Week 7 has come and gone in the NFL and 3 former Buckeyes continued their stellar seasons.
For the second week in a row, former All American kicker Mike Nugent kicked the game winning FG as the Benglas beat the Lions 27-24.
AJ Hawk showed another strong week as the Pack destroyed the Browns 31-13. Hawk has shined with most of the starting LB’s hurt for Green Bay. Hawk registered 12 tackles in the win.
Joining this trio of former stars was James Laurinatis. The Rams haven’t found the team success as the aformentioned, but James is turning in a great season. Laurinatis had 11 tackles in the Rams 30-15 loss to the Panthers. Laurinatis’s former teammate, Ted Ginn had 2 catches for 34 yards in the win.
Other Buckeyes that shone in week 7 were:
Be sure to stop back next week to catch up on all the former Buckeyes in the NFL. We’ll take a look at all the Bucks and their stats at the mid way point of the NFL season.
As the 2013 football Buckeyes headed into their bye week, they Bucks of the past did their best to make the scarlet and gray proud on Sunday.
That group of former Bucks was no doubt led once again by Terrelle Pryor: Pryor once again was impressive in the 27-17 Raiders win. Pryor was 18-23 for 221 yards and 2 TD’s. He also carried the ball 11 times for 31 yards. It’s only week 5 but the Raiders seem to have settled on Pryor for the rest of the season by releasing qb Matt Flynn on Monday.
Other Buckeye standouts on Sunday pretty much stayed on the defensive side of the ball. AJ Hawk continued his solid season with 9 tackles in the Packers win over the Lions. Joining his former teammate with a solid performance from the LB position was James Laurinatis. Laurinatis recorded 8 tackles as the Rams rolled over the Jags.
Armed with a new name, Donte Hitner (formally Whitner) had 3 tackles and a forced fumble as the 9ers took care of the Texans. Kurt Coleman and Will Allen both recorded one tackle each as the Eagles beat the Giants and Cowboys lost a heartbreaker to the Broncos. Malcolm Jenkins had 3 tackles and a forced fumble as the Saints remained perfect against the Bears.
On the offensive side of the ball, Brian Hartline continued his solid season with 4 catches for 60 yards as the Dolphins lost to the Ravens. Devier Posey got in on the action for the Texans with 1 catch for 5 yards. Ted Ginn shined in the Panthers loss to the Cardinals with 4 catches for 78 yards.
The special team stars for week 5 included Mike Nugent who was 2-2 on FG’s, including a 50 yarder and was 1-1 on XP’s in the Bengals 13-6 win over the Patriots. Long snapper Jake McQuaide was dead on with his pin point accuracy on all his snaps for the Rams over the Jags.
Week 2 of the NFL season began with a barnburner in New England and a few Buckeyes had a hand in both the Jets loss and Patriots win. Santonio Holmes improved off his week 1 numbers with 3 catches for 51 yards. Nate Ebner saw some time in the Pats defensive backfield as well on special teams. And Nick Mangold had a “moment”. Yup.
Week 2 former Bucks were led by Ted Ginn (Panthers) and followed close by Terrelle Pryor (Raiders) and Brian Hartline (Dolphins). Ginn hauled in 3 catches for 62 yards and his first touchdown of the season in the Panthers 24-23 loss.
Pryor led the Raiders to their first win of the season with 126 passing yards and another 50 yards on the ground.
Hartline had 5 catche4s for 68 yards as the Dolphins edged the Colts 24-20 and moved to 2-0.
On the defensive side of the ball, last year’s B1G defensive player of the year, John Simon, recorded his first tackle in his first action as a Raven as they defeated the Browns 14-6. James Laurinatis registered 5 tackles in the Rams loss to the Falcons. Donte Whitner recorded 5 tackles and 2 pass deflections in the 49ers 29-3 defeat on SNF.
Will Allen continued his good season in Dallas with 4 tackles and 1 pass deflection in the 17-16 loss to the Chiefs. Malcolm Jenkins sealed the win for the Saints over the Bucs with an INT late in the game and returned it 31 yards. Jenkins also recorded 2 tackles and 1 pass deflection.
The Packers AJ Hawk shone with 5 tackles and Ryan Pickett had 1 pass deflection in the 38-20 drubbing of the Redskins. Former Buckeyes raised their games on MNF as the Bengals Mike Nugent was 2-2 on FG’s and Cam Heyward recorded 2 pass deflections as the Steelers lost a close one to the Bengals, 20-10.
Last but not least, long snapper Jake McQuaide was perfect on all snaps in the 31-24 Rams loss to the Falcons.
