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.
Over the course of its long history, Ohio Stadium has played host to numerous memorable games, many of which have been or will be highlighted as part of our countdown to the 2013 season. Surprisingly, despite all the major games that happened over the years, it took the stadium until its 81st year of existence to host a game that went to overtime but when it finally happened, it was a doozy. On a warm, sunny September 13th, 2003 Ohio State, coming off of its thrilling national championship season and ranked third in the country, hosted 22nd ranked North Carolina State.
Ohio State got off to a great start to the game, scoring 14 points in a span of 44 seconds in the first quarter. After Michael Jenkins hauled in a 44 yard touchdown pass from Craig Krenzel, North Carolina State suffered a miscue on the ensuing kickoff as their two deep returners ran into each other as the ball bounced off one of their helmets and was recovered on the 3 yard line by Will Allen; it would take three plays before Lydell Ross bowled his way into the endzone to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead. A Wolfpack touchdown right before halftime made it a one score game but the Buckeyes responded by scoring the first 10 points of the second half to take a 24-7 lead with eleven and a half minutes remaining in the game.
Things were looking good for OSU but at this point North Carolina State’s Phillip Rivers decided to display the talent that would lead to him being selected fourth in the 2004 draft while the Buckeyes committed a series of costly miscues. The Wolfpack began their comeback thanks to Santonio Holmes fumbling a punt which was recovered at the OSU 19 yard line by Jerricho Cotchery; four plays later Rivers hit Cotchery for a 9 yard touchdown. Ohio State’s next possession also went poorly as Krenzel was intercepted and NC State took over at the Buckeye 12 yard line; the Buckeye defense would hold the Wolfpack to only a field goal but suddenly it was a one score game with just under six minutes remaining. OSU would go three and out on their next possession and North Carolina State took advantage, going 86 yards through the air to tie the game at 24 and force overtime.
Both teams scored touchdowns in the first two overtimes and Ohio State got the ball to start the third overtime. Just as they had done to start the scoring, Krenzel and Jenkins hooked up for a 7 yard touchdown pass but a failed two point conversion attempt opened the door for North Carolina State. After a pair of OSU penalties gave the Wolfpack a first and goal at the 9 yard line, Buckeye fans were growing nervous. The Buckeye defense responded though, drawing energy from the crowd to come up with several crucial stops, culminating I stuffing running back T.A. McLendon just short of the goal line on fourth and one to give OSU the thrilling victory in the first overtime game in Ohio Stadium’s history.
Note: As I was typing this, news broke of the Japanese earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people in the entire Pacific rim… give a bit of perspective about what might be important in life.
Can’t blame Buckeye fans for being a little out of the loop regarding other news in the world of college sports… here’s a quick recap:
Elsewhere in the NCAA- Hey! Guess What! There were other stories about NCAA institutions that might be outside of the realm of “okee-dokee-ness”.
Tressel, Another Perspective- With the media barrage that’s out there, it might be good to hear at least a couple of voices that support The Vest.
The chili is simmering, my daughters have already made the only dessert appropriate, and the tasty beverages are chilling awaiting consumption. I’ve got my spot staked out in front of the plasma, and the guy that’s been at my Super Bowl party for eleven of the last twelve years has flown down from Seattle.
But, you know what? I have no idea who I want to win. Seriously, and I know that there’s a lot of folks who are like this, but this is the most apathetic I’ve ever been about a “Super Bowl”… heck, at this point, I wouldn’t care how it was spelled.
I haven’t watched the fifteen months of coverage, so I’m not all that informed about this year’s game. I know Roethlisberger did something creepy and this is a chance at redemption and everyone got freaked out because he liked Billy Joel. Although, I don’t hear a lot about other quarterbacks who did something creepy in the past and might have repeated that behavior… so maybe it’s not an issue.
I know it’s cold, and everyone’s griping about that (Great idea, NFL- and next year you’re in Indy? With NYC to come? Good thinking.); although as a B1G fan my response is to suck it up and play the game as it was invented. Although, since the Super Bowl has become more for the bandwagon folks and celebrities, I’m not surprised at the complaining- in fact, it reinforces my belief that a playoff for college football isn’t a great idea (but that’s another post).
But, with all that “research” and the copious coverage, I still have no preference for a victorious squadron. Read More
In order to help us get through the long summer months, we will be starting a countdown of the top 25 Buckeyes of the decade (2000-2009).
The staff submitted their ballots and the votes have been tallied. We will unveil a new Buckeye in the countdown once a week and as the season approaches the frequency may increase (I haven’t done the exact math to figure out how this is going to work out).
We will only be covering football players for this countdown, even though Ohio State has had some fine basketball players over the last decade as well, sorry Evan Turner.
One thing to note is that we didn’t really define what it means to be in the “Top 25 Buckeyes of the Decade.”
Do you measure on the field accomplishments? wins and losses? statistics? post season accolades? who you’d want most on this year’s team?
In the end, it is a mix of all of the above and then some, which means that different people will have different opinions about this list. We tried to eliminate some of the individual biases by polling all five writers here at the BBC, and I have to say I am happy with the results. However, by no means is this list definitive, so feel free to chime in with your thoughts.
And with that, here are the guys that didn’t quite make the cut for the top 25, but did receive votes, making them worthy of an honorable mention. Read More