We’ve reached the second bye week and the Buckeyes are on a roll. Coming off a 56-0 win at Purdue on Saturday, the Buckeyes are now closing in on the Leaders division championship and a spot in the Big Ten title game as well as keeping pace at the top of the BCS standings. We’ll look into all of it, play out some scenarios and laugh at TTUN. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
Exorcising the demons
Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette on the campus of Purdue University has been somewhat of a house of horrors for the Buckeye football program over the last decade. Losses in 2000, 2004, 2009 and 2011 have made winning at Ross-Ade tougher for the Buckeyes than winning in Ann Arbor.
Those losses certainly did not go unnoticed by the players and especially Urban Meyer and his coaching staff. When warm-ups weren’t looking crisp on Saturday morning, Meyer told reporters he had strength coach Micky Maroti show some fire in the locker-room to wind the guys up just to be sure nobody was taking the day lightly or sleep walking.
When Doran Grant stepped in front of Boilermaker quarterback Danny Etling’s pass on the second play of the opening series of the game and returned it for a touchdown, the rout was officially on and all thoughts of an ambush or even a tight finish went out the door.
The Buckeyes were dominant racking up 640 total yards. We could see this building since around the mid point of the third quarter at Northwestern and it has blossomed into a point scoring machine that is multifaceted and hits you from all angles. Jeff Heurmann had a breakout performance while Nick Vannett also hit pay-dirt in the best day Ohio State tight ends have had since the mid 90′s. Carlos Hyde did what Carlos Hyde does, he ran over around and through people. Braxton Miller was great hitting on 19 of 23 attempts and four touchdowns. And to think: They didn’t even really try to get the ball deep down the field to Devin Smith, Evan Spencer or Philly Brown.
Brax is back and you’re gonna be in trouble
I said last week after his performance against Penn State that I felt Braxton Miller was finally officially all the way back to his normal self. Against Purdue he left no doubt I was correct in that assertion. He kept plays alive with his feet despite only being credited for one carry. He was masterful in deciding where to go with the ball and several of those passes were balls that are typically described as “lasers” or “ropes”. And when you thought you’d seen it all, he scrambled to the left, avoided some defenders and flipped a touchdown toss to Philly Brown all in a space about the size of a phone booth. All in the first half. Read More
There was no bad luck this time around as the Buckeyes pounded the Boilermakers 56-0……….but did our wishes have the same good luck? Let’s check it out:
Ross-Aide stadium has been a house of horrors for the Buckeyes in recent years, but it was as friendly a home they could have found outside of Columbus today. Ohio State rode their momentum from the Penn State game last week straight through Purdue on their way to a 56-0 shutout victory and their 21st straight win dating back to last season. Braxton Miller led the way with a 19/23 passing day for 233 yards, 4 touchdowns and an interception. Danny Etling threw a pedestrian 11/25 for 72 yards and an interception in the biggest loss for the Boilermakers to a Buckeye team since the 49-0 victory in 2010 that was later vacated.
Carlos Hyde and Kenny Guiton both had solid days running the football. Hyde picked up 111 yards on only 8 carries, while Guiton gained 98 on 9. Jeff Heuerman led all receivers with 5 catchs for 116 yards and 1 touchdown. Five different Buckeyes caught touchdown passes today, including: Chris Fields, Nick Vannett, Corey Brown, and Ezekiel Elliott. For Purdue, Akeem Hunt gained 23 yards on 6 carries while Gary Bush caught 2 passes for 18 yards. As a team the Buckeyes outgained the Boilermakers 630-116 overall in offensive yardage – the second 600 yard game for Ohio State in a row.
The game started about as poorly for Purdue as they could imagine. Starting with the ball, they did manage to find some running room on the ground. But facing a 2nd and five, Danny Etling tossed the ball straight into the arms of a waiting Doran Grant. Grant returned the ball 33 yards for the first touchdown of the game 57 seconds into the game. Purdue followed that drive with a three and out stopped less than a yard short of the goalline.
