COLUMBUS, Ohio — The arsenal once again included a battering ram and that was the tool needed for the job. Rather than wondering how else it might attack Wisconsin’s castle, Ohio State just kept hammering away with what was working instead of making sure every weapon got a little use.
+ Enlarge Jamie Sabau/Getty ImagesCarlos Hyde gained 85 yards on 17 carries against Wisconsin.That doesn’t mean the Buckeyes won’t need a few different approaches to breach the various defenses it faces for the rest of the season, but at least against the Badgers in a physical win on Saturday night, the situation called for some heavy lumber. And for all the positive work Jordan Hall has done early in the season, Carlos Hyde was clearly the guy No. 4 Ohio State favored to handle the job. “Jordan Hall has got to be involved, but that was a decision we kind of made,” Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said. “We thought and we knew it was going to be very hard to run in there the way they play their defensive line. They packed it in ? and they are very good against the rush.
“But those are our top two backs, and we are working on that now. I want to make sure we get Jordan Hall involved.”
Based on the depth chart entering the game, Hall seemed to still be in line for plenty of involvement as the designated starter coming off a productive stretch outside of conference play.
But when the Big Ten slate opened, it was almost exactly like last year all over again as Hyde dominated the carries among the tailbacks. Rather than Hall being forced to the sideline with an injury like last season, though, he was instead limited to just one rush by coach’s choice as Hyde pounded his way to 85 yards on 17 attempts in his second game back from suspension.
Quarterback Braxton Miller still wound up shouldering more of the load than both of them. The junior carried 22 times through a combination of calling his own number on the option, designed draws and a few scrambles on passing plays that certainly had an effect on the number of touches available to the rest of the Buckeyes. And while one game is a small sample size and the plan is always subject to change on a weekly basis, giving Hyde the start against a stout Wisconsin defense and continuing to feed him the football consistently sent a strong message that he’s quickly regained his leading role in a crowded backfield.
“It wasn’t planned,” offensive coordinator Tom Herman said…
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The projected starter has handled his business and is finally returning after a three-game suspension. Carlos Hyde is a proven touchdown machine, and he will no doubt want to make up for lost time.
Here were the highlights of Meyer’s weekly press conference
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The first test wasn’t aced, but Jordan Hall certainly passed it with relative ease. The fifth-year senior shook off the rust from his injury-plagued season a year ago and again looked comfortable, confident and healthy with the football in his hands.
Ohio State 40, Buffalo 20 The Buckeyes doubled up the Bulls behind a big game from senior running back Jordan Hall. The full box score can be seen at NCAA.com. Game Analysis for The Ohio State Buckeyes Passing Offense Despite a spectacular start, Braxton Miller was unable to find his flow in the second half. The junior dealt with cramps throughout the afternoon, leading to a short stint on the sideline. Senior backup Kenny Guiton stepped up admirably in Miller’s absence, finding Chris Fields for a 21-yard touchdown. If anything, this game showed the highs and lows of Miller’s game, as his two touchdown passes were bright spots for a day that was otherwise slightly inconsistent. Running Offense Jordan Hall was spectacular for the Buckeyes, as his two touchdowns and 159 yards led the way for Ohio State’s rushing attack. Hall was able to get free for some long ones, as he averaged 7.6 yards per rush. Miller also made his presence known with his feet, as he took off a few times in the fourth quarter when things got nervy. Overall, today was a great performance from the Buckeyes backfield. Running Defense Ohio State’s defensive line came into this game as a major question mark for the national-title contenders. However, the group stepped up as a whole, holding Buffalo to just 78 yards rushing. Overall, this was a performance the unit can build upon. Pass Defense Ohio State’s defensive backs…
If there was one thing Jordan Hall established during Ohio State’s 20-point victory over Buffalo Saturday afternoon—aside from a career-high 159 rushing yards—it’s that the Buckeyes’ offense is much more dangerous with him on the field. Hall stole the show from Heisman Trophy favorite Braxton Miller, touted freshman Dontre Wilson and a host of other Ohio State playmakers with touchdown runs of 49 and 37 yards. He was the most consistent player for the Buckeyes, pacing an offense that piled up 40 points and 460 total yards. Hall’s explosiveness gives Ohio State’s offense something it lacked last year, and that’s a versatile playmaker to complement Miller. The 5’9″, 191-pound senior missed most of the 2012 season with various injuries, but after the NCAA granted him a medical redshirt, he returned and won the starting H-back spot (the Percy Harvin position) in the spring. Suspensions to Ohio State’s top two running backs, Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith, forced the coaching staff to put Hall in the backfield, and he responded by rushing for the most yards by an Ohio State running back since Dan Herron ran for 190 against Penn State in 2010. That speaks to the versatility a healthy Hall brings to the Buckeyes, and it’s something Meyer values tremendously, according to Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer: He gives us that little bit of a hybrid guy that can do both. So once we get a full stable back he’s certainly going to be involved. And to…
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A look at the brightest stars in No. 2 Ohio State’s 40-20 win over Buffalo to open the season on Saturday. RB Jordan Hall: The Buckeyes were without their projected starter and the expected backup in the opener, but Hall made sure they weren’t missed with the finest rushing performance of his career. The senior officially put his injury-plagued, redshirt season from a year ago in the rearview, bursting through holes up the middle for a pair of long touchdown runs on the way to 159 yards on 21 carries.
