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Game Thread Game One: #1 Ohio State 35, Northern Illinois 12 (9/2/06)

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

  1. coastalbuck

    coastalbuck And this one belongs to the Reds!

    Yes you were, and yes he is! :bow:
  2. Congrats on the victory Bucks fans. You definitely dominated our team with the exception of Wolfe. The guy is simply amazing and I am thrilled that I will have the pleasure of watching and cheering for him the rest of the year.

    As far as the experience goes, we did indeed take over the winking lizard on Friday night. I would have to say we had a good 150 fans there and when it came down to cheers, we overpowered the OSU fans on several occasions. :biggrin: We had a great night, and appreciate the information you all provided us regarding the bars.

    We got back to our rooms around 2 and my buddy and I took a nap from 3:30 to 4:30 and headed out to the tailgating lot. We got there at 4:45 and we were shocked at the 20 or so RV's waiting in line! We went in at 5 and my buddy got a few hours of sleep, but I simply couldn't. The tailgating was terrific and we met many very nice OSU fans. It is simply amazing at how many RV's there were and what lengths they go to decorate their vehicles!

    I did get interviewed by the Dispatch during tailgating. I am just before the midpoint of the video.

    Your campus was a fortress and the horseshoe was everything that was promised. Michigan sucks compared to your campus, stadium and experience.

    Good luck against Texas and for the rest of the season.
    OSUsushichic and SanAntonioBuck like this.
  3. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    I was under the impression that "taking over a bar" meant on game day. Why not go take it over on a Tuesday? I bet there wouldn't be anybody opposing you then.
  4. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    BN (Free)

    Gary's photo gallery. Good stuff.
  5. Nah, we tailgate and go to the game on game day.
  6. it lookes like he got tangled up with his left gaurd tim schafer, at the time i didnt think much of his hopping after the play on the way to the sideline, but after rewatching the game it seems zwick got tangled up with the pulling schafer.

    also i noticed that when beanie fumbled zwick had a good little talk to him and a pat on the butt, his attitude and demeanor showed a lot of maturity. on that same play stan white got driven of the line and into wells.

    on gholston he played very well but was taken completely out of the play and gave up contain (seems more than once he had contain responsibilities and got beat) all the ends did.

    boone impressed me more than once, he did get beat once in pass coverage badly. barton and downing played solid as they did most of last year. the left gaurd spot will be interesting it seems with rehring and schafer playing for it.

    robo is like a 7 11 he always seems open, runs good routes and plays amazingly well with his body for a young kid.

    on d it seemed we played more than 20 guys on the first three series, it will be interesting to see what it will look like when (but possibly if) the rotation gets shortened. also the secondary spots and how long the older can hold onto their spots. seemed to me everyone was fair game for the rotation except for jenkins.
  7. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    This is the idiot who picked NIU to win...


    [​IMG] [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Teddy Greenstein ON SPORTS MEDIA AND COLLEGES [/FONT] [SIZE=+2]A real (Buck)eyeful[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=+1]Troy Smith & Co. make quick work of NIU in Texas tuneup, writes Teddy Greenstein[/SIZE]
    September 3, 2006

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Some coaches have grumbled about college football's new clock rules, arguing that games now fly by too quickly.

    You probably won't hear that complaint from Northern Illinois' Joe Novak. Not after Saturday's 35-12 beat-down at the hands of Ohio State.

    This game was essentially over after 12 minutes, giving the Huskies hours to consider why they were so outclassed. Then again, the Buckeyes are the nation's top-ranked team. And they looked every bit of it Saturday, other than fumbling twice inside their opponent's 5-yard line.

    "Sometimes when you get an early lead, you get a little bit sloppy," Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel said. "We're going to have a chance to learn a lot [from this game]."

    The learning curve better be quick, given that the Buckeyes travel to Austin next weekend for a titanic showdown with No. 3 Texas.

