Buckeyes Steamroll Purdue 56-0

Written November 2nd, 2013 by Eric
It was a high-flying affair for the entire offense today, Carlos Hyde was no exception.

It was a high-flying affair for the entire offense today, Carlos Hyde was no exception.

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.
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BBN Football LiveBlog: Purdue

Written November 2nd, 2013 by Eric

Buckeye fans everywhere are taking cover. The Buckeyes travel to West Lafayette to take on the Purdue Boilermakers, a place that the team has not won the last two trips.

Join us in the Purdue Harbor Bunker for today’s game, and chat with all of your favorite OSU Bloggers and Buddies!

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Inside Ohio State: Urban Meyer on Purdue

Written November 1st, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Headed to West Lafayette, Coach Meyer talks about the need for fast starts, stellar defenses, and a solid running game in November.

Thanks as always to the team at Campus Insiders for the insight!

Across the Web: Purdue

Written November 1st, 2013 by Eric

Across the Web returns triumphantly to grace the pages of the BBC! Today’s guest are our old friends from the next state over – Boiled Sports. Give ‘em a visit or a follow and see what they’re up to!

Future’s So Bright… I’ve Got To Flex My Brim

The Buckeye Battle Cry: So, what’s the deal with Coach Hazell’s hat brim?

Boiled Sports: It’s always sunny in West Lafayette (and warm too)…Coach Hope had to wear Ray Ban sunglasses…Coach Haze shields his eyes from the bright sun’s reflection off of the gold helmets with those flaps.

tBBC: The Boilers are rebuilding their program, and have decided to go with a moustache-less head coach. Other than a hairless upper lip, what are some of the changes you’ve seen in the new regime?

Boiled: This coaching staff hasn’t been caught with its foot in its collective mouth yet…that’s nice. Another big change is the loss of the four or five QB system…we all miss that very much.

tBBC: Who are some up and coming Boilers that we’ll be frustrated by in a few years?

Boiled: TONS of Freshman are playing right now…and honestly it’s showing. DeAngelo Yancey already physically looks like a Junior…and will create problems for small cornerbacks. Dalyn Dawkins runs very hard and hits holes quickly…but needs more space. But DT RaZahn Howard might be the guy that will be most frustrating. He’s only been getting reps for two games, but has made his presence felt pretty quickly. Read More

Silver Bullet Points: Halloween Edition

Written October 31st, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Well, you’ve got all day to plan your attack for tonight… personally, I’ve got plans to go to “all the candy is on sale” day tomorrow. We’re digging through our country albums for today’s soundtracks; one goofy, one “creepy”. Country not your thing? Well remember, we used to think this and this were OK as well.

How Firm Thy... Pumpkin?

How Firm Thy… Pumpkin?

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Updates- Other than what Clair mentioned on Tuesday, not much new in the “owie” front. Braxton is “100%” according to Coach Meyer, after having a flare up of his knee issue in the week leading up to Penn State.  Evan Spencer has been limited in practice, but will be good to go for this week. Other injuries from last week are all non-issues at this point.
  • Big Awesomes- Coach Meyer had a couple of points of praise regarding the offense after Thursday’s practices, and started with the men up front. He consciously said that Carlos is the engine that drives the running game, but continued to stress that everything in the recent Buckeye successes starts with the work that the offensive line has been putting in during practice, film study, and then on Saturdays.
  • Good Readin’- The other element to recent offensive success? Braxton Miller’s maturity in taking what the defense gives him, both in the passing game and in making the correct sight adjustments on the team’s option series.
  • Leadership- One of the offensive linemen mentioned earlier that’s been an integral part of this week’s preparation is senior Jack Mewhort, who has been very vocal with his teammates about avoiding a repeat of 2011′s upset.  Coach Meyer said that the senior, who was also a part of the 2009 loss at Ross-Ade Stadium, has spoken frequently about what it will take to win there, and the conditions that the team should expect on gameday.  Hopefully they’ll be all business come kickoff.
  • Special Moments- The Boilermakers lead the nation in net punting, leading Philly Brown to allude to something “special” for Saturday’s return game.
  • B1G Speed- Ryan Shazier talked about his issues overrunning plays in the past due to being “too fast” at linebacker. Good problem to have, no?
  • Under Pressure- Bradley Roby mentioned that, early on, he was trying to do too much because he felt that’s what it meant to be a leader. Now? He can trust his teammates and get back to basics.
  • Media Matters, Part One- Dan Wetzel, Yahoo!: Did Urban run up the score? If not, he should have.
  • Media Matters?, Part Two- Matt Hayes, Sporting News: Urban Meyer is a mean meanie who does mean things. (nope, not giving him traffic. Google it)
  • Media Matters, Part Three- Gregg Doyel, CBS Sports: What’s happening at Ohio State is Special, even if the media tells you otherwise.
  • Hey! Guess What!!- It’s almost Buckeye Hoops Season! Read More

tBBC Game Preview: Purdue Boilermakers

Written October 30th, 2013 by Ken



Your hat isn’t this cool

The #4 Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) visit the Purdue Boilermakers (1-6, 0-3) for a 12-noon kickoff in Ross-Ade Stadium. Ohio State comes off an impressive beat down of Penn State 63-14, while Purdue comes off a bye week. Penn State had a bye week to prepare for the Buckeyes, and we saw how that turned out. I expect something similar this week.

