Ohio State Suffers Disappointing Loss to Bowling Green, 64-52

Written November 24th, 2013 by Charles

This unfortunately summarized a lot of the game.

This unfortunately summarized a lot of the game.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team entered day three of the Hall of Fame Challenge as the only undefeated team in the Columbus site after having beaten Old Dominion on Friday and then rallied to beat Marist on Saturday.  Less than 24 hours after that thrilling comeback against the Red Foxes, the Buckeyes were back on the court to take on in-state foe Bowling Green.

A Darryce Moore layup opened the scoring but OSU’s lead was short lived as Bowling Green used a pair of three pointers to take an early 8-2 lead.  It quickly became apparent that the Falcons were going to use a similar strategy as Marist did and attack the Buckeyes from beyond-the-arc.  Unfortunately OSU still struggled to close out on the three point shooters and Bowling Green took advantage of those open looks.  To compound problems for Ohio State, the Buckeyes struggled with their own shooting and as a result found themselves down 5 to 7 points for most of the first half before they managed to trim their deficit to 25-21 heading into the locker room.  Considering the fact that OSU made only 4 first half field goals on 22 attempts, being down only 4 to a Bowling Green team that was 6 of 12 from beyond the three point line wasn’t too bad.

After Bowling Green stretched their lead to 37-28 just four minutes into the second half, Ohio State responded with seven straight points, bookended by layups by Moore, to pull within two points with fourteen and a half to go.  The Falcons responded though with a 12to 0 run of their own to stretch their lead to 49-35 just past the midpoint of the half.  The run proved to be a killer and the Buckeyes wouldn’t manage to get close than 8 the rest of the way as Bowling Green coasted to a 64-52 win.

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San Jose State Spartans (10-2, 5-1 WAC) vs Bowling Green Falcons (8-4, 6-2 MAC)

December 27th, 3:00pm EST, ESPN television

Old rusty and ratchet RFK Stadium gets to shine for its yearly hosting of the Military Bowl sponsored by something called Northrop Grumman. What the fine people at “NG” do is beyond me, but I’m sure they do their job well. (editor’s note- Northrop Grumman makes amazing military technology, some of which could quite possibly be aimed at us. We thank them for their service.)

Bowling Green heads to DC with an 8-4 record in 2012, a season that started with a near upset in Gainesville falling to the Florida Gators 27-14 despite leading late in the third quarter. BG head coach Dave Clawson said “This is a great reward for our players and staff who have put in so much work and effort to build our program back to bowl eligibility. It will be exciting to be able to spend the holiday season with the Falcon family in the Nation’s Capital.” Clawson clearly doesn’t get out much… The Falcons are led on defense by Chris Jones, the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Offensively, the Falcons are led by third-year starting quarterback (started 34 games) Matt Schilz, throwing for 7,673 yards and 50 touchdowns.

The Buckeyes don’t lose to MAC teams and a meeting with BG would be no different. The last time the Bucks and Falcons met was in 2006, a 35-7 win for Ohio State.

San Jose State comes across the country to Washington with a 10-2 record on the season. The Spartans nearly clipped Stanford in their season opener, falling 20-17 in Palo Alto. They went on to go 10-1 the remainder of the way, good enough for second in the WAC. They will not be accompanied to DC by their head coach Mike MacIntyre, as he loved San Jose State Spartan football so much that he left for the head coaching slot at Colorado when it was offered. The Spartans are also in their last season as members of the WAC and will join the Mountain West Conference beginning in 2013. So they’ve got a lot going in in northern California at little old SJSU!

The Spartans and Buckeyes have only met one time, a 50-7 thrashing in Ohio Stadium during the 2002 national title run. A meeting ten years later would likely have brought the same results.

The BBC staff picks are as follows: Eric, Gary, Myself and Wva selected BGSU, while Mali and Janelle are going with San Jose State. I chose Bowling Green simply because they are from Ohio. Honest.

The game will be televised by ESPN… what else are you going to watch? It is “Bowl Week”, isn’t it?

Boxing Day With Silver Bullet Points

Written December 26th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Wonder if it's a metaphor for something...

Well, here we are, at the second biggest shopping day of the holiday and fiscal season. It’s kind of sad, really- all those unwanted or mis- purchased gifts being dragged back to the mall, where “Good Will To Men” is certainly in short supply.

That being said… how hard is it to follow a list? And what part of “bullets” looks like “marbles”… grumble grumble grumble.  Given what’s in the theaters beginning yesterday, you’ve got two choices for today’s soundtrack.

Buckeye 411

  • Perfect Ten- Well, not perfect, but the Buckeyes find themselves at the ten spot in the AP poll following losses to Duke and Kansas. Indiana and Michigan both hold their spots above the Buckeyes, who find themselves the highest rated two loss team in the country.
  • Great Dane? News Monday was that the Bears had dropped former Buckeye Dane Sanzenbacher, who only amassed 2 catches this season after 20+ at the end of last year. The good news is that he was immediately claimed by the Bengals, so congrats?  I’m excited to see if he will be able to make an impact on the playoff bound Cinci squad, or if this will be a short-term assignment.
  •  All Is Not Wells? Speaking of Buckeye alumni, Beanie is convinced that he’ll be traded following this season.
  • Ballin’- Elsewheres, Jared Sullinger had a pretty good Christmas Day game against the Nets: 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists. Well done, young fella.
  • Stars- They make no sense at all.  Case in point: This is the tape of a “four star” high school senior. Four. Not five. Four.  Without setting the bar too high, I hope Joey Bosa turns the “star snub” into the same kind of drive that created John Simon.
  • That Being Said- Bradley Roby was supposed to go to Vanderbilt to play wide receiver.  I guess the folks at OSU must know that they’re doing with recruiting and positions and so forth- here’s his sophomore video, in case you were wondering how things worked out for him. Read More

The Week That Were: Opening Weekend 2012

Written September 3rd, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Sure, there’s games on Monday, but the weekend has been so amazing that we just couldn’t wait to get back in the saddle for our reflections on the games of note.  Plus, are we really all that excited about a game that’s all technical and stuff?  I thought not.  Obvious choice for this week’s soundtrack… happy Labor Day.

Whew… I’ve got to admit, I should have been working out with Coach Mick during the offseason. Saturday found me trying to knock the rust off of my college football regimen, although I can definitely say that I was well hydrated.  I’m guessing that’s what happened during the livechat- I hadn’t prepared enough, and brought the jinxation.  You can breathe a sigh of relief, though- when I caught the replay on Sunday, my presence made no difference in the outcome…  Baby steps, right?

That Isht's Cray, Bray

From the looks of things, a number of teams were still in “preseason” form, and didn’t have their moves down pat just yet.  For instance, while I’m sure that Dabo Swinney’s mom is sure proud of him for leading his fellers to victory over North Carolina State, she certainly couldn’t have been too excited that his first steps leading the team onto the turf ended up in a faceplant.  That, combined with this excellent display of exuberance are enough to remind Volunteer fans that their team still has some work to do.  Which is good… no one likes to peak during the first weekend of games- well, no one outside of the B1G, that is (more later).

Some of the butterflies were even  evident in the Southern Idaho State University trip to East Lansing.  Sure, the B1G represented well, as Michigan State showed many why they are a favorite for the conference title… but the game turned out to be “off-script” for both teams.  For instance, no matter how hard they tried, Rob Harley’s new squadron couldn’t “Sparty” the game away.  Shocker.  Oh, and SISU broke their streak of beating out of conference teams when they have a ridiculously long time to prepare… effectively ending their bid at a BCS bowl until they join a legitimate BCS conference in the Big Eas…. I’m sorry.  I just couldn’t bring myself to type that. The game also gave us a pretty amazing interception- as always, Tim Burke has ALL the great screencaps and stuff from the weekend’s events.

Saturday’s festivities kicked off with Notre Dame pounding the living stuffing out of Navy in their game in the Emerald Isle… Brian Kelly, why you no like America? And then, your boys let this happen?

