Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ohio State looses to Purdue...Is this Pryor's fault??

After an ugly battle Ohio State lost to Purdue on Saturday 18-26. It wasn't necessarily a blow-out game. Ohio State still did have a chance in the 4th quarter but when your QB throws 2 interceptions and fumbles the ball two times what are the odds of that? I know I said in a previous post that I was going to try not to bash Terrelle Pryor well...I think he should be treated the same as Boeckman was last season (which would be like dirt). I don't think that I'm even going to waste my time summarizing the game or finding post game notes. We already know what happened Ohio State lost and that’s pretty much all that matters right now. I know I focus on last season maybe a little too much. But the fact that Boeckman got benched after Ohio lost to a #1 ranked team in country and the fact that Purdue wasn't even ranked and Pryor is going to remain the starter! Well that bothers me. I know that people like to pretend that it was all Todd's fault but it wasn't. So I ask myself why isn't Pryor being treated the same way that Boeckman was last year? Tressel has never explicitly said what Pryor provides that Boeckman did not. To quote one of his statements "We probably don't have enough time, nor would I share every little reason or rationale for any personnel decision ... It was just a decision based upon our compilation of data and we felt we needed to go that direction." Tressel also blamed Boeckman for not reading a backside blitz and getting rid of the ball quicker against the Trojans. I wonder what he has to say about that now? For some reason Coach Tressel would stand by Terrelle no matter what. I'll never understand why Coach tressel made the terrible decision that he did. Simply put Pryor is not the QB Jim Tressel or anyone else tried to make him out to be. Coach Tressel made everyone believe that Pryor was this great player with all this talent who never made any mistakes. Which is false. If Pryor wants all this credit and if he wants people to idol him then he better get with it. He should be benched. That's what Tressel did to Boeckman and Terrelle performed worse on Saturday then Boeckman ever did in the short time that he started.

I found those quotes from Tressel in an article on the Morning Journal website here's the link if you would like to read it it's a GREAT article! http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2008/10/16/sports/mj129332.txt

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ohio State vs. Purdue at a glance...

This Saturday Ohio State will head to West Lafayette Indiana to take on Big Ten opponent Purdue. The game is scheduled to start at 12:00 pm EST

The Buckeyes currently hold a 16-game win streak in Big Ten road games. That's the longest such string ever by an Ohio State football team. The conference record is 17 games, set by Michigan between 1988-92.

17 - Michigan (Oct. 29, 1988-Nov. 7, 1992)
16 - Ohio State (Oct. 22, 2005-current)
11 - Ohio State (Nov. 16, 1974-Nov. 5, 1977)
10 - Michigan (Oct. 6, 1945-Nov. 6, 1948)

Under Coach Jim Tressel, the Buckeyes are 26-7 (.787) in Big Ten road games overall.

Since a season-opening win over Toledo (52-31), Purdue (1-5, 0-2) has lost five straight, with four by an average of 4.5 points. The Boilers lost by two at Oregon, by a touchdown to NIU before two fourth-quarter, heartbreaking defeats to Notre Dame and Northwestern at home.

Despite their record the Boilermakers pose one of the top passing attacks in the Big Ten. Senior quarterback Joey Elliot leads the Big Ten in passing and total offense with 262.5 yards per game through the air and 283.7 yards per game overall. Running back Ralph Bolden is second in the conference in rushing with 99.8 ypg while receiver Keith Smith is second in the Big Ten in both receptions (7.0) and yards per game (97.5). Meanwhile, senior receiver/return man Aaron Valentine ranks first with 145.2 all-purpose yards per game.

Purdue is led by first-year head coach Danny Hope, who spent 2003-07 as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky, his alma mater, where he went 32-8 in OVC play. In 2008 Hope served as assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Purdue under former coach Joe Tiller.

The Buckeyes and Boilermakers have met 51 times previously on the football field, with Ohio State holding a 37-12-2 advantage in the series. Ohio State leads 12-6 in all games at Purdue. Ohio State leads 24-5-2 in all games played at Columbus; the Buckeyes were 23-7 winners last season at Purdue.

Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 1913, Ohio State is 453-189-28 all-time in Big Ten games, and 257-112-18 in conference home games. The Buckeyes' all-time conference win percentage of 69.7% is the best of any Big Ten school.

Ohio State beats Wisconsin!

Sorry I'm posting this so late! I know that every true buckeye fan already knows that Ohio State beat Wisconsin 31-13!! Hopefully true Buckeye fans are reading this so I won't even waste my time and post anything about last Saturday.

Friday, October 2, 2009

OSU-IU Preview!

