Every now and again, we get an interesting story at tBBC headquarters.
That was especially true this week, when the team representing Maurice Hall reached out to us to let us know about his new endeavor as well as ways that fans of his work on and off the field could get involved.
Buckeye fans will remember many aspects of Maurice’s Ohio State career, but no moment stands out more than this important fourth quarter opportunity in 2002.
Maurice is no stranger to us here- we’ve been blessed to have chatted with him on a very early edition of The Radio Hour podcast, and have interacted with him on numerous occasions about his experiences in the entertainment industry. West Coast Buckeyes have to stick together.
His latest project is pretty expansive, and takes advantage of the new business model that we’re seeing in Hollywood. Formerly, a solid idea or script might languish on the desks of studio heads, waiting for someone to take a chance on a young director or different story.
However recent independent films have found success being funded both by those directly involved and by crowdsourcing the expenses. But investors and partners are also finding that it’s not just an opportunity to help a new talent out- there are often great “perks” for donors. You might remember that our friend Mekka Don used this method to release his latest album as well.
After the jump, check out the press release about Maurice’s plan and project, as well as learn how you might be able to win some choice NFL tickets. Read More
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 6, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Penn State on October 26th, 2002, 13-7.
The Buckeyes moved to 9-0 on the season by edging the Nittany Lions in a defensive stalemate. Some of the offensive woes could be attributed to Maurice Clarett being injured in the 1st quarter, necessitating Ross/Hall to run the tailback position. Ohio State survived four turnovers (2 fumbles, 2 interceptions) while Penn State did not survive three interceptions. Despite the fact that Penn State had a 1st quarter 80 yard TD drive, this game was won on the shoulders of Ohio State’s defense and special teams. Will Smith intercepted a pass at the PSU 32 to set up a short Mike Nugent FG to pull the Buckeyes to within 7-3.
Less than two minutes into the 3rd quarter, Chris Gamble made OSU’s 3rd interception of the game and returned it 39 yards for a TD, of course. Later in the period, Nugent capped one of Ohio State’s few sustained drives with a 37 yard FG to seal the deal.
In addition to providing the scoring fireworks for OSU, Gamble had the distinction to be the first two-way starter in nearly 40 years for the Buckeyes. Read More
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 39, a thrilling Ohio State victory over Illinois on November 16th, 2002, 27-12.
The Buckeyes kept rolling towards a hoped for undefeated season One week after the Krenzel-Jenkins ‘Holy Buckeye’ moment against Purdue, OSU had to go to overtime to bet Illinois. Jenkins picked up where he left off the previous week with 6 receptions, 147 yards and 1 TD. Maurice Hall only had 69 yards rushing, but his last 8 were in overtime for the winning TD.
I love the look on Tressel’s face at post-game handshake in the video.
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:
Today, we could have gone with Mo Hall, Nate Clements, or even the great John Borton.
But you don’t play Tresselball without a solid kicking game. Especially if you’re playing Purdue in 2008.
So, as we’re 20 days from the start of the season, we honor Aaron Pettrey, the pride of Raceland Kentucky.
Here’s to lots and lots of scoring opportunities in 2009- especially of the “extra point” variety.
As proof that you can find anything on the Interwebs, here’s an interview with a college kicker:
“Coach Tressel cheats out here…” Awesome.
Brandon Schnittker wasn’t widely known outside of the diehard Buckeye circles. He was a great blocker and when you’re lined up in the same backfield as a freshman RB who has 1,300 yards on the season, you just KNOW you’re not getting the ball very much. So his stats are not going to dominate the world.
But one glorious day, he had an amazing catch that began the most important drive Ohio State may have ever known.
November 23rd, 2002. Ohio State is 12-0 and with only 8:40 to play in the season, the Buckeyes are trailing Michigan 9-7. Tensions are high because the Buckeyes have had a season filled with late victories pulled out of thin air….will this be the one time that we can’t will ourselves to the win column? Also, this was still in the days when we would ALWAYS seem to lose our National Championship hopes to that state up north.
Ohio State took over on their own 37-yard-line. With Mike Nugent as our kicker, we were looking to get inside the 25 of Michigan to win this game and get to the Fiesta Bowl.
On the first snap from center, QB Craig Krenzel stepped back and fired a pass to our top WR Michael Jenkins. But the pass never reached Jenkins’ sticky fingers. Schnittker, who had been running a pattern to try and draw coverage away from Jenkins and Chris Vance, found himself in the path of the ball. He snagged it and used his strong legs to power himself further up the field, into Michigan territory at their 43-yard-line.
The roar of the crowd as Schnittker rumbled upfield was intense, and the drive would not be in vain. Krenzel’s legs, a brilliant pass to He Who Shall Not Be Named, and a 3-yard scamper by Maurice Hall broke the goal line and Ohio State took a late lead 14-9. That lead held up and Ohio State went on to win the National Championship.
Thanks to Tom, here’s the video of the drive….
That’s my biggest memory of Schnittker. He intercepted a pass intended for his own teammate. And I love the guy for it.
43 days until kickoff!