Carlos Hyde was one of the key differences in this game.

Carlos Hyde was one of the key differences in this game.

Ohio State travelled to Evanston to face Northwestern for the first time since 2008. While the previous 4 meetings ended with an average score of (51.25 – 8.5), this one seriously broke the trend with the teams posting a 40-30 final. Braxton Miller struggled tonight with 3 turnovers, 2 fumbles and a pick, but threw 15/26 for 203 yards and ran 15 times for 68 yards. Northwestern ran a quarterback by committee with Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian who combined for 24/29 passing for 350 yards 2 touchdowns and an interception. Kain Colter was amazing tonight connecting on all 11 of his passes.

Carlos Hyde was your player of the game for the night. Where the Buckeye offense was struggling, Carlos powered 26 carries for 169 yards and three touchdowns, and 4 catches for 38 yards. In the passing game, Corey “Philly” Brown grabbed 6 passes for 127 yards. Northwestern’s Venric Mark carried 17 times for 60 yards, and caught 4 passes for 57 yards, while Rashad Lawrence received 8 passes for 147 yards.

For the first time this season Ohio State began the game with the ball, and they certainly didn’t waste any time. The offense came out of the gate fast and carved up the Northwestern secondary. Braxton Miller hit 4 straight passes to the left side of the field to rapidly bring the Buckeyes inside the red zone. A fifth pass to Evan Spencer on the right side didn’t gain much, and caused the Buckeyes to switch to the run – a mistake with the defensive look the Wildcats were presenting. The drive resulted in a short field goal after a near interception on third down.

Things looked similarly easy for the Wildcats in the early parts of their drive. A screen pass to Venric Mark, and a nice toss to the sideline found soft spots in the OSU coverage and gained the Wildcats decent yardage. But the Buckeye defense stiffened and forced a punt once Northwestern had made mid-field.

The Buckeyes switched strategies on the second drive. Their first play saw Hyde run straight up the gut with some fantastic blocking from the line for 10 yards. It was the second play that things took a turn for the worst. Braxton Miller ran a zone read with Carlos Hyde. The d-lineman looked to follow Hyde, causing Miller to pull the ball down. As he did, the lineman reached out and knocked the ball out of Miller’s grasp. No-one was around to scoop up the football except for players in the purple and black. Northwesterns offense took immediate advantage of the great field position, dropping a touchdown pass from 9 yards out to Kain Colter who ran as a receiver on the play.
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BBN Football Liveblog: Northwestern

Written October 5th, 2013 by Eric

The Buckeyes are in Evanston to play the Wildcats of Northwestern in their hometown.  The game is scheduled to kick at 8pm on ABC.

Come be a part of the 5 year tradition of Buckeye Livechats and talk football with all of your favorite Buckeye bloggers!  We’ll be getting things going at around 7:30, and dutifully muting the TV for Eminem.

Go Bucks!

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Inside Ohio State: Urban Meyer on Northwestern

Written October 4th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Another great piece of insight from our friends at Campus Insiders.

Jim Lachey talks to Ohio State’s head coach as the team prepares for its first B1G road trip:

Also, Bonnie Bernstein checks in with Ohio State and Northwestern insiders for their perspective: Read More

Rumblin, Stumblin, Bumblin: Nerdwestern Eve

Written October 4th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

Plenty to amuse us with this week, let’s get Rumblin’.

Rumblin’

There’s no doubt in my mind who the best player is on the Ohio State roster. Braxton Miller returned in a way that most people watching are saying he would be smack dab in the middle of the Heisman race if he hadn’t missed almost three whole games. I will go further and say that due to how dynamic he has become compared to last year, he may sneak his way back into it.

