Saturday, October 31, 2009
Buckeyes 45, Aggies 0
OK, I'll just come out and say it. I never expected the Buckeyes to cover a 44-point spread. No one is more surprised than me that they did it.
Let's face it. The offense racked up more than 500 yards of offense. Even against a team as poor as New Mexico State, I didn't expect that. Speaking of things I didn't expect. I didn't expect Devier Posey to throw a TD pass. Furthermore, I didn't expect the best pass of the day to be thrown by a wide receiver. That's not merely throwing undue criticism at Terrelle Pryor. It's a fact. Just watch that throw by Posey. It is more fundamentally sound, and better placed than any throw by TP or Bauserman.
Jordan Hall looked really good running the ball. Any time you can get 9 yards a carry, you're doing something right. TP had an excellent day running the ball. Boom Herron had a pretty successful day as well. Sanzenbacher and Posey had some good catches and stats. All in all, it was a pretty good day for the offense (after the 1st quarter).
This was the 3rd shutout of the year for the Bucks defense. As if that weren't impressive enough, the D yielded only 62 total yards and 2 first downs. OK, so the competition was pretty lousy, but still, that is impressive. You'd think a team might be able to stumble into more than 2 first downs.
Well, the onside kick was good. And quite unexpected.
The team sure got off to a slow start. Who would have guessed that the Buckeyes would face 3rd and 9 on 3 different occasions in the 1st quarter? The offensive gameplan at the outset was odd to say the least. It was either a 30-yard (incomplete) pass or a 1-yard run. Pryor still isn't impressing anyone with his arm. He was a very pedestrian 11 of 23 for less than 150 yards. And Bauserman really didn't look any better. But then, he looked like he was in there mostly to get some reps for Devin Barclay.
Ummmm, well the kickoffs had good distance. But four misses, when it is possible that the next couple games could be decided by a field goal? Yikes!
The first quarter was pretty wretched. And it didn't take long to see why Buckeyes fans are so maddened by the play of Pryor. His first pass: a 43-yard completion that was really well done. His second pass: a flutterball heaved off of his back foot and nearly intercepted, if not for the brilliant defense of Sanzenbacher. The receivers did have some drops but TP had some very poorly thrown balls.
Under the Radar player of the game
All right, loyal reader. You may think this is a cop-out, but hey, it's my blog. In a game like this, it's really difficult to find a UtR player of the game. I have a player in mind, but I will not reveal it. Rather, I am going to ask you to include your selection for the UtR player of the game in a comment.
Hey, anyone remember when scUM was 4-0 and in the top 25?