During one news conference in the buildup to the Sugar Bowl, Richt offered his advice about whether Bo Pelini should have stayed around to be LSU's defensive coordinator in the title game after accepting the head coaching position for
"I wouldn't recommend it," Richt said about coaching two places at once.
After accepting the coaching position at
A mere minute and 26 seconds into last Monday night's title game, the Buckeyes rattled off a four-play, 77-yard drive for a score that saw Chris Wells knife through the heart of LSU's defense for a 65-yard touchdown run.
"I think we were a little too anxious," Chevis Jackson said. "We missed a couple of assignments. They hit the holes, ran to daylight, and made a play. After we settled down I think that was what made the difference. Coach (Pelini) told us nothing else. We were on the sideline, we were like, ‘Yeah. It's time to play ball now.'"
And so they did.
LSU stopped the bleeding. After scoring 10 points by the 9:12 mark of the first quarter,
"That's every cornerback and safety's dream – to have a front four like we have with Glenn (Dorsey), Tyson (Jackson), and "Freak" coming back – Ricky (Jean-Francois) coming back made a big difference tonight. I mean, they put pressure on the quarterback and we just made the plays in the secondary."
Following a punt and a blocked field goal attempt, the Buckeyes fifth possession of the night was abruptly ended in three plays when Harry Coleman blitzed
The pick came on a drive when
"It's pressure defense. Coach (Pelini) called a blitz and Perry (Riley) got to the quarterback. I read at the line of scrimmage that he was going outside so I kind of gave him the press and ran with him. His eyes got big, so when the ball got close I just made a play on the ball."
Dorsey was just as complimentary of
"That was big time," Dorsey said of
Five plays after
Thanks to a Matt Flynn interception, Ohio State was given a short field on its next offensive showing, but even then the Buckeyes needed to convert on a fourth and four to score and used up over two minutes to get into the end zone at a time when the clock was starting to become more and more of a factor.
LSU's defense would come through by forcing a fumble on the Buckeyes next possession, and then it was time for the secondary to do its part once again.
Junior safety Curtis Taylor ended what had already been a seven-play drive by hauling in a Boeckman pass, setting up the Tigers final scoring drive of the night.
"They had ran that route on me a couple of times,"
In total, LSU forced three fumbles. Although the Tigers only managed to recover one of those, the idea of pressure was firmly planted into Boeckman's head, and it translated into the two interceptions that he threw. The impact was very big, according to
"That's what Coach Pelini emphasizes – if we can get the ball, it's more possessions for our offense,"
All season long, and all bowl-season long, much has been made of the speed of the SEC as opposed to other conferences. That was particularly true of the Big Ten, considering the beating
"We tried to be physical,"