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Game Thread Game Seven: Ohio State 41, Indiana 10 (final)

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


    BUCKYLE Washed

    Im no ref, but I think thats where the term "shoestring" catch comes from. Spielman was actually upset about that call. It shoulda been a catch.
  2. jwinslow

    jwinslow A MAN OF BETRAYED JUSTICE Staff Member Tourney Pick'em Champ

    I agree the reffing was horrible, but Donte very clearly ripped off VY's helmet during the first drive of the game on the 10th.
    Ginn struggling on O and on ST are two different things. He had previously been dancing like a june bug on offense. On ST, he has had nowhere to go, and so once bottled up he began to juke and lose more yardage.

    The few times he has had a seam on ST (Texas, Iowa, IU) he has gone nuts.
  3. Zurp

    Zurp I have misplaced my pants.

    Watching the game, I also thought Holmes was interfered-with. But when they showed the replay, it looked to me as though they were both going for the ball. They bumped into each other, and the defender had the better position for the catch. That is often called pass-interference, but I think that would be a bad call. I think he was right to not call it pass-interference.

    And the Ginn fumble, I agree. I think they were whistle-shy after totally blowing it on D'Andrea's fair catch play.
  4. Folanator

    Folanator Brawndo's got electrolytes...

    Was this directed at the IU fans??? Wow, large stones. Way to call em out TH!
  5. Zurp

    Zurp I have misplaced my pants.

    Good point - the ref should have said something in his explanation. I thought that as long as it doesn't touch the ground, it's a completion.

    If that the rule is that the foot is part of the ground, there'll be a time soon when someone catches the ball in a similar way and we'll have the argument over whether it hit is foot or it hit his ankle. Some will say "He clearly caught the ball off his toes." Others will say "No way! It's way up on his shin!"

    It's funny how the replay system was put in to make sure the refs get the right call, and they take what WAS the right call, in many cases, and they turn it into the wrong call. Don't get me wrong - I like the replay system a lot. But you'd think that it should be able to correct some of the bad officiating - not make it worse.
  6. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Per the Ozone.....

  7. VprHis

    VprHis Get off my lawn, you hooligans!

    Remember what came out of the early games last year, when the ball kept popping out after quick whistles... or the runner broke free after a quick whistle? The refs decided to be deliberately slow on the whistle, and rely on the man in the replay booth to rule on progress/possession.

    I'm not in the slightest upset about the slow whistle... i'm fucking PISSED that the replay adviser didn't step in.
  8. JXC

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

    Maybe this was mentioned...but does anybody know the last time Ohio State held a team to 137 total yards, or the last time Indiana only got 137 total yards?
  9. Well we held Iowa to 137 and SDSU to 170(if not for that first play) it wouldve been under 100.

    Can we say total Domination. There have been two teams move the ball on us this year and one is ranked 11 and one is ranked 3rd in total offense, and for the most part the defense didnt really play that bad in those games.
  10. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0



  11. great1

    great1 Rookie

    Indiana was my first away game and definitely had fun. I got a quick question why wasnt the band at the game?
  12. VprHis

    VprHis Get off my lawn, you hooligans!

