Ohio State Begins Title Defense With 42-24 Win

Photo used courtesy of: Sam Howzit (CC) Some rights reserved

Photo used courtesy of: Sam Howzit (CC) Some rights reserved

Mark Eric May picked the Virginia Tech Hokies (0-1) to upset the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0). His reasoning? “They’re playing in Blacksburg. They’re playing at home. Bud Foster’s defense. 16 returning starters. They have them right where they want them.” Well, for a brief minute this troll’s night was looking good. Virginia Tech led 17-14 after Ohio State jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the first en route to a 42-24 road win. May’s slight hatred with Ohio State could stem from the Buckeyes spanking his alma mater Pitt for four years.

(1993: OSU 63 – Pitt 28)

Cardale Jones got the start at quarterback and showed off his wheels, as well as his arm. He finished with 285 total yards (9-18, 186 Yds & 13 Car, 99 Yds) and three total scores (2 Pass, 1 Rush). Jones also threw an interception, but his first TD pass came while under pressure and threw off his back foot to find Curtis Samuel in the endzone. Samuel was interfered with and still made the catch after a beautiful adjustment. J.T. Barrett did get playing time last night in garbage time and threw one pass for 26 yards, which resulted in a touchdown, and had one rush of 40 yards. There were rumors of both Jones and Barrett playing, but probably not like what we saw last night. There was a third QB in the mix, but he switched to receiver during camp, and well, he didn’t disappoint.

(1994: OSU 27 – Pitt 3)

After missing last season with a shoulder injury to his throwing shoulder, Braxton Miller moved to receiver/H-Back, mostly to improve his draft stock (it’s obvious kids). The 2012 and 2013 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year made a diving catch on a pass from Jones in the first for 24 yards. He then tip-toed down the sideline for a 54-yard catch-and-run for a score. Oh, he also had a 53-yard run for another score. During the run, Miller performed a spin move that can only be seen in a video game. Both scores came in the second half, and Miller finished with140 total yards (6 Car, 62 Yds & 2 Rec, 78 Yds) and two touchdowns. Speaking of electrifying performances, Ezekiel Elliot ran 11 times for 122 yards and a score. 80 yards came on one play where he was virtually untouched.

(1995: OSU 54 – Pitt 14)

The Hokies were in control at the half thanks to Michael Brewer. He was a nightmare for the Buckeye defense last year in Columbus and he was on the path for another upset. Virginia Tech was only down 21-17 when Brewer went down and they never had any chance after that. Brewer finished 11-16 for 156 Yds and two touchdowns. Brenden Motley came in and led a touchdown drive, but long after the game was over.

(1996: OSU 72 – Pitt 0)


Final Thoughts

The Buckeyes tallied 572 yards of offense last night, with 360 yards coming on the ground. They also only ran 56 plays and held the ball for just over 27 minutes. To put that into perspective, Virginia Tech totalled 320 yards of offense on 73 plays. The Buckeyes did all of this without Joey Bosa, Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson and Corey Smith. Imagine the fun Hawaii will have when they come to town next week.

Braxton Miller’s transition to receiver looks like it’ll be a smooth one. Miller showed last night why people are excited about him switching positions, and also showed how dangerous this team will be on the offensive side this year. The only team this year that can possibly stop the Buckeyes is Michigan State and MAYBE Minnesota.

Up Next: vs Hawaii (Saturday, 3:30pm)

Game Ball: Braxton Miller (140 total yards, 2 total TDs) & Cardale Jones (285 total yards, 3 total TDs)

*This article is dedicated to Mark May. It’s okay to be wrong and cry. It happens…. :)*


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Hello everyone. My name is Raymond Bosak and I live in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a die-hard Cleveland fan, and have been my entire life. I am looking forward to bringing you some excellent Browns, Buckeyes, and Indians coverage, and maybe some Cavs things too. Everything I write will be honest and upfront. I’ll aim to have a couple articles per week, including some game previews and reviews, 5 things to watch for, and game ball and game MVP(s).

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