We’re two weeks into 2014 and we’re still wrapping up 2013. We’ll look at who is staying and who is going, also who is on campus already to get ready for the spring. Plus we’ll have a fun look back for my “best of” 2013 edition that involves music and movies. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble! (Don’t forget to click anything red for a surprise!)
Who’s in and who’s out?
Since the end of the Orangle Bowl we’ve tried to determine between Ryan Shazier and Braxton Miller who would stay and who was NFL bound. We’ve all weighed in with our own varying opinions and we found out the answers to the question for both last week. In the immediate weekend following the Orange Bowl loss we heard from Ryan Shazier that he would be entering the draft. Later in the week we heard from Braxton Miller that he was staying.
What we didn’t know was that another person who spends his time at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center was also listening to The Clash on his iPod. In a move that seemed like a pretty big surprise, defensive line coach Mike Vrabel announced he will be joining former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien in Houston with the NFL’s Texan’s where O’Brien is now running the show.
I don’t think it is a stretch to say that Vrabel will be missed on the staff. He’ll certainly be missed for his recruiting abilities. Being able to slap three Super Bowl rings onto the kitchen table have a way of impressing high school kids and their families that are making a decision on where to go to school.
It’s just a hunch, but I think ultimately Mike Vrabel wants to be either a head coach in college or a defensive coordinator, maybe even a head coach in the NFL. The path starts with two seasons as a defensive line coach at Ohio State followed by two seasons as a linebackers or defensive line coach with the Houston Texans. You can almost see it playing out. The next natural progression is a defensive coordinator spot somewhere and naturally that is followed by a head coach spot.
Playing in Urbana Champaign, the Buckeyes secured their record-tying 22nd straight win over the Illinois Fighting Illini. Playing a game that was a lot more competitive than anyone anticipated, the Buckeyes held off Illinois by a final of 60-35. Braxton Miller struggled a little today throwing the football, connecting on 13 of 29 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 184 yards a touchdown and a fumble on 16 carries. Nathan Scheelhaase had a better day hitting 32/49 for 283 yards, 2 touchdowns, but also 2 interceptions. He picked up an additional 48 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Carlos Hyde was again the star of the game for the Buckeyes. Carlos put together an impressive running day with 24 carries for 246 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground, along with 2 receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown. While not a 300 yard game, it was strongly reminiscent of Eddie George’s huge game against Illinois in 1995. Corey “Philly” Brown added 7 catches for 49 yards and a touchdown, while Chris Fields picked up 2 catches for 58 yards. On the other side Josh Ferguson carried the ball 15 times for 69 yards and a touchdown, while Steve Hull had 8 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown.
The Buckeyes started the game with the ball and put the exclaimation point up early. Starting with a strategy that was very similar to the previous two games, Miller began throwing the little dump pass to the outside, once to Dontre Wilson on a short wheel route that he missed, and once to Corey “Philly” Brown on a WR screen. But it was the third play that broke it all open. Miller faked one defender out with the play action, then blew through two defenders that had no idea what was going on. By time the Illinois defense had recovered, Miller was 10 yards past them with a full head of steam on the way to a 70 yard score.
The passing game for the Illini is one of the best in the conference, with Nathan Scheelhaase leading the conference in passing yards. Not surprisingly, Illinois went to it early and found some success moving the ball. On his third pass, Scheelhaase tossed it over the middle into a crowd of Buckeyes that connected squarely with CJ Barnett for a pick. Unfortunately, the Buckeyes screwed up the center to quarterback exchange on first down, and were forced into a 3rd and 19 that they couldn’t convert.
After trading punts that put each team deep in their own territory, the Buckeyes offense got moving again. It was apparent that the wind in the stadium was having a major effect on things. Not only was Miller struggling a little to hit targets down field in the passing game, both under-throwing and over-throwing Devin Smith on long passes, but the entire offensive strategy seemed a little more constrained. Using the short passing game, and taking advantage of the power in the running game, Miller was eventually able to connect on short pass to Hyde in the flat that the runningback was able to put into the endzone from 18 yards out.
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!
This past weekend as the Buckeyes faced the Bulls, we started a new feature here at tBBC. Each week we will feature some hash-tags on twitter and feature your responses to those in a weekly article. While we are at it, we will feature a former Buckeye each week to give their two-cents worth as well and see how you stack up to their thoughts.
#BufTopPlay Braxton Miller 47 yard TD to Devin Smith. Great throw and great adjustment by Devin.
#BufOMVP Jordan Hall. He ran his butt off today. Big holes but also showed burst and agility.
#BufDMVP Noah Spence
#BufSTMVP Dontre Wilson. Great kick return!
#BufOUnsung Offensive Line. They were creating huge holes and giving Braxton (and Kenny) time to throw for the most part.
#BufDUnsung Ryan Shazier. Despite the injury he was still effective.
#BufMorePT Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, Ezekiel Elliot, Warren Ball. Can’t wait to see what these guys can do!
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 5, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Michigan on November 24th, 2012, 26-21.
The Game is always a meaningful game, but especially so in 2012. Due to some unfortunate circumstance the prior year, the new coaching regime would not be eligible to participate in post-season games.
Although Michigan scored twice on big plays (Roundtree 71 yard reception, Robinson 63 yard run) their four turnovers either contributed to short-field Ohio State points or killed UM drives. Trailing 20-21 at the half, the Buckeyes played much. much better in the second half and shut out the Wolverines.Michigan’s 2nd half drives consisted of loss of downs, two punts and three turnovers. Not a whole lot of production right there.
Meanwhile, Ohio State did manage two 2nd half field goals; not much scoring, but just enough for another win. However, both Carlos Hyde (146 yards) and Braxton Miller (108 yards) had good rushing days, and Miller was a very efficient 14-18-189 yds passing.
It was a perfect way to end a perfect regular season. Here, see for yourself. You’ll notice that both team’s quarterbacks took a beating that day: Read More
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.
For your viewing pleasure.
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
Spring is finally in the air. Baseball season is underway. Saturday is the annual Scarlet and Grey game. Basketball has crowned its national champion. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
We’ve hit the stretch run of spring football and the Scarlet and Grey game is being held this Saturday at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Brown Stadium. The game starts at 1pm and you can hear it live on the flagship station for Buckeye sports 97.1FM or www.971thefan.com It will be shown on the Big Ten Network at 7pm Saturday night.
Student Appreciation Day
One of the highlights of the 2012 spring camp was the first ever Student Appreciation Day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Don’t be cynical, the name implies exactly what it is: a chance for the football team to allow unprecedented access to the students who make up the body of this great university and support it so vehemently on Saturday’s in Ohio Stadium and even on the road in opposing dojos. Read More