Have a nice week in Michigan State, Eleven Warriors readers.
Ohio State is 5-0 and on its way after beating Rutgers, and I’m sure you all know the best thing about being 5-0…
Let’s make it a nice Monday, okay?
Guard. One more quick thing. Check out this monster block from Cade Stover.
Cade Stover is a crazy man. pic.twitter.com/7ffW7f8OuM
— Cory (@realcorykinnan) October 3, 2022
Okay, happy Monday. See you in the comment section.
CONSISTENT DOMINANCE. When Rutgers joined the Big Ten in 2014, then-Commissioner Jim Delany cited the Scarlet Knights’ “athletic excellence” as one of his driving factors for adding the school.
Eight years later, the one thing I love about Rutgers is his ability to be a doormat for the state of Ohio every season. According to ESPN, the Buckeyes’ nine consecutive performances of at least 49 points against the Scarlet Knights represent the longest streak of any team against a single opponent since 1936.
Ohio State has scored 49+ points in nine consecutive games against Rutgers. That’s the longest run of a team against a single opponent in the AP Poll era (since 1936). pic.twitter.com/GcPt6CYZ5D
— ESPN stats and information (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 1, 2022
Frankly, I don’t see a time in the near or distant future when Rutgers won’t be exactly what it currently is in the Big Ten. The school feels like it doesn’t belong in the conference, and that becomes apparent when the state of Ohio bullies them as a group of five that the Buckeyes would encounter in the non-conference schedule.
Even on Saturday, when many would say the Ohio state attack — which was without TreVeyon Henderson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba — looked slow outside of Miyan Williams, the Buckeyes still won by 39 points. So yeah, maybe Rutgers isn’t one of them, but the Scarlet Knights are there anyway. Have fun with a free win against them for the rest of the time, Buckeye Nation.
FAKE POINT FIASCO. I can’t mention Ohio State’s 49-10 win over Rutgers without mentioning the Buckeyes fake punt that went viral on Saturday. There’s just too much going on on and after this piece not to talk about it.
With just over 10 minutes to go and Ohio State with 39 points, Jesse Mirco was ready to kick the football to Rutgers. Instead, the rugby-style gambler saw a lane open for him and took off for a 22-yard win. At the end of the run, Rutgers wide receiver Aaron Cruickshank delivered a late hit. Then all hell broke loose.
To be clear, it wasn’t a designed fake. The Scarlet Knights had eight players at the scrimmage and sent the house to block the point. After Ohio State successfully defended the rush, Mirco recognized that no one was standing between him and the first-down marker, so he tucked the ball under his shoulder and ran. At least that’s how his teammate, Noah Ruggles, sees it.
Rutgers sent the point block team all the way down in the 4th quarter to overload one side with 39! We don’t call fake! Boy saw the open field and put it in turbo. Sorry my boy will expose you if you allow him @Jesse_Mirco29 https://t.co/niyavj4y3B
— Noah Ruggles (@noahruggles) October 2, 2022
After Cruickshank’s hit and the ensuing scrums, Greg Schiano sprinted across the field to confront Ryan Day and end the scuffle. The coaches shared some choice words as things heated up in Columbus.
In his post-game press conference, Day said he has “no hard feelings” for Schiano and added that he has “incredible respect” for the former Buckeye assistant. Whether you believe that or not is up to you, as is what to think of Mirco’s fake punt.
I won’t go so far as to say that Ohio state coaches approved Mirco’s decision to forge the point, but he must have done something right to earn the program’s special team player of the week award.
For the brand pic.twitter.com/98n3uR016L
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 2, 2022
ENTER. MIYAN. What about Miyan Williams’ performance against Rutgers? The third-year running back took his 21 carries for 189 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday. His five scores tied him with Pete Johnson (vs. North Carolina, 1975) and Keith Byars (vs. Illinois, 1984) for Ohio State’s single-game rushing touchdown record.
Miyan Williams. Program recording.pic.twitter.com/tEh5TfXyPq
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 1, 2022
“It’s a blessing to be there with those names,” Williams said after the game. “Those are legends here, so it’s definitely a blessing.”
Williams is right that Johnson and Byars are Buckeye legends. Their names are all over the program booklet on the football website. While they’re not Archie Griffin – who played with Johnson – or Eddie George, both running backs deserve a place at the table of the greatest ball-carriers in Ohio state history.
Let’s take a look at how those legends played in their five touchdown games, starting with Johnson’s performance against the Tar Heels:
September 27, 1975: Ohio State 32 – North Carolina 7
Pete Johnson: 26 carries, 148 yards, 5 TDs
- 2Q, 3:20 – Johnson 2-yard TD run
- 2Q, 0:31 – Johnson 5-yard TD run
- 3Q, 8:32 – Johnson 1-yard TD run
- 4Q, 13:01 – Johnson 2-yard TD run
- 4Q, 8:48 – Johnson 3-yard TD run
Fun fact: Griffin had 22 carries for 157 yards in this game and won his second Heisman Trophy at the end of the year.
October 13, 1984: Ohio State 45 – Illinois 38
Keith Byars: 39 carries, 274 yards, 5 TDs
- 2Q, 4:13 – Byars 16-yard TD run
- 2Q, 0:23 – Byar’s 4-yard TD run
- 3Q, 13:40 – Byars 1-yard TD run
- 3Q, 8:57 – Byars 67-yard TD run
- 4Q, 0:36 – Byar’s 3-yard TD run
Fun fact: Byars lost his shoe about halfway through his 67-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Despite this, he still sped past the Illinois defense and ran all the way to the end zone. As you can imagine, Ohio Stadium went crazy.
Williams was right. Johnson and Byars are legends from the state of Ohio, and these two games of theirs are only a small part of their Buckeyes stories. Here too, may Williams’ five-touchdown performance against Rutgers be only a small part of his (possibly legendary) story.
A GRANTED WISH (KIND). If the Ohio state season ended after Rutgers’ game, Ryan Day would have lived up to his expectations for the season of a top-10 defense by Jim Knowles and the Silver Bullets.
If the season ended today, Ryan Day would see his wish for a top-10 defense granted.
The Buckeyes are ranked No. 10 in overall defense for five weeks (263.8 YPG).
OSU also now has the 14th-ranked scoring defense and No. 7 passing defense in the country.
— Griffin Strom (@GriffinStrom3) October 2, 2022
The Buckeyes have the No. 10 overall defense (263.8 YPG) and No. 14 scoring defense (14.80 PPG) in the nation for five games. In addition, the state of Ohio has the No. 7 passing defense (153.4 YPG) in the NCAA this season.
Using conference-only stats, Knowles’ unit ranks No. 2 in scoring defense, No. 1 passing defense, and No. 8 rushing defense in the Big Ten after Ohio State’s victories over Wisconsin and Rutgers in the last two games.
The Buckeyes will face a spiraling Michigan State team this weekend that should only improve their defensive position nationally and in the Big Ten as the Spartans’ offense has struggled to produce consistently in three straights. losses.
Michigan State’s stats on both sides of the ball over five games are… not good. pic.twitter.com/XYqqJ5FIXO
— Griffin Strom (@GriffinStrom3) October 2, 2022
That said, the Ohio state defense is well on track to meet Day’s expectations for a top-10 defense. However, it still has some work to do if it is to live up to Knowles’ expectations of a top-five. As for Andy Vance, we expected the Buckeye defense to suck 30% less than last season, so they’re doing well in his book.
It’s time for Knowles, Tommy Eichenberg, Steele Chambers and the rest of the Buckeyes to keep this thing moving.
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