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NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 13)

Week 13 of the NFL season was a bittersweet one for OSU Alumns. While several made key contributions to huge wins, all of Buckeye Nation was somber after seeing one of their own suffer a scary injury. 

Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier laid on the turf for nearly twenty minutes and appeared to lose feeling in his legs after he made his second tackle of the game early in the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. Shazier had to be carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. At the time of this post there were no new updates on his current condition. 

Meanwhile, less important, Cam Heyward made 1 tackle, a tackle for loss and had a hit on the QB in the 23-20 win for the Steelers over the Bengals. 

Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins and Seattle Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett met in the middle of the field in the Great Northwest on Sunday Night Football. Jenkins made 4 tackles, while Vannett caught 3 passes for 40 yards in Seattle’s 24-10 win. It was only the Eagles 2nd loss of the season.

Rod Smith continued to get significant playing time with Zeke Elliott still serving his 6-game suspension. Smith carried the ball 10 times for 27 yards and scored on a 1-yard run to help the Dallas Cowboys beat Washington 38-14 on Thursday Night Football. It’s Dallas’ first win since Ezekiel Elliott began his suspension. The touchdown is Smith’s second in his three-year career.

Braxton Miller caught 4 passes for 71 yards with one going for 57 yards in the Houston Texans’ 13-24 loss to Tennessee Titans. He also returned one punt for 8 yards. 

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Adolphus Washington registered 6 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, a hit on the QB and a sack of TTUN alum Tom Brady in a 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots. New England special team’s All-Pro Nate Ebner missed his first game of the season and will miss the rest of the 2017 campaign with a knee injury. 

Bradley Roby made 4 tackles, broke up 3 passes and recovered a fumble for the Denver Broncos in a 35-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins.   

There were six Buckeyes on the field in New Orleans at the Superdome when the Carolina Panthers played the New Orleans Saints. Mike Thomas caught 5 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown for New Orleans in a 31-21 win over the Carolina Panthers. Ted Ginn Junior caught 2 passes for 27 yards and rushed once for 6 yards in the victory. Vonn Bell made 3 tackles for the Saints defense that was without rookie standout Marshon Lattimore for second consecutive game with injury.

Kurt Coleman made six tackles for Carolina in defeat. Rookie Curtis Samuel dressed for the Panthers but didn’t register any stats.

Joey Bosa made 7 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sacks and a critical forced fumble to thwart a potential Cleveland Browns scoring drive. He now has 11.5 sacks surpassing his defensive rookie of the year total of 10.5. 

Carlos Hyde carried the ball 17 for 54 yards and caught 3 passes for 12 yards in the San Francisco 49ers 15-14 win over the Chicago Bears in the “Windy City.” It was only the Niners 2nd win of the season.

Jonathan Hankins made 2 tackles and John Simon had 3 tackles and one for a loss for the Indianapolis Colts in a 30-10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Eli Apple didn’t play for the New York Giants in their 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders. It was the 3rd consecutive game he has missed.

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Buckeyes Over Badgers, By the Numbers

J.K. Dobbins breaks the Buckeyes freshman rushing record and wins B1G game MVP. Photo Credit: Ohiostatebuckeyes.com

 
The Ohio State Buckeyes are B1G champions after defeating the 4th ranked and 12-0, Wisconsin Badgers 27-21 in a slugfest in Indianapolis. Ohio State had a 14-point lead late in the second quarter and had to hold off Bucky Badger for the win. 

The Buckeyes have positioned themselves to get a bid from the College Football Playoff committee to be in the final four. It’s between them and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Will Ohio State beat the Tide again? Before that is settled, here’s a breakdown of the Scarlet and Gray’s win by the numbers.

3 – That’s how many times the Silver Bullets sacked Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook. 

4 – Ohio State plays that went for over 50+ yards. On the night, the Buckeyes registered the longest pass (84) and rush (74) the Badgers had given up all season. However, Barrett was 1-8 on passes 15+ yards. The one completion was the 84-yard touchdown to Terry McLaurin. 

