In today’s edition, we celebrate number 51, another Ohio State victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 14, 2009, 27-24.
This was about as meaningful, if not exciting game that you could imagine for teams coached by Tressel and Ferentz. The 15th ranked Hawkeyes rolled into Columbus to upset the #10 Buckeyes, and in so doing, get a leg up on Conference Title. This was an interesting contrast where Iowa had trouble stopping Ohio State’s running game (255 yards, 3 TD’s) and Ohio State reciprocated by struggling to stop Iowa’s passing game (233 yards, 2 TD’s). However, the Buckeyes did pick off Iowa QB James Vandenberg 3 times, one in overtime.
From the game recap, here is what happened in overtime:
Iowa 1-10 at Osu25 Vandenberg, J. sideline pass incomplete to Reisner, Allen. Iowa 2-10 at Osu25 Robinson, Adam rush over right end for loss of 6 yards to the OSU31 (Spitler, Austin). Iowa 3-16 at Osu31 Vandenberg, J. sacked for loss of 10 yards to the OSU41 (Worthington, D). Iowa 4-26 at Osu41 Vandenberg, J. deep pass intercepted by Russell, A at the OSU0, Russell, A return 0 yards to the OSU0, touchback. Drive: 6 plays, minus 16 yards, TOP 00:52 Osu 1-10 at Osu20 OHIO STATE drive start at 15:00. Osu 1-10 at Osu20 OSU ball on IOWA25. Osu 1-10 at Iowa25 Herron, Dan rush over right tackle for loss of 2 yards to the IOWA27 (Ballard, C.). Osu 2-12 at Iowa27 Herron, Dan rush up middle for 2 yards to the IOWA25 (Clayborn, A.). Osu 3-10 at Iowa25 Timeout Ohio State, clock 15:00. Osu 3-10 at Iowa25 Herron, Dan rush up middle for 3 yards to the IOWA22 (Clayborn, A.;Sash, Tyler). Osu 4-7 at Iowa22 Barclay, Devin field goal attempt from 39 GOOD, clock 15:00.
Fun to read, what’s the takeaway? OSU’s defense exerted it’s will in overtime and put Iowa’s offense in a must-pass 4th down situation. Also, this was epitome of ‘Tresselball’. Three runs into middle of line for ball position, then kick the game-winning field goal. Woot!
Here’s the video proof:
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 52, another Ohio State victory over Penn State on November 13, 2010, 38-14.
This was, indeed, a tale of two very different half’s. After the Buckeyes opened up with a long drive that resulted in a FG, the offense couldn’t generate much for the balance of the 1st half. Meanwhile, Matt “Moxie” McGloin was having a big day with 2 TD passes as PSU held a 14-3 lead at halftime.
Coach Tressel must have had quite the halftime speech, as the Buckeyes won the 2nd half 31-0. ‘Boom’ Herron scored on a 5-yard run, Dane Sanzenbacher made a circus rebound reception for a TD (see above) and Jake Stoneburner grabbed a TD pass. Of course, it wouldn’t be an OSU-PSU game without the Nitts tossing a couple pick-6′s, and McGloin did not disappoint. Devon Torrance showed his ball handling skills with a tip-drill interception and Travis Howard had no trouble returning his interception.
The following highlight is a good one; it’s audio includes in-game commentary from Brent, Kirk, PSU radio network play-by=play and of course, the doleful commenter. Very enjoyable.
Aside from the two major surprises in the draft with Nate Ebner going to New England in the 6th round and Mike Brewster not getting drafted, the other three pretty much went where they were expected to. Let’s take a look at all of the drafted Buckeyes and how they will fit in with their respective teams.
We begin with the highest pick in the draft for the Buckeyes in OT Mike Adams and him landing in Pittsburgh. Adams didn’t exactly have a stellar NFL combine literally falling into the middle of the road in just about every category.
Clearly the best lineman on the Ohio State squad each of the past two season, Adams had a huge upside in his protection blocking. Missing a few games in the last season it was easy to see marked improvement across the line when he returned. The Steelers are all about running the ball and controlling the clock as well as play action. This was a good get for their revamping of the line. They invested two first round and two second round picks to shore things up. Adams will be learning RT behind a good veteran in Flozell Adams and will have time to get acclimated to the NFL in a system that has a history of solid line play. Practicing across from his old counterpart and teammate Cam Heyward should get him ready for a nice NFL career. Read More
With the NFL Draft on the way I asked Jeff Ellis, a good friend, draft aficionado, and fellow blogger, to draw up a list of the Buckeyes who had a chance to be drafted and where they might end up going. He was more than happy to oblige. Enjoy!
Since this is my first article for this site it only seems fair to explain why you should have any faith or trust in my opinions. In terms of mocking and scouting college players this will be my 14th straight draft. My mocks get a few thousand hits per draft, nothing huge but solid. I watch every game I can, find every scout, website, or service trying to compile a wealth of information and belief’s. If you are familiar with me as a writer, I am best known for my work with IndiansProspectInsider.com, the title is rather self explanatory. I have also had articles on theclevelandfan and sportstime ohio.
The goal of this article will focus on the players from Ohio State who have a chance to be drafted, focusing on how things have gone at the Senior Bowl, combine, and their overall stock trend pattern. After this I will then tell you were I am mocking or projecting them for this year’s draft.
There is no doubt that one of the most important weekends marked on the sport fanatic’s calendar is the final weekend of April. Most of the time, we are hoping and anticipating which NFL ready prospect will help our favorite team. Sometimes we tune in to the NFL draft, just to see where the athletes we’ve watched play at the college level will land.
Before the spring, there was no doubt that the senior class of the Ohio State Buckeyes was one of the better ones in recent history. After a reeling season, full of suspensions and surprises, it’s a bit unclear where Ohio State’s best will land in the NFL Draft.
After the Combine in Indianapolis last week, things seem to be a bit clearer. Helping us breakdown the latest stock in the Ohio State class is NFL Mocks‘ lead editor Jesse Bartolis.
Several Big Ten teams played bowl games today at around the same time, and nearly every one of them struggled . Ohio State joined that club in their game against the Florida Gators, losing 24-17. The Buckeyes valiantly attempted to stage a comeback in the game down 14 with 3 minutes left, but were unable to secure the onside kick with under a minute left. Braxton Miller showed some impressive passing at the tail end of the game, ending the game 18/23 for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns.
This is the first time since 1897 that Ohio State has had 7 losses in a single season, and the first time since 1946 that the team has lost 4 games in a row. It is the first time since 1988, John Cooper’s first season, that the Buckeyes have suffered a losing season.
The Florida Gators started the game with the football in excellent field position. Drew Basil was unable to keep the ball from going out of bounds at the one yard-line off a bounce on the opening kick. The error gave the ball to the Gators at the 40 yard line, where Florida quickly built a big head of steam running the ball to the left edge. Surprisingly, showing an early aggression that they haven’t been able to find all season, the OSU defense managed to respond quickly and force Florida into a fumble.
Boom Herron started things off for the Buckeyes going the other way with a couple nice runs up the middle. The Bucks were also helped by a Florida late hit on Braxton Miller as he was going out of bounds, eventually allowing the Buckeyes to work it down inside the 40. Unfortunately, the Gator defense stiffened and got a pair of sacks to put OSU in a 3rd and 18. Jim Bollman chose to go conservative and run a QB draw, hedging on the punt and the field position battle.
Today’s the day. The Buckeyes finally get a shot at a little payback against the Florida Gators at 1 PM in the Gator Bowl.
Our Buckeye Blogger friends will be joining us at 12:30 pm today to enjoy the game. You should go see what they’ve had to say about it! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Scarlet and Game, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio.
Today, the Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor to participate in the first competitive version of The Game for the last several years.
The Game kicks off at Noon, the LiveBlog will lead off at 11:30.
Go Bucks, Beat M*ch*g*n!