Crystal76;623640; said:I was just over at Rival.com Message Boards reading the Hawkeye's messages about the game.
I have to say they are a class act. No real trash talking. None of the 'we coulda' talk you normally hear from fans who just lost a game. One of the post that made me respect them even more was on what a class act tOSU team was.
(I think I posted it right. And if someone posted this link already sorry about that.)
I agree - I remember the old Ohio State - trash talking, finger pointing. those days are over.
tOSU is the most disciplined team I have seen in a long time. I never saw a tOSU guy get in an Iowa player's face. They know they're good - and when you're good, you let your play do the talking.
Beyond that, Troy Smith's patience makes him a very efficient QB. The RBs are patient enough to wait for the pulling guard get out in front to seal down the LBs and spring them for a big gainer. The defense holds their position and doesn't over pursue the play.
Bottomline, they seemed very comfortable in the atmosphere, very prepared for Iowa and confident in their own ability. All this with a bunch of new players on defense!! Jim Tressel is a great coach and, I'm sure he is a great man, too. His players reflect that.
we talked about that earlier Zurp, and someone came up with Smith = Heisman for the best reason.Zurp;623551; said:Something else I wanted to mention about the game, that I thought was VERY interesting:
Ohio State was up 31-17 at the time, and Freeman had just intercepted Drew Tate. I can't remember the location of the ball at the moment, but I'm fairly certain that it was within Iowa's 15 yard line. The Buckeyes had a third and long.. 9, I believe. I was thinking, "Ok, let's run the ball to a spot where Pettrey is comfortable (middle, right, left, wherever). Keep the clock moving, and a field goal makes it 17 points, which is three scores. I think it was less than 5 minutes in the game. Iowa would need 3 long drives to try to win the game, with that strategy. But the Buckeyes line up with something like 10 wide receivers. Ok - not that many. But it was obvious that they weren't showing a running play. So I thought Smith would run a QB keeper. Nope - he fades back and throws to Brian Robiskie for the touchdown.
That play went against everything I ever would have guessed for Jim Tressel's playcalling. I'm not saying "Way to go, Tressel!!" because the strategy I was expecting would have worked just as well. I'm also not saying, "Tressel, you dope-smoker! You blew it!" because, well, he didn't blow it.
Anyway, that play may have been the biggest surprise to me of that game.
Zurp;623339; said:It bothers me a little that Smith is throwing some of these passes. Maybe it's not really as bad as I'm making it out to be, but the touchdown to Robiskie was a pass where I don't think Smith could see Robiskie. He was covered. Maybe he knew that Robiskie would break free from the coverage, since the defender wasn't watching Smith. But then the touchdown to Hall: Hall's getting pushed before he catches the ball. That doesn't seem very open to me. There were many other plays where it didn't seem like the receivers were open, and Smith was still trying to get the ball through a donut-hole. Many of the passes were caught, others weren't. Maybe it's a case where Smith has tremendous trust in his receivers (probably well-deserved), but I can't help but wonder if it's going to burn him some game.
Actually, I can't complain about the quarterback after he throws for 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. So, nevermind.
exhawg;623751; said:The only problem that I see in Troy right now is that he is getting several balls blocked at the LOS per game. IIRC he threw one into the back of his LG's head Saturday. I guess that's going to happen when you have linemen who are 8 inches taller than the QB. :p Tipped balls scare the hell out of me because they often turn into easy picks.