There are times when I hate being right and then there are times when I love being wrong. In this case, I love being wrong. Saturday was a coming out party for the Buckeyes as they rout Michigan State 45-7. Maybe a better term would be a “return from vacation party” since many Buckeye fans were wondering where the team has been all season long.
By Pete Quint
Defense and Offensive Line Play
It all came together Saturday afternoon as the defense held one of the best running backs in the country, Javon Ringer, to a season low 67 yards and no touchdowns. The offensive line was able to stave off the constant blitzing of the Spartans and give time to Terrelle Pryor to deliver the ball. One of the most eye popping performances was the run blocking. The offensive line did something they haven’t done all season and aggressively attacked the defensive line. The extra effort pushed the strong MSU defensive line back time and time again as the team averaged 4.2 yards per carry.
Nittany Lions Next
So now that the Buckeyes finally have an impressive win under their belts we can look forward to next weeks match-up with Penn State. The Nittany Lions looked beatable in the first half against Michigan and then woke up in the second quarter and demolished the Wolverines 46-17. The Lions have never beaten the Buckeyes in Columbus and are looking to correct that negative mark. The Buckeyes will have to play their best game of the season as Penn State is a complete team, able to score through the air and on the ground. Jim Tressel reined in the offense and made no passing attempts in the second half of Saturday’s game. Pryor needs all the experience he can get as he continues to develop and while not allowing him to attempt a pass is an honorable coaching decision, it sure didn’t help his development.
So which Buckeye team will show up to the Shoe this Saturday? The Buckeyes will certainly be pumped up for the game but so will the Lions. OSU is playing for a Big Ten title while Penn State is a major contender for the national title. Capping that off with the fact that the game is at night should throw Buckeye nation into a frenzy of epic proportions.