BUCKEYES IMPROVING...CAN THEY KEEP IT UP?
I have just returned from a long vacation to Ohio where I attended three victories by our Ohio State team. I watched the Michigan State win on TV, while in Atlantic City that weekend. I also had a great visit with my family, staying with my sister Ann and her husband Herb in Pickerington, Ohio most of the time, a visit to my Sister Sue's for a couple days in Coshocton, Ohio and a one night visit in Stockport, Ohio with my golfing buddy cousin Dan Woerner from North Carolina and four nights in Atlantic City, where I actually hit several jackpots and left a winner..
What can we glean from those four victories? We know Braxton Miller is the Shining Star, but seems to be getting more help on Offense from Carlos Hyde and The Offensive Line. Only three of the six teams we have played so far have a winning record at this point in the season. We know the Big Ten is having a bad year, with Michigan being clobbered by Alabama and Notre Dame, Michigan State being beat by Notre Dame and Nebraska being beat by a UCLA team that was just beat last Saturday by California, whom we had a struggle with.
So one might say "It is great to be undefeated, but we really did not beat any good ranked teams". A perfect season would still be highly appreciated from the Ohio State football nation, and would show our dominance in the Big Ten, since we play all the best teams in the league, Purdue, at Penn State, at Wisconsin and Michigan still on our schedule.
I am one fan who could do without all the Personal foul penalties. I do not know if the rest of you Buckeye fans have noticed that we have 16 personal fouls in 6 games, 5 in the Nebraska game. Urban Meyer should do something about this? OSU is currently the most penalized team in the conference with 46 flags totaling 401 yards. On the flip side is unbeaten Kansas State with 9 penalties for only 71 yards.
INJURIES: Jordan Hall missed the contest with a knee injury and safety CJ Barnett sat out a third consecutive game with an ankle injury.
Senior linebacker Etienne Sabino went down in the first half with a lower leg injury and missed all the second half and will miss the Indiana game. True freshman Joshua Perry replaced him in the base defense against Nebraska, while Senior Storm Klein took his position in the nickel defense. Klein was already playing linebacker in the base defense. Sabino entered the game second on the team with 36 tackles and played his best game against Michigan State.
Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier briefly left the game after hitting his knee on the Ohio Stadium turf, but was able to return and finished as the top tackler with 11 stops, 2 for a loss and a sack. He is the team's leader with 59 stops.
Junior Carlos Hyde made his 3rd start of the season taking Hall's place and ran 28 times for 140 yards and 4 touchdowns all career single-game highs.
Sophomore Rod Smith backed up Hyde and rushed twice for 38 yards and a TD.
Jordan Hall's replacement as punt returner was Junior receiver Corey "Philly" Brown, who had a 76-yard jaunt for a score, which helped blow the game open.
NOTES; Bradley Roby is beginning to live up to his hype after blocking the first punt of the year against the Spartans and making 2 interceptions against Nebraska.
Despite Ohio State surrendering more than 400 yards for the 3rd time in 6 games, John Simon had a great game with 5 tackles for loss among his 7 total stops. That tied a single-game OSU record held by 3 previous players including Andy Katzenmoyer in the 1997 Rose Bowl victory over Jake the Snake's Arizona State team 20-17.
The Stat of the game was the 101 points the two teams put up, which is the most points scored in Ohio Stadium since we rolled up an 83-21 victory over Iowa in 1950.
THIS WEEKS INDIANA GAME: The Hoosiers and their hurry-up offense have topped 24 points in each contest this year. They lead the Big Ten in passing with 304.8 yds. per game and are second with 472.4 total yards. They have done this mainly without QB Tre Roberson who suffered a serious leg injury during a blowout win over Massachusetts on Sept. 8.
The Hoosiers continue to move the ball thanks to QB's Coffman and Nate Sudfeld who have split time. Coffman played the entire Michigan State game and the pocket passer has gone 86 for 126 (67.2%) for 801 yards 6 TD's and 1 Interception.
Sudfield is a 6-5 218 lb. true freshman going 25 of 40 (62.5%) for 357 yards, 3 TD's and NO picks.
Indiana has a one-back offense with Stephen Houston, D'Angelo Roberts and Tevin Coleman splitting time. Each is sure handed, having lost just one fumble in 418 attempts.
Wynn a small speedster from Cleveland Glenville ran a 4.37 40 yard dash in the offseason. He is a constant target on screen passes and other ball-control plays for 213 yards and a team-best four touchdowns.
Their Big Play targets are Cody Latimer with an 18.1 yard average and 2 TD's and Kofi Hughes with 16 grabs for 248 yards and 2 TD's.
Indiana has dangerous returners leading the Big Ten in Kickoff returns both Wynn and Coleman have returns for touchdowns. This year the two combine for a 31.7 yard average on 9 returns.
On defense the leader is Adam Replogle one of the Senior leaders from Centerville, Ohio who has 149 career tackles, 12 1/2 sacks and 20 tackles for loss.
Thus, our Buckeyes cannot take Indiana for granted. Let us hope and expect that we will improve on our game against Nebraska. And of course get a quicker start, not wasting the first quarter for naught!
Below picture was taken at The Stockport Mill. Dan, my cousin, who lives in North Carolina, has a second house on the Muskinggum River, where he invited my sister Ann, her husband Herb and myself for a Brunch at the Ohio Historical landmark, which was built in 1906 and did both milling and generated electric for the town. It operated as a feed mill until 1997. Thanks Dan for the good Brunch!