Purdue is enduring a rebuilding year after showing Danny Hope the door. First year coach Darrell Hazell, who guided Kent State to an 11-2 record last year, is likely to see that record reversed this year. As you may remember, Hazell was formerly on Jim Tressel’s staff and played his college ball at Muskingum University/College.

Purdue brings a not-that-good defense, 34.4 points against, 106th in the country, and an even worse offense, 13.1 points per game, good for 122nd (out of 125 teams) in the nation. Their quarterbacking has been split by early season starter Senior Rob Henry and current starter, freshman Danny Etling. Both QB’s are around 5.9 yards per attempt (not good at all) and have a QB rating of 100’ish. By comparison, Miller/Guiton average 8 yards per attempt and a combined QB rating of 168’ish. Big difference. This lack of performance might be a confidence booster, coming off their good performance against PSU. Read More

Ohio State News And Notes: Silver Bullet Points 10.29.13

Written October 29th, 2013 by Clair

It’s a one game season, and the Boilermakers are in the sights

  • Champs-players that graded out as Champions on offense were Corey Linsley, Marcus Hall (who should be wanted for assault after the pancake block he made late in the game Saturday), both tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, and wide receivers Evan Spencer, Chris Fields and Devin Smith. Carlos Hyde and Jack Mewhort were named Co-Offensive players of the game. Defensive champs were Linebacker Ryan Shazier and Doran Grant.
  • Cowboy Up- Braxton Miller again displayed his incredible athleticism last Saturday against Penn State. Miller was 18 for 24 for 252 yards and rushed 11 times for 68 yards and and two touchdowns. It’s safe to say Miller is becoming more comfortable in his role as a duel threat quarterback. In the press conference Monday Urban Meyer praised Miller’s level of play but mentioned he could definitely improve in a few areas. Coach Meyer mentioned that Braxton Cowboy-ed a few times out there saturday. which according to Meyer means “braxton paniced a few times when he didn’t need to panic”. Although Braxton’s panic mode is like trying to bring down a 2 ton bull, Meyer still wants to see Miller be more aware of where his check downs are once the pocket breaks down.
  • Injury Update- Most of the injured Buckeyes from Saturday were merely dinged up. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for Glenville’s De’van Bogard, who suffered a torn ACL for the second straight season. A special teams stalwart, Bogard’s loss will be one that the team feels, although reports are that he’s in good spirits given the circumstances.
  • What’s Your Beef?- Dontre Wilson got some pretty notable touches in the matchup against Penn State. Coach Meyer commented that Dontre is a great practice player and that he’s put on about 15lbs of muscle since he’s been with Ohio State. Coach Meyer mentioned he noticed Dontre coming together as a complete player and was blocking more effectively. I personally think he could use another 15lbs at least without compromising his speed. The rookie was awarded the B1G Freshman of the Week award for his work against the Nittany Lions
  • The “L” Word- When asked if he remembers what losing felt like, Urban Meyer simply replied, “Do I still have it? Yeah, I mean I just want to avoid it at all costs.”
  • Pur-dont- Coach Meyer mentioned that the Boilermaker defense switched mid-season from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4. Coach Meyer suggested that it has to do with some scheming and personnel issues. It could be that the Boilermakers are gearing up for what appears to be a run heavy Buckeye offense. Good Luck with that Coach Hazel.

The Week That Were: 8.31.13

Written September 2nd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

For those unfamiliar with this feature, consider it your cheat sheet for the conversations around the grill on Labor Day. As always, these come with a melodic interlude to play gently in the background during your perusal… because you’re that important to me.

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It was the best of times, it was the… well… best of times. Football was played, plays were made, and the long summer doldrums finally came to an end.

Sawkaralyna got us started off in style, scoring on the third play of their first possession and kicking off the annual “Hey, we’re pretty good! Oh, that’s right… we have to play  in the same conference as Alabama/Georgia/Florida/LSU… nevermind.” The only significant storyline to come out of this game, other than the fact that sometimes “new school clothes” aren’t always fashionable, is the fact that ESPN’s love-fest for all things Clowney turned into the predictable hate-fest for the sophomore after he didn’t balance the budget/solve global warming/play like a Heisman candidate. Whatever helps them get their ratings points, right?

Speaking of firsts, the news this offseason was about the new “targeting” rule and it’s potential impact on the game.  Your future trivia answer to “who was the first college player to be ejected under this rule?’ is none other than Tulane’s Lorenzo Doss. Small Ohio State related fact that’s stuck in my brain for some reason- In 1995, the NCAA decided to crack down on “showboating” and OSU’s Terry Glenn was the first person flagged after signaling “First Down” following a catch against Boston College in the Kickoff Classic.  What a cute rule that was…

At any rate, the impact (see what I did there?) of the new rule was certainly felt across the first weekend; Northwestern had a game-winning drive extended after Cal’s best pass rusher was flagged for “targeting” on a tackle in the end zone, Texas A&M lost a player for a similar infraction (although, to be honest, it was a really bad call), and Oregon had to go and “one up them” (as always) with this potentially crippling hit against Nicholls State. To be fair to the defender, though, everyone in the stadium was yelling “Duck!” to the Nicholls QB. At least that’s what I think they meant…

Another major story this weekend was the debilitating sanctions that hit Heisman winner Johnny Manziel following the “autograph” scandal. I can’t imagine what it was like for him to sit there on the sidelines for that time, missing the change to be with his teammates and… yeah, in the time it took you to read this sentence, his “suspension” was over. I wish my car had a suspension that cushy…. Read More