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.
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 37, an Ohio State victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on October 4th, 2008, 20-17.
It was a pretty typical game between these team in Madison’ 5 lead changes and a couple ties thrown in for good measure. Total offenses were similar (OSU-327 yds, UW-326 yds). Beanie Wells led the offense with 168 yards and 1 TD while Terrelle Pryor Was an efficient 13-19 144 yards. The problem, was TP was sacked 4 times for -24 yards. Fortunately, it didn’t worry him too much, as he scored the game winning TD on an 11 yard run with 1:08 to play.
If you need a recollection of what a powerful runner Chris Wells was, these game highlights should do the trick.
In today’s edition, we
celebrate vacate a victory that ended up not counting, but happened nonetheless. Of course, I refer to the 2011 Sugar Bowl “win” over Arkansas, 31-26. The#6 Buckeyes rolled through the 2010 season with only one loss, and took aim at 10-2 #8 Arkansas of the SpECtacular conference.
In terms of the game, as expected, Arkansas’s (nee Michigan) Ryan Mallett had 47 pass attempts and was picked off by Solomon Thomas with less than a minute remaining. Even more expected, the less-than-fleet-footed Mallett was sacked 4 times. Ohio State had run up a 31-13 lead with :58 left in the 3rd quarter. From that point until Thomas’ interception, the Razorbacks showed their versatility by scoring a TD, 2-point PAT, safety and FG. Impressive for a quarter’s worth of work, but not quite good enough. In what would be his last game as a Buckeye, although not known at that point, Terrelle Pryor had a terrific game. He rushed for 115 yards and passed for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns. And Dane Sanzenbacher had an outstanding game.
Due to certain events shall we say, this win and the preceding regular season were treated like a condemned building; it was vacated.
Thanks to lexco44, we have a revved up highlight reel for you.
In a game that was never remotely close, the Buckeyes handed the Eagles of EMU a 73-20 loss that displayed plenty of offensive flash, and a couple defensive question marks. Terrelle Pryor was the star of the day with 6 total touchdowns including 4 passing touchdowns to Dane Sanzenbacher (9 rec 108 yards), a 53 yard rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown thrown by former High School teammate Jordan Hall. The Buckeyes put the majority of their effort in the passing game and it paid off as they hit 13 different receivers for 303 total yards in the game.
The 73 points scored in the game were the most in the Jim Tressel era, topping the 58 points scored on Northwestern on September 22nd, 2007. The previous time OSU had scored more than 70 points in a game were the first two games in 1996, 70 points against Rice, and 72 against Pittsburgh. This game also saw the most points scored by OSU since October 28th 1950, when the Bucks scored 83 on a 3-5-1 Iowa team.
The Buckeye offense was near unstoppable in the game today. The Buckeyes wracked up 645 total yards of offense with 342 rushing yards to go with their 303 passing yards. The only turnover the Bucks gave up was a fumble late in the game when walk-on Tight End Ricky Crawford dropped a pass from Joe Bauserman after bobbling the reception. The Buckeyes managed to have 11 players run the football for positive yardage, including Terrelle Pryor’s game leading 104 on 7 attempts. The longest run of the day went to Jaamal Berry with a 67 yard touchdown scamper late in the game giving him 74 total yards for the day. Dan Herron appeared to be the primary running back during the game – unsurprising with Saine’s injury from practice – collecting 12 carries for 55 yards and an early touchdown.
The Ohio Bobcats rolled into Columbus today to take on the Buckeyes and hopefully challenge them the same way that they did back in 2008. The Buckeyes weren’t having any of it as they raced out to a 43-0 lead before giving up a late touchdown in trash time to end the game with the 43-7 victory. Terrelle Pryor had another solid game with 22 receptions on 29 attempts for 235 yards and 2 touchdowns, though he threw his first 2 interceptions of the year.
The Ohio offense started out very poorly. After a short running play up the middle, Bates tossed a quick passing play to the left side of the field. Devon Torrence made a fantastic play on the ball by batting it into the air for Tyler Moeller to come down with. The interception gave the Buckeye offense fantastic field position. Unfortunately, after picking up a great game on their first play with a pass to Jake Stoneburner, the Buckeyes squandered their chance and was forced to kick a field goal in the red zone.
The Buckeye defense continued to be aggressive. With the Bobcats pinned close to their endzone due to a block in the back penalty on the return, the Silver Bullets made the most of the situation by not allowing Ohio any room to move the ball. On the ensuing possession the Bucks found plenty of room to move the ball. As usual, the offense promptly moved the ball into the redzone with confidence and authority. What was unusual was that Pryor found Saine over the middle for the Touchdown. It was exactly the kind of pass that Pryor needed in order to build confidence in his arm in scoring position.