Observations on the Ohio State debacle,
1-Ohio State controlled the line
of scrimmage on both sides of the ball! If you'd have told me
this week that Ohio State would score 23 points in this game,
I'd have told you we'd probably lose. 23 points by halftime is
completely unacceptable under any circumstances. Our defense did
pick it up a notch in the 2nd half holding the Bucks to only one
first down, but it wasn't enough to compensate for the first half
2-Bo Schembechler said prior to
the game on the Big Ten Ticket to watch for "missed tackles."
Well, it is obvious who missed tackles in this game and who made
them. It wasn't us!
3-Jonathon Wells had 129 yards on
25 carries and 3 TDS until he cramped up! We knew coming into
this game that to be successful, we'd need to hold him to under
100 yards. He gets the MVP for the Bucks in my opinion!
4-For those Michigan fans who are
so quick to defend our quarterback, John Navarre, please stop
your naivety! He is simply a mediocre quarterback. We need to
re-tool at this position! Krentzel did everything we'd hope that
Navarre would do, but didn't! Gonzalez is also not the answer!
Yes, he is more mobile, but more mistake-prone. He can make some
exciting plays, but he is also not the answer. Krenzel finished
11 of 18 for 111 yards and one interception compared to Navarre's
21 of 47 for 206 yards, 4 interceptions, one fumble and 2 TDs.
Navarre was 6 of 17 on 3rd down efficiency: unacceptable!!!
5-Our special teams did block a
punt, but needed another! Our special teams simply couldn't make
up for our pathetic offense. The turnover advantage by the Bucks
was impossible to overcome, 4 picks and one fumble to one pick
by us. 4 turnover advantage is way too deadly in this game. Epstein's
missed field goal also hurt, and it appears that it was Navarre's
fault on the hold (in his defense, it was raining and slippery).
6-I hate to admit it, but we were
out-coached big-time by Tressel and staff. They came way more
prepared than us and with a predictable, but much better game
plan. Carr and staff better treat this game much differently in
the future! It is a special game that requires special (i.e. much,
much more) preparation! Mike Doss had 2 interceptions for the
Bucks! Kudos to Ohio State! Their players came up big! They executed
well, kept their poise, didn't make big mistakes, dominated the
line of scrimmage in the first half to put up 23 points and held
on for a very impressive win.
7-We really missed Julius Curry,
Markus Curry and Marlin Jackson on defense! We miss their pass
coverage and ability to make the turnover/interception! Drake
can made hits to stop runs, but he can't cover well and he doesn't
anticipate well enough to be a threat for interceptions on pass
coverage. Kudos to our defense in the second half! We held them
to only one first down, a field goal off a turnover and gave our
offense several opportunities to come back. Hobson and Brackins
led the defense with 10 tackles each!
8-The time of possession advantage
by Ohio State is simply a result of their offensive execution,
preparedness and game plan vs. our offensive ineptitude. 34 minutes
to our 26 gave the Bucks an 8 minutes advantage which they never
gave up. Still, we netted 14 more plays than the Bucks because
of our defense in the second half. Does this sound familiar? Same
problem as last week against the Badgers and the Spartans!
9-Our offensive line produced a
rushing game of 117 yards on 35 carries and while they did improve
in the 2nd half, it wasn't even close to enough. We had to beat
the Bucks with the passing game, and failed to do it. Perry had
53 yards and Askew had 46; Bell had two reverses for 21. Walker
did have 15 catches (new record) for 160 yards and 2 TDs, but
it wasn't enough. That dropped pass at the end of the 3rd quarter
was a killer! We netted 323 yards to 255 for the Bucks.
10-The Florida Citrus Bowl is a
nice consolation for an 8-3 team; it'll probably be Auburn again.
Illinois deserves the championship and Fiesta/Orange Bowl matchup
with Oregon or Maryland! If we can't beat either of our two chief
rivals, the Spartans and the Bucks, we don't deserve a major bowl
or a championship.
11-As far as player participation
in this game, the only offensive lineman to play besides the starters
was Joe Denay. For the second game in a row, Phil Brackins didn't
play at all at fullback. On Defense, Zach Kauffman hasn't played
at all for the past 3 games. Brandon Williams started at cornerback
in place of Marlin Jackson, and all-in-all did a fine job!