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Game Thread Ohio State 30, Minnesota 7 (final)

Discussion in '2007 Football Season Capsule' started by BB73, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. shetuck

    shetuck What do you need water for, Sunshine?

  2. GoodLifeSean

    GoodLifeSean Proud to be born in the best state in the Union!

    This one could get really ugly really fast... I mean my mighty redhawks just got stomped into next week by Colorado and Pushed the Gophers to OT. However if the unis look as bad as the bright yellow mostrosities from Oregon, maybe I'll be blinded by halftime and not be able to see it.
  3. brutus2002

    brutus2002 Junior

    I want to see the benches cleared. I want to see Taurian Washington and the young WR's get some touches. Hopefully we dominate from the start.
  4. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    Another struggling team next for Ohio State
    Jim Naveau |
    - 09.24.2007
    [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif] COLUMBUS ? Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman was talking about hitting wide open receivers with passes, but he could have been talking about the two-game stretch of games for the Buckeyes that started with Northwestern on Saturday night and continues this Saturday night at Minnesota.

    ?Coach always says you can?t miss the lay-ups,? Boeckman said.

    Minnesota (1-3, 0-1 Big Ten) appears to be a second straight week in the lay-up line for OSU (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten), which rolled over Northwestern 58-7 in its Big Ten opener on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

    Minnnesota?s one victory is over Miami (Ohio) in overtime. It lost its opener in overtime to Bowling Green, lost to Florida Atlantic and lost 45-31 to Purdue on Saturday.


  5. MrsB

    MrsB A scarlet and grey blooded lady

    This game could be a continuation of the NW game. OH My!
    We do need to continue just getting better as a team.
    45 - 10.
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  6. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    This year, OSU coaches have brought back the mentality of "The Silver Bullets." Last season, the emphasis was on ball hawking, and our turnover margin ultimately bore that out, at the expense of seeing those Jack Tatum highlight hits we have enjoyed going back years and years. This season, the emphasis is on hitting the opponent so hard that they quit playing. Whether it's a WR blasting a LB to spring a run, a DB blowing up a screen, or a special teams gunner ear-hole'ing the first up-man he sees in the wedge, the idea is to strike fear into the opponent in every phase of the game.

    Add to this, the Buckeyes can "manufacture" some extra motivation by drawing from last season, where the Jack Tatum hit of the Year was arguably the shot that Ray Small took that ended his season.

    Small and the Buckeyes will have revenge on their mind, and I think the special teams hits are going to be nasty this Saturday night -- maybe even personal foul inducing nasty. This team is a family, and they're going to be looking at taking care of their own. Every single player on the roster will see the hit Small took last year. They're likely going to be reminded of it every day this week.

    Small will also be the biggest beneficiary of the fast track on the astroturf of the HHH Baggy Dome. Last time we were there, Ginn returned a kick off for a TD and Pittman broke off the long runs we hadn't seen before in his career.

    I think #4 enjoys a HUGE day in the return game.
  7. zincfinger

    zincfinger Gert Frobe-approved

    Most importantly, I think they need to get the turnovers under control. Averaging 2 TO's a game, against poor to mediocre defenses, is not good, and it's the one area where I think there's significant cause for concern. It probably won't matter against Minnesota, but if the Bucks don't improve their ball security, it likely will matter against quality opposition.
  8. utgrad73

    utgrad73 Reloaded

    They may be looking for Robo on a deep route first.

    We should find Washington on a shorter route first and do the same for the other young WRs on similar shorter routes in the first series of downs.

    I'm looking foward to seeing all the WR's back in action again and scoring.

    I'd like to see 1 defensive score, 4 offensive scores from WR's, 2 Offensive scores from RBs, at least one kick off return for 6 (Ray), a couple of FGs for practice. 62 to 0. No injuries. No penalties. Nothing but 3 and outs for the Gophers.

    I'm not a coach but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2007
  9. BrutusBobcat

    BrutusBobcat Icon and Entertainer

    If I may, I'd like to post a little content on our opponent this week. :wink: Doing some Google scouting, I discovered a few things:

    Senior Amir Pinnix had been having a pretty good year running the ball, with three 100+ yard games (5.7 per carry), but Brewster pulled him at halftime against Purdue for fumbling in the red zone. His quote, "We're going to play guys who value the football" seems pretty harsh, but hey, you gotta do something at Minnesota. For the remainder of the game, they played a true freshman who gained 81 yards.