5 – The amount of passes B1G Tight End of the Year Troy Fumagalli caught. He finished the game with 45 receiving yards and no touchdowns. The Buckeyes defense has struggled covering opposing tight ends all season. The Oklahoma and Iowa games come to mind. Coming into the game the Buckeyes were giving up 47% completions rate to RB/TE, the worst in the nation. 

18 — Points off 3 Ohio State turnovers (2 interceptions, fumble). The Badgers scored two touchdowns and a field goal off those Buckeye miscues. 

27 – Wisconsin had only allowed 12 points per game all season. The 27 points are the most the Badgers opponent had scored in a game all season. 

31 – The Wisconsin Badgers’ offense was 5 of 16 on third down (31%). Coming into the game they were 2nd in all of FBS on 3rd down conversions at 51%. 

36 – J.T. Barrett set a new school record for passing touchdowns in a season. The achievement breaks his own record he set back in his freshman season in 2014.

36 – Big Ten football titles for the Buckeyes. They are now six behind “That Team Up North” for the most in conference history. 

37 — With the win J.T. Barrett became the Buckeyes All-time wins leader passing Art Schlichter.

41 – The Silver Bullets defense held standout freshman running back Jonathan Taylor to 41 yards on 15 carries, for an average of 2.7 yards per carry. Taylor had rushed for 1,806 yards in the regular season and with 120 would’ve broke Adrian Peterson’s FBS freshman record. 

As a team the Badgers only rushed for 60 yards on 32 attempts. That’s an average of 1.9 yards per carry.

174 – J.K. Dobbins ran over the number one ranked defense in the country all the way to the podium and the Most Valuable Player of the game award. He carried the ball 17 times for an average of 10.2 per carry.

The freshman also surpassed Maurice Clarett for greatest rushing season by a freshman. As a team, Ohio State ran for 238 yards. The Badgers were only allowing 80.5 on the season for 1st in the B1G. The 238 rushing yards allowed was more than they allowed in total yards per game all season (236.9).

Now Buckeye Nation waits to see if they will be alive for a National Title chase for the third time in four seasons or a New Year’s Six bowl.

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 12)

Pat Elflein and Taylor Decker swap jerseys on Thanksgiving Day in Detriot. Photo Credit: instagram.com/__taylordecker/

Week twelve of the 2017 NFL season started with several Buckeye Alumni spending their Thanksgiving Day on the gridiron.

Offensive linemen Taylor Decker of the Detroit Lions and Pat Elflein of the Minnesota Vikings met in the “Motor City” with the Vikings winning 30-23 to improve to a 9-2 record.

In Dallas, Rod Smith rushed 9 times for 41 yards and caught 2 passes for 7 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers. But Joey Bosa and the Chargers took the victory 28-6. Bosa had 4 tackles and several pressures on Dak Prescott. The ‘Boys are 0-3 since Ezekiel Elliot began serving his six-game suspension

Eli Apple was deactivated for the New York Giants 20-10 loss to Washington. It was his second healthy scratch this season. Linebacker Curtis Grant made 2 tackles in a losing effort. Washington wide receiver Terrelle Pryor did not play and has been placed on injured reserved after having surgery on his ankle. He finishes his first season in the Nation’s Capital with 20 catches for 240 yards and 1 touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins made 2 tackles, a tackle for loss and had a pass breakup in a 31-3 win over the Chicago Bears. The Eagles are now 10-1 on the season and have the best record overall in the NFL.

Nate Ebner ran a fake punt for 14 yards and a first down for the New England Patriots in a 35-17 win over the Miami Dolphins. Unfortunately, he injured his knee on the play and missed the rest of the game.

Nick Vannett caught his first career touchdown pass in a 24-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers. He finished the game with 2 catches for 29 yards. Carlos Hyde carried the ball 16 times for 47 yards and caught 7 passes for 21 yards for the Niners.

Johnathan Hankins made 4 tackles and John Simon 1 tackle for the Indianapolis Colts in a 20-16 loss to AFC South division rival Tennessee Titans.

New Orleans Saints receiver’s Mike Thomas caught 5 passes for 52 yards with his longest going for 24 yards and Ted Ginn junior made 7 catches for 71 yards with a long of 25 yards in a 26-20 loss to the LA Rams. Vonn Bell made 11 tackles and a sack in defeat. Rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore missed his first career game with an injury. The loss ends the Saints 8-game win streak.