    1. The bandmembers need some weekends off.

    2. it's FREAKING EXPENSIVE to move that band from place to place. :)
  13. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Half Full or Half Empty?: The Buckeyes rolled up some big offensive statistics against Indiana. OSU posted 478 yards of total offense that included 238 rushing yards and 240 passing. Throw in 220 return yards (110 on punts and 110 on kickoffs) and it's hard to escape the conclusion that the Buckeyes moved the ball against the Hoosiers. That's the good news.
    The bad news is that all that offense resulted in just 24 points, with the defense and special teams supplying the rest of the scoring. If your cup is half full, you can hang your hat on the 'It's a team game' concept. If your cup is half empty, you want to know why the Buckeye offense was not as efficient as it could have been. It turns out that OSU offensive coordinator Jim Bollman falls into that second category.
    <TABLE cellPadding=2 width=120 align=left><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR><TD>
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Jim Bollman [/FONT]
    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>"I really wasn't very happy sitting up there period," said Bollman of his day in the press box watching the OSU offense.
    "There was the interception down there on the one-yard line, there's seven more points. Then we had that kickoff return called back," Bollman lamented.
    Bollman was not at all satisfied with the offense, but was happy with the win. He also recognized that the unusual nature of the game may have had something to do with the way the scoring went.
    "What else was going to happen. It was crazy, weird," Bollman said.
    Bollman also recognized that the Buckeyes got a few breaks in the game, particularly on the inadvertent whistle that nullified an Indiana fumble recovery of the opening kickoff in the second half.
    "We were very fortunate on that one," said Bollman.
    "Then the next time they end up taking the ball out of Teddy's hands and scoring on that, so it kind of ended up even anyway."
    Winning Up Front: The Buckeyes won the battle of the trenches against the Hoosiers, dominating on both offense and defense. On offense, Tony Pittman, Troy Smith and Maurice Wells all found room to run, and Smith had very nice pass protection all day. Defensively, Indiana's running game was almost nonexistent, but perhaps most surprisingly, the Buckeyes were able to pressure Indiana quarterback Blake Powers without relying on the blitz. Indiana Head Coach Terry Hoeppner expected the Buckeyes to be blitz oriented against his team, but OSU's defensive front played well enough to make a lot of blitzing unnecessary.
    "I don't think they really blitzed as much as I thought they were going to blitz," admitted Indiana Head Coach Terry Hoeppner.
    "I think they were able to get pressure on us with four and at times just a three-man rush, which is disheartening."
    <TABLE cellPadding=2 width=120 align=right><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR><TD>
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Jim Heacock[/FONT]​
    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>"We were trying to get four-man pressure," said OSU defensive coordinator Jim Heacock.
    "We felt like we had to get coverage back there and we had to be able to re-route receivers. They had come great receivers and they're a good offensive football team. We tried to get some three-man and four-man pressure and not blitz them as much," Heacock said.
    The Buckeyes were able to do just that and played havoc with the Indiana offense despite not blitzing to a great degree.
    "I think we affected the offensive line and really kind of effected him (Powers) as well," said OSU defensive end Mike Kudla.
    "We were getting good pressure the first half. We just weren't quite getting there, but you could tell that offensive line was really getting shaky because they started false starting and lining up in the backfield, so you knew we were getting pressure on them and it was starting to worry them."
    Biggest Blunder: The Buckeyes and Hoosiers each made their share of mistakes in the game, but perhaps the biggest blunder of the game was made by reserve OSU linebacker Trevor Robinson. Robinson cost OSU and Ted Ginn a touchdown on a kickoff return when he was flagged for a personal foul on the play for blocking a defenseless Indiana defender 25 yards behind the play.
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    Trevor Robinson
    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>"I felt so bad that his kickoff return was called back," said OSU Head Coach Jim Tressel.
    "I don't know that last time we had a kickoff return. I think it was September of 1997 or something since we've had a kickoff return for a touchdown."
    "There's no excuse. Poor judgment," Tressel said when asked if there were circumstances under which that kind of play could be excused.
    Ginn said he actually spoke to Robinson about the play.
    "All you do is go back and tell the guy 'You owe me one,' and go out and do it all over again," said Ginn.
    According to Ginn, Robinson had the right response.
    "He said 'I'm sorry,'" Ginn said.
    Tressel had a bit of advice for his team if they see Ginn on the move in the open field in the future.
    "When he gets the ball and he's even with people (the defense), take a knee," was Tressel advice to all the other Buckeyes on the field with Ginn under those circumstances.
    "Don't even worry about getting ahead, because he'll be ahead in a nanosecond. That's really disconcerting that you would have a clip that far behind (the play), but it happened and we overcame it."
    Reviving the Running Game: The Buckeye running game has been less-than stellar since the 2002 season, but is now showing signs of life with Antonio Pittman and against Indiana, Maurice Wells. That brings a smile to the face of OSU Head Coach Jim Tressel.
    <TABLE cellPadding=2 width=120 align=right><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR><TD>
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Antonio Pittman [/FONT]​
    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>"I thought we did a fairly good job running it, especially with the number of people they like to bring into the box," said Tressel.
    "I thought we did a fairly good job watching (scouting) them. They played against the run pretty well in some of their other games, especially if you were in two back. I think some of our good running was in one back. It was good balance," Tressel said.
    "Antonio got run it 25+ times, which is a good thing, and he had over 100, which is a good thing. I think he's coming along. I told him going into the Big Ten and after we didn't get 100 yards against Penn State, that if we could always get 100 from him we have a good chance to win, and that's our goal. We just have to be a little better on short yardage," Tressel said.
    Against Indiana, Pittman rushed for 133 yards on 26 carries (5.1 yards per carry), and Maurice Wells added 50 yards on five carries (10.0 yards per carry), and Brandon Schnittker 12 yards on four carries (3.0 yards per carry). Tressel sees improvement, but still sees a weakness.
    "We need to start scoring with our tailback more in the red zone," said Tressel.
    Pittman has yet to score this season. Senior Brandon Schnittker is the lone OSU tailback to dent the end zone in 2005.
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Brandon Mitchell [/FONT]
    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Capitalizing on Opportunity: Safety Brandon Mitchell has been patient in his Buckeye career, spending more time on the bench than on the field. The injury to senior cornerback Tyler Everett, however, elevated Mitchell to OSU's nickel back, and against the Hoosiers, Mitchell made the most of opportunity to be on the field when he made an interception and returned it 57 yards for a touchdown.
    "After looking at film this week we knew they liked to run a lot of deep routes, especially with 82 Harden," said Mitchell describing his big play.
    "We were lined up in cover two so the safeties are in a half field. I saw him running up the sideline and I knew that they were going that way, so I just kind of broke on the ball and made a play. I didn't want to go out of bounds. Anytime you get an opportunity you want to take advantage of it, especially as a defensive player," Mitchell said.
    Statistical Potpourri:
    * The win over Indiana was OSU's fourth Big Ten road win in it's last 10 Big Ten road games. Two of those road wins have come over Indiana.
    * OSU's 31 point win over Indiana last Saturday was just the third 30+ point margin of victory in the Jim Tressel era. The first two came in the 2002 season when the Buckeyes defeated Kent State 51-17 and San Jose State 50-7.
    * The Buckeye defense has been dominant on the field this season, and that is showing up in the statistics as well. The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in pass defense (192.1 yards per game), scoring defense (14.6 points per game), and rushing defense (62.7 yards per game. The Buckeyes also lead the league in net punting at 40.9 yards per kick and in sacks with 31 and in first down defense, having allowed just 101 first downs in seven games. OSU also leads the league in total defense allowing 254.9 yards per game.
    OSU's stingy also ranks highly in the national standings. The Buckeyes' rush defense numbers are the lowest in the nation at 439 total net yards through seven games. Their 2.0 yards per rush average is also best in the NCAA.
    Buckeye Invasion: As has become case in recent years, Buckeye fans at least equaled, and maybe outnumbered, Indiana fans in Bloomington. That kind of stuck in the craw of Hoosier first-year head coach Terry Hoeppner.
    "I said from day one that as a program we're pointing to them," said Hoeppner.
    "There were still way too many Scarlet and Gray and too much O-H-I-O (in the stadium),' Hoeppner said. " I heard it."
    The Hoosiers won't have a chance to turn that trend around for a while. Indiana comes to Columbus in 2006, and the teams will not meet in the 2007 and 2008 season.
    "The Buckeyes don't come back here for a while, and when they do, it needs to be a completely different atmosphere," said Hoeppner.
    "I think I've got until 09 to get that fixed with the team and with the program. You won't believe how quick that will get here."
  14. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    <TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=0 width="98%" align=center border=0><TBODY><TR><TD colSpan=3>Offense Churns Forward With Win At Indiana

