
    November 18th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    one reason is his ongoing fight with that left shoulder. I think it is a constant bother to him. The other is just a plan lax in what he is supposed to do. He just seems lost at times as to where he is supposed to be.

    on that not…11 and done….one to go..michigan fans are nervous…and they should be.

    on that note…it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the voters have the sec stacked to make it into the championship game. I honestly believe that fsu should be florida, and if georgia shows up. it might be lights out for bama…but unless bama doesn’t show up for the fight for alabama..or gt somehow pulls off a miracle. the sec is a lock to return. and you know what. that is freaking stupid. the nation propels them into this bigger than life conference. and so even when they play bad, the other team has a good day.

    this is my point. oregon is going to be said to be weak. poor out of conference schedule and lack of a quality win. so my question where is bama’s georgia’s or florida? all three have soft schedule’s….all three have not really played anyone except for themselves. but the question remains. who have they played out of conference to truly compare them to the rest of nation.

    hats off to ND for at least trying to play teams from all aspects of the country. It seems that if the sec wants to continue to be the best. and no playing michigan on a neutral field that is bascially located in the heart of south is not neutral. get out of their little corner and schedule some home and home games. get out of this we are the best and you have to come to us crap.

    ok, so I am venting, but you know. I can honestly say we can only schedule those that are willing to do home and home games…tcu, oregon, texas, all stepped up to the plate. who else? time will tell. but as far as I am concerned. Until the SEC gets out this you have to come to us to play ONE game. Then they are starting to isolate themselves and truly will be shut out one day.

    done ranting here…



    RyanNo Gravatar
    November 18th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Jeff I think we are all feeling this.

    My thought is that the SEC has earned their right at all the favor they get with the voters. They will retain that favor as long as they win bowl games. It’s true that they don’t schedule difficult matches on the road, that is because they don’t have too.

    As long as schools like Michigan and Oregon and Washington don’t hold their ground and demand a home and home series, the SEC will take the advantage. They have a definite advantage in the bowl locations as well, which sucks but it is what it is.

    Back to my point, the SEC has earned it’s favor with the voters. They will keep it until they lose it, and they will one year lose it. It could be this year. I feel that all of those top ranked teams are overrated, so if the other teams can prove it, then things will change for next year. But if the SEC pulls off huge bowl wins again, then we can expect more of the same. These are only 18-22 year old kids. They go to the SEC because SEC is ‘the best’, that means that they will one year get above themselves and take a huge embarrassing loss.

    I have a ton of respect to kids that go to schools like Clemson and Oregon over the last 5 years, who wanted to create something great, rather than simply joining something that already exists. They created something great at those schools.

    This is why I am a huge fan of Chip Kelly, and I’m sad that he won’t get the shot to beat Bama, because I believe they would have. Notre Dame doesn’t really have a shot.


  5. RyanNo Gravatar
    November 18th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    So what is with this Bama and Georgia getting in ahead of us. I know OSU doesn’t look like they could beat either of them, but let’s face it… Bama and Georgia each played only two teams that weren’t cupcakes, and they struggled against both of them. They might as well have been playing in the ACC. The only difference I see between us and them is that when they play a cupcake they beat the crap out of them, and we play down to their level. Against solid opponents is when you’ll see where your team stacks up.

    There is all the Big Ten hating going on. Nebraska lost to the team that won the Pac-12 south, close and 2000 miles from home. Michigan lost to the number 1 and 2 team in the nation, both on the road. Northwestern 4-0 out of conference. Buckeyes are one of 2 undefeated teams in the country. Penn State struggled in the beginning and had to adapt after losing a few important pieces to the NCAA, one piece which has carried a bad USC team. Wisconsin lost close to the an Oregon State team who is having the second best year in the history of Oregon State football (best would be year 2000). We don’t judge the SEC by their bottom half (which is horrible), so why do we get judged by Illinios, Michigan State and Iowa? I personally think the Big Ten stands with the Pac-12 or Big-12 pretty well, and the SEC isn’t as big as they think. Can’t wait for bowl season to see how 18-22 year olds fair going against underrated Big 10 teams as 20 point favorites.


    JeffNo Gravatar
    November 19th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    The one thing that i can say is that the big ten had a tough schedule, everyone played hard and the few teams that got blown out are not going anywhere.

    on that note, pac 12 is up, big 12 is up acc is down, bigten floating off into the distance and well, the big east is about far south as one can fly.

    as it goes for the sec, they really haven’t played anyone but themselves, so as far as how good they truly are, i have no freaking clue


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