Kurt Coleman made 4 tackles for the Carolina Panthers in a 35-27 win over the New York Jets. Darron Lee made 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss and 1 QB hit in the loss.

Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby had 3 tackles and a pass breakup in a 21-14 loss to the Oakland Raiders. The Broncos have lost seven consecutive games.

On Sunday Night Football, Buckeyes faced off in the trenches when Green Bay Packers center Corey Linsley faced off with Cam Heyward and Ryan Shazier of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Heyward had a huge night with 2 sacks, 3 hits on the quarterback, 2 tackles for loss and 6 tackles. Shazier led Pittsburgh with 8 tackles and one pass breakup to help the Steelers win 31-28 on a last second field goal. The Steelers are now 9-2 and hold first place in the AFC.

Outside the NFL up north in the 105th Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League’s version of the Super Bowl, Devier Posey caught a 100-yard touchdown pass and finished with 7 catches and 175 yards for the Toronto Argonauts in a 27-24 win over the Calgary Stampeders. He was named Grey Cup MVP.

Braxton Miller of the Houston Texans play against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football.

Thank You, J.T.!

J.T. Barrett rushes for a 21-yard touchdown. Photo Credit: Ohiostatebuckeyes.com

The Ohio State Buckeyes beat “The Team Up North” 31-20 for the sixth consecutive time and 15th time in the last 17 seasons. Yes I’m still counting the 2010 win that was vacated. They still played the game right?!

J.K. Dobbins rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in his induction to “The Game.” Mike Webber carried 12 times for 57 yards and a game-sealing touchdown with 1:44 remaining left in his return to his home state. The Silver Bullets held T.T.U.N to 295 yards (195 passing, 100 rushing), got 5 sacks and forced 1 interception that led to a touchdown.

But I’m not here to give you post-game analysis. I’m here to give credit to the guy who put them in position. Joe Thomas Barrett IV, or as I call him, Just Touchdowns Barrett.

When the Buckeyes were down 14 points, looking lifeless like at Iowa, the fifth-year senior put the team on his back on an eleven play 75-yard drive that ended with his 21-yard touchdown run. He followed that by leading them on a three play 53-yard drive finished off with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Baugh to tie the score and settle them down late in the second quarter.

Unfortunately, Saturday was a microcosm of Barrett’s career. J.T. left the game with a knee injury and Dwayne Haskins entered the game in relief and the Buckeyes went on to dominate the game the rest of the way. Kind of like the end of the 2014 season that ended with a B1G title and College Football National Championship, each played without him.

J.T. will never get the credit he deserves and too much blame in the losses. In most people’s mind it was Cardale Jones who won the 2014 National Championship. Never mind Ezekiel Elliott ran like a grown man playing against elementary school kids versus Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon. Or the defense shutting down Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. When the Iowa Hawkeyes dropped kicked the Buckeyes 55-24 on November 4th, it was J.T.’s four interceptions everyone pointed to, even though at the same time the defense was carved up like it had never played the game before giving up 487 total yards (244 passing, 243 rushing).

While most are eager to start the Haskins era, J.T. I just want to say thank you. Thank you for putting this team on your back down 14 in the “Big House” to give the redshirt freshman a chance to get the win. Thank you for bouncing back from the ugly 2014 loss to Virginia Tech and putting the Scarlet and Gray in position to make a run at the National Championship before getting hurt in “The Game.” Thank you for being so consistent for four seasons, that when you don’t play like yourself (Iowa) we are in total shock. Thank you for completing sixteen consecutive passes and four touchdown passes against Penn State to complete the 18-point comeback. Thank you for 36 wins and counting. Thank you for the most passing touchdowns in B1G history. Most importantly, thank you for being the first QB in the rivalry to win four games over our hated rivals.

Haskins is going to be good. He showed on the biggest stage that he is who all in Buckeye Nation hopes he will be. He completed six of his seven passes for 94 yards, and all those passes were at key moments. But we can’t let his era begin without acknowledging the one he’s following.

