Monday, December 24, 2012

OSU'S BRAXTON MILLER SPENDING HOLIDAYS WORKING WITH QB GURU

Braxton Miller, left, and George Whitfield
I recall being inside the Wayne High School auditorium in Huber Heights (OH) back in June of 2010, when highly touted prep quarterback Braxton Miller announced he would be playing his college football at The Ohio State University.

While interviewing him on stage following his commitment to the Buckeyes, Miller said that his main goal was to someday be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Apparently that is still the plan.

Friday, December 21, 2012

BUCKEYES TOP RECRUIT CHANGES NAME TO HONOR STEPFATHER

Eli Apple, left, with father Tim
COLUMBUS — Before Ohio State football fans go into a panic wondering why their prized 2013 football recruit Eli Woodard's name is no longer on the Buckeyes' commitment list ... please calm down, take a breath, sip some herbal tea and mellow out.

The five-star cornerback changed his name.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

SERIOUSLY, IRISH MUST JOIN BIG TEN

Notre Dame Stadium
If the Big Ten Conference is truly looking to court more schools in their expansion quest to 16 members, Notre Dame has to be at the top of the list.

In fact, there should be no expansion at all if it doesn't involve the Irish coming on board.

Monday, December 17, 2012

BUCKEYES LOSE WR VERLON REED

Verlon Reed
COLUMBUS — Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Verlon Reed is leaving the football program — the first to do so this offseason