    "I hope we can go down there," center Doug Datish said, "and show everybody what we're about."

    They showed enough in the first quarter Saturday to convert any skeptics who might have been lingering in the Ohio Stadium crowd of 103,896.

    The Buckeyes scored touchdowns on their first three possessions, with the Troy Smith-to-Ted Ginn Jr. combo—think Heisman Trophy candidate A to Heisman Trophy candidate B—in full bloom.

    Ginn blew right past cornerback Adriel Hansbro for the second touchdown, a 58-yard strike. After trying to jam Ginn on the line, Hansbro was essentially left alone to cover the fastest man on the field. By the time safety Mark Reiter joined the party, Ginn had uncorked the champagne.

    "The thing you admire about Northern Illinois as you watched their film is that they didn't change who they were against anybody," Tressel said. "They believe in what they do. [So] we knew that perhaps we could show them some speed they hadn't seen before.

    "On the long touchdown, [Hansbro] tried to play press man with no help behind him. That's tough duty."

    There were plenty of tough assignments for a Northern team that sometimes looked as if it were playing in tennis shoes on the soggy turf.

    Nine Ohio State receivers caught balls Saturday, led by Ginn's four grabs for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

    And while tailback Antonio Pittman was the most productive (111 yards on 19 carries), freshman Chris "Beanie" Wells (50 yards on 10 carries) might have been the most impressive. Wells outweighs Pittman 225 to 195.

    "He's a beast," left tackle Alex Boone said of Wells. "Straight up, that's what he is. He'll truck over people."

    Garrett Wolfe has a different style. Northern Illinois' star back, who goes 5 feet 7 inches and 177 pounds, juked and outran Ohio State defenders to the tune of 171 rushing and 114 receiving yards.

    Wolfe was absolutely sensational, and at times the Huskies looked like a one-man team. After Wolfe caught a short swing pass in the fourth quarter, he beat three defenders to the end zone without the benefit of a single blocker.

    "He's very fast and has great vision," Buckeyes defensive lineman Quinn Pitcock said. "I wish him the best with the Heisman race, but we still have my buddy (Smith) here next to me who I'm rooting for."

    The Northern coaches tried to fire up the Huskies before the game by showing them a "hit tape"—a compilation of recent great moments for the program. The final image was a shot of a scoreboard showing this final score from the 2003 season: NIU 19, Alabama 16.

    Any dreams of an even greater upset ended early Saturday.

    Before the game, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, a former Buckeyes quarterback, predicted on radio that the Buckeyes could win by 60 if they wanted to. But he said Tressel would go conservative on offense so the Buckeyes could go into the Texas game with people questioning whether they truly deserved to be No. 1. Tressel and his staff then could turn that doubt into motivation.

    Well, they weren't able to convince Northern Illinois' Novak that they're overrated.

    "I voted them No. 1 in the preseason," he said. "And I'll vote for them as No. 1 again."
  8. G-FORCE

    G-FORCE Newbie

    Why the hell would you pick NIU to win?

    What would tell you they were?

    I am the homer of all homers and I still predicted us to lose by 10.
  9. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    How did the fans treat you?
  10. G-FORCE

    G-FORCE Newbie

    Very well, but there really wasn't a reason not to. I had no complaints about the fans or atmosphere.

    Of course there was an idiot or 2, but that is going to happen no matter who or where you are playing.
  11. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go!

    Very good to hear!
  12. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    I was expecting is the norm no matter how others try to paint us.
  13. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go!

    True -- we're not Wisky! :biggrin:
  14. scooter1369

    scooter1369 HTTR Forever.

    It was good to meet you. If you think the 20 RV's in line were cool, you should see Michigan Day.

    Glad you had a good experience in our lot and overall. Good luck the rest of the season.
  15. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear....

    I took a bus down for last year's Texas game and parked in the same lot you did. I got there at 1 a.m. and was the 10th RV in line.

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