Some thoughts. . . .
When Ohio State had the ball
- Not a great day, yardage-wise, for Troy Smith, but still a great performance. He threw some nice passes today. In particular, his touchdown to Brian Robiskie was fantastic, throwing the ball before Robo was even open. That was the kind of throw you have to make in the NFL, getting the ball to the guy that will get open, not the guy that is open.
- I had started to wonder if Anthony Gonzalez was getting a little overrated. He seemed to be getting an awful lot of hype. Then he went ahead and had a great game today (5 catches, 77 yards, 2 TDs) , preemptively shutting me up. His second touchdown catch was a thing of beauty.
- Speaking of that touchdown catch, did you see Brian Hartline take out two linemen to spring Gonzo at the end? Great block.
- It was a good day on the ground for the Buckeyes. Antonio Pittman was Antonio Pittman, going over 100 yards on 25 carries, and Beanie Wells did more than just convert third-and-shorts. This was definitely Beanie's best game in his young career.
- The line did a great job protecting Troy. Alternatively, Iowa did a poor job pressuring the QB. However you look at it, Troy had all the time he needed to throw, and a lot of the credit must go to the line.
- Pretty bad day for Drew Tate. He went 19 of 41 with three picks. He missed guys several times, and a lot of receivers dropped passes they should have caught. Not good times for him. Good times for me, though.
- I don't really think I'd like to have Tate as a teammate. It's great to be competitive and fired up and everything, but there's something to be said for not being a jerk to your teammates, too. Several times he'd yell at linemen after sacks or receivers after drops. He is without question the best player Iowa has, but I'd prefer criticism from the leader of my team to be of the constructive sort.
- Another game, another turnover for James Laurinaitis. He had a nice all-around game, but I think everyone was waiting for him to get a pick. It was inevitable.
- Vernon Gholston put together a good game, too. Of note was a play where he was trying to shed a blocker with his left hand, then just reached out with his right hand and grabbed a running back trying to get by him. Dude's strong.
- Brandon Mitchell had another solid game. He's good in run support, good against the pass, just good overall.
- Marcus Freeman finally had a good game. His interception was very nice. Hopefully it was a sign of things to come, not a fluke
- Statistically, we had a good game against the run, but that's deceiving. We held Iowa to 87 yards on the ground, mostly because they had to throw to get back into the game and to keep Tate from having a tantrum. The team looked better against the run, but they still have work to do.
- I think we've established what sort of defense we have. You can move the ball some against them, but they will capitalize on any mistake you make.