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
Welcome to today’s LiveBlog!
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!
For the third straight year, we here at tBBC are excited to bring you a little give and take with other bloggers across the Ohio State schedule. In addition to guarding the border against invading scum, the guys at LetsGoRockets do an amazing job at covering both Toledo and MAC sports… huge thanks to JPH and L8N for representing the Midnight Blue and Gold with us this week, and you can check out our responses to them here.
Through one game, what has been the progression made at the wide receiver position. Bernard Reedy and Cordale Scott are highly touted. Have they made an impression yet to Toledo fans? Read More
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.
- 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”.
Coming off a solid all-around performance against Akron, Ohio State and its fans have a lot to be optimistic about heading into game two.
The Buckeyes established a solid foundation on offense and defense to build from as they work to get better each week.
Fans and players can be optimistic, but not overconfident.
The Toledo Rockets have upset BCS opponents multiple times in the last ten years and are a favorite to win the MAC conference this season.
They will be a bigger challenge than the Zips.
At the same time, the usual MAC talent gap still exists, although it is not as large this week compared to last.
However, it is still there and the Buckeyes are clearly the better team.
The Rockets also represent a significant shift in offensive philosophy from the Zips; creating a substantially different challenge for the defense to overcome.
Regardless, if the Buckeyes take care of business, they will notch their second win of the season on Saturday- and in convincing fashion.
Follow me after the jump for the “keys to victory” against Toledo. Read More
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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(Today we continue to preview the Ohio State Non-Conference opponents of 2011 by heading two hours and 30 minutes north to Toledo, to focus on a team with a lot of experience, top notch coaching, and enough weapons to be dangerous against the Buckeyes during week two of the season.)
When it comes to talent in some of the smaller conferences across the country this upcoming season, it doesn’t get much better than the Toledo Rockets. Despite wrapping up the season with a tough loss in the Little Caesars Bowl vs. Florida International, this team heads into the season as one the favorite in the MAC conference. Putting together the best season since 2005, last year’s Toledo squad showcased some very impressive moments. They also suffered head shaking defeats (Wyoming, Florida International). The fact of the matter,though, is that this team is more than a week two opponent. They deserve more than a chuckle because they beat that team up north in 2008 without scoring an offensive touchdown.
This team has knocked off one BCS non-conference match up per year the last five seasons (Kansas, Iowa State, Michigan, Colorado and Purdue) and will receive respect from their opponents in 2011. Many believe the true tests come after week two for the Buckeyes. In reality, Ohio State will have to play solid football in order to beat the Rockets early in the year.
Last week I looked at Ohio State’s 2011 schedule.
Check it out if you haven’t already, but in summary, there are plenty of intriguing and challenging games awaiting the Buckeye’s this year.
As difficult as the season will be, if Coach Fickell and company take care of business, they are fully capable of winning every game based on talent alone. That is not to say that it will be easy, quite the opposite, but it is entirely within the realm of possibility.
To achieve a perfect record that will take the Bucks to the first ever Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis and beyond, the team will need focus, a bit of luck, and help from some unexpected places. Read More