Such is life in the Urban Meyer era of Ohio State football. The Buckeyes earned a 40-20 victory Aug. 31 over Buffalo but Meyer and several of his players sounded not exactly pleased with the offensive effort. Ohio State scored 23 points in the first quarter and put up 216 yards in the first 15 minutes. The Buckeyes added only 17 points and 244 yards the rest of the way.
"I thought it was going to keep rolling and keep going but it kind of went downhill," junior quarterback Braxton Miller said. "We brought it back up, but it could have been better."
Meyer was happy to have his team begin the season with a victory, of course, but during his weekly press conference Monday he reiterated his high hopes for the offensive attack.
"I want to score every time we touch the ball," Meyer said. "I'm disappointed if we don't score. Once again, (I have) high expectations."
Meyer went on to say the offense graded "very average" against the Bulls. When it comes to how many points the offense wants to put up each week, opinions varied. Running backs coach Stan Drayton wasn't quite worried about the final point total.
"I don't know if it's a matter of points. I think it is with Urban, but I think it was more a matter of how we played at times," Drayton said. "We weren't very consistent at times (vs. Buffalo). … And if we had everything lined up and the stars were perfect, I think that, yes, we had plenty of opportunity to put more points on the board but the thing that we need to address immediately is just fundamentally where did the breakdowns take place and why."
Drayton later added that 50 points is a good number, "as long as we are at least one or two more points more than our opponent."
The Buckeyes could find themselves with an opportunity to light up the Ohio Stadium scoreboard Saturday vs. San Diego State. The Aztecs opened their season last weekend vs. Eastern Illinois and lost 40-19. SDSU not only allowed 40 points but 533 yards to the Football Championship Subdivision squad.
"We're going to try to score as many points as possible against any team," senior wide receiver Chris Fields said. "It's not really a mindset of who we play. We just have to come out there not half-stepping. We have to go up there full throttle and try to score as many points as possible with anybody."
That being said, Fields was not entirely satisfied with the offense's output in the opener.
"We weren't happy with 40," he said. "We try to get about 100, so hopefully we'll try to get 100 soon."
"They're going to come in and play hard," fifth-year senior tailback Jordan Hall said of SDSU. "So we just have to keep it up all the way through the game."
For Hall, when it comes to point totals, he thinks of a recent AT&T commercial.
"We always want more," he said.