In today’s edition, we celebrate number 51, another Ohio State victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 14, 2009, 27-24.
This was about as meaningful, if not exciting game that you could imagine for teams coached by Tressel and Ferentz. The 15th ranked Hawkeyes rolled into Columbus to upset the #10 Buckeyes, and in so doing, get a leg up on Conference Title. This was an interesting contrast where Iowa had trouble stopping Ohio State’s running game (255 yards, 3 TD’s) and Ohio State reciprocated by struggling to stop Iowa’s passing game (233 yards, 2 TD’s). However, the Buckeyes did pick off Iowa QB James Vandenberg 3 times, one in overtime.
From the game recap, here is what happened in overtime:
Iowa 1-10 at Osu25 Vandenberg, J. sideline pass incomplete to Reisner, Allen. Iowa 2-10 at Osu25 Robinson, Adam rush over right end for loss of 6 yards to the OSU31 (Spitler, Austin). Iowa 3-16 at Osu31 Vandenberg, J. sacked for loss of 10 yards to the OSU41 (Worthington, D). Iowa 4-26 at Osu41 Vandenberg, J. deep pass intercepted by Russell, A at the OSU0, Russell, A return 0 yards to the OSU0, touchback. Drive: 6 plays, minus 16 yards, TOP 00:52 Osu 1-10 at Osu20 OHIO STATE drive start at 15:00. Osu 1-10 at Osu20 OSU ball on IOWA25. Osu 1-10 at Iowa25 Herron, Dan rush over right tackle for loss of 2 yards to the IOWA27 (Ballard, C.). Osu 2-12 at Iowa27 Herron, Dan rush up middle for 2 yards to the IOWA25 (Clayborn, A.). Osu 3-10 at Iowa25 Timeout Ohio State, clock 15:00. Osu 3-10 at Iowa25 Herron, Dan rush up middle for 3 yards to the IOWA22 (Clayborn, A.;Sash, Tyler). Osu 4-7 at Iowa22 Barclay, Devin field goal attempt from 39 GOOD, clock 15:00.
Fun to read, what’s the takeaway? OSU’s defense exerted it’s will in overtime and put Iowa’s offense in a must-pass 4th down situation. Also, this was epitome of ‘Tresselball’. Three runs into middle of line for ball position, then kick the game-winning field goal. Woot!
Here’s the video proof:
Tim checks in again looking at the guy behind the guy behind the guy across the B1G
Throwing the forward pass is a big question mark for the majority of Big Ten quarterbacks. Their athleticism, though, is not.
Many of the 2012 Big Ten starting quarterbacks are doing everything they can to fight the stereotype of “game manager.” For a conference usually classified by others as boring, I see only four of the 12 projected starters as “pro-style” quarterbacks; the rest can be classified as “dual-threats” or “athletes.”
With that said, I give to you my 2012 Big Ten quarterback rankings.
12. Matt McGloin (Penn State): McGloin has started ten games in his Nittany Lion career, but just hasn’t gotten any better. However, he’s far and away PSU’s best option at quarterback. Last year, McGloin threw for 1,571 yards with 8 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. With the Penn State program in such turmoil, it would be nice if they had a savior at quarterback. Matt McGloin is not that.
11. Tre Roberson (Indiana): Although he was just a true freshman, Roberson struggled as Indiana’s starting quarterback last year. His rushing ability can make him a dangerous player for defense to account for. And in Roberson’s defense, he plays for Indiana.
10. Andrew Maxwell (Michigan State): Maxwell sat behind Kirk Cousins for two seasons, not getting many opportunities to show off his talent. Inexperience is the reason why I have Maxwell ranked where I do. He’s got the physical skills, but just simply hasn’t played in enough games yet for me to rate him any higher than ten.
9. Kain Colter (Northwestern): Colter may not be the best natural quarterback for the Wildcats, but he’s definitely their best athlete. In addition to quarterback, he also spent time playing running back and wide receiver for Northwestern. In 2011, Colter threw for 673 yards and six touchdowns, ran for 654 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 43 passes for 466 yards and three touchdowns. For Northwestern, it is simple: Get him the damn ball.
8. Caleb TerBush (Purdue): From everything I’ve heard, Purdue doesn’t even know who its starting quarterback is going to be. It’s a race between TerBush and Robert Marve, who has been playing college football for about fifteen years now. My guess is the Boilermakers will go with TerBush, who threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 13 touchdowns last year.
7. MarQueis Gray (Minnesota): Gray has all of the physical tools to be an All-Big Ten selection. The 6’4” 240 quarterback has a deadly combination of size and speed, but he hasn’t lived up to all of his hype—now entering his senior season. He did take major strides last season, though, under coach Jerry Kill. Gray threw for nearly 1,500 yards last season and ran for 966, scoring 14 total touchdowns. But, like Roberson, Gray does not have much help as he plays for a team that finished 3-9 last season.
6. Nathan Scheelhaase (Illinois): Illini fans were left wanting more from Scheelhaase in 2011. After a very promising freshman campaign in which he threw for over 1,800 yards, ran for 868 yards and scored 22 total touchdowns, Scheelhaase showed little improvement in h is sophomore season. In fact, many Illinois supporters say he took a step backwards during his sophomore campaign. He threw for just 13 touchdowns and ran for 624 yards. Losing superstar wide receiver A.J. Jenkins won’t make things easier for him either, but Scheelhaase is another dual-threat quarterback that has the ability to drive opposing coaches crazy.