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"Are we 11-0 already?", updated…..

Written October 23rd, 2006 by Jeff

Three weeks ago, I asked the question “Are we 11-0 already?”. At the time, we were actually 5-0, but were facing a string of 6 consecutive weak opponents.

I took criticism and praise for suggesting this. Around The Oval agreed with me immediately, while personal friends claimed I was tempting fate and daring it to strike back in the form of Michigan State’s 1998 defeat of the then-#1 Bucks.

I’d like to look back at that prognostication and see how I fared so far….

- Bowling Green – The Falcons are 3-2, but two of their wins came against teams ESPN had in their “Bottom 10″. And here’s two facts that will allow you to breathe easy this weeks – BG’s defense allows 30 points per game, and they lost to Kent State by a score of 38-3. This one’s going to be a walk in the park.

We blew out BGSU 35-7 to nobody’s surprise. We actually didn’t beat the 35-point spread, but it didn’t take a rocket scientist to call this game.

- Michigan State – OK, now I was a little bit worried about this game, until I saw them collapse against Notre Dame and then actually lose to Illinois. Now they seem like the bottom-half team they usually are. Wins against Idaho and Eastern Michigan now appear to be their backbone to 6 wins and getting into a bowl, and that doesn’t scare me. Drew Stanton is their biggest weapon, and I’m no longer afraid of QBs named Drew. It’ll be a tough game for about a half, if MSU can play on emotion. After that, if they’re still around, John L. Smith will find a way to lose.

Granted, MSU made it easy to predict against them after the ND and Illinois losses, but the prospect of a road game against a team with the capability to win was slightly scary. I expected to win, but I thought MSU would make a game of it. This one was over by halftime, though.

- Indiana – The only drama about this game is whether or not I’ll be able to find 2 tickets, so I can take my daughter to her first game the day before she turns 8. Whatever the point spread is, take the Buckeyes.

Long story short, I found tickets, took my daughter, and she now believes that Ohio State destroys everybody because that is all she has witnessed in her whole life. Oh, and the point spread was 31, so I hope you took it.

A quick statistical look at the previous three games:

-Ohio State has scored 39 points per game.
-Ohio State has allowed 5.7 points per game.
-Ohio State has allowed 249 yards rushing combined (21 less than we rushed for against IU alone)
-Troy Smith has 9 TDs and 0 INTs
-Ohio State has turned the ball over only twice.

Now, you may say that these games are against inferior competition. Well, when you are #1 and you play inferior opponents, THESE are the numbers you SHOULD have. We are doing the things we SHOULD be doing. Beating the good teams and slaughtering the weak ones. We do have strong teams on the schedule and nobody has yet been within 17 points at game’s end.

By the way, we have scored 30+ points in 12 of our last 15 games. Under Jim Tressel, Ohio State has NEVER lost when scoring 30 or more points.

Are we 11-0 already???

Written October 3rd, 2006 by Jeff

I said it in my last post, but now I’d like to discuss it….can we consider ourselves 11-0 right now?

At the beginning of the season, I marked down three games as our most difficult of the season….Texas, Iowa, and Michigan. We’ve won two of those games already (in VERY convincing fashion), and the final game will come during Week 12 on November 18th.

Technically and realistically, we’re 5-0 right now. But let’s look at the next 6 opponents;

- Bowling Green – The Falcons are 3-2, but two of their wins came against teams ESPN had in their “Bottom 10″. And here’s two facts that will allow you to breathe easy this weeks – BG’s defense allows 30 points per game, and they lost to Kent State by a score of 38-3. This one’s going to be a walk in the park.

- Michigan State – OK, now I was a little bit worried about this game, until I saw them collapse against Notre Dame and then actually lose to Illinois. Now they seem like the bottom-half team they usually are. Wins against Idaho and Eastern Michigan now appear to be their backbone to 6 wins and getting into a bowl, and that doesn’t scare me. Drew Stanton is their biggest weapon, and I’m no longer afraid of QBs named Drew. It’ll be a tough game for about a half, if MSU can play on emotion. After that, if they’re still around, John L. Smith will find a way to lose.

- Indiana – The only drama about this game is whether or not I’ll be able to find 2 tickets, so I can take my daughter to her first game the day before she turns 8. Whatever the point spread is, take the Buckeyes.

- Minnesota – A decent offense, but against who? Winning by a combined score of 106-0 against Kent State and Temple was impressive, but getting stomped by Cal, Michigan and Purdue suggests they aren’t ready for the big boys. They won’t be again and the Buckeyes should romp.

- Illinois – We’re not Michigan State, and Illinois probably won’t win another game this year, unless they upset Indiana.

- Northwestern – The ONLY question about this game is “Will NW fans behave like Iowa fans and believe that they’ll win this game because they won 2 years ago?” The answer is “no, because only smart people can get into Northwestern.” Expect to see a LOT of scarlet in the stands at Ryan Field and expect to see a LOT of substitutions as Tressel gets his team rested for Michigan.

Judge for yourself. Do ANY of the above 6 teams look like they can knock off the #1 Buckeyes? Sorry, I just can’t see it at all. And if I’m right, that makes us 11-0 heading into The Game.

The only remaining factor, I’ve discussed before….every team has a bulls-eye on us now. Will the emotion and drama coming from the opposing sideline be able to stand up long enough to give us the need for heart medication like it did in 2002? Can’t predict that one, but I will make one bold prediction.

We will be 11-0 when Michigan comes to town. How we play between now and then is crucial. While I am taking a few long sighs of relief, our boys better not, or 12-0 is in serious danger.

This is going to be a long, difficult season

Written September 24th, 2006 by Jeff

With all the hype over Ohio State’s quest for a National Championship in 2006, I spent some time today thinking about how it all relates to the 2002 season. And I’ve gotta tell you, there is very little comparison.

Sure, there’s the obvious similarities. But most of the time, we’ve gotta actually LOOK for the similarities. But you’ve really got to take a serious look back, and then you’ll understand that this year is NOTHING like ’02.

For example, we are actually EXPECTED to play for the title this year. Sure, there’s the naysayers and the pundits on ESPN who don’t give us much credit and desperately want to find moments of weakness. But in 2002, we were not at all expected to contend. As a matter of fact, we weren’t even ranked in the Top 10 at the start of the season. With each win, we did manage to creep up the charts, but it was more due to other teams losing and us climbing the rankings by default. By the time we knocked off Purdue, many voters had no choice but to put us in the Top 2, especially because that was the same day Oklahoma finally lost, leaving only 2 unbeatens.

This year, there was a target on our backs from the first minute of the first game. In ’02, nobody outside of Ohio thought we’d keep winning, and everybody just assumed that some team would trip us up and they wouldn’t have to worry about it anymore.

Craig Krenzel wasn’t a Heisman front-runner. Maurice Clarett was just a freshman with no quality wins under his belt. Michael Jenkins’ luck would run out on the long TDs. Jim Tressel was in over his head, having gone 7-5 in his first season at Division 1.

They didn’t give us the credit. They paid the price for that.

But this year, it’s different. we EXPECT to be highlighted on ESPN at the top of the hour. Defenses are geared towards stopping Ginn, and they know the penalty if they let Gonzo go unnoticed. How many guys named Smith can get recognized WITHOUT using their first name? Ours can. Tressel’s got legendary status in the Big Ten now. They point towards Ohio State when they want to prove that “reload, not rebuild” is not just an empty slogan.

To summarize, we ain’t sneakin’ up on nobody this year.

So expect a season FULL of games like the Penn State contest. Hard-fought early on, and it’ll take a big play or two to pull away. Fortunately, we have a lineup FULL of guys who can make the big play. But outside of a home contest against BGSU and a visit to Illinois later on, there isn’t going to be an easy one the rest of the way.

I’m sure Tressel knows this. I’m sure Smith and Company know this. But it’s time we start realizing it as well.

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