Ohio State running back Jordan Hall stole the show during the No. 2 Buckeyes’ 40-20 victory over Buffalo Saturday afternoon. Coming into the game, all eyes may have been focused on Heisman hopeful quarterback Braxton Miller. However, it was Hall who came away as Ohio State’s most dominant player. In fact, the senior could be the key to the team’s bid to put together back-to-back undefeated seasons. On Saturday, Hall rushed for a career-best 159 yards on 21 carries. He also added touchdown scampers of 49 and 37 yards. Although Miller had a good game himself, throwing for 178 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 77 yards on 17 carries, his mistakes proved costly. More specifically, a second-quarter interception that was returned 47 yards for a touchdown by the Bulls’ Khalil Mack, cutting the score to 23-13. But just 17 seconds later, Hall came to the Buckeyes’ rescue, restoring order with his second score of the game. Sure, his performance came against a Buffalo team that’s a combined 9-27 over the last three years—a team Ohio State was favored to beat by 35 points. However, Hall accomplished something not too many players in school history have. The folks at ESPN Stats & Info put it all into historical context: Jordan Hall is the 1st Ohio State player with multiple 30+ yd rush TD in a game since Beanie Wells in 2007. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 31, 2013 More importantly, Hall’s play may…
Buckeyes (somewhat) easily extend nation’s longest winning streak Posted by John Taylor on August 31, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT APWith football program immortality just off on the horizon, it’s 13 down and 11 to go for Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes — but not after a bit of a scare. A 35-point(ish) favorite over MAC member Buffalo, OSU came out strong, stumbled a bit in the middle, then ultimately trudged away from Buffalo in a 40-20 win. The margin of victory is not exactly a surprise as the Bulls were coming off a 4-8 season that included seven double-digit losses; the fact that it was as close as it was late into the third quarter was. Braxton Miller, the preseason Heisman favorite, was particularly sharp in the passing game, completing 15-of-22 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Known more for his legs than passing acumen, the junior had just 17 yards on 12 carries before a 41-yard run early in the fourth quarter; he finished with 78 yards on the ground. Jordan Hall, starting in place of the suspended Carlos Hyde, more than shoulder the running-game load, rushing for a career-high 159 yards and two touchdowns. Hall’s two scoring runs came from 49 and 37 yards out. As a team, the Buckeyes totaled 458 yards of offense (259 rushing, 199 passing) while a defense that featured nine new starters held the Bulls to 265 yards. The win wasn’t as easy as some had expected and the way final score seemed to indicate, however. Trailing just 30-20 in the middle of the third quarter, the Bulls recovered a Miller fumble at OSU’s one-yard line on a third-and-eight play. That game-changing turnover, though, was negated by a Buffalo personal foul; the Buckeyes took the fortuitous call and turned it into a 91-yard touchdown drive that pushed the lead to 37-20 and, effectively, put the game out of reach — well, that along with the fourth-quarter goal-line stand by the OSU defense and Miller’s 40-plus-yard scamper a couple of plays later. Despite that mild mid-game stumble, the Buckeyes have now won a nation’s best 13 consecutive games, a streak that stretches back to the first game of a 2012 season that saw the Buckeyes go undefeated but bowl-less thanks to NCAA sanctions. OSU now stands just 11 wins shy of breaking the school record of 23 set back in the late-sixties, and could potentially set the new program mark… in The Game against Michigan in the regular-season finale. While such talk is premature at the moment, the Buckeyes have a very “manageable” schedule that finds them as one of five FBS teams that are, at the moment, favored in every game this season. Still, though, there are plenty of areas to work on before the Buckeyes can even begin to think of making history — and you can be certain that Meyer and his staff will stress that over what was an expected “W.” Permalink 3 Comments Latest Stories in: Big Ten Conference, Buffalo Bulls, Mid-American Conference, Ohio State Buckeyes, Rumor Mill, Top Posts Tweet Email thermanmerman99 says: Aug 31, 2013 3:34 PM LMAO what a fraud of a team. the suckeyes are a joke to society vincentbojackson says: Aug 31, 2013 3:36 PM 20 point win at home over a team that will finish in the bottom third of the MAC? That’s why preseason rankings are a joke. A legit top five team doesn’t struggle with an inferior opponent at home. frankgarrett says: Aug 31, 2013 3:42 PM Wisconsin looked better Leave a Reply You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Second-ranked Ohio State got off to a quick start. After that, it was a bit scary. Braxton Miller threw two touchdown passes before fighting leg cramps and Jordan Hall ran for two more scores to lead the Buckeyes to a 40-20 victory over Buffalo on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.