I thought it was a solid victory. The Hoosiers were limited with scholarships, flooded with 1st
and 2nd year players, and looked very average coming into the
Horseshoe. Well, that is not
OSU's fault. It is our job to
show up and win Big Ten games and that is exactly what we did on Saturday.
We won by four touchdowns.
I think it is time to put to rest the
"our play-calling is too conservative" attitude.
We came out firing. Incomplete
to Jenkins, complete to Ross, quarterback draw, fake punt, incomplete to
Jenkins, complete to Jenkins, incomplete to Clarett.
That was the first series for our offense.
We had 3 receivers in the game. We
lined up in empty sets. We released
both our backs. It was opened up.
Now we ended up punting, and things weren't executed perfectly, but
everyone that wanted to see things opened up saw just that.
I firmly believe it is a game of what players execute the best.
It is not a chess match of what coach calls the best plays.
This game proves that field position is
a HUGE deal. Look at the first
half. Groom puts a punt down at the
seven, which eventually gives us field position at the 50…touchdown Buckeyes.
Two drives later we get the ball on the 44…touchdown Buckeyes.
Final drive of the half, a Gamble return and a personal foul gives us the
ball on the IU 45…touchdown Buckeyes. All
three of our scores came from great field position.
Check the first half stat sheet and you will see very similar first
downs, very similar third down conversions, very similar time of possession,
very similar turnovers, and even the total yardage was pretty equal.
But it was our field position that gave us a nice lead.
Many people are grumbling about our pass
defense. I see a cornerback issue
just like everyone else, but I am not overly concerned about our pass defense.
Look at the way teams are attacking us.
We have played teams that choose to throw the ball.
Does 283 passing yards for IU worry me?
Yes. Does 283 passing yards
and only 56 rushing yards for IU worry me?
No. We should panic when we
see teams pass AND run against us. If
a team spreads you out with a good quarterback, they will get their yards in the
air. Just bottle up everything else
and tackle well and things will turn out okay.
Clarett is a stud.
Perfect example of the Clarett-factor was that first drive in the second
half. Clarett for 23.
Clarett for 8. Clarett for 7. Clarett
for 5. Fake to Clarett, reverse
into the boundary for a touchdown. He
wears people down. He gets
defenders thinking, "How do I tackle this beast without getting
embarrassed." All of the sudden
their defense is not getting off blocks like they should and Gamble is running
Scott McMullen-Craig Krenzel is without
a doubt my starting quarterback that is running the team, but let's face it,
you need to have two guys. Craig is
a turned ankle, or a hand to a helmet, or a bruised rib away from sitting out a
few weeks. McMullen came in and
spread the ball around nice.
Shane Olivea-He gave a banged up,
shuffled around offensive line some stability.
He has the mean streak I like to see in offensive linemen.
Simon Fraser-Literally gets better every week. The scary thing is…he was awesome in week one.