Things didn’t go much better for Purdue when OSU had the ball, not that you would expect them to. The Buckeyes opened with the exact same gameplan they opened with last week. The first play was a WR screen on the outside to soften up the interior of the Purdue defense. That was followed by a pass over the middle to the left side where Purdue’s defense had left a massive gap. Jeff Heuerman was the recipient of the gift of a wide open field when the safety bit on the wrong receiver. Heuerman had no trouble taking the pass 40 yards into the endzone to give the Buckeyes a two score lead.
It took their third drive for the Boilermakers to get things unbottled. A handful of good short passes intermixed with solid runs helped to keep the defense honest and the Boilers moving. Noah Spence nearly single-handedly killed what was looking like a promising drive when he charged into the backfield and hammered Etling for a sack and an eight yard loss. Purdue was forced to punt a play later after an Etling pass was batted down under pressure.
We had quite the scare in the first half last week and fans expressed their disdain with the Buckeye defense, but had plenty to be happy about, Like Mr. Hyde. Here are the interactions from fans across twitter from last week’s battle with Iowa!
@JayBuckeye74 -Hyde and Miller with big plays. It’s a tie.
@wvabuckeye – El Guapo TD
@DaveGags12 – Carlos Hyde TD
@The_BBC – Braxton’s Scramble
@osumarchingmom – It’s a tie between Braxton and Hyde.
@JayBuckeye74 – Hyde and Miller
@rkayjay02 – Hyde
@wvabuckeye – Braxton Miller
@DaveGags12 – Braxton
@The_BBC – Guapo
@osumarchingmom – Tyvis Powell
@JayBuckeye74 – Doran Grant
@rkayjay02 – Powell
@wvabuckeye – Powell
@DaveGags12 – Tyvis Powell
@The_BBC – NONE
@osumarchingmom – Basil!!!
@MDotySr - after the tackle on the opening kickoff I was hoping Basil would get some LB snaps!!!
@JayBuckeye74 – Basil
@rkayjay02 – Basil tackle!!
@wvabuckeye – Basil makes tackle
@DaveGags12 – Basil
@The_BBC – Basils tackle
Tried some new hash-tags this week that seemed to be a little fun!! It was intended to mean what was good and not so good about Iowa themselves but I enjoyed the answers!!!! Great job everyone!
@osumarchingmom – The crowd!
@JayBuckeye74 - Doran Grant solid cb, oline beast mode, Hyde and miller hitting stride, Wilson making plays.
@rkayjay02 – good o-line second half
@wvabuckeye – Iowa O-line
@DaveGags12 – O-line
@The_BBC – OL
@osumarchingmom – Defensive Coordinator (has to fix game plan I think)
@jasonMorrowSM – The 85-yard TD pass on 2nd & 20. Blown assignments. Spence has to check TE off the LOS
@JayBuckeye74 - LB play, dline struggled, d playcalling, miller deep ball
@rkayjay02 – D, especially the secondary
@wvabuckeye – tackling
@DaveGags12 – tackling
@The_BBC – LB coverage
Thanks for participating in last week’s “Fan Interact!” Make sure to join us after the game next week!
If a bye week has taught me anything, it’s that I actually pay more attention to my work when we have one! I’m taking the opportunity to combine Rumblin, Stumblin, Bumblin with #tBBCFansInteract this week due to no special guest. Busy lives take away from peoples fun time and I cannot blame them for that. Let’s get started with the fans interaction from the Nerdwestern game which will play right into my Rumblin this week.
#NWTOPPLAY or #NWPOTG
@wvabuckeye - is the spot by head linesman on that play. Had a great look and came in. He knew they didn’t because of Shazier
@DaveEggen40 - braxton finding philly, especially after how he started
@RealBuckIGuy - Hyde.
@The_BBC - Huge stop on 4th and short AND Brax scramble pass to Philly
@Derek2k3 – Hyde
@ErictBBC - Carlos Hyde reach TD
@BleedinBuckeyes – Offense overall
@ConquestNorman – Grant INT
@osumarchingmom - A no brainer…Carlos Hyde.