If Barrett is healthy and able to play in the B1G championship game against Wisconsin and win, he’ll become the all-time wins leader in Ohio State history. He already has every important passing record. He’s already earned his degree. He’s everything WE Buckeyes fans should want from our signal caller. I know there’s more football to play, but from one OSU Alum to another, J.T. Barrett, I wholeheartedly say thank you for being a Buckeye.

And no I didn’t have this saved in drafts.

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 11)

Week eleven of the NFL season started with two former Buckeyes leading a dominating defensive performance.

Shazier made 10 tackles for the Steelers in a 40-17 win on Thursday Night Football. Photo Credit: Steelers.com

Ryan Shazier made 10 tackles (5 solo) a half tackle for loss and Cam Heyward made 3 tackles, 3 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, 3 hits on Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 40-17 victory over the Titans. The Steelers are now 8-2 and are tied for/have the best record in the AFC.

Michael Thomas caught 6 passes for 91 yards in the New Orleans Saints 34-31 overtime comeback win over Washington. Ted Ginn junior got into the act as well with 6 catches for 87 yards. Vonn Bell led the team with 13 tackles (10 solo), had a sack and a hit on Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins. Marshon Lattimore made no tackles, but had one pass defensed before he had to leave the game with an ankle injury.

Braxton Miller caught 2 passes for 14 yards for the Houston Texans in a 31-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Alex Boone lined up at offensive tackle for the Cards.

Joey Bosa led the way defensively in the most lopsided game of Sunday. The Los Angeles Chargers were up 37-0 at halftime over the Buffalo Bills thanks to Bosa’s constant pressure on the quarterback that forced 5 interceptions. Bosa registered 4 hits on the quarterback, one sack that forced a fumble that was picked up and returned for a touchdown. The Chargers won 54-24. Adolphus Washington had one tackle in defeat.

Bradley Roby made one tackle for the Denver Broncos in a 20-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. It was the Broncos sixth consecutive loss. Tight end Jeff Heuerman didn’t catch any passes in the game.

Malcolm Jenkins recorded the 15th interception of his career, 2 passes broken up and 4 tackles (3 solo) for the Philadelphia Eagles in a 37-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. In place of the suspended Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith carried the ball 8 times for 11 yards. Rookie Noah Brown caught his second one pass for 14 yards; it was the second of his career. Mike Nugent scored the only points for Dallas, making all three of his field goal attempts with his longest being 48 yards.

Nick Vannett played several snaps for the Seattle Seahawks in a 34-31 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Carolina Panthers’ Kurt Coleman and Curtis Samuel, Carlos Hyde with the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee, John Simon, Jonathan Hankins, Josh Perry and Malik Hooker of the Indianapolis Colts were on a bye this week.

Focused Buckeyes Rout Illinois 

Urban Meyer leads the Buckeyes onto the field at Ohio Stadium before their 52-14 victory over Illinois. Photo Credit: OhioStateBuckeyes.com

The Ohio State Buckeyes did what everyone expected them to do. They beat up on the Illinois Fighting Illini 52-14 in the 2017 home finale. It’s clear they weren’t looking ahead to next week’s big matchup with Xichigan.

The first team offense scored touchdowns on their first four drives, a 33-yard field goal on their fifth drive and another touchdown on their sixth drive for 38 points. Each of the first four touchdown drives ended quicker than the previous. 9 plays in 3:18, 6 plays in 2:07, 3 plays in a 1:13 and 2 plays in 44 seconds.

It wasn’t until 3:48 seconds left in the second quarter after the first-team offense was ceremoniously substituted out of the game that Drue Chrisman came in to punt for the first time.  

J.T. Barrett finished his last game in “The ‘Shoe” completing 11 of 19 pass attempts for 141 yards and connected on his 100th and 101st career touchdown passes to become the first B1G quarterback to pass the century mark.

Meanwhile the Silver Bullets forced the Illini into 6 consecutive three and outs. Illinois didn’t get their first first-down until 3:38 seconds left in the second quarter. The Buckeyes first-team D allowed only 43 total yards in the first half.

The one blemish for the Buckeyes this game was the 6 penalties for 53 yards. They are the most penalized team in the conference. Watch that the next two weeks, it could be the difference between being champions or not if they don’t eliminate those mistakes. 

