Found October 07, 2013 on
The Ohio State Buckeyes showed a large amount testicular fortitude in gutting and scrapping their way to a 40-30 victory over Northwestern Saturday night in Evanston. The Buckeye nation showed itself to be lacking in testicular fortitude as the message boards filled up with whining, crying Bucks fans certain that everything we wanted for this team was lost after Northwestern ‘hit us in the mouth.’
Well buck up fan base. Ohio State fought back and won the game. We have now won 18 in a row. Urban Meyer has not lost a game as the head coach of the Buckeyes and the Leaders Division, Big 10 and National title are all still within reach. Let’s enjoy another victory and talk about what’s real and what’s not in this addition of the Arm Chair Quarterback, Northwestern style.
Let’s be obvious and start out with Carlos Hyde. Carlos Hyde was a monster Saturday night accumulating 168 yards and three touch downs. I never saw him go down on the first hit. Carlos carried the ball 26 times and Urban Meyer and the offense rode him like Secretariat. The only thing as impressive on the offensive side of the football was the offensive line.
Aunt Jemima was on the field Saturday night because we had to have syrup for all the pancakes the offensive line was making. Linsley, Hall, Mewhort, Norwell and Decker were very impressive. Carlos Hyde had a lot of yards after contact but that contact was being made four and five yards down the field, the line was dominate.
The Defensive line probably saved this game in a lot of respects because the only time our DB’s looked good was when the DL got pressure. Barnett, Bosa, Washington and Spence were a problem for the Wildcats passing quarterback all night. The adjustments they made to the option in the second half forced Northwestern to abandon something that had worked really well for them in the first half.
Cameron Johnston put all three of his punts inside the Northwestern 20 yard line. Somewhere near Akron, Jim Tressel was smiling. So was I.
Somebody needed to call an abuse hotline because Northwestern’s passing game beat up on our DB’s so bad that we needed to get a restraining order. NU’s two quarterbacks netted 343 yards passing. Part of the problem was the soft coverages that we were using through much of the game, some of it was just bad technique and great routes run by NU’s receivers. The DB’s just did not play very well and there is no reason or way to sugar coat it.
As strong as Braxton Miller was against Wisconsin last week, he struggled in Evanston Saturdaynight. Braxton was a statistically adequate Braxton, as he ran for 68 and passed for 203 but he lost two fumbles and threw an interception. He should have been intercepted on the opening drive when he forced a pass to Corey Brown inside the 10 yard line in triple coverage. The reads on the option plays were not crisp and Braxton would tell you that he definitely didn’t have a great night.
Jeff Heuerman had the ball hit him in the hands on two different occasions Saturday and he didn’t get close to catching either one. He must be one of the healthiest kids on the team because he couldn’t catch a cold Saturday night.
The fake punt from near our own 30 in the first half was uglier than a Michigan homecoming queen. Enough said.
Buckeye Nation, the message boards at half time were ugly. This team will have to fight through some adversity to get the national title we want for them. Our coaches made some great adjustments during the course of this game and the lack of faith and negativity was disappointing. I hope nobody got hurt jumping off the bandwagon at half time Saturday.
We have won 18 in a row. Twelve last season and six this season. The chase for the national title is still in tact. We get an off week next week which could be a blessing or a curse. We’ll just have to wait and see. It was not a crisp, resounding victory but we were on the road in a hostile environment and we persevered.
I don’t know if we’re good enough to be Alabama, but I do know that we have a tough football team. We have another week to get better and keep chasing that crystal football. Enjoy the bye week, the fighting Ferrentz’s of Iowa City will journey to ‘The Shoe’ to receive a pain sandwich in a few weeks.
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Northwestern brought their A-game when they hosted the Ohio State Football team in Evanston on Saturday night, and it looked like Ohio State brought their C-game. The Buckeyes escaped with a 40-30 victory, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season. I took a few days to let the game sink in, and here’s my take on the game.
No. 34 Carlos Hyde leaps into the end zone,...
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Ohio State took Northwestern's best shot on a wet and raucous night at Ryan Field and Carlos Hyde and the Buckeyes are still perfect.
Hyde ran for a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 4 Ohio State rallied to beat No. 16 Northwestern 40-30 Saturday night and extend the nation's longest win streak to 18 games.
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Who Impressed This Weekend
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
After a three-game suspension...
It was a rainy night in Evanston, but it wasn't enough to stop Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde.
Hyde ran for 168 yards and 3 TD's, leading the Buckeye's to a 40-30 comeback win against Northwestern.
It wasn't always pretty, but the win moved tOSU to 6-0 on the season and cemented them as a BCS contender despite the overall lackluster state of Big 10 football...
Senior running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 168 yards on 26 carriers and three touchdowns as No. 4/3 Ohio State defeated Northwestern, 40-30, in a Big Ten contest at Ryan Field in Evanston, Saturday night. […]
In one of the gutsiest performances in Ohio State football history, the Buckeyes stormed back from a miserable first half performance to down the Northwestern Wildcats and keep their National Championship hopes alive.
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Northwestern looked like it might be on its way to that signature win, the kind that would show the Wildcats can beat the best in the Big Ten.
Ohio State simply refused to sign off on it.
So the Wildcats settled for a close loss, knowing they gave the Buckeyes their best shot on a wet and wild night at Ryan Field and it still wasn't enough.
Carlos Hyde ran for a career-high...
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Just some day off news.
Polls - Ohio State still holding at number 4. It is going to take some help I think to move back up to that number two spot. I think it will come but we just have to be patient and wait. We are in control of what happens from here til that meeting in November. More on the polls later this week
Other news – 2 Georgia players are out for the season...