Post Game Thoughts about OSU Victory

After finally coming down from my "victory high," I wanted to share a few thoughts/observations about Thursday's huge victory. I got to stay up until 3 a.m. watching the replay. What a game!

-First of all, a tip of the Bearcat Insider helmet to Jake Rogers.  I really though Jake seemed tight the little bit I observed him last week, but I apparently confused tension for concentration.  Hitting that first field goal attempt had to help settle any nerves, and the 55 yard field goal looked to have plenty of distance.  Jake has now flashed his potential for all Bearcat fans to see, but I'd still like to see him get a little more consistent as caroming that final extra point off the upright gave me a bad flashback.

 

-Coach Tresey was ecstatic about getting six turnovers against SEMO last week so Clifton residents shouldn't have been surprised if they saw the Bearcat defensive coordinator dancing naked in the streets after yesterday's seven takeaway effort.  The linebackers and defensive backs seemed to be in almost every passing lane just like Coach Tresey, Coach Hinton and Coach Coombs have been preaching all summer.

 

-Special team's coordinator Mike Elston also had to be pleased with his guys.  Kevin Huber's 44 yard punting average was very solid, and Jake Rogers put himself in position for winning Big East Special Teams Player of the Week honors.  In addition, the special teams essentially created 14 points with the blocked punt for a touchdown and the recovery of Stroughter's muffed punt inside the five-yard-line.

 

-Last week Marty Gilyard had his coming out party.  This week it was Marcus "Bones" Barnett.  Coach Kelly described Barnett as "fearless" in a conversation earlier this summer, and Bones proved him right Thursday night with five catches and some tough play.

 

-The loss of Trevor Anderson just seems like a distant memory as Bearcat fans continue to watch the development of Angelo Craig.  I've seen Angelo develop quite a bit as a player and a person over his career, and if that development continues, it may allow him to play on Sundays next year.

 

-Yvenson Bernard seemed to be carrying on a conversation with a number of Bearcat defenders throughout the three quarters in which he played.  The Bearcats held him to his fewest yards as a starter.  His previous low was 16 carries for 54 yards in a loss to UCLA last year. He had only 30 yards against the Bearcats on 16 carries.

 

-There were a number of players from Harmony at Thursday's game along with Jerel Worthy of Wayne High School.  As expected, Bearcat commit J. K. Schaffer from LaSalle watched the game with a couple of his linebacker teammates.

 

-As Doug mentioned there were several NFL scouts at Thursday's game.  One was Bengals' Director of Football Operations, Jim Lippincott.  For obvious reasons, some of the scouts don't like to talk about who they are evaluating, but most wear a shirt or hat to  identify their club.  However, one NFL scout last night would not even identify his NFL team when asked.  He slipped away quietly under cover of night. 

 

-Cedric Tolbert has come a long way.  After knee surgery in high school, he again injured the knee two years ago.  If took the Xenia product an entire year to regain his speed, but Cedric looks to be finally 100% again.  Last night, Tolbert along with his buddy Andre Revels led the defense with 7 tackles a piece.  I think they are roommates.

 

-If I had any criticism last night from a personnel standpoint, I would have liked to have seen Tony Pike get some snaps in the fourth quarter.

 

-Kevin Lovell is living with his kicking mentor, Tim Williams, as Kevin looks for his next opportunity in the NFL.  Williams kicked for the Buckeyes after starring at Waynesville High School.  Williams told Bearcat Insider before the game that Alexis Serna was struggling with his kicks when using his holder.  Sure enough, Serna missed a relatively short field goal early in the game.  Williams emphasized that the holder often goes unnoticed with the fans in placekicking, and the hold is obviously critical.  Also the Bengals apparently weren't interested in signing Kevin Lovell because their holder would have to turn around for the left-footed kicker.

 

-As good as the victory felt last night, the Bearcats need to work on eliminating the negative plays and penalties for the Miami of Ohio game.  After such an emotional win, the Redhawks are sitting in a "trap game" spot especially with the game being played in Oxford.

 

-I've said many times already-Coach Kelly is the best thing to happen to Cincinnati  football since Sid Gillman, and that point may be getting tougher and tougher for people to argue.

 

-As expected, Rob Trigg became the third member of the 2007 recruiting class to take off the redshirt after playing in Thursday's game.  The other two are Armon Binns and Sam Griffin.

 

-Khalil El-Amin got the start at right tackle.  Jeff Linkenbach dressed but did not play.  After getting the starting spot at left guard, Ken Rodriguez was replaced by Chris Flores for much of the game.

 

-For those who like to plan ahead, the Bearcats return the game to Corvallis in 2009, and Eugene (home of the Ducks) is only about 40 miles from Oregon State's campus.  It's just possible Bearcat fans could see an afternoon game at Autzen Stadium before heading to Reser Stadium for the Bearcat/Beavers Round 2 clash.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the football gods look favorably on my quest to see two Pac 10 games in one day.

 

-I love knowing Paul Longo is on our sideline and has been working with our players.  The guy exudes confidence, and his expertise is worth its weight in gold. Maybe it's even worth MY weight in gold.

 

-Finally, hope to see many of you at The Holy Grail for the "Bearcat Insider Live at the Holy Grail" radio show on Tuesday from 7 to 9 on SuperTalk 96.5 f.m.  We can all celebrate the Bearcat victory over the Beavers as we anticipate a tough road game against the Redhawks.


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