My reasoning is simply this. Wisconsin did not have an answer for him early or very often until the Coach Meyer version of “Tressel ball” showed up. Bear in mind he justified his actions much in the same way that JT did, just win the football game. The huge difference between the two is Coach Meyer wants to get out fast, get a big lead, and then sit on it. Coach Tressel mostly wanted to get a lead and let his defense take over.

back on the field and very good

Back On The Field And Lookin’ Good

Much of the success that took place last Saturday night was due to Whiskey’s underestimation, and evidently their players as well, of Braxton’s improved arm strength and accuracy. What is really silly about some of the throws he made are the fact that he wouldn’t have even attempted them last year. He has become more of a threat on the run than before and his accuracy really is improved.

Braxton Miller will do alot of things in the rest of his career. The most important to him will be to finish the season undefeated and have a chance to hold up the trophy and kiss it. My second place finisher for rumblin’ last week was Bradley Roby. In as much grief as he received and how poorly he played. He was still able to make some plays being alone in coverage. He is one of the best run supporters the Buckeyes have had in the secondary in a good while.

Stumblin’

As I stated earlier about Bradley Roby being my second place rumbler, he is also the guy stumblin’ this past week. Coach Meyer pretty much called him out to everyone by mentioning the fact that he needed to have a great week of practice. Read More

Across the Web: Northwestern

Written October 3rd, 2013 by Eric

It’s time for another rousing edition of Across the Web! This week, we chatted up our buddies over at Lake the Posts about the Ohio State @ Northwestern game. Enjoy!

Kain Colter #2

Kain Colter #2

The Buckeye Battle Cry: The Bye Week couldn’t have come at a better time for Northwestern, who’ve had some injury issues this season. How’s the health of Kain Colter and the rest of the Wildcats heading into B1G play?

Lake the Posts: Depends on who you ask. The stats for bye week teams is less than flattering. Kain Colter is fine after missing the Cal game with a concussion. The real focus has been on Venric Mark, who ‘Cats fans haven’t seen since the Cal game (he took a few snaps, but hasn’t played since). The vague “lower body” injury, which we know to be a hamstring injury, has sidelined our first All-American in eight seasons. Mark is a gamechanger. ‘Cats fans are worried that he hasn’t had game reps and now has to make his first real significant appearance on this stage after 5 weeks out. After watching OSU’s “D” against Wisconsin’s RBs, there is reason for concern.

tBBC: Pat Fitzgerald is a defensive guru by nature, but the Wildcat offense is what makes the headlines. Who are two standouts on the defensive side of the ball?
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Got A Wildcat Problem? You Need Silver Bullet Points

Written October 3rd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Ohio State faces the felines from Evanston this week, so what about revisiting Felina’s songs for our soundtrack? Tip of the hat to Mr. White, of course…

WildcatAmmo

Locked And Loaded

Buckeye 411

  • Triage List- Other than CB2, it sounds as of the team is sore but healthy coming out of the Battle with the Badgers. Jamal Marcus will be returning to action as well against the Purple Pussycats
  • Ch-ch-ch-changes- Devan Bogard has been dropped down from Safety to Will Linebacker, a move that happened a few weeks ago, and will certainly help against the many spread teams that Ohio State continues to face.  Also, Linebacker Ryan Shazier was wearing Bryant’s #2 in practice today… it would be interesting to see if he chose to do that on Saturday. As Matt McGloin remembers, he did that once on the road last year to honor a friend.
  • Hall? Yes! After practice on Wednesday, Coach Meyer again talked about plans to have Jordan Hall be a part of the team’s schemes moving forward.
  • For Whom Vonn Bell Tolls- With Bryant’s injury, Vonn Bell’s development has been accelerated.
  • Short Turnaround- Northwestern has had two weeks to prepare for the Buckeyes, while Ohio State has a relatively short practice schedule given the travel. In addition, the team is working diligently to avoid any additional injuries.
  • Heisman-Burg- Braxton admitted that he thought about the opportunity to become Ohio State’s next Heisman Trophy winner while he was out for three games, but he’s holding out hope that his play in this season’s remaining games will help any possible candidacy.
  • Grant’s Charge- Curtis Grant talked about the similarity between Ohio State and Northwestern’s offensive schemes, and the differences between the Wildcats’ two quarterbacks. He mentioned that, even though he played the best game of his Buckeye career on Saturday, he’ll need to be even more focused this week. He also mentioned that he sees disruption on the defensive front as being a key to hopefully holding Northwestern in check.
  • Speaking Of Grant- Man, you want to talk about paying it forward… what a stellar young man. From an OZone Forums poster-

