Sunday, October 31, 2010

Buckeye Sunday- They're not just Gophers, they're Golden Gophers

Ohio State 52
Minnesota 10

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
Ohio State TD: Terrelle Pryor rushed for 1 yards
Minnesota TD: DeLeon Eskridge rushed for 7 yards
Ohio State TD: Terrelle Pryor pass to Brandon Saine for 3 yards

2nd Quarter
Ohio State FG: Devin Barclay 23 yards
Ohio State TD: Daniel Herron rushed for 10 yards
Ohio State TD: Terrelle Pryor pass to DeVier Posey for 38 yards

3rd Quarter
Minnesota FG: Eric Ellestad 33 yards
Ohio State TD: Blocked punt recovered by Zach Domicone in the endzone

4th Quarter
Ohio State TD: Jordan Hall rushed for 16 yards
Ohio State TD: John Simon returned a fumble 30 yards

Important Player Stats

Terrelle Pryor: 18-22, 222 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 1 rushing TD

Daniel Herron: 17 rush, 114 yards, 1 TD(all in the first half)

DeVier Posey: 6 receptions, 115 yards, TD

The way this game started out I thought we may be headed for a shoot-out. Minnesota was able to move the ball easily on their first two drives. When Minnesota missed their Field Goal to end their second drive, Ohio State proved that it wouldn't be a shoot-out, because Ohio State has way more guns and bullets.

The defense gave up a lot of big passing plays. I don't think this was a case of poor coverage, but rather the failure of a lot of different defensive players to react properly to the ball in the air. As the game went on this became less of an issue as the Pressure on Minnesota's QB increased. It was a surprisingly aggressive defensive gameplan with loads of blitzs, which left a lot of man coverage, so with no help there were a lot of failures in coverage. That is forgiven though, well because the final score was 52-10.

The offense was able to dominate at the point of attack on most plays, which led to the effective use of Daniel Herron in the power running game. Pryor was efficient in his passing. Either that or Minnesota is terrible defensively. Ok, Minnesota's defense is terrible.

For the first time this season, the Special Teams' Units deserve credit. A huge punt return and punt block. No major lapses in kick coverage. The blocking on FGs and XPs was good. Hopefully they can keep it up for the rest of the season.

There is something, I definitely want to address. Very late in the game Ohio State was up 52-10 and for some reason decided to run the no huddle and pass the ball. I know you want to give Bauserman reps, but that just isn't right. Running the no huddle and passing the ball when you could take three knees and get the win in poor sportsmanship no matter if the backups need reps or not.

Pasta's Player of the Year Rankings

5. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan
4. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
2. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
1. Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

The top two players have separated themselves clearly. They are closer to being 1a and 1b than 1 and 2. Kellen Moore is almost in that group, but it's hard because he's done at the half in virtually every game they play.
Pasta's Top 5

5. Utah
4. TCU
3. Auburn
2. Boise State
1. Oregon

I'm almost sold on Auburn.

Thanks for reading and please comment.


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