In today’s edition, we celebrate number 6, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Penn State on October 26th, 2002, 13-7.
The Buckeyes moved to 9-0 on the season by edging the Nittany Lions in a defensive stalemate. Some of the offensive woes could be attributed to Maurice Clarett being injured in the 1st quarter, necessitating Ross/Hall to run the tailback position. Ohio State survived four turnovers (2 fumbles, 2 interceptions) while Penn State did not survive three interceptions. Despite the fact that Penn State had a 1st quarter 80 yard TD drive, this game was won on the shoulders of Ohio State’s defense and special teams. Will Smith intercepted a pass at the PSU 32 to set up a short Mike Nugent FG to pull the Buckeyes to within 7-3.
Less than two minutes into the 3rd quarter, Chris Gamble made OSU’s 3rd interception of the game and returned it 39 yards for a TD, of course. Later in the period, Nugent capped one of Ohio State’s few sustained drives with a 37 yard FG to seal the deal.
In addition to providing the scoring fireworks for OSU, Gamble had the distinction to be the first two-way starter in nearly 40 years for the Buckeyes. Read More
It’s championship week here at tBBC, and we’ll have all your B1G Tournament coverage coming up until the Buckeyes cut down the nets. So, it only makes sense, then, to have our soundtrack for today be the latest from OSU alum and friend of the site Mekka Don, who’s scored an exclusive deal to provide music for their coverage. From the press release:
The intersection of music and sports is prominently on display during high profile sporting events. Almost every sports arena has a DJ; players submit playlists to be played during warmups; and networks license music to help create excitement for their broadcasting. Mekka Don, an independent hip-hop artist and former NCAA athlete (Ohio State football), has inked a multi-song licensing deal with the Big Ten Network to provide music for the upcoming Big Ten Tournament games and coverage. The Big Ten Tournament begins on March 14th on the Big Ten Network.
And here, in an exclusive for tBBC readers, is the the title track for tournament time:
You can support Mekka Don and download this at his site on iTunes… just in time for March’s Madness.
Welcome Back? Rumors have been swirling all week that former Buckeye Defensive Coordinator Jim Heacock would be returning to the WHAC in a “quality control” capacity; huge tip, it seems, to Nevadabuck from the Scout site for dropping the knowledge first. The position would be similar to what a number of schools (most specifically Alabama) are doing in expanding their staff, and you’ve got to think that it will not only strengthen the Silver Bullets but also maintain the relationships that Heacock had with area high school coaches. In addition, it provides a fallback of sorts should the defensive staff lose a member to another opportunity.
This article originally ran on September 8th, 2010 in the week leading up to last year’s battle between Ohio State and Miami. We post it again heading into tomorrow’s game with the Hurricanes.
There have been few calls in the history of college football that have had earth shattering impacts on the entire collegiate fanbase. The mysterious 5th down in the Missouri/Colorado game comes to mind as one of the absolute worst. But in more recent times the first call that will pop off the tongue of anyone old enough is the “Pass Interference” call in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl.
There has been an awful lot of time wasted in discussion of the topic. Absolutely everyone has an opinion on it whether or not their favorite team was directly involved in the game. It has gotten absolutely out of control despite some attempts to end the controversy and despite a few posts of a more vociferous variety. Of course, there have been more than a few attempts to exacerbate it and turn it into a larger than life disaster of epic proportions.
ESPN has begun talking up the pass interference call, along with other major media outlets, mostly because they know the topic sells. This is, of course, one reason why I’m going to get my shot in on the argument – I’m tired of the fact that this is the one play from that game that everyone remembers.
My hope is to objectively analyze the play from the very basics of the rules. The question in mind is “Does the defensive player clearly violate the rules as set forth in the College Football Rulebook?” Of course, in this day and age we’re capable of doing that simply by downloading the appropriate rulebook (pdf)!
Yea yea, that’s not the 2002 rulebook. I pull that one out later. That’s the current rulebook which I desperately wanted an excuse to toss out there for you, our loyal readers, to see and enjoy this season.
Lets start off by first setting the stage. During the first overtime of the 2002 National Championship, Maimi of Florida held the lead after scoring a touchdown on their attempt. Ohio State was trying to drive the 25 yards but had met stiff resistance. A spectacular 17 yard play on 4th and 14 to Michael Jenkins put the Buckeyes in good field position but it was squandered. With the Buckeyes looking at 4th and a 3 from the 5, Craig Krenzel dropped back to throw..
The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer. Every Monday and Thursday, Jim will be announcing a new player. Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th. Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins. To view the previous entries in our Top 25, click here.
Chris Gamble was the ultimate do-it-all player at Ohio State during the early part of the decade. Beyond the last ten years, he was one of the best athletes and most versatile players to ever wear scarlet and gray.
Gamble came to Ohio State as a wide receiver and kick returner, but was moved to defensive back during the 2002 season out of necessity and played offense, defense, and special teams for the remainder of the year.
Five times during 2002 Gamble started on both offense and defense for the Buckeyes. Despite being an extremely raw cornerback (he had barely played the position prior to 2002) he performed exceptionally well. Gamble excelled on defense by relying primarily on freakish athleticism and instincts rather than technique… he hadn’t had time to learn technique yet.
This lack of experience and polish on defense did not stop Gamble from making game changing plays throughout the 2002 season, not the least of which was this game winning interception and TD return against Penn State: Read More
Just think about it….one week from today we will be basking in the goodness that is The. Ohio. State. University. Football. Team.
Day #7 is brought to you by the letter “G”.
Ginn, Ted Jr.
That’s a lot of guys wearing number 7 that played for Ohio State whose names started with the letter “G”.
And we didn’t even include 1980′s-era player Denman Gordon…..
Two players with those matching characteristics would be a mere coincidence.
Three players is strange.
Four players makes it interesting.
Five players makes it scary.
Six players proves the theory…….God is a Buckeye and he wears #7.
OK, I’ll admit it. It was scary for a while there. Not seeing our beloved Buckeyes score for the first two quarters scared the hell out of me. At halftime, I thought “Damn, I wonder when the last time we went back-to-back quarters without scoring”.
The answer to that question was the third and fourth quarters of last year’s game against…..Penn State. I gulped a little harder when I thought about what that meant.
But then the Buckeyes turned it on. Both offensively and defensively. No, Smith didn’t have Heisman-esque stats for the game. But he did have one play that will go on his Heisman reel, and that was enough to seal the deal for the Scarlet and Gray.
You can read all the game recaps and stat sheets you want, but here’s the one stat that stands out in LARGE fashion to me….
Ohio State’s defense has allowed three touchdowns this year.
Ohio State’s defense has scored two touchdowns this year.
When you’ve got that going for you, you’re on the road to greatness. Nobody can deny that this defense has outplayed EVERYONE expectations.
- Surrendering 8 points per game.
- Allowing only 167 yards passing per game
- Allowing only 115 yards rushing per game
Did ANYBODY expect this defense to be this strong so early??? I know I didn’t.
One final thought. We can make all the references to the 2002 winning the close ones and keeping us on the edge of our seats, and they do translate well to 2006. But I swore I saw the ghost of Chris Gamble when Jenkins took that ball through traffic down the sideline.