…this past Friday her new Hospice home health aid came over and when she entered the house, she saw a few Buckeye items around the room (the big cache and over-the-top Buckeye decorations are all down in my man cave), but it was enough for her to tell us that her ex-boyfriend played for Ohio State (Curtis Grant, of course). She said they broke up a few months before he left for OSU and she hadn’t really seen him since. However, she went on to say how great a guy he was and that he was the nicest guy she ever knew.

Well, she ended up taking a few pics of the man-cave and my mother-in-law, and texted them to Curtis. Yesterday, when she came by, she dialed a number on her cell phone and handed it to her. Of course, it was Curtis on the phone. They chatted for several minutes and then said goodbye. She beamed from ear to ear just from that call. She hasn’t stopped talking about it yet.

But within about an hour the doorbell rang. Curtis had called his mother and had her bring my MIL an autographed shirt and a program from Saturday night’s game. She also stayed to chat awhile. Even though she’s from the area, she had to drive about and hour and a half just to do this. Read More

Ohio State News And Notes: Silver Bullet Points 10.1.13

Written October 1st, 2013 by Clair

Ohio State looks to continue their B1G win streak

  • Old Habits Die Hard: Both Ohio State and Wisconsin have evolved as football programs from their antiquated profiles of 3 yards and a cloud of dust. Yet despite the shiny and remodeled images, The Buckeyes reverted to old school Big Ten football at times during the matchup against the Badgers. Jim Tressel would be proud.
  • Roby Island: The defensive game plan for the Buckeyes became apparent early when Coaches Winters and Fickell loaded up the box and left Bradley Roby on an island for the majority of the game to quell Wisconsin’s run game. However effective with stopping the run for the most part, Bradley Roby got shredded when left to his own devices. He still managed to grab and INT but metal errors lead to the senior to be out of position, penalized and just embarrassed at times by Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis.
  • Hall Pass: Offensively Coach Tom Herman admitted at the press conference Monday that he reverted back to old Habits as a play caller and should have gotten Hall more involved in the running attack. Even Braxton Miller, when put under pressure late in the game reverted back to his old habits and missed several “reads” as well.
  • Health Nuts: With a few exceptions the Buckeyes are fairly healthy going into the second game of conference play against a bye week rested Northwestern team. The major injury was sustained by Senior Safety Christian Bryant breaking his ankle on the second to last defensive play of the game vs. the Badgers. Coach Meyer was visibly shaken at his post game press conference and still was unsure about Bryant making a comeback at all for the remainder of his college football career.
  • Next Man Up: Right now Coach Coombs is naming Corey “Pittsburg” Brown as the likely replacement for Bryant although Tyvis Powell and Vonn Bell may also get a shot at the starting spot. The coaches will be watching their athletes closely at practice trying to strike a balance between pushing hard and keeping their athletes healthy for a well rested Northwestern team that excels at getting players open in space.
  • Hello Kitty: The Wildcats are hosting the Buckeyes this Saturday at Evanston with Game Day in tow. The national scene may have initially considered the Wildcats to be an under the radar choice to clench the Big Ten Title but Big Ten fans and specifically Buckeye Fans have had this game marked on our calendars long ago. With head USC head coach Lane Kiffin being escorted off the team bus at LAX after the Trojans loss to Arizona State Saturday, Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald’s name has being tossed into the rumor mill of possibly replacements. All of these factors are adding up to another exciting B1G 10 matchup.

Campus Insiders: Ohio State/Wisconsin Recap

Written September 30th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Following the 31-24 victory, Bonnie Bernstein talks Quarterbacks, Secondary, and Ohio State’s upcoming schedule: