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Up and down day at Ohio Stadium

August 31, 2013 - Dana Sulonen
Over the past few months, I have been a big fan of the AT&T commercials with the kids sitting around the table. One of my favorites was the little girl saying “when you like something, you just want more.” Ohio State fans want more of what the Buckeyes showed in the first quarter of Saturday’s 40-20 victory against Buffalo on opening day. Buckeye faithful – and coach Urban Meyer -- want nothing to do with what happened in the second and third quarters. The first quarter was brilliant, which proved why Ohio State came into the season with a No. 2 ranking in the Associated Press poll. Quarterback Braxton Miller looked calm and crisp on his throws, the offensive line was impressive in both coverage and protection, and the defense seemed to be getting stops when it counted. With all of these things clicking, Ohio State took a 23-0 lead after the first. Then came the bumbling, stumbling and stupid second quarter by Ohio State. During the 15 minutes, the Buckeyes gave up 13 points, Braxton Miller threw a pick-six to Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack and all of a sudden, the game wasn’t the blow out many suspected. In fact, it looked like Buffalo could come back and maybe take the lead. That thought was reaffirmed in the third. Buffalo cut the lead to 30-20 at one point with a touchdown pass from Joe Licata to Alex Neutz. OSU did regain some cushion to their lead with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Guiton (who was in the game for a cramping Miller), to Chris Fields – his second of the day. Though the Buckeyes never lost the lead, the play in the middle quarters definitely raised some red flags for the team going forward. * DEFENSIVE WOES: The defense missed Bradley Roby today, who was serving a one-game suspension for his run in with police over the summer. The defense was hurting even more when linebacker Ryan Shazier went out with cramps. This unit used to be one of the most feared defenses in the country. Based on the opening game, they have a long way to go to regain that title. * THE NEW GUY IN TOWN: Taylor Decker, the starting right tackle for the Buckeyes, was the only new starter to the offensive line this season. Unfortuntely, he had less than a stellar day. Now granted, he went against linebacker Khalil Mack for a majority of the day, who will likely play in the NFL next season, but none the less, he was abused all day on the line. It will be interesting to see the depth chart next week. Was it a pretty win? No. Was it a win? Yes. The Buckeyes now continue the nation’s longest winning streak (13 games) and will head into the San Deigo State game next week with a 1-0 record. But between now and then, there are plenty of kinks to work out. dsulonen@tribtoday.com

 
 

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countyresident

Sep-01-13 11:54 AM

Yep, Dana hit the nail right on the head.

 
 

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