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Game Thread Game Eight: Ohio State 45, Minnesota 31 (final)

Discussion in '2005 Football Season Capsule' started by Clarity, Nov 30, 2004.

  1. IYE2

    IYE2 Newbie

    Who woulda thought osu would of played SO great on offense and not so great on defense (1st half mainly). But, even though they gave up so many passing yds, the best thing is only 1 passing td. Ashton got burn so many times though.
    I try to tell people about pitt but their response is always: (b4 this game) the guy has no td's, how good can he be? Well considering they dont really rely on him at the goaline, pretty darn good. And he's only getting better.
    Looks like Ginn is back in full affect, and if only Holmes would come back...oh what could be next yr. (offensivly atleast).
  2. bucknut11

    bucknut11 Defense still wins Championships

    Good writeup, as always from CFN...

  3. ProudBuck67

    ProudBuck67 Rookie

    The D

    When you are so geared to stop the run, the pass d was bound to suffer. The yardage for Cupito was pretty large, but in my opinion was inflated by at least 4 or 5 blown coverages. Youboty also misstimed a jump on the ball at the 1.
    But I still stand by this D as the best in the country!

    Go BUCKS!

    :oh: :io:

    BUCKYLE Washed

    somebody give Matthew Zemek a gp award. :biggrin:
  5. JXC

    JXC '01'02'04'05'06'07'08'09'10'12'13'14'15'16‘17’18

    I'm in Chicago right now. Half way done with the 11 hour drive back home. It was a long drive, but it was well worth it. Teddy Ginn is awesome. Troy Smith is awesome. The thousands and thousands of Buckeye fans that went to the game were AWESOME! I know our defense is great, so i'm not worried about the yardage. They came up with big stops in the 2nd half when we needed them. And NO TURNOVERS!!! GO BUCKS!!! 3 more to go!

    Oh and by the way...leading rusher...Antonio Pittman!!! HELL YEAH!!! 2 TDs. WHAT A GAME!!! GO OFFENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. 808 Buck

    808 Buck Senior Upset Picks Winner

    Have to admit that I had my doubts about the Bucks winning this type of game. Hopefully, what we saw today was an offense that is priming itself for a huge finish. Defensively, build off of the second half success, and regain the swagger. Illinois should be just the ticket for both.
  7. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    Cupito played out of his mind. Their receivers pulled down every jump ball.

    As far as the rush defense is concerned, our defensive line did a little better in the 2nd half at occupying linemen, but Schlegel & Co. did a lot better at shedding them.

    The point is, this was the perfect storm of a defense a little off its game and a great offense that played better against us than they have all season. (especially at qb and wide-out)

    Now you have a defense that is being called pansies by nationally syndicated sports writers.

    The Illini might want to update their wills.
  8. daddyphatsacs

    daddyphatsacs Let the cards fall... Staff Member

    Ditto, boy how bad will that one get next week?
  9. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    Before the game, I offered the following (you can find the original post on page 2);

    Now consider this: Against defenses that between them were giving up 371.35 ypg, the Gophers averaged 490.29 ypg. THEN they go up against a defense giving up only 254.86 ypg, and post 578 yards (87.71 yards more than they had been averaging.)

    OSU gave up more yards against the Gophers than did Tulsa, Colorado St., Purdue, Michigan and Wisconsin. We came within 1 yard of equaling Florida Atlantic's dubious accomplishment, and we gave up more than twice as many yards as Penn State did. And yet OSU is ahead of every one of those teams in Total Defense, and has played much tougher offenses (than anyone).

    To say that this was Minnesota's best offensive performance of the season, and our worst defensive performance is a huge understatement. Measured by differential yardage, with head-head factored out; this was our worst defensive performance by 175.29 yards, and their best offensive performance by over 100 yards.

    The obvious question is WHY????

    The answers are less obvious.

    • Motivation: This is coach Mason's Super Bowl. probably a factor
    • Preparation: Coach Mason had 2 weeks to prepare and used them wisely. certainly a factor
    • Injuries: Everett, Youboty - certainly a factor -- they seemed to pick on Youboty, knowing he wasn't 100%
    • Matchup: Our defensive tackles did not perform as well as Penn State's tackles against the Gophers... neither did our DBs for that matter
    • Scheme: Should we have disguised coverages more? I doubt this was much of a factor
    • Home/Road: 'nuff said. probably a big factor
    • Hot QB: An old song for OSU fans. An average quarterback plays the game of his life against the Buckeyes. definitely a factor
    The point to all of this is that this game was a massive aberration. It cannot be dismissed, but it should not be treated as a harbinger of doom either. We have 1 more road game, and it is in a venue where the Buckeyes are 1-1 under Tressel. I for one still believe that they will win out.
  10. Taosman

    Taosman Flatten the Curve

    Great job by the coaching staff on both sides of the ball of making adjustments! An impressive job overall. Now, before we get too excited by Troy Smith's performance, let look at the defense he was playin against! First, Minnies "D" is not very good overall. And has always been susceptible to the pass. Second, they were playing man all day, making Troy's reads simplified! And our "O" line had a fine day, helping Pittman to another outstanding day running the ball! We're not going to see man defense the rest of the year! Maybe scUM will throw some man at us , but I doubt much! Things for making Troy make his reads will not get easier!

    Still, all credit to the coaches and the entire team for hanging tough! Maturity! Minny looked like frickin USC on offense in the first half!
    Our most impressive win yet! And on the road! :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:
  11. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Some great pics courtesy of

  12. JCOSU86

    JCOSU86 Go Bucks! Staff Member

    How about the D? :biggrin:

    They bent the last 2 weeks (against GREAT offenses), but didn't break. That is the important thing.
  13. smith403

    smith403 The Man Who Started A Dynasty

    The defense stepped up when it mattered! Was glad to see Tressel give the 2nd team defense some "game condition" down the stretch. Can only help later!

    :oh: :io:
  14. Zurp

    Zurp I have misplaced my pants.

    That's a good point. As ugly as the first half was defensively, it's always good to see 2nd-team players get into the game.
  15. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Per the Ozone...


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