2011 Military Bowl: Toledo -vs- Air Force

Written December 27th, 2011 by Eric

I finally get to add my two bits into the bowl preview discussion. I couldn’t pick a better game to start it off with.

The Basics: Wednesday, December 28th, 2011, 4:30 PM EST on ESPN, from Washington D.C. Toledo (8-4, 7-1 MAC) and Air Force (7-5, 3-4 MWC).

History: This is the second year that Northrop Grumman, a big military contractor, has sponsored this game. Not surprisingly we’ve already covered the history of this game in detail.

Toledo: The Rockets are a strong running team this year, ranking 14th in rushing behind Adonis Thomas’ 963 yards. They’re also a scoring machine, picking up 11 touchdowns from each of their top rushers, and 15 from each of their quarterbacks. This could have been an even better year for the Rockets if their defense had been a little more stiff.

Air Force: While Toledo is a strong running team, Air Force is a spectacular one. The Falcons are ranked 2nd in rushing with a 320 yards per game average. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to anyone who has actually watched an Air Force game in the last several years. Adding a dimension to their attack, however, is QB Tim Jefferson Jr. who has picked up 12 touchdowns and 1478 yards on a 60.9% completion rate. While they won’t go call his number often, he’s successful enough to give defenses something to think about.

Fun Fact: While Northrop Grumman is most famous for their aircraft, such as the B-2 and BQ-4, and spacecraft, like the LEM (as Grumman), they are also big ship-builders. In fact, every US Aircraft Carrier, including the Supercarriers, has been constructed at the Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. There’s a reason why they’re a major military contractor.

Who we got?

  • Chris -Toledo
  • Eric – Air Force
  • Jim – Toledo
  • JoeD – Air Force
  • Mali – Toledo
  • JoeL – Toledo

Are you not Entertained? Toledo Edition

Written September 11th, 2011 by Eric

Well, that game was more than a little interesting. It’ll be hard to gauge this team over the next week, and I’m certain many are going to be expecting bad things in Coral Gables. Let’s see what the staff wanted to see again, and how much of it actually came to be.

Malibuckeye

Chris Fields gave the Buckeyes a boost when they needed it most.

- More of the same. I certainly don’t think we can qualify the entire game as “more of the same” as Akron.  That first drive was a thing of beauty, but the rest of the game was a fight the whole way.

- New wrinkles. Nothing particularly new here, nope.

- Ebner Touchdown. Would it be too much to ask?  For this game, apparently so.

- No False Starts. Shugarts took care of this one, and not in the good way.

Joe L.

- Continued QB play like the we saw this past Saturday.  Miller never saw the field, and Bauserman didn’t have quite the same day he did against Akron.  Though 16/30 for 189 yards and a touchdown isn’t bad.

- More speed from our team.  We had our moments – such as Chris Fields’ punt return – but for the most part, I don’t think we saw a lot of speed anywhere.

- Big Plays.  Outside of Fields’ return, the longest play was of 36 yards – one of which was Hyde’s first touchdown run.

- A three to four touchdown win.  So much for that.
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tBBC Postgame Show: Toledo

Written September 10th, 2011 by Eric

Eric and Mali at the BBC welcome Michael at Our Honor Defend back for another postgame show.  The three breakdown the entire 27-22 battle between the Ohio State Buckeyes and their in-state brethren to the north, the Toledo Rockets.  In particular, they talk about the excellence in the secondary for both teams, all of the good things to take from the game, and why exactly we didn’t see Braxton Miller enter the game.

Heading To The House

All this and more on this week’s Postgame Show!

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Ohio State Struggles With Toledo, wins 27-22

Written September 10th, 2011 by Eric

First Strike

The Buckeyes faced off with the Toledo Rockets in Ohio Stadium on a day with drastically more beautiful weather than last week.  Ohio State found themselves in a huge fight with Toledo that was tight until the end.  The Buckeyes were finally able to secure the 27-22 victory when Toledo QB Terrance Owens threw an incomplete pass on fourth down in a desperate attempt to regain the lead.  Joe Bauserman ended the game 16/30 for 189 yards and a touchdown, while Hyde rushed 20 times for 76 yards and 2 scores.

Of course, the unfortunate news coming into the game were the continued suspensions of Jordan Hall, Travis Howard, and Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown.  The NCAA official report stated that their penalties warrented a two game penalty at least, so it will remain a question if they will get a chance to travel to Coral Gables next week.  It was also learned early that Nathan Williams was forced to sit for the game as well, though not due to NCAA violations.  It is believed that Williams had a minor injury that the coaching staff prefered to rest.

However, the news coming into the game wasn’t all bad.  Jamaal Berry, who was forced to sit against Akron due to a hamstring injury, was back to return the first kickoff of the game.  His 30 yard return was a thing of beauty and demonstrated his claims during the week that the hamstring was one-hundred percent.  With the continued uncertainty due to the NCAA investigations, having Berry back was very important for the runningback depth of the team. Read More

Toledo LiveBlog

Written September 10th, 2011 by Eric

Welcome to today’s LiveBlog!

The Buckeyes take on former Buckeye DB coach Tim Beckman and his Toledo Rockets today. As usual, we will be here to chat about it with good friends Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Fox Sports Ohio.

In case you missed some of our coverage this week, you can find our game preview, game preview podcast, and our Toledo Blogger interview by following those links.

The Buckeyes will be without the services of Jordan Hall, Travis Howard, and Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown again today. Make sure you stop by the LiveBlog today so that we can all complain about the NCAA’s amateurism rules!

Enjoy the game, and Go Bucks!

What do you Want to see on Saturday? Toledo Edition

Written September 8th, 2011 by Eric

Now that we’ve had a chance to read and digest Jim’s game preview for the Toledo match-up, the BBC writers have come up with this week’s list of things they want to see.

Jordan Hall is back and ready to roll

Malibuckeye

- More of the same. Ohio State started out well against the Zips, but the Rockets will be more of a challenge.  Control and poise on offense, discipline and aggression from the defense.

- New wrinkles. Jordan Hall will be back… how will he be a part of the offense this year? Also, how will the Rocket skill positions enjoy their trip to Howard Island?

- Ebner Touchdown. We wrote about him, and he got a sack and made great special teams plays.  Would a score be too much to ask?

- No False Starts. Last week it was a backup… but “no” means “no”.
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tBBC Radio Hour: 2011 Toledo Preview

Written September 7th, 2011 by Eric

Eric, Jim, and Joe Dexter return for another game preview! As the Buckeyes prepare for their next opponent, the Toledo Rockets, the crew talks about how the Buckeyes did against Akron, and what they expect from the Rockets. They discuss Toledo’s opening game against New Hampshire, and how they feel about Rob Ianello after his post game comments to Fickell.

Afterwards, Eric interviews Zach Silka of the Toledo Blade. Silka, a Toledo sportswriter, talks about the Rockets, how he feels they will perform this season, and his thoughts regarding this matchup with the Buckeyes.

All this and more on this week’s Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour!

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