Head coach gives final briefing before Buckeyes head for meeting under the lights with IU

After putting together a dominant performance and watching the Big Ten's highest-ranked team get upset in the first week of conference play, Ohio State had reason to feel good about its chances to win the league.

The Buckeyes, though, aren't looking that far ahead with their next game coming against an Indiana team that nearly pulled off an upset of its own last week.

The ninth-ranked Buckeyes look to build on an impressive conference-opening performance Saturday night when they visit the Hoosiers, coming off a narrow loss to a Top 25 opponent.

Ohio State (3-1, 1-0) has bounced back from an 18-15 loss to then-No. 3 Southern California on Sept. 12 with its first back-to-back shutouts since 1996. After routing Toledo 38-0 on Sept. 19, the Buckeyes limited Illinois to 170 yards to win their rain-soaked Big Ten opener 30-0 last Saturday.

Terrelle Pryor was limited by the weather, finishing 8 for 13 for 82 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. The sophomore quarterback, though, ran 11 times for 59 yards as part of Ohio State's balanced ground attack. Dan Herron rushed for 75 yards and two TDs, and Brandon Saine had 81 yards on 13 carries.

While those players carried the offense, the defense delivered another lock-down performance, holding the Illini to their lowest yardage total since Sept. 9, 2006.

"We want a mentality that we want to get to the ball, have at least five or six guys at the minimum there," lineman Doug Worthington said. "And we did a good job doing that today."

Coach Jim Tressel has been very impressed with his defensive unit, including its showing in the loss to the Trojans.

"When you can control the trenches, which thus far we've done a pretty good job with that, you've got a very good chance," he said. "(Then) you've got guys in the back end that are very disciplined and do what they're supposed to do. They know that the other guys are going to be putting some pressure on the opposing quarterback."

Ohio State's strong performance last week, combined with conference favorite Penn State losing at home to Iowa, was encouraging for Tressel and his players. However, they refuse to look past the Hoosiers (3-1, 0-1), who gave then-No. 23 Michigan a test before falling 36-33 last Saturday.

"Obviously they watch TV. They watch the highlights," Tressel said of his players. "They see the facts and figures and they saw that Indiana had every opportunity to win their Big Ten opener and put up a lot of yards and made a lot of plays, so our guys went to work on that."

Indiana had four go-ahead scores - including Darius Willis' 85-yard run midway through the fourth quarter - and outgained Michigan 467-372, but it gave up a touchdown with 2:29 left and suffered its seventh loss in its last eight games against Top 25 teams.

"I thought about what a big win this would have been for our football team," said coach Bill Lynch, who threw his headset and tossed a piece of chewing gum toward the seats at Michigan Stadium in frustration.

Lynch said Tuesday he didn't think the gum hit anyone and he's entirely focused on the Buckeyes.

Indiana has lost 14 straight against Ohio State by an average of 22.7 points since the teams played to a 27-all tie in 1990. The Hoosiers, 2-23-1 against the Buckeyes in Bloomington, haven't won in the series since 1988.

These teams last met in 2006, when then-No. 1 Ohio State cruised to a 44-3 home victory en route to an undefeated regular

Ohio State-Wisconsin Game Time Set at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10‏

Courtesy: OhioStateBuckeyes.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State-Wisconsin football game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, Oct. 10, the Big Ten Conference announced today. The contest will be played at Ohio Stadium in Columbus and will be televised by ABC on a regional basis. Mirror coverage will be available in other areas through the ESPN networks.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Today The Victory Bell Turns 50!

I got this article in an e-mail today and thought I would post it!

The Victory Bell

If you have attended an Ohio State football game, after a Buckeye victory you have probably heard the ringing of a bell resonating from the southeast corner of Ohio Stadium. This bell, known to all as 'The Victory Bell,' is rung after every home football win for 15 minutes. For victorious Michigan games, the bell may ring for up to 30 minutes.

This 2,420-pound bell was a gift from the classes of 1943, 1944, and 1954. Housed within what is known as the Bell Tower, the Victory Bell rests approximately 80 feet above the ground.
The bell was installed on October 1, 1959, and then rang in victory the very next day after the Ohio State football team beat the University of California. Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternityvolunteered to ring the bell, and they have enjoyed the honor ever since.

As with every Ohio State tradition, the Victory Bell is at the center of some of the university's best-loved stories. In 1965 after a Buckeye victory over Iowa, the students assigned to ring the bell found that its clapper had been stolen. Members of Alpha Phi Omega improvised by hitting the bell with whatever they could find including a lead pipe and their shoes.

On a clear day, it is said that the Victory Bell can be heard from five miles away, but in any weather, it solidly stands as a symbol of Ohio State's competitive spirit.

It's Rang For 3,765 Minutes In The Past Fify Years!