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Game Thread Game Five: #1 Ohio State 38, #13 Iowa 17 (9/30/06)

Discussion in '2006 Football Season Capsule' started by 3yardsandacloud, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    Better?
     
  2. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    You only say that because you're not a fan of Hawaii or Texas Tech. :bonk:
     
  3. Zurp

    Zurp I have misplaced my pants.

    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.
     
  4. Crystal76

    Crystal76 Muck Fichigan

    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.

    http://iowa.rivals.com/showmsg.asp?fid=804&tid=80103793&mid=80103793&sid=940&style=2

    (I think I posted it right. And if someone posted this link already sorry about that.)
     
  5. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go!

    I wish I could give this person a GPA!

    I love to hear things like this from opposing fans.
     
  6. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    did anyone else see pittman and smith help up an iowa defender after the player had tackled pittman? it was really classy. the whole night smith was tapping iowa players on the helmet, as if to say, "good job." even when smith went over to help pittman up after a run (an iowa defender was practically stepping on pittman; the iowa player was an idiot the whole night, always jawing), troy was professional about it.

    gotta love tressel.
     
  7. 808 Buck

    808 Buck Senior Upset Picks Winner

    I'll have you know that Hawaii held their opponent to NINE points this week. Of course, the opponent was Eastern Illinois, a 1-AA school. :biggrin:
     
  8. MolGenBuckeye

    MolGenBuckeye Senior

    Totally agree. The consensus in our living room was also that it was an obvious quarterback draw when they lined up. :)
     
  9. Zurp

    Zurp I have misplaced my pants.

    Another play that I REALLY like that I hadn't seen before this game was the one where Ginn is out wide, with 2 backs and 2 tight ends. Smith is "under center," (though I think it should be "over center"). He gets the ball and fires it out to Ginn. Is that a play where he gets to choose if it's a run or a pass? If the cornerback is up tight on Ginn, Smith can hand off. If they're crowding the line, ready for a run, he passes it out to Ginn. No blockers for Ginn - just get it to him and see what he can do with it.

    A couple of times, that play didn't do much (about 5 yards or so - nothing spectacular, but I'll take that on first down every time). But one time, Ginn was dancing around, and the cornerback basically fell down, trying to figure out where Ginn was going to go. Pretty cool play, if you ask me.
     
  10. calibuck

    calibuck Too soon old, too late smart

    Crystal - thanks for the feed. Reviewed and enjoyed all of the Iowa posts. Wish we could forward to the OSU players, and show them that their demeanor(s) are the correct ones.......

    Fresno BEE headline Sunday - "#1 OSU quiets critics, Iowa".....that pretty much says it all, the Buckeyes had to quiet the many, many critics, FIRST, and incidentally beat Iowa. Great win, and when I get teh download, I'll review several times and enjoy.

    :gobucks3: :gobucks4: :banger:
     
  11. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    time of possession disparity has been discussed (20:30 versus 19:30). that's great. what is astounding -- i apologize if this has already been noted -- is the time of possession disparity during the second half.

    time of possession

    osu vs. iowa

    1st quarter --- 6:10 8:50
    2nd quarter --- 9:53 5:07
    1st half --- 16:03 13:57

    3rd quarter --- 12:59 2:01
    4th quarter --- 11:28 3:32
    2nd half --- 24:27 5:33

    wow.
     
  12. Best Buckeye

    Best Buckeye Pretending I'm a pleasant person is exhausting. Staff Member

    we talked about that earlier Zurp, and someone came up with Smith = Heisman for the best reason.
    :osu:
     
  13. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    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.
     
  14. Best Buckeye

    Best Buckeye Pretending I'm a pleasant person is exhausting. Staff Member

    At least Troy throws so hard that helps against the int's
     
  15. scooter1369

    scooter1369 HTTR Forever.

    way to go SI.com :shake:
     

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