The Cleveland Fan on Facebook

The Cleveland Fan on Twitter
Buckeyes Buckeye Archive
Dan Wismar

WiscPregame optThe combination of tickets for both a night game in Columbus, and then a 1 p.m. Browns game in Cleveland the next day wasn’t conducive to getting an OSU-Wisconsin game story done this weekend, so I hope some random reflections on the game, and on the season to date are a decent alternative.

--- I’ll start by saying I haven’t had a chance to watch the entire game on TV yet, but being 14 rows up on the north end 25-yard line made it look spectacular. Electric is not a strong enough word to describe the atmosphere at the start. I’m a fan of the chrome helmets. Even a traditionalist can go for a look like that once or twice a year. As far as uniforms go, if the players love playing in them, I’m okay with them.

On top of that, the tickets were courtesy of a friend, a former player at OSU, and were in a section populated by many former Buckeyes. Now, I’m not the type to drop names Doss about the players Carpenter who were sitting around me Krenzel. Because I’m above that sort of thing. Let’s just say it added to the overall buzz of the evening.


Dan Wismar

- Saturday, September 28, 2013

- Ohio Stadium: Columbus, Ohio

- Wisconsin at Ohio State

- 8:00 p.m. ET

- TV: ABC -

OSU Wisky1The 23rd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers come to town Saturday night to face the unbeaten and 4th-ranked Buckeyes in the Big Ten opener for Ohio State, a game that could go a long way toward deciding the championship of the Leaders Division of the conference, even before the leaves fall. The Buckeyes have won 16 straight under Urban Meyer including this year’s 4-0 mark, and will contend with the nation’s #1 rusher, and the 3rd-ranked rushing attack in the country in the 3-1 Badgers.

Braxton Miller appears to have the go-ahead to start at quarterback for OSU, sending two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Kenny Guiton to the bench. Miller is close to 100%, acc
ording to Meyer, as he shakes off the effects of a knee sprain suffered three weeks ago in the San Diego State game. Guiton will also play in the game, as Meyer insists he will “do right” by his super-sub after three games worth of heroics by the senior backup.

This series has been characterized by close games in recent years...the last-minute victory two years ago in Columbus on Miller’s game-winning TD pass to Devin Smith...and last year’s overtime thriller in Madison, also won by the Buckeyes. In 2010, the Badgers knocked off top-ranked Ohio State 31-18 in Madison, the lone blemish on Jim Tressel’s final season, and the only win by Wisconsin in the last six meetings between the schools.


Dan Wismar

Heuerman FAMUKenny Guiton broke the OSU single game record with six touchdown passes, and the Buckeyes covered the 50-point spread against the Florida A&M Rattlers Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Then they took a break for halftime.

The final score of this total mismatch was 76-0, as Urban Meyer completed his 16th straight victory as OSU head coach with third-stringers and walk-ons on the field, and without attempting a pass in the second half. The Rattlers found themselves down 48-0 before they recorded their first 1st down of the game with six minutes to play in the second quarter. Only a 7-yard run on the game’s final play allowed A&M to finish the game with more total yards (80) than the Buckeyes had points.

FAMU made it ridiculously easy for the Buckeyes to score early and often, as a combination of fumbles, bad punts, blocked punts, penalties and interceptions set OSU up for 1st quarter possessions starting at the FAMU 3, 5, 11 and 25 yard lines, all resulting in Ohio State touchdowns before the first period ended at 34-0. The only thing the Buckeyes did wrong all day was try a 2-point conversion after their second score, and fail to convert.


Dan Wismar

Guiton OSUBackup quarterback Kenny Guiton threw four touchdown passes, including three in the game’s first six minutes, and Ohio State never trailed in an entertaining 52-34 shootout victory over California in Berkeley. On the second play of his first ever start as a Buckeye, Guiton executed the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State history, with a 90-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith, and OSU went on to grab a 21-0 lead before the wine in the home stands could lose its chill.

Jordan Hall had a career day as the primary OSU running back, scoring three touchdowns and racking up 168 yards on 30 carries, as Ohio State had its biggest offensive output of the Urban Meyer era with 608 total yards, 332 of those on the ground. Cal’s freshman quarterback Jared Goff had a big day as well, completing 31 of 53 for 371 yards and three TD passes, but he could get the Bears no closer than 10 points after the early Buckeye onslaught.


Dan Wismar




- Saturday, September 14, 2013

- Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California

- Ohio State at California

- 7:00 p.m. ET

- TV: FOX -

OSU Cal 2012c JamieSabau GettyThe Buckeyes take their show on the road for the first time in 2013 with the finale of their two-game series with the Golden Bears of California. The 4th-ranked Bucks (2-0) head west with the nation’s longest winning streak, now at 14 games, but also with some uncertainty about who will be playing quarterback come kick-off time Saturday.

The latest word from Urban Meyer is that Braxton Miller’s sprained left knee is responding well, and that the OSU starter at quarterback will be a gametime decision, based in large part on how he performs in practice on Thursday. The coach is in the enviable position of having a backup QB on his bench who enjoys the full confidence of his teammates and the coaching staff. Buckeye fans have seen enough of senior Kenny Guiton to know he’ll be ready if called upon.


More Articles...

Page 5 of 173


The TCF Forums