- Troy Smith ran once, on an option. He had all day to throw, and he never panicked and took off running. He was making good decisions and good throws all game. He looked every bit a Heisman candidate.
- The running game also was more than solid. The coaches look like they have a plan for using all three backs: Chris Wells for short yardage, Maurice Wells when you can get him in space, and Antonio Pittman in any situation. Maurice didn't look quite as good, but next to the performances given by Pittman and Chris Wells, it's tough to look good. All three will be fine.
- The receivers were also good, and look to go pretty reliably six deep. Ted Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez picked up right where they left off last season. Brian Robiskie did a great job filling in for Roy Hall, and Brian Hartline and Ray Small also looked good. If Hall doesn't play better than he has thus far, he'll lose his starting spot to Robiskie pretty quickly.
- I didn't really notice the offensive line, which is a good thing, because it means they didn't mess up much. Given the success of the running game and the time Troy had to throw, one can conclude they had a good day. Hopefully they can keep it up against Texas, who will be just a bit better than a MAC team.
- The D-line looked as good as advertised, for the most part. Quinn Pitcock had to be double teamed, which freed up the other guys to make plays. If the ball didn't get out of the backfield quickly, those guys came up with a sack or a tackle for a loss.
- The linebackers looked kind of iffy. Sometimes they made big plays, other times they were invisible, or worse, missing tackles or misreading plays and giving up big plays. They'll get more consistent as the season wears on, though.
- The secondary was pretty good, I thought. Malcolm Jenkins, in particular, impressed me as a tackler. It's tough to evaluate them, though, seeing as the Northern Illinois passing game was screens to Garrett Wolfe and screen passes to Garrett Wolfe and passes that should have gone to Garrett Wolfe.
- At this point, the defense reminds me of the 2003 defense that always seemed to give up a bunch of yards, but not many points. If so, I'll take that. If a team doesn't score, they can rack up as many yards on us as they want.
- I thought Aaron Pettrey had the big leg and accuracy problems, while Ryan Pretorious was accurate but didn't have the distance on his kicks. So why did Pretorious kick the long field goal and Pettrey the short one? How does that make sense?
- Judging from what I saw yesterday, Pettrey should handle the kickoff duties. The more touchbacks we can get on kickoffs, the better.
- Our return game should be solid. Gonzalez, Small, Jamario O'Neal, and of course, Ginn, are all capable of a big return.
- Garrett Wolfe. Wow.
My seats for this game were in the fourth row of 11AA, by the northwest corner of the field. The great thing was that rows 1 and 2 were only four seats long, so I was effectively in the second row, which was very cool. I took a bunch of pictures, which you can see here. A few highlights:
The Rotunda at the north end of Ohio Stadium
The man, the myth, the legend: Joe Germaine
Dotting the I in one of four Script Ohios
And, as a bonus, a video I took of Chris Wells' first touchdown. It's short, it's not great, but hey, it's a video:
All this photography likely won't be a regular thing, as my seats for the next game aren't as good, and then I move to Block O, in the south stands, which is even worse, from a photography standpoint. So I might throw out the occasional picture, but probably not a photo album of them.