Gameday observations

Written October 22nd, 2006 by Jeff

<—–This is us in our seats yesterday

Usually, I avoid discussion on how we looked after the fact, but since SO many of you were unable to watch the Ohio State/Indiana game, I’ll give my personal opinion from my seat in 18-B.

The first two possessions sucked ass. Awful on every count. Troy missed his first four passes (and they were bad throws, not dropped). We only ran it off-tackle. We couldn’t tackle on defense. We even had poor punt coverage. But then we woke up and dominated the rest of the way. As a matter of fact, you could pinpoint the exact moment when Indiana knew they were mismatched. They started dropping passes, running scared, flailing at blocks.

Troy Smith, after hitting the snooze button a few times too many, had another Heisman moment. I’m sure you’ll see the highlight, but his second TD of the day was simply glorious. If this guy doesn’t get the trophy, they should burn the Downtown Athletic Club to the ground. You can’t see it on the replay, but had he tucked the ball and ran around end, he had 15-20 yards of grass in front of him. But he saw something else and threw to the corner where only Teddy could go.

Of course, everyone will talk about Teddy’s TD throw. Somebody sitting behind me wondered why they ran that play when they were already leading by 25 points. The answer is simple…..it gives Michigan something else to lose sleep over. Everybody who understands college football knows that Ginn used to be a QB. We just reminded the Wolverines that he still IS a QB.

By the way, I know it’s going to be hard to believe, but Ginn didn’t get enough play today. He drew single coverage ALL DAY. We counted at least 20 plays that he had one man on him with no safety nearby. The problem with that was that every other receiver was wide open all day, and Troy simply played eenie-meenie-miney-mo (or however the hell you spell that).

Also, unless you get to see the entire game, you’ll never know just how hard the defense was unloading on Indiana. At least four plays could make one of my highlight videos, simply because of the viciousness of the hit involved.

Hidden within the stats….Indiana was still in negative rushing yards until 10 minutes remained in the game. For the game, Ohio State had FOUR rushers who EACH had five times as many rushing yards as the entire Indiana team.

Now, as for Charlotte in her very first Buckeye game….damn, I’m impressed with that kid. She concentrated on the game, asked the right questions, WANTED to stay and watch Tressel lead the team in “Carmen, Ohio”, and as a bonus, when I asked her what time it was, she said “2:14 and Michigan still sucks.”

Is there any wonder why I love her so much???

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