    Redshirt Freshman Adam Weber throws a lot of touchdowns. He also throws a lot of interceptions (8 this year). I guess it's okay if the QB doesn't value the football as much, maybe. Weber does seem to be pretty mobile (257 yards rushing), and has only been sacked three times this year. Expect that to double by the end of the day Saturday. The sack total, I mean. His rushing yards should go down.

    Ernie Wheelwright is a very good receiver, but he is not leading the team in receiving. Sophomore Eric Decker has twice the catches and yards. Still, that leaves them with two solid receiving threats. Decker is just over 100ypg and Wheelwright is around 50ypg. Gentlemen, meet Mr. Jenkins. He's here to bring your averages down considerably.

    On the surface, Minny looks pretty balanced and effective on offense. Questions surrounding Pinnix and his playing time put a bit of a damper on that, however. I don't think that we're going to see the blatant ineptitude that we saw from a Sutton-less Northwestern offense.

    A key for us will be turnovers due to mistakes by Weber. Minny is capable of gaining more yards than the Wildcats, but they will also turn it over more.

    Granted, all of these stats are against fairly soft competition -- BGSU, Miami U, Florida Atlantic and Purdue's defense -- so take it all with a big grain of salt.

    On the flip side, they supposedly have 11 players on defense, or so I am reading. The stats don't really bear that out, however. Clearly, there are no "golden bullets" up there in Minnesota. I'd break this all down, but they seem to be vulnerable to offense in general -- pass, run, walk, crawl -- move the ball however you like. The Gophers won't put up much of a fight. Case in point: FAU, Miami and Purdue all broke the 40 point "barrier" against Minnesota. For you fans of the transitive property of football, FAU lost to Oklahoma State 42-6. That's the same Oklahoma State who gave up 600+ yards to Texas Tech. Boy, we're just transitiving all over the place, huh?

    Oh, Minnesota also opened the season with an overtime loss to Bowling Green, but you already knew that, I'm sure.

    I only looked into their special teams enough to discover that their kicking game kinda sorta exists, but isn't very good so far. They're using the dreaded two-headed place kicking system, and you know what they say: "If you have two kickers then you don't have any. Unless you're Ohio State, because they recruit really good kickers and have South African rugby players show up and walk on randomly." It appears that junior Joel Monroe has won the spot for now, as he had (and made) the only attempt during the Purdue game.

    As far as punting, Brewster must come from the Tressel school of football, because Junior P Justin Kucek has a leg. His long on the year is 61, and he has several punts over 50. Against Purdue, his three punt average was 51, only one of which was returned (for 7 yards).

    You know, I am not sure why I bothered with this at all. We're all going to learn this stuff from BP's game preview. I must really be bored. :tongue2:
  10. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0


  11. NWBucks

    NWBucks Newbie

    This one could get real nasty, real fast.

    I'd expect an attack at the juggular, around 28 points in the first half.

    I'd like to see a true defensive shut-out, so let's keep our fingers crossed.

    Second half probably played by our lowest-stringers, I can't see Boeckman passing more than 20 times, Beanie rushing more than 15 ( assuming he is healthy).

    Let's see just how volatile this Minnesota Defense is!
  12. funman

    funman Rookie

    The traveling squad gives the coach a shorter bench than at home. You can't just throw a walk-on out there just get his name on the participation chart. Henton is not traveling so if something happens to RS it is more likely that TB reenters the game than you burn Bauserman's red shirt. You can only go so far down the depth chart on the road.

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  13. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    OSU faces distraction
    Wednesday, September 26, 2007
    By Todd Porter

    COLUMBUS The other shoe, hovering above Ohio State?s football team for some time, dropped.

    Things have been going perfectly: A national title appearance last season without any distractions, a school-record 22 straight regular-season wins, a 3.0 team grade-point average, a 4-0 start and No. 8 national ranking this year.

    The Buckeyes? young offense is wracking up points like a credit card on Rodeo Drive. Their defense is ranked second in the country.

    But Tuesday afternoon, Head Coach Jim Tressel, before microphones and cameras, was hardly able to mention his team?s merits. Because a third-string quarterback allegedly offered an undercover cop $20 for sex.

  14. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Scout $

    Crunching the Numbers...insight into the significant stats for this game.
  15. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0$ (Kevin Noon)

    Tale of the tape: Minnesota.......breakdown of the match-ups.$ (Kevin Noon)

    Tuesday notebook: These Gopher have teeth......Tressel discusses Minnesota.

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