We’re getting close to kickoff time and with the start of the regular season comes anticipation of The Game.
So with that in mind, let’s celebrate the No. 3, the margin of victory in The Game of the Century: OSU 42, Michigan 39 on Nov. 18, 2006.
OSU came in No. 1 in every poll. Michigan came in at No. 2. The winner would be assured of a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.
Like the game needed more hype, right?
Well, former Michigan head coach (and former OSU assistant) Bo Schembechler unexpectedly died the day before the game.
It was the first time The Game featured two undefeated teams ranked 1-2 in the country.
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In today’s edition, we celebrate number 11, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Penn State on October 30th, 2004, 21-10.
Yet another defense-first game in these series played out in Columbus. Penn State outgained Ohio State, 247 yards to 202 yards. In a game where two horrifically bad offenses were required to suit up, OSU’s ‘O’ came out on top by messing up less.
Ted Ginn Jr. got things rolling with a 67 yard punt return for a TD. Three plays later, OSU’s Tyler Everett (you guessed it) returned an interception 24 yards for another TD. In the 1st quarter, Ohio State ran 6 plays, netted 12 yards, and were leading 14-0. That, friends, is doing more with less.
The teams traded TD’s in the 2nd quarter, with the Buckeyes taking a nearly insurmountable 21-7 lead into the half. The only points in the 2nd half were a PSU field goal with 9:31 remaining to provide the final of 21-10. Not a work of art, but a conference win is a conference win.
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 14, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Notre Dame in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl on January 1st, 2006, 34-20.
This game matched up Big
Game Girth Charlie Weiss against the plodding, we’ll-get-there-eventually Buckeyes under Jim Tressel. Ohio State managed to plod their way to 617 total yards. Quite a bit of that yardage and scoring came via non-plod big plays (Ginn Jr 56 yard TD reception, 68 yard TD run; Holmes 85 yard TD reception; Pittman 60 yard TD run).
For you keeping score at home, that’s four TD’s on 269 yards on four plays. Why mess around with ‘Red Zone’ offense when you can do that?
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The most important game of the season for any Ohio State fan or player is the annual season ending showdown against Michigan. Over the years the two teams have produced numerous unforgettable games with conference or national titles on the line and the 2005 showdown between 9th ranked Ohio State and 17th ranked Michigan was no exception. The Buckeyes entered Ann Arbor riding a five game winning streak and needing a win to claim a share of the Big Ten title while Michigan was on a four game winning streak and needed a win and a Penn State loss later in the day for a share of the conference title.
Ohio State would get out to a 6-0 lead thanks to a short run by Troy Smith midway through the first quarter however John Huston’s point after failed. Huston would make amends with a 42 yard field goal early in the second quarter to extend the Buckeye lead to 9-0. After a Michigan touchdown cut into the OSU lead, Huston made a last second field goal to give the Buckeyes a 12-7 advantage as the two teams headed to the locker room.
The second half got off to a bad start for the Buckeyes as they fumbled deep in their own territory on their first possession, giving Michigan great field position. While the OSU defense managed to limit the Wolverines to just a field goal, the momentum swung solidly in Michigan’s direction. The OSU offense continued to struggle and another miscue, this time a poor punt, once again gave Michigan the ball in OSU territory and this time they capitalized with a touchdown and a two point conversion to take an 18-12 lead late in the third quarter. The OSU offense finally got something going on their next drive but it was all for not as they missed a 46 yard field goal. The Wolverines got a chance to try a field goal of their own on the ensuing drive and they converted to extend their lead to 21-12 midway through the fourth quarter.
In today’s edition, just like The Count, we continue the march to the season opener by celebrating Buckeye victories. No, no, we insist.
Today’s contest is Ohio State’s 35-24 win over Michigan State in 2005. Having incurred their 2nd loss (and last of the season) the previous week at Penn State, the Buckeyes returned home to host the Spartans for Homecoming. There were two things of note in this game. First, Troy Smith had three long TD pass plays (Santonio Holmes 51yd, 46yd, Ted Ginn Jr 57yds). The other was this play, courtesy of Vico and his old haunt at OHD.
I came in from a round of golf and this was on the TV in the grill room. As the half played out, and MSU looked a lot better than OSU, I was ready to order another beer. After the Nate Salley block/Ashton Yobouty return, I figured this game may turn out all right after all. I proceeded home to catch the 2nd half in all its glory, capped off by Troy Smith’s 1 yd TD run with 1:90 to play. The Buckeyes would continue to win every game that season.