I have been a buckeye fan for a very long time and that’s mostly because I am old now. Not really. Truth is, I fell in love with the Buckeye’s in 1973 watching #45 run for a long TD on the TV while visiting relatives in Columbus. Their every Saturday ritual as a family was to gather around the big (in that time) color television and do what I refer to as house-gating. The food my aunt prepared was ridiculous and also had me hooked on the tradition of Ohio State football on Saturdays during the fall.
In those 40 years I can honestly only think of one team that has been a thorn in our side that shouldn’t have been. The Boilermakers of PurDON’T. They have really done a great job of messing up some of those Saturdays. I am of the belief that this may be different for once because of the Buckeye’s performance last weekend against The Nittany Lions.
Let’s get going with who Rumbled last week.
Let’s be totally honest with each other here. Two weeks ago, everyone was concerned about the play calling with regards to just running the ball and how the offensive coaching staff was not spreading the wealth. Fans were having a hard time understanding why Dontre Wilson and others were getting their well earned touches. My oh my, how a single game against a semi-rival who was suppose to be an issue can cure what ails us.
Much like a nice shot of whiskey or vodka can warm the body, this decimation of PSU has got a lot of people believing the Buckeyes may be on the cusp of something pretty special as a team.
One thing is perfectly clear — coach Herman’s gang is going to put up some gaudy numbers on offense from here on out. Before it’s all said and done, Urban Meyer will own just about all of the program’s offensive records.
In twenty games as coach, Urban’s squads have already scored more than 50 points seven times. To put that in perspective, Jim Tressel’s teams only did it six times.
I am not saying that one coach is better than the other. History will take care of that issue in due time. And both will be legendary in their own ways. What’s great about this team is that they are beginning to challenge each other as if every day is a competition.
The offense has done what it wants pretty much the entire season and the defense has struggled to make the ends meet. Yet, last week was the first game that the “The Silver Bullets” truly arrived. I simply do not see a team on the schedule that will keep them from setting a couple new yardage and points marks by the end of the regular season. We shall see.
I really struggled to come up with someone on the team that was stumblin’ last weekend in The Shoe. The one person at Ohio Stadium that seemed to struggle was Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien. I am sure he will right his ship down the stretch, but it appears this coaching staff is struggling with it’s youngsters. The real question is, can this team recover from a beat doan? The upperclassman and coaches have never experienced a defeat like this while wearing blue and white.
The last time they were beat this bad, William McKinley was president, and guess where he was born and raised? That’s right — near Canton, where he settled later after the war.
Lehigh defeated them 106-0 but I am sure that this loss stings a mighty bit more. The hardest part about the recovery will be convincing everyone that they will bounce back and compete. I mean let’s face it, they did beat TTUN before having a week off to prepare. They’ll have a chance to wash that nasty taste out of their mouth’s this week against hapless Illinois.
This award goes to the PSU fans who went on self distruct this past week and chose to blame the officials of the game for the outrageous defeat they had to put up with Saturday night. I am not sure that anyone in the good old US of A will believe their whining. I honestly wasn’t very happy to see what crew was working the game and for the most part, they were acceptable. What most fans were complaining about were the hold not being called.
Hey PSU fans, it’s the B1G, they don’t call holding.
I had the opportunity to ask a D1 official that I know and he explained that college football is mostly about advantage/disadvantage in the way the penalty affects the play. That being said, I am sure there are holds happening at the point of attack by the offense, but their reasoning is usually that if the defender isn’t attempting to get out of a “legal hold” within the free blocking zone, then it’s probably nothing. He was very clear that NCAA wants them to keep control of the game and that there at times can be personal fouls in those situations when they are away from the play.
Back on the subject at hand, those PSU fans who are ready to jump off the bridge are going to miss a pretty good coaching job by Bill O’Brien. They need to take a deep breath and live through what’s happening because it will get better.