Besides that, there’s not much to analyze from this game. It’s pretty much what you expect from a matchup of a 2-8 team focused on their long-term future versus an 8-2 team with their season goals still on the line. This was the type of performance you want to see heading into the most crucial time of the season. This game was about the Scarlet & Gray tuning up for the Wolverines and a run at the B1G Championship.

Before the game kicked off, Ohio State knew they would clinch the B1G East division with their win thanks to the Wolverines 24-10 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers. With that sewn up, now it’s time to focus on manhandling TTUN and impressing the College Football Playoff Committee.

“The Game” at “The Big House in Ann Arbor is set for a 12:07 pm kickoff. The Buckeyes have won the last 5-0 against TTUN and 12 of the last 15 (2010’s win was vacated). With a win, J.T. Barrett will tie Art Schlichter at 36 for the most in Buckeye history. 

J.T. Barrett runs onto the Ohio Stadium turf for his final home game. Photo Credit: OhioStateBuckeyes.com

 

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 10)

Several former Buckeyes are playing key roles in their teams’ playoff pushes.

The four New Orleans Saints-Buckeyes of Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Vonn Bell & Marshon Lattimore played an instrumental role in their 47-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. Thomas caught 9 passes for 117 yards; Ginn only had 1 catch for 3 yards and 5 punt returns for 19 yards. Bell led New Orleans with 6 total tackles and a tackle for loss. Lattimore added 5 solo tackles. The Saints have now won 7 consecutive games after starting the season 0-2. Adolphus Washington had only 1 tackle for the Bills in defeat.

After several appeals and injunctions, Ezekiel Elliott finally began serving his 6-game suspension from the NFL for domestic violence. In his absence his Dallas Cowboys struggled. Rod Smith saw some action in place of Elliott. He carried the ball 3 times for 14 yards and caught 4 passes for 15 yards in the Cowboys 7-27 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Mike Nugent scored one point on an extra point and missed a 38-yard field goal in his third game with Dallas.

Ryan Shazier and Cam Heyward of the Steelers helped Pittsburgh to a 20-17 over the Indianapolis Colts. Shazier made 5 total tackles, 2 passes defended and had a key interception at Indianapolis’ 10-yard line that set Pittsburgh up for a game tying touchdown. Heyward made 2 tackles and had 2 hits on the QB to aid in the victory. Jonathan Hankins had 3 tackles and 1 pass batted down in defeat. Linebacker Josh Perry suited up for the Colts, but didn’t register any statistics. John Simon and Malik Hooker missed the game with injuries.

Alex Boone started at left guard for the Arizona Cardinals against the Seattle Seahawks. During player introductions, instead of saying “from THE Ohio State university”, he said “from the LeCharles Bentley O-line academy”, a salute to the 2001 Buckeye consensus All-American center. Nick Vannett caught 2 passes for 22 yards for the Seahawks the 22-16 victory.

Offensive tackle Taylor Decker was activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list by the Detroit Lions and made his season debut. He had been sidelined with a shoulder injury he sustained during off-season team workouts.

Center Corey Linsley started for Green Bay in the Packers 23-16 win over the Chicago Bears.

Joey Bosa had 4 tackles and a sack for the Los Angeles Chargers in a 17-20 overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Braxton Miller had 1 rush for 1 yard in the Houston Texans’ 7-33 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Darron Lee collected 4 tackles for the New York Jets in a 15-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Carlos Hyde rushed for 98 yards on 17 carries to help the San Francisco 49ers get their first win of the season 31-21 over the New York Giants. Eli Apple made 2 tackles and Curtis Grant 1 for the Giants in defeat.

Bradley Roby had 2 tackles and Jeff Heuerman gained 4 yards on 1 catch for the Denver Broncos in their 41-16 loss to the New England Patriots. Nate Ebner had one tackles and recovered a muffed punt in the win.

Curtis Samuel, Kurt Coleman and the Carolina Panthers faced the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football in Charlotte. Samuel caught 5 passes for 45 yards before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Coleman had 2 tackles and a pass batted down in the 45-21 win.

Gareon Conley of the Oakland Raiders and Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles were on a Bye this week.