Are you not Entertained? Illinois

Written October 16th, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes managed to put together a decent 17-7 win on the strength of some great defensive play, and some solid running from the offense.

Seriously, who needs a passing game? It’s not like anyone really asked for it anyway.

Mali:

Boom Herron ran over the Illinois defense.

Lower The Boom. I don’t think the balance was quite right, but you simply cannot argue with 23 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown for his first appearance after suspension. It would have been nice to see a bit more Carlos Hyde in this one, but I’ll take a 100 yard rusher and a win any day.

 

Solomon’s Wisdom. We got him involved, and he was involved quite a bit. Unfortunately, he wasn’t involved in good ways from what we could see. Clearly Thomas was suffering from the rust.

No Injuries. The jury is still out on Travis Howard, who was injured during his interception return. That may be the only significant injury of the day.

Smooth Jazz. OSU was never in control enough to risk putting any other quarterback in the game, nor were they forced to do so due to injury or poor play. Braxton Miller got the job done and did everything that was necessary to net the win.

NFS. Well, apparently abbreviating it managed to keep JB Shugarts from false starting! That’s something! Too bad we had 2 or 3 other flags for it too…

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No Passing Fancy: Ohio State beats Illinois 17-7

Written October 15th, 2011 by Joe Dexter

Coming into Saturday’s action against the Illinois Fighting Illini, Buckeyes fans knew that it was going to take an ugly game for the Buckeyes to win. Nobody would of ever guessed it would of been that big of a possession and turnover battle with just one completed pass for the Buckeyes all afternoon long.

Wait, that’s right. Jim Bollman is the Buckeyes Offensive Coordinator. Nothing at this point should be surprising on the offensive side of the football.

The Buckeyes got the ball first and quickly got the running game going. Daniel “Boom” Herron got the start, and early used his patientce alongside fellow running back Jordan Hall to put together a methodical drive out of the I formation. After 9 straight running plays for 45 yards, Drew Basil was called upon to put the first points on board, by making his 8th straight field goal from 43 yards out as he played the wind with the hook to make it 3-0.

The rest of the first quarter would be back and forth with little or no forward progress from either team. After forcing a three and out on the opening drive for the Illini, The Buckeyes were shut out on their second attempt to get on the scoreboard. After two short runs and a Whitney Mercilus sack of Braxton Miller, The Buckeye defense took the field and got the football back. Illinois ended the first with the ball, gaining their first true offensive momentum into the second. After a solid catch by A.J. Jenkins down the sideline for 21 yards to the Ohio State 38, the Illini worked into a 4th down and 4 situation, where Ron Zook had his special teams pooch the football inside the 10 yard line.
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What do you Want to see on Saturday? Illinois Edition

Written October 14th, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes travel to Urbana-Champaign this weekend to take on the undefeated Fighting Zookers Illini.  What do the guys here at the BBC want to see this weekend?

Mali:

It's time for this again.

Lower The Boom. I don’t know if it means special teams or in the backfield, but Daniel Herron has waited long enough. The challenge will be in finding out how to balance his touches with Jordan and Carlos, both of whom have demonstrated amazing persistence and talent over the past half season. Wishbone, anyone?

Solomon’s Wisdom. I know he’s recovering from leg injury, but the last time we saw him was making a game saving INT in the Sugar Bowl That Supposedly Didn’t Happen. With Williams out for the year, it’s time to get him involved.

No Injuries. Please… play hard, but stay healthy.

Smooth Jazz. Kenny G, come on down. This would either mean that Ohio State has the game in control or that Braxton is getting a breather (not injured, see above) and he’s getting valuable backup time. Joe B, we love you, but it’s time to move on. It’s not you, it’s us.

NFS. Maybe if I abbreviate it. Ed. – Yea, right. Keep dreaming.

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Across The Web: Illinois

Written October 13th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

This week, we’re joined by Joe from Hail To The Orange, who was super gracious to partner with us again… my, how times have changed.  Let’s get ready for Turtle Talk!! Here we go!

Nate Scheelhaase has become a great dual threat quarterback much like Juice Williams. What are Ron Zook and his staff doing to ensure Scheelhaase doesn’t fall prey to the same problems Williams did in the latter part of his career?

Older And Wiser Now

Well for starters, at this point Nathan Scheelhaase is already a much more developed passer than Juice Williams ever was. Juice was thrown in as a starter halfway through his freshman season, fresh out of the Chicago Public League and was completely new to the offense. Scheelhaase has been allowed to redshirt, won the position last year in camp, and has had the benefit of an offensive coordinator that has utilized his running game as an excellent compliment to his passing game. Aside from all that though, the pressure has never been as high on Scheelhaase as it was on Juice to “save the program” Read More