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    Antonio Pittman vs. Indiana

    </TD><TD noWrap width=3></TD><TD vAlign=top>By Steve Helwagen
    Managing Editor
    Date: Oct 24, 2005

    We share some comments from OSU offensive coordinator Jim Bollman and several players following the team's 41-10 win over Indiana. The Buckeyes piled up 478 yards total offense in the win with 240 on the ground and 238 through the air. Click this free link for more.
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    The Ohio State offense enjoyed one of its finest showings of the 2005 season in the 41-10 win over Indiana last Saturday.
    OSU achieved near-perfect balance with 240 yards rushing (on 48 attempts), 238 yards passing and 478 yards total offense. The rushing and total yardage figures trailed those accumulated against Iowa, when the Buckeyes totaled 314 yards on the ground and 530 overall. The passing total was OSU’s third-best of the season, falling behind 249 against Michigan State and 244 against Texas.
    Here were comments from OSU offensive coordinator Jim Bollman and several players following the win:
    Jim Bollman
    * On OSU answering with a quick five-play, 79-yard scoring drive after IU cut the lead to 17-10 in the third quarter -- “We went right back down and it was like we got serious. We put the ball in there in five plays. That was good to see us respond that way.”
    * On the play of QB Troy Smith, who rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one -- “He certainly made some good throws and certainly made some good runs. But that touchdown on that drive coming back, that was a good run, no doubt about it.”
    * On OSU’s overall offensive performance -- “The thing that sticks in my mind is our consistency and the things where we may have made some errors at some times. I don’t want to take anything away from them. They did a good job, too. But there were some things we have to overcome, which we didn’t.”
    Troy Smith, QB
    * On how the option play is paying dividends -- “It’s starting to work. Coach Tressel always says that if we can get the block on the field-side ‘backer we should be good.”
    * On tailback Antonio Pittman still not having a touchdown (Smith faked a pitch to Pittman on his 1-yard TD plunge) -- “That’s kind of tough, but Pitt’s the kind of player that after somebody scores a touchdown he’s the first guy helping him up. That’s why I like having him as a teammate. He’s going to work hard and grind it out for you.”
    * On looking ahead toward Minnesota -- “The preparation for Minnesota starts immediately. First, we’ve got to go through the film and get ready for Minnesota. The command of the offense was present today. We got it going in the right direction today.”
    * On his interception at the goal line, where IU’s Terry Porter cut off Santonio Holmes and made the pick -- “The immediate lesson I learned then was when it’s not there, don’t force it. I wish I could take that one back. But the cornerback made a great play. He cut Santonio off at the goal line.
    “Within him not moving at the goal line, I shouldn’t have gone that way. He’s one of the best receivers on our team and I have faith in him. If I had a chance to do it again, I would look that way. But I wouldn’t throw that way.”
    Antonio Pittman, TB
    * On his 26-carry, 133-yard day -- “That’s a great sign. That means your body is taking it. It’s absorbing it. I’m not really worn down or anything after that.”
    Rob Sims, OG
    * On Pittman’s performance -- “It’s nice to have a guy that’s been with us all year and getting us 100-yard games week after week. I’m trying to get him (into the end zone). Every time we get down there and get close, I’m blocking as hard as I can. I think it will happen for him.”
  15. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    per the ozone....


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