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Well, that was an interesting game...in a way. What was interesting is that the Buckeyes looked at once dominating and fairly pedestrian.
Another game, another 30-point performance by the offense. Be honest. After the USC game, did you think this team was even capable of scoring 30 points a game, let alone scoring 30 points in 3 consecutive games? The Buckeyes ran the ball really well. It was nice to see Brandon Saine get loose like he did. He averaged more than 6.5 yards per carry. I'll take some more of that. Terrelle Pryor had a solid but certainly not spectacular game. He did a really good job of distributing the ball. When was the last time 7 different Buckeyes caught a pass in one game? Duron Carter's TD catch was awesome. Looks like he picked up some things from his old man.
The Hoosiers had only 11 first downs and 228 yards in the entire game. That means the defense is doing its job. Ross Homan had a good game. Robert Rose was pretty solid. Todd Denlinger's interception was very well done. It's pretty awesome for a defensive lineman to read the quarterback like that and then jump the route and get the interception. It was good to see Anderson Russell have a good game.
Here is another note that belongs to both the offense and defense: the Buckeyes were flagged for only 2 penalties in this game.
The offense still settles for too many field goal attempts, made even worse in this game by the fact that Pettrey missed 2 field goal attempts. Even though Pryor had a pretty solid game passing the ball, it's not like he was racking up the yards.
The defense really only had one bad series when it allowed Tandon Doss to do more or less whatever he wanted. Still 9 quarters without surrendering a point is tremendous.
Some of Pryor's throws were just not very good. Luckily, he had his receivers bail him out on several occasions. Also, the kid needs to learn when to give up on a play and heave the ball out of bounds. Someone needs to teach him that 2nd and 10 is much more favorable than 2nd and 19.
Missing 2 field goals is not a good thing, but Pettrey's second miss was awful. It wasn't anywhere near the uprights.
Under the Radar player of the game
It's always harder to pick this when a game is never in doubt. Robert Rose deserves some consideration for registering a safety and a sack. However, part of this award is praising those who have been the object of harsh criticism in the. With that in mind, I have to give it to Anderson Russell in this contest. Against Navy, he looked lost, but in this game he had both a fumble recovery and an interception. And for that, he is worthy of the UtR player of the game.