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Written by Grant Edgell | 04 January 2012

 

Braxton1On September 3rd, 2011, with 14:49 remaining in the second quarter and a 7-0 lead over non-conference foe Akron, a true freshman quarterback nervously jogged on to the Ohio Stadium field turf with sky-high expectations. On his first play from scrimmage he rushed for two yards. He then threw an incomplete pass before finishing off his first drive by recovering his own fumble for a seven yard loss. Back to the sideline he went.

Ohio State drive: 3 plays, -5 yards, 01:27, Punt

Fast forward 121 days and you’ll see the same true freshman finishing off his first bowl appearance, and last until the end of his junior year, by completing six straight passes to five different receivers, including an 11 yard touchdown throw to close out the scoring in a 24-17 loss to the Florida Gators. Toss in a 6 yard run on 1st down coming out of a timeout and what do we have? Progress.

Ohio State drive: 7 plays, 88 yards, 02:08, Touchdown

At 7am the following morning a trying 6-win, 7-loss season was behind us, our head coach became an assistant, the Jim Tressel Era officially came to a close, Urban Meyer led his first official team meeting as the leader of The Ohio State University football program, and a young quarterback began his transition from true freshman to Heisman Trophy candidate.

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Written by EB Cooper | 03 January 2012

 

James-Laurinaitis1Smith. Wells. Laurinaitis. Ginn. Heyward. If you know these names, then you have obviously been watching Ohio State football for the past couple of years. Ohio State has a deep tradition of football so rich that it makes other supposed traditional schools like Florida, LSU and Texas A&M pale in comparison. I’m always insulted when I hear other schools that have less tradition than Ohio State compared to each other; it makes my skin crawl and my blood boil. To compare Florida and Ohio State football is like comparing the Eiffel Tower to the Giza Pyramids. Sure both are grand and world famous, but the Pyramids were built thousands of years ago and represent one of the most powerful empires of ancient times and no offense to France, but other than Napoleon Bonaparte, what have you done for me lately?

Yesterday I watched in shock and utter disgust as the Florida Gators once again defeated the Buckeyes, only this time it was more of an even score of 24-17. I don’t need to remind Buckeye Nation of the last time these two teams played, but it wasn’t pretty. Watching this year’s Buckeye team was hard. It's bad enough that I’m a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, but the Buckeyes? They aren’t supposed to lose seven games - they aren’t supposed to play in the Gator Bowl - they aren’t supposed to lose period, right?

I’ve thought long and hard about the players on this team and came to one conclusion. They gave up.

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Written by Jim Baughman | 02 January 2012

 

UrbanSince the announcement that Urban Meyer accepted THE job at The Ohio State University, his impact on the 2012 recruiting class has been felt in a few states.   I, for one, am excited to see how Coach Meyer improves the reach on our recruiting program, in Michigan, in Illinois, in Pennsylvania, in Georgia, and in Florida; bring some of that Big Man speed that the SEC has been known for, to OSU.  OSU never has trouble landing the skilled players, but our seasons always hinge on our offensive and defensive line play. It looks like Coach Meyer recognizes the same thing based on his early recruiting involvement.

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Written by Andrew Huber | 02 January 2012

 

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Welcome to the first edition of a new weekly feature here at BHC - Buckeye Recall. It will appear every Monday morning and recap the previous week’s Buckeyes storylines while previewing the week ahead.

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Written by BHC Staff | 01 January 2012

NFL_PlayoffsWith the NFL regular season coming to an end this evening, here is the full list of former Buckeyes who will be participating in the 2011-12 NFL Playoffs beginning next weekend. We here at BHC wish them all of the luck possible. Congratulations to each and every one! Go Bucks.

*All graphics credit to NFL.com

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Written by Associated Press | 31 December 2011

 

BuBLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Victor Oladipo scored the go-ahead basket with 36 seconds left Saturday, and Jordan Hulls scored 17 points to lead Indiana (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) past second-ranked Ohio State 74-70.

Indiana (13-1, 1-1 Big Ten) is the ninth team to defeat both a No. 1 ranked team and the No. 2 team in the same season since 1996-97. The Hoosiers are only the third team to beat both teams in the same month.Ohio State (13-2, 1-1) had a five-game winning streak snapped. Aaron Craft led the Buckeyes with 16 points and Jared Sullinger had 15.

The teams traded leads throughout the final eight minutes, but it was Oladipo's layup that gave Indiana a 71-70 lead. Hulls then hit 1 of 2 free throws, making it 72-70 and after William Buford missed a go-ahead 3-ponter with 4.5 seconds to go, Christian Watford sealed the victory with two more free throws.

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Written by Todd Moore | 31 December 2011

 

Who: Ohio State vs. Indiana

When: 6:00 p.m. ET

Where: Assembly Hall

indiana-university-hoosiers-ipad-wallpaperKnow Your Opponent: The Hoosiers are 12-1 coming off of their first loss against Michigan State on the road. Being their first loss, not much is known on how they will react but most likely - with a top ranked team coming into Assembly Hall - they aren’t going to lay down. Indiana is led by freshmen Cody Zeller in points and rebounding but are far from a one man team - they have a slew of quality players that developed and got better in the off season. Indiana has five players that average over 10 points a game, including sixth man Will Sheehey, who may not play due to an ankle injury. The shooting numbers are near the top, if not the best in the B1G, shooting over .500 in field goal percentage and right at .450 in three point percentage. The defense is good but not great. According to Ken Pomeroy, Indiana’s defense is ranked 23rd in adjusted defense. There aren't any glaring weaknesses statistically but Indiana will only go 2 deep off the bench without Sheehey. Their assist to turnover ratio is a little over one but against Michigan State and Kentucky they had 10 AST and 13 TO - with 12 AST and 18 TO, respectively.

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