After watching Ohio State’s 31-16 win again Central Florida, Buckeye fans and beat reporters saw enough flaws (3 turnovers! 10 penalties! allowing 249 Knights passing yards!), that they imagined head coach Urban Meyer would respond by jackhammering out a postgame speech capable of shaking the locker room walls.
The eruption, however, never happened.
“I think he’s happy with 2-0 right now, but he just told us we still have some work to do.” said defensive back Christian Bryant.
Explained wide receiver Jake Stoneburner: “We got complacent for a little bit in the fourth, and I think that kind of caught up to us, but overall I thought we played pretty well.”
There were positives to point to. Braxton Miller became the first Ohio State quarterback to rush for three touchdowns since Art Schlichter in 1978. The defense forced three turnovers, and the Buckeyes blocked an extra point attempt.
The other reason that coach Meyer isn’t ready to push the panic button? “Winning major college football games is a tough duty, especially when you face a quality opponent,” he told reporters…
However, he also promised a tough week of practice.
Scarlet and Gray Day
The Ohio State game Saturday had a dress code. Fans in certain sections were asked to wear scarlet, others gray in order to create a sort of striped backdrop for the contest.
Here’s the result…
After two games, Miller is fourth in the country in rushing yards. He had 141 against Central Florida.
Coach Meyer, though, would prefer not to see that continue. “He’s blown out right now,” he said. “We have to be smart. Someone’s gotta run the ball. And right now he’s our best answer. But 27 carries, you could tell he was kind of blown in that fourth quarter.”
Miller’s long day was necessitated in part by running back Carlos Hyde’s knee injury. Hyde is having an MRI today, but is already expected to miss next week’s game as well.
Although there’s a possibility that running back Jordan Hall could return from his foot injury to help fill the void, neither Meyer nor co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner mentioned Hall as a potential option during OSU’s postgame availability.
After two games, the Silver Bullet defense only has three sacks.
“I don’t see the quarterback getting hit. And that’s something that has to be addressed,” Meyer said. “That’s going to solve a lot of problems in pass defense. We’ll address that, have conversation about that this week.”
Both Michael Bennett (groin) and Nathan Williams (knee) were out yesterday. That meant that Johnathan Hankins was moved from his natural position at tackle to defensive end.
Plus, UCF threw the ball 41 times as they emulated the Miami Redhawks in week one. Miami found that one way to negate the Buckeyes pass-rush was to rely on a quick passing game.
Straight From Swaggernaut Fashions
Ed Warinner’s tie featured what looked to be large cats in football helmets. Ed Warinner’s tie was awesome.