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Postgame Reaction: Ohio State Beats Kent State 66-0

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Sep 13, 2014 0 Comments

Get to Know: Kent State

Not only has Kent State lost twice this season, they’ve lost twice at home. They lost to a conference rival (Ohio) on a last-second field goal, and to a Sun Belt opponent (South Alabama) which had racked up a record of just 8-19 over the last two seasons.

However, neither of those games represents Kent State’s most heartbreaking loss this year.

Right before their 2014 campaign was slated to start, 21-year-old center Jason Bitsko was found dead in his off-campus apartment, apparently of natural causes.

The Flashes will be wearing the number 54 on their helmets Saturday when they play Ohio State in Bitsko’s honor. At least one Buckeye, you’d imagine, will also find some way of honoring Bistko. Braxton Miller was his high school teammate.

It is possible that Bitsko’s passing helps explain Kent State’s early struggles. At the same time, it is definitely proof that the sport of football is unimportant in the grand scheme of things.

Still, since there is a game being played this weekend, let’s scout the Flashes, coached by former Ohio State assistant Paul Haynes.

Their biggest problems thus far this season have come on the offensive side of the ball. They are only averaging 1.9 yards per carry. There are only four teams with worse numbers in that category (Wake Forest, UCF, Washington State and SMU).

Quarterback Colin Reardon has been hot and cold. He’s completing 58 percent of his passes and has 4 touchdowns to just one interception. However, he missed on 9 of his first ten passes against South Alabama.

Sophomore slot receiver Ernest Calhoun has been Reardon’s leading target thus far with 14 catches. The Akron Buchtel product is listed at 5’6″, 151 pounds. Senior Chris Humphrey is the other receiver who has double-digit catches. In fact, he’s had a reception in 22 straight games.

Senior Casey Pierce has proved to be an effective pass-catching tight end.

The defense has been slightly better. Dating back to last season, Kent State has given up a mere 15 points per game over the course of their last five games.

Safety Nate Holley, another gritty undersized player at 5’11”, already has 27 tackles this season, 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a pass breakup and quarterback rush. Fellow safety Jordan Italiano and linebacker Matt Dellinger represent two of the Flashes top three tacklers from a year ago. Meanwhile, NFL.com called nose tackle Nate Terhune one of the toughest players in college ball. (Refusing to take painkillers after you break your leg so you can continue to lift weights will get you recognized as a tough guy.)

That’s not to say the Kent State defense hasn’t had their share of letdowns. They’ve allowed opponents to convert on nearly 42 percent of their third downs, which ranks them 90th in the country. In two games, the Flashes have only allowed teams into the red zone three times, but all three times their opponent came away with a touchdown.

Finally, on special teams, punter Anthony Melchiori has already bombed one 71 yards this year. However, the team’s place kicker, also Melchiori, has missed on his two field goal attempts, both within 32 yards.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Sep 12, 2014 0 Comments

Buckeyes Ready To Turn Page To Kent State

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Sep 11, 2014 0 Comments

What Went Wrong? How Will They Fix It?

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Sep 8, 2014 0 Comments

Buckeye Players and Coaches Explain Their Loss

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Sep 7, 2014 0 Comments

A Developing Situation

Asked to describe his football team in one word, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer answered, “Developing.”

Considering that the Hokies have just five seniors on defense (not in the starting lineup, but in the entire two-deep); considering that, on offense, freshman scored all but six points in the squad’s 34-9 season-opening win against William & Mary (and those aforementioned six points came on a fourth-quarter touchdown); considering they played a total of 10 true freshman in that victory; and considering they have a new starter at quarterback (and he’s not the signal caller who came out of the spring as the projected number one)?

Well, given all that, Beamer’s word choice might not only be considered appropriate, but an actual understatement.

The overhaul was considered necessary after the program’s worst two-year win total (15) since 1991-92.

Not included in the makeover is Beamer himself, who is in his 28th season and just signed an extension that has him under contract through 2019. Also, there’s Bud Foster, architect of the Hokies defense, who is likewise in his 28th season.

Given that, it shouldn’t be a surprise that defense is one of the foundations of the Hokies identity. Even as they struggled last year, Virginia Tech was fourth in the nation, only allowing 283.6 yards per game. They didn’t give up even that many in their season opener, just 193 yards and three field goals, no touchdowns.

Ohio State will enter the field from a new tunnel. Here's a photo of it while it was under construction.

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Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Sep 5, 2014 0 Comments

Ohio State Almost Ready for Virginia Tech

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Sep 5, 2014 0 Comments

Ohio State Football Prepares To Take On Virginia Tech

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Sep 2, 2014 0 Comments

Keep Your Friends Close And Your Rivals Closer?

