Saturday, September 18, 2010

Buckeyes 43, Bobcats 7

Let's get right to it, shall we?
The Good
It's a funny thing. Ohio State put up 43 points and 439 yards, but no one had the sort of game that makes you sit up and say "Wow!" Terrelle Pryor had a tremendous first half and ended with some pretty good numbers. I'll take 22 out of 29 every week. Dane Sanzenbacher had an amazing one-handed catch in the first half. And if that weren't enough, he finished the play by getting the first down. Jake Stoneburner had five receptions. I ask you, when was the last time an OSU tight end had five receptions in a game? Devier Posey had another good game. He definitely looks like the go-to receiver.
Wrap your mind around this one. The Buckeyes defense gave up only seven first downs in the entire game. The Bobcats finished with 158 total yards. That means the defense is doing a bang-up job. Ross Homan had a good game. The guy had four tackles in the first quarter. Devon Torrence was good. Cameron Heyward is a total beast.
Special Teams
Well, the special teams definitely had a better game. Aside from the return which would have given the Bobcats a 7-3 lead, the special teams did what it was supposed to do.
The Bad
I would have liked to see more from the running game. I mean, the opponent was a MAC team and the Buckeyes averaged only 3.9 yards per carry for the whole game. I know that's good enough for the Woody Hayes offense, but I think they could have done better against the competition.
I wished the defense could have finished with a shutout, but it's hard to complain about a performance like this.
The Ugly
I know what you're thinking. How could I have anything in the ugly for this game? How about the end of the first half? After 16 consecutive completions, Terrelle threw one short, then was sacked, then threw an interception. No es bueno.
Dear Jake Stoneburner, I realize you had a good game and I congratulate you. However, for the Buckeyes to maintain the status quo, I'm afraid Pryor won't be able to throw you the ball again until at least the Purdue game.
Under the Radar player of the game
Ross Homan would be a great candidate for this. However, I can go a little more under the radar than that. Devon Torrence caused the interception in the first quarter. If you ask me, that set the tone for the defense in the game and for that he is the UtR player of the game.

1 comment:

neslagle said...

My write up follows:

OHIO STATE 17 17 9 0 43
OHIO UNIVER. 0 0 0 7 7

Ohio State was near perfect for the first 22 minutes of the game as the Bucks rolled to 34-0 lead with one incomplete pass, no turnovers and no penalties. OSU scored on their first six possessions and the defense forced 3 turnovers in the first 22 minutes.
Pryor's 16 straight completions in the first half smashed the previous school record of 12 straight by Jim Karsatos vs Wisconsin in 1985. How ironic that a QB whose main weakness is his inaccuracy sets an accuracy record that no other OSU QB has ever came close to! Pryor finished 22 of 29 for 235 yards, 2 INT and 2 TD'a and rushed 8 times for 35 yards and a TD.
The offense struggled after the first 22 minutes. Pryor was 5 for 11 with two interceptions the reminder of the game. The subs only picked up one first down in the 4th quarter. The defense had only allowed 62 yards in 3 quarters but the subs allowed 96 more in the 4th quarter.
OSU had no penalties for the first time since 1988! And OSU forced 5 more turnovers vs 2 turnovers by the offense. For the season OSU has 12 take aways and the offense has 2 interceptions and no fumbles.
After 3 games OSU have outscored opponents 41-14 in 1st quarter, 54-10 in 2nd quarter, 26-0 in 3rd quarter and have been outscored in 4th quarter 14-3.
Barclay is 8th in nation in scoring with 38 points. OSU is 11th in nation points allowed at 12.7 per game, 15th in rushing yards allowed at 80 per game, tied for 1st with 12 take aways, 15th in scoring at 41.3 points a game, 20th with 461 yards per game, 3rd in penalties at 3 a game, and 6th in turnovers at .7 a game.
The Big Ten has 6 teams in top 25, SEC 4 in top 15 and Pac 10 has 4 in top 17.