It was the former defensive stars of the Buckeyes who took the headlines in week 4 of the NFL.
James Laurinaitis had his best game of the season registering 12 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, and 2 passes deflected against San Francisco. In that same game, Donte Whitner recorded 3 tackles, a tackle for a loss, and 2 passes deflected in the 9ers win.
Continuing the defensive theme, CB, Malcolm Jenkins of the Saints had seven tackles in their win over the Dolphins on MNF. Former Buckeye Brian Hartline hauled in 3 passes for 34 yards in the loss.
In Cleveland, former Buckeyes Mike Nugent and Dane Sanzenbacher contributed but it was too little too late for the Bengals. Nugent registered 2 field goals for the only points for the Bengals and Dane recorded his first catch of the season for 6 yards in front of many family and friends.
Other Buckeyes of note for week 4 of the NFL season:
John Simon – Ravens – 1 tackle
Cam Heyward – Steelers – 1 pass deflection
Santonio Holmes – Jets – 1 catch for 25 yards
Will Allen – Cowboys – 1 tackle
Jake McQuaide once again was spot on with his snaps during the Rams 35-11 loss on Thursday Night Football.
Heisenberg’s words to Hank ring true for the remaining seven episodes, they also should sound as a warning for the rest of the B1G. There are still a lot of question marks on the Ohio State team as camp progresses… and if you don’t truly know who the Buckeyes are and what they are capable of, well…
(You know, at some point I’ll probably write an SBP without a Breaking Bad reference… but today ain’t that day. Here’s your soundtrack.)
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.
In today’s edition, we
celebrate vacate a victory that ended up not counting, but happened nonetheless. Of course, I refer to the 2011 Sugar Bowl “win” over Arkansas, 31-26. The#6 Buckeyes rolled through the 2010 season with only one loss, and took aim at 10-2 #8 Arkansas of the SpECtacular conference.
In terms of the game, as expected, Arkansas’s (nee Michigan) Ryan Mallett had 47 pass attempts and was picked off by Solomon Thomas with less than a minute remaining. Even more expected, the less-than-fleet-footed Mallett was sacked 4 times. Ohio State had run up a 31-13 lead with :58 left in the 3rd quarter. From that point until Thomas’ interception, the Razorbacks showed their versatility by scoring a TD, 2-point PAT, safety and FG. Impressive for a quarter’s worth of work, but not quite good enough. In what would be his last game as a Buckeye, although not known at that point, Terrelle Pryor had a terrific game. He rushed for 115 yards and passed for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns. And Dane Sanzenbacher had an outstanding game.
Due to certain events shall we say, this win and the preceding regular season were treated like a condemned building; it was vacated.
Thanks to lexco44, we have a revved up highlight reel for you.
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.
Lots of things to catch up on… Some of this has been around for a bit, but we’re not all edgy and trendy and stuff.
The Story Of The Week
Although it’s not really sports related, the capture/death of Osama Bin Laden did have some ripples throughout Buckeye nation and the sports world, particularly on the twitterverse:
Let’s cut right to the chase, Ohio State’s receiving corps will be extremely raw and inexperienced in 2011.
If losing Dane Sanzenbacher (55 receptions, 948 yards, 11 TDs) to graduation weren’t enough, the loss of Devier Posey (53 receptions, 848 yards, 7 TDs) to suspension leaves exactly two scholarship players with even the slightest amount of game day experience at the start of the season.
Losing Sanzenbacher’s production and consistent presence in the lineup will be particularly difficult to duplicate. Not only was he good enough to earn team MVP honors in 2010, he put together arguably one of the ten best seasons for a receiver ever at Ohio State.
Beyond his production, the intangibles Sanzenbacher brought to the field will be what the offense misses most. He was always in the right place at the right time and was the perfect security blanket for a quarterback in need of a consistent target.
His performance in the Sugar Bowl was the culminating illustration of his knack for the clutch play. Buckeye fans may look back on that performance fondly during a potentially rough start throwing the ball in 2011. Read More
There’s no way that we can start this week’s post without wishing Happy Birthday to Coach Jim Tressel. Ironically, it’s also the day of the ninja; although I can’t imagine the silent assassins being as polite or methodical as Senior Sweatervest- how would you write “Dave” in kanji?
While there were several significant games on the old telly this week, there were also off field doin’s that should not be left undiscussed. First, in this year’s addition of the River City Rivalry/Snow Bowl, Pittsburgh easily handled Ohio’s BCS team. That didn’t, however, keep the Bearcat mascot from getting arrested and escorted out of the stadium. Video and such, for those of you who are into that kind of thing, can be found here.
The Big lEast ended as it started, with a three way tie at the top of the conference. Pitt’s victory, along with West Virginia’s win over Rutgers that seemed to make their fans filled with glee, meant that UConn was still in the driver’s seat should they hold off South Florida. A late, long field goal meant that the 8-4 Huskies have earned themselves a bid to a BCS game.
As we mentioned earlier, this means that a team that only managed 10 points against the Wolverines will get to face off against, most likely, the Oklahoma Sooners. While we’ve given the Big lEast grief here in the past, it should be noted that the conference only has two teams that don’t have the requisite 6 wins necessary to go to a bowl game, a much better experience than our west coast stalwarts in the Pac-10. At this juncture, only four teams from that conference will be headed to the post season, since Southern Cal is on probation (sorry, that’s still awesome to write) and Arizona State’s 6-6 record includes too many victories over FCS schools. So, with two teams going to the BCS, this means that there’ll be four bowls looking for help with the automatic tie ins.