@wvabuckeye – Hyde
@The_BBC = Carlos Hyde
@Derek2k3 – Hyde
@DaveEggen40 – Carlos Hyde
@ErictBBC – Carlos Hyde
@BleedinBuckeyes – Hyde
@ConquestNorman – Hyde
@The_BBC – Joey Bosa
@wvabuckeye – Doran Grant
@DaveEggen40 – Michael Bennett
@Derek2k3 – Doran Grant
@ErictBBC – Doran Grant
@BleedinBuckeyes – Grant
@ConquestNorman – no defensive MVP, what the $%&$ was that?! Read More
A bit of a different version of WDYWTSOS, since we all want to see the same thing- Awesomeness and no injuries.
So, we’ve polled our staff of experts for their predictions on the following aspects for “Getting Down At Paul Brown”- let’s see how much everyone’s been paying attention to the Spring Practice Updates:
What player scores the first points of the game?
WVa: Braxton Miller will score first and it will be on a long run.
Ken: Devin Smith on a long pass play from The Brax
Jason: Rod Smith. My bet is they limit Hyde and with Brax wearing the black shirt his running is cut out.
Janelle: Devin Smith on a deep ball from Braxton
Eric: Might as well ask what your favorite color of M&M is based on the taste. I’ll go with Michael Thomas on a nice Brax pass.
Dexter: I’m going to go with Evan Spencer on a Bomb downfield from Braxton Miller. That is my favorite color M&M.
Charles: To be a bit different, I’ll go with Drew Basil
Mali: The obvious answer is Drew Basil.
Who’s the offensive MVP? Read More
Ohio State’s defense has serious problems.
The Buckeyes got off to another slow start against an inferior opponent, but Buckeyes’ quarterback Braxton Miller ignited the offense in the second quarter as OSU narrowly defeated UAB 29-15.
Despite falling behind 9-0 in the first quarter, Miller rallied the Buckeyes’ offense with a couple of electric runs, leading to three Buckeye touchdowns scored in a 5:29 span in the second quarter. Ohio State led 21-12 at halftime.
Like the game against Miami, the first quarter was ugly for the Buckeyes. Ben Buchanan’s punt was blocked by about seven UAB defenders and was picked up by Nick Adams for a touchdown to give the Blazers an early 6-0 lead.
Then, trailing 9-0, Miller led the Buckeyes on a 10 play drive in 4:23 which saw Rod Smith find the end zone. It was good to see Smith get a touchdown. He’s a running back that has a lot of talent, but has had problems in his career with ball security.
Miller was the leader on offense for the Buckeyes. He completed 12 of his 20 pass attempts for 123 yards. Miller also carried the ball 11 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Hall chipped in 105 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Despite the win, the story of the game was the inability of the OSU defense to make any sort of plays against a bad UAB team. According to head coach Urban Meyer, missed tackles were a point of emphasis in practice this week, but I honestly couldn’t tell from watching the game. It seemed like UAB players were breaking tackles left and right. Next week against Michigan State, this needs to be cleaned up or OSU is in trouble.
Four players really stood out to me on defense–three of which play of the defensive line. Jonathan Hankins is my defensive player of the game as he recorded nine tackles and blew a bunch of plays up in the backfield. Nathan Williams finally got to start a football game and he was flying all over the field. He had a few missed tackles (but who didn’t), but overall I felt he played a very solid game for the Buckeyes. And John Simon didn’t have a huge statistical impact on the game, but his constant pressure on UAB quarterbacks Austin Brown and Jonathan Perry was felt.
Doran Grant also earned the start at corner for the injured Bradley Roby. His stat line: 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception and 1 sack. Not too bad for the first start of his career.
The Buckeyes still have a lot of work to do. The defense needs serious work and the offense needs to become much more consistent.
But, at the end of the day, the Buckeyes improved to 4-0 and will travel to East Lansing next week for a date with Michigan State.
If the Buckeyes don’t improve in practice this week, though, they could be in for a long afternoon.
Before Buckeye Nation turned it’s eyes to shootyhoops on Saturday, the 2012 football team took to the field for it’s first full-pad practice of the spring. Here’s some of the things we’ve learned after three days under Coach Meyer: