The regular season is over and the Buckeyes are 12-0 for the second year in a row. Their school record winning streak now sits at 24 straight games. After a thriller in Ann Arbor, the scarlet and grey now travel to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship game and a date with the Michigan State Spartans. We’ll look back, ahead and farther forward. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
The Game blues
As much as we all tried to say we expected a tough game, it didn’t seem like many of us actually believed it could possibly happen. I’m no different. After seeing Michigan the past couple of weeks and reading their stat-lines, I felt a blowout was imminent. We were reminded by the Wolverines just what rivalry is all about.
I certainly don’t mean to talk them up or give them much time in this column at all, but credit goes where it is deserved. Brady Hoke had his team ready to play and they performed for him. The Wolverines were not intimidated, they kept the Buckeye coaching staff guessing and turned the Silver Bullets greatest strength against them by keeping the Buckeye defensive line in check for the majority of the game.
The team up north reminded us of several things on Saturday: 1. Never count out your rivals and 2. Anything can happen, that’s why they play the game. Read More
The Buckeyes sit at 11-0 and Hate Week is here. Last night students participated in the annual Mirror Lake jump and tomorrow we settle in for Thanksgiving before the weekends fun begins. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
Saturday at Ohio Stadium was both bitter sweet and bitter cold. Bitter sweet in that we said goodbye to the seniors (and Bradley Roby) and bitter cold because, well, it was cold and snowed like crazy for parts of the game with Indiana.
It’s truly incredible to think of where this senior class has been, or should I say been through. This is a group that was part of the Sugar Bowl winning team against Arkansas in January of 2011, went through the turmoil of “tat-gate”, lost their head coach, lost the Gator Bowl in January of 2012 and now sits on a 23 game school record breaking win streak.
I don’t know that there is a senor class that has gone through those type of massive ups and downs in their careers at Ohio State. You’d be very hard pressed to find one. It is a tribute to the character of them all that they stayed the course through the hard times and are now riding an unprecedented win streak into The Game and the upcoming bowl season where they will hopefully get a chance to play for the national championship.
They could have left, transferred to the schools of their choice. But they didn’t. It’s ironic that during Hate Week a quote by Bo Schembechler would be fitting: Those who stay will be champions. Read More
Before we even get started…
To the football…
The Buckeyes wrapped up another win on Saturday at Ohio Stadium against San Diego State to run their nations best streak to 14 games and 2-0 on the 2013 season. However, despite the relative ease on the scoreboard it was not without some tense moments and left plenty for us to talk about. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
With complete certainty I can say that the most talked about thing to happen in the San Diego State game was when Braxton Miller went down early in the first quarter with a knee injury. Urban Meyer said that Miller is day to day in evaluation as to if he will play out in Berkeley this weekend against California. The dept chart released on Tuesday lists Miller as the starter.
In total honesty, that was a scary injury. It didn’t look as brutal as the slam to the turf against Purdue last year, but on replay it looked as though he could have sustained any of a multitude of injuries from knee problems to neck or head injuries.We all love that Braxton Miller plays the game fearless, but is it time for him to start thinking of the greater good and maybe trying to stay out of these particularly tight situations? Of course, the player is going to react and do what comes naturally. Is it imperative that the coaching staff, at least in these next two weeks leading into the Big Ten opener at home against Wisconsin, take it upon themselves to keep their star out of harms way?
I want to know what you think. In the comments section below, tell me if you think Urban and company should limit Braxton Miller’s potential for contact or if they should keep things as they are and let the kid play how he plays? Read More
One. One more day. Tomorrow is the 2013 kickoff.
As we get ready for an amazing season, let’s also celebrate number 1 via an epic come from behind victory over Iowa at Kinnick Stadium on November 10th, 1990, 27-26. Game narrative from Joe-S-U at The Buckeye 50-Yard Line.
Ohio State QB Greg Frey entered the game ranked #1 in Big Ten passing efficiency. The Iowa defense, led by nose tackle Bret Bielema would have none of it. Through 59 minutes of game time, Frey was 10-31, 175 yards, 3 TD’s, 1 INT. Not particularly good numbers.
Below is Joe’s narrative, which matches up with the sequence in the game highlight video.
The Buckeyes jumped offsides to spot Hujsak five yards, but he hit a low kick that Jeff Graham fair caught at the Hawkeye 48. Ohio State had no timeouts and 59 seconds to navigate the 48 yards, and on first down Frey rolled to his right to evade the blitz and fired over the middle to Olive for a huge 23-yard pickup. Frey then found Jeff Graham for 7, but in the middle of the field, and by the time OSU lined up again the clock had ticked to 24 seconds. A short throw to Scottie Graham was incomplete and the clock stopped at 18 seconds. With great protection on the next snap, Frey threw down the middle to Jeff Graham, who turned and lunged to the Iowa 3 with 13 ticks on the clock. The Bucks hurried to the line and with the entire Buckeye sideline signaling for Frey to spike the ball, Greg threw a corner route towards Jeff Graham that was incomplete. Fortunately, the clock stopped but only 7 seconds remained and what’s worse is that Graham had his man beaten and could’ve scored had Frey’s pass not sailed out of bounds.
Frey sent Bobby Olive wide right and had Jeff Graham in the right slot. In almost a mirror image of the play that beat Minnesota a year earlier in the record comeback, Graham broke towards the corner, but this time Frey locked in on Olive. The pass was high but Olive made a leaping grab and landed just inside the endline for the touchdown. One second remained on the Kinnick Stadium clock and Ohio State led for the first time all day at 27-26 as bedlam broke out on the Buckeye sideline. A dead ball unsportsmanlike flag was thrown, but who really cared? To prevent any runback of a blocked extra point kick, Frey took a knee on the two-point conversion.
Iowa’s return of the ensuing squib kickoff produced 3 forward laterals and the final second burned off, giving Ohio State a dramatic upset and earning John Cooper his 100th career collegiate win.
As always, Vico delivers:
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 2, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Michigan on November 23rd, 1974, 12-10.
The 1974 match-up pitted No. 3 Michigan at 10-0 vs. No. 4 Ohio State at 9-1. Buckeye kicker Tom Klaban made four field goals in the win.
The Wolverines lost an undefeated season and the Big Ten title in this one, thanks mainly to the kicking of Tom Klaban, who accounted for all of the Buckeyes’ points with his four field-goals.
A last-second (:18 sec left) field-goal miss by the Wolverines’ Jim Lantry provided a fitting climax for an installment of the rivalry dominated by kicking.
Believe it or not, there’s game-day footage available… although, you’ll be surprised to discover, it’s not in high definition. Where was Gameday back then?
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We’re getting close to kickoff time and with the start of the regular season comes anticipation of The Game.
So with that in mind, let’s celebrate the No. 3, the margin of victory in The Game of the Century: OSU 42, Michigan 39 on Nov. 18, 2006.
OSU came in No. 1 in every poll. Michigan came in at No. 2. The winner would be assured of a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.
Like the game needed more hype, right?
Well, former Michigan head coach (and former OSU assistant) Bo Schembechler unexpectedly died the day before the game.
It was the first time The Game featured two undefeated teams ranked 1-2 in the country.
OK, enough hype. Read More
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 4, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Wisconsin on October 29th, 2011, 33-29. Ohio State entered the game with a 4-3 record, as the OSU program was dealing was significant changes in staff and players.
The 1st half was a tight, low-scoring affair with Wisconsin holding a 7-3 lead. Then all hell broke loose in the 2nd half. In the 3rd quarter the Buckeyes scored two short yardage TD’s (Miller, Hall) and the Badgers one (Ball, of course) to take the lead into the 4th quarter, 17-14.
After a Miller 44 yard TD run to extend OSU’s lead, UW’s Jared Abbrederis had two TD receptions to regain the lead for the Badgers, 29-26 with 1:18 remaining. Not a problem; Braxton and Devin then made this happen to get the win.
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 5, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Michigan on November 24th, 2012, 26-21.
The Game is always a meaningful game, but especially so in 2012. Due to some unfortunate circumstance the prior year, the new coaching regime would not be eligible to participate in post-season games.
Although Michigan scored twice on big plays (Roundtree 71 yard reception, Robinson 63 yard run) their four turnovers either contributed to short-field Ohio State points or killed UM drives. Trailing 20-21 at the half, the Buckeyes played much. much better in the second half and shut out the Wolverines.Michigan’s 2nd half drives consisted of loss of downs, two punts and three turnovers. Not a whole lot of production right there.
Meanwhile, Ohio State did manage two 2nd half field goals; not much scoring, but just enough for another win. However, both Carlos Hyde (146 yards) and Braxton Miller (108 yards) had good rushing days, and Miller was a very efficient 14-18-189 yds passing.
It was a perfect way to end a perfect regular season. Here, see for yourself. You’ll notice that both team’s quarterbacks took a beating that day: Read More