Observations on the embarassing
loss to Ohio State, 21-37!
1-Let's give credit to Ohio State!
They were better prepared, and they certainly outplayed us from
start to finish. Tressel & Company outcoached Carr & Staff,
and Troy Smith certainly deserves the player of the game.
2-The Buckeyes created an nine minute
of possession advantage, and this led to more offensive play opportunities
that created 4 red zones for 17 points while we only created 3
red zones (2 in the first quarter and only one the rest of the
game) for 14 points. They were physically tougher on both sides
of the ball, and they wanted the win more than us.
3-Troy Smith ended up 13 of 23 for
241 yards and 2 TDs plus he ran for 145 yards on 18 carries. His
performance was reminiscent of Cornelius Greene and Rod Gerald.
They had at least six big plays starting with a 68 yard TD pass
to begin the game to Gonzalez, Ted Ginn's 82 yard punt return
TD and 42 yard pass gainer that set up a Nugent field goal, Santonio
Holmes broke a 34 yard pass against Jackson plus scored a TD on
a pass with Jackson again covering, Smith broke a 46 yard scamper
and Hamby caught a 20 yarder. The Bucks had 448 yards in total
offense; this was especially good considering coming into the
game, they were last in the Big Ten in first downs and 3rd down
conversions. They barely had an average of 300 yards in total
offense coming into this matchup.
4-Chad Henne was 27 of 54 for 324
yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions. Michael Hart had 61 yards on
18 carries. Braylon Edwards had 11 catches for 172 yards and a
TD, but it wasn't enough. Our offense managed 20 first downs,
but was only 5 of 15 on 3rd down and zero of three in 4th down
conversions with two turnovers, one in the red zone. It was not
a good offensive performance, but our offense didn't lose this
game. We allowed only one sack, but as the ABC graphic showed,
Henne was hit 12 times with 10 hurries and he simply was pressured
into mistakes. A.J. Hawk had 11 tackles to lead their defense,
Ashton Youboty had 4 pass break ups and Bobby Carpenter had 9
tackles with 3 pass break ups.
5-Our defense was thoroughly disappointing
from start to finish. The only time they looked good was in the
second quarter limiting the Buckeyes to one field goal in two
red zone opportunities. Woodley ended up with 12 tackles, 2 for
loss and 2 pass deflections while Reid had 10 tackles. Otherwise,
we were unprepared and were outplayed by a well-prepared and spirited
Buckeye offense. They allowed big plays in every quarter while
creating no turnovers. Key statistic: Net Rushing=Ohio State 207
yards, Michigan 71 yards.
6-Our special teams allowed Nugent
to convert three field goals, and watched Ginn run back an 82
yard TD. The 71 yard punt in the 4th quarter was another back
breaker. We were forced into 7 punts while the Buckeyes punted
six times. They converted two punts downed inside the 5 yard line
into two long 99 and 97 yard drives for TDs.
7-We really don't deserve to go
to the Rose Bowl, but if Iowa beats Wisconsin, I'm sure we'll
play our best and represent the Big Ten well. Otherwise, it looks
like the Capital One Bowl against Tennessee after Auburn pastes
them again in the SEC championship game. We lost to 2 of our 3
top rivals this year, and barely beat the 3rd. We ended up with
9 wins, but barely beat Minnesota, San Diego State, Purdue and
Michigan State. We are a good team, but certainly not one of the
top teams in the country this year.
8-Pet Peeve: The idiots that said
all week that we'd easily beat Ohio State or "crush"
them. Anyone with any common sense that knows this rivalry understands
what dumb statements those are. Pet Peeve #2: Shazor going pro!
He is definitely not ready for the pros, and he certainly couldn't
make it at safety. When he does go pro, his only chance in making
it is at linebacker. He is not fast enough to be a safety, and
he can't cover in pass coverage as was exposed today. Michigan
State, Northwestern and Ohio State exploited his lack of ability
in these areas with cutback plays designed to expose his weakness
in speed. Pet Peeve #3: The idiots who focus on our BCS standings.
If you win, the BCS thing works out; if you don't win, it doesn't.
When you win, you need to also win impressively. We never deserved
to be ranked higher in the BCS standings because of unimpressive
wins over San Diego State, Michigan State, Minnesota and Purdue
while losing to Notre Dame and Ohio State. We'll be ranked on
Monday where we deserve to be ranked, and that is probably not
in the top 13 teams.
9-We really need big-time help at
inside linebacker and defensive back for next year. If we could
get the right recruits, they could definitely contribute as true
Observations on the first half
with the Buckeyes, 14-20!
1-We are in trouble! Ohio State
is running and passing up and down the field with Troy Smith passing
for 11 of 18 for 232 yards and scrambling for 75 yards on 11 attempts
for one TD. The Buckeyes have created 3 red zone opportunities
for 10 points while we have 2 red zones for 14 points. We were
three and out for out last 3 drives prior to our last possession,
and we could only manage one first down on it before we punted.
2-The Buckeyes have created a 7:30
time of possession advantage, and have gained confidence on both
sides of the ball while running 15 more offensive plays than us.
They have 14 first downs, and are 5 of 9 in 3rd down conversions.
The ABC graphic showed them with 5 of 6 in passing on 3rd down
for 115 yards.
3-If we are to win this game, our
defense must do a complete turnaround in the second half. We are
unprepared for them, and they are outplaying us. Holmes is beating
Jackson, Gonzales beat Shazor for a 68 yard TD strike to start
the game, and they have 5 big plays on us already of 20 or more
yards. Our defense did come up with two big goal line stands to
hold them to only 3 points, but we are trailing by 6 despite that
great effort. Mundy and Reid have 6 tackles each to lead the defense,
and we have no sacks on Smith. We have to get more pressure on
him, and force him into mistakes.
4-Special teams have been all Buckeyes
with 2 of 2 in field goals. We have one kickoff by Breaston for
a measly 13 yards, and no punt returns. They have two Ginn returns
for 21 yards.
5-Each team has fumbled, but recovered.
Turnovers have not been a factor, but could be in the second half.
The Buckeye defense is led by Hawk with 5 tackles, and although
their defense started slow, they are now forcing Henne into mistakes.
6-We have only 8 first downs, and
164 yards in total offense as compared to their 337 yards. We
have only 54 yards in net rushing compared to their 121 yards.
We need to get going with our running game in the second half.
We are only one of five in 3rd down conversions, and Henne is
9 of 17 for 111 yards and one TD to Avant. Hart has 45 yards in
10 attempts for one TD plus our longest play, a 39 yard screen
pass. Edwards has 5 catches for 47 yards.
7-We need to come out quickly and
score on the first drive, and our defense needs to come out "on
fire" in the second half. Otherwise, we'll share the title
and look at the Capital One Bowl if Wisconsin wins at Iowa.