OSU/Ohio Defensive Scouting Report

OSU/Ohio Defensive Scouting Report
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OSU/Ohio Defensive Scouting Report

The D and special teams come through for the Buckeyes.

By Bill Smith

            When your defense/special teams score more points than they give up, you will win.  That is what happened Saturday at the Shoe.  For the most part the D played well but there are a couple of danger signs that showed up.  While a team like OU is not able to take advantage of these short comings, USC, Wisconsin and Illinois can.

            Every right thinking Buckeye fan hopes that we win next week if for no other reason than to make Carson (OUCH! MY NOSE HURTS) Palmer eat Crow Quiche.

The Good

            The Buckeye Defense gave up 1 TD.  The turnovers generated by the D and Special Teams set up 2 field goals (should have been 3) and the 70 yard TD punt return by Ray Small.  That was a thing of beauty.  What makes Small so dangerous in returning kicks is the combination of his great speed and total vision of the field.  The special teams can also be congratulated for some great blocking—even if there might have been an alleged block in the back.

            The D also did well in forcing turnovers.  The Bucks got 5 in all but then had to watch the offense fail to take maximum advantage of them.  The ST recovered a muffed punt deep in OU territory but the O could only get a FG.  The D caused an interception by Lawrence Wilson which he returned to the OU 24.  But we got only a FG again.

            The special teams also got excellent pressure on OU punt attempts several of which ended up causing short punts.

The Bad

            The entire first half, the Bucks failed to match the intensity that OU had.  We just didn't seem to have a sense of urgency.  We looked much better in the second half.   To the defense of the D, it is hard to do your job just to see the O fail to take advantage of the field position that was earned with such effort.

            We do need to remember that not only were we playing a team with much less talent than we have, but they were forced to use their second QB for most of the game.  Even so, Boo Jackson played very well.  We will not win with even a half of lethargy next week at USC.


            During the first half, the Bucks failed to show any sign of urgency.  Maybe we were looking ahead but I doubt it.  Far too many times we failed to contain the QB and allowed him to escape to throw deep down field to a wide open receiver.  He missed many of those throws but future opponents will not.  We did much better defensively in the third quarter but dozed off to sleep again in the 4th.  Really no one had a great game.  The D will have to do much better next week or it will be a disaster.

            Probably the thing that bothered me the most was the Defense's inability to get off the field on 3rd down.  When the Bucks failed to make a 1st down on 4th and a half yard we turned the ball over to the Bobcats.  Then on 2 straight 3rd  down situations, we failed to get off the field.  That lead to a TD drive for OU.

a) 3rd and 14 the QB escapes the sack, rolls outside contain and completes a pass up field for the first down.

b) On the next 3rd down we rush past QB and let him run for 10 yards and a first.  We got an arm on him but because we couldn't get off the blockers, we failed to sack him.  We did that a lot.

c) OU scored on a 15 yd TD run because we failed to contain the run wide.

The result was a drive of 11plays for 72 yards consuming 5:21 off the clock just because we could not make a half yard on 4th down.

            The Bucks have great difficulty containing a running QB.  When we blitz, we allow the OL to push us out of our lanes and loose contain either in the middle or outside.  Our DE's tend to over run the QB on the rush and let the QB cut under the rush then get to the outside to pass or run for a 1st down.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent.  He is a senior writer for http://BrutusReport.com.  He has also published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com

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