In today’s edition, we celebrate number 11, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Penn State on October 30th, 2004, 21-10.
Yet another defense-first game in these series played out in Columbus. Penn State outgained Ohio State, 247 yards to 202 yards. In a game where two horrifically bad offenses were required to suit up, OSU’s ‘O’ came out on top by messing up less.
Ted Ginn Jr. got things rolling with a 67 yard punt return for a TD. Three plays later, OSU’s Tyler Everett (you guessed it) returned an interception 24 yards for another TD. In the 1st quarter, Ohio State ran 6 plays, netted 12 yards, and were leading 14-0. That, friends, is doing more with less.
The teams traded TD’s in the 2nd quarter, with the Buckeyes taking a nearly insurmountable 21-7 lead into the half. The only points in the 2nd half were a PSU field goal with 9:31 remaining to provide the final of 21-10. Not a work of art, but a conference win is a conference win.
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 32, an Ohio State victory over Washington State on September 14th, 2002, 25-7.
In a match-up of two ranked teams (#8 Ohio State, #11 Washington State), the Buckeyes overcame a sluggish 1st half (trailed 7-6) to roll past the Cougars. This was beautiful Tressel-ball as Maurice Clarett rushed for 230 yards (2 TD’s), Mike Nugent kicked 3 FG’s and the defense posted a safety. The Cougars were held to net 17 yards rushing. Yikes.
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 47, an Ohio State victory over the Indiana Hoosiers on October 21st, 2006, 44-3.
The Buckeye offense was preternaturally balanced in this game; they rushed for 270 yards (1 TD) and passed for 270 yards (5 TD’s). Indiana’s offense less so 7 yards rushing and 158 yards passing. OSU’s red zone offense was particularly effective, scoring three TD’s in 4 trips. Their lone failure was clock expiration at end of 1st half. Which may have been Indiana’s most effective defensive ploy of the game.
Not a whole lot of additional game statistics for this one; and if you think about it, why would there be?
In today’s edition, just like The Count, we continue the march to the season opener by celebrating Buckeye victories. No, no, we insist.
Today’s contest is Ohio State’s 35-24 win over Michigan State in 2005. Having incurred their 2nd loss (and last of the season) the previous week at Penn State, the Buckeyes returned home to host the Spartans for Homecoming. There were two things of note in this game. First, Troy Smith had three long TD pass plays (Santonio Holmes 51yd, 46yd, Ted Ginn Jr 57yds). The other was this play, courtesy of Vico and his old haunt at OHD.
I came in from a round of golf and this was on the TV in the grill room. As the half played out, and MSU looked a lot better than OSU, I was ready to order another beer. After the Nate Salley block/Ashton Yobouty return, I figured this game may turn out all right after all. I proceeded home to catch the 2nd half in all its glory, capped off by Troy Smith’s 1 yd TD run with 1:90 to play. The Buckeyes would continue to win every game that season.
In today’s episode of tBBC’s Kickoff Countdown, we feature #65, which was the total score of Ohio State’s September 7th, 2007 beat down of Northwestern, 58-7.
Not to put too fine a point on this game, but it was effectively over with 5:26 left in the 1st Quarter when Vern Gholston returned a fumble to put the Buckeyes up 28-0.
The OSU defense clamped down on the Northwestern offense, holding them to zero, zip, zilch net rushing yards. Thirty-three rushing attempts, with nothing to show for them. Their lone score was a 99-yd kickoff return. However, it was not all bad news for the Wildcats, since they easily won the time of possession battle, 32:50 – 27:10. This may be explained by Ohio State’s first four scoring drive consuming: 1:10, 0:52, 1:33 and 0:48, respectively. A fine example of Jim Tressel’s QSO (Quick Strike Offense).
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In today’s episode of the tBBC’s Countdown to Kickoff series, we come to #73; the November 5th, 1983 beat down of Indiana, 56-17.
The Buckeyes came into the game with a 6-2 record, with a big win against the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, but having suffered losses to Iowa and Illinois on the road. Indiana was playing under new head coach Sam Wyche, who had replaced Lee Corso after he completed a pair of losing seasons in ’81 and ’82.
The Buckeyes paced themselves in this one, scoring two touchdowns in each quarter. Keith Byars led the OSU ground attack, and Mike Thomczak continued to cement his legacy as a great Buckeye QB.
Sam Wyche’s Hoosiers ended the year with a disappointing 3-8 record. Wyche departed Bloomington at the end of the season to become the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, leaving the Hoosiers in the hands of Bill Mallory who would eventually lead them to a bowl appearance in 1986.
In today’s episode of the tBBC’s Countdown to Kickoff series, we come to #74 a more recent game. The feature game is the November 3rd, 2012 smoking of Illinois, 52-22.
After a tight 1st quarter (7-6, OSU) the Buckeyes effectively put this game away in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Illini 24-0. Drew Basil kicked off the big quarter with a 31-yard field goal, then worked on extra points as Carlos Hyde (2 TD) and Rod Smith (1 TD) did the heavy lifting in that quarter.
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In today’s episode of tBBC’s Countdown to Kickoff series, we are at #75; another Minnesota Golden Gopher appearance on the countdown list.
On October 27th, 1990 OSU rolled the Gophers, 52-23. It may seem that I’m picking on the Gophers, but I’m not. It’s just that they are “Minnesota Nice”, so they are well represented on our list.
Buckeye quarterback Greg Frey energized the offense with 257 yards passing and 3 TD’s.