Ohio State Buckeyes, we are told, don’t give a darn for the whole state of Michigan.

But that’s only true in the same way that liberals don’t give a darn for conservatives, and yet spend entire shows carving up Rush Limbaugh; and conservatives don’t give a darn for liberals, yet seem obsessed with some guy named Barack Obama.

Unfortunately, “We’re actually constantly driven to outdo the whole state of Michigan in every way, shape and form,” makes for an awfully clunky song lyric.

Judging by ticket sales, it is even possible that some Ohio State fans are more interested in Michigan’s game this weekend than some Wolverines supporters are.

Reminded that the Maize and Blue will be playing Appalachian State, OSU linebacker Joshua Perry, for instance, admitted he’s familiar with the history there. “That would be something to see. I remember a few years ago, when they went down to those guys.”

Obviously, he’s hoping for a repeat, right?

“I doubt that they’re going to let that happen again, and I want them to play really well, so that when we play them, it’s going to be a big game.”

While he’s not pulling for the upset, note that Perry doesn’t refer to Michigan. He doesn’t even call them the School Up North. He just calls them, “them.”

Buckeye tight end Jeff Heuerman, on the other hand, is cheering for a Mountaineers victory. “My high school coach is the linebackers coach at Appalachian State, so I’ll be obviously rooting for him,” Heuerman said. “I’ll wish him luck before the game, as he always does to me.”

Buckeye Defensive lineman Chris Carter has another perspective still. Once Ohio State’s game with Navy wraps up, he’ll have more pressing things to do than to check in on the Maize and Blue.

“The first thing I’m going to do is call my brother, who’s in his eighth year in the Navy, and he’s stationed in Djibouti,” Carter said. “And my father, who’s a Navy vet.”

After those phone calls? “Then maybe I’ll find out the score,” Carter laughed.

So if you ask an Ohio State fan on this, the eve of their college football season, if they’re also eager to know the outcome of the Wolverines game, they might tell you, “Frankly, I don’t give a darn.”

But tomorrow is another day.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 29, 2014 0 Comments

OSU's Last Media Availability Before Navy

Ohio State players and assistants met with the media Wednesday for one last session previewing their season opener against Navy. Here are Michael Bennett, Curtis Grant and our favorite "Rocket Surgeon" Tom Herman.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 28, 2014 0 Comments

EDDIE! Eddie George Joins 97.1 The Fan

Buckeye great Eddie George joined Bishop and Rothman August 27, 2014. Here's the video of his appearance:

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 27, 2014 0 Comments

Manziel Throws Some Good Wishes Miller's Way

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had surgery to repair a torn labrum this morning.

“Everything is good. He just sent me a picture of him and the doctor and his dad, so it’s very positive,” said coach Urban Meyer, “All reports are there were no surprises, and everything went well.”

Happy to hear the news was Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who joined the list of Miller’s well-wishers.

“It’s tough to see a friend like Braxton…I mean, it’s rough. I don’t wish that for anybody. I don’t wish that for him especially. Hopefully everything in that situation works out for him,” Manziel said.

Miller has said that his plan is to graduate in December and then attend graduate school, thus returning to the Buckeyes in 2015.

“I hope he can…because first and foremost, I’m a fan of Braxton,” Manziel said. “I think he’s incredible for college football. I think he’s incredible for Ohio State and the state of Ohio.”

While Miller is out, redshirt freshman JT Barrett is expected to take over, and Manziel had some advice for the young signal caller.

“I think more than anything, he needs to depend on Coach Meyer, who’s been through it all. Their quarterbacks coach is a very creative guy, who is a standup guy as well. I would say lean on those guys. Lean on the older players that have been there. They have a lot of playmakers, so you get the ball to those guys in space, and they can really do a lot with it. Don’t try to do too much. I would say rely on your coaches. Rely on what they’re telling you, and most of all, have fun and go out and play football like you did in high school and like you’ve been doing your whole life.”

In the end, what Manziel would like to see is pretty simple.

“Man, I really wish them nothing but the best,” he said, “And I hope Braxton is OK.”

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 26, 2014 0 Comments

Ohio State Looks Ahead to Navy

The Buckeye football team held their first weekly media availability today. Hear from Coach Urban Meyer and his players:

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 25, 2014 0 Comments

Ohio State Moving On After Miller Injury

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 20, 2014 0 Comments

"Just Devastating News for Ohio State"

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit weighs in, talking about what he sees in the Buckeye football team, how impressed he is with Urban Meyer's transformation of the roster, how the quarteback battle plays out with Braxton Miller hurt and who the favorite is now to win the Big Ten.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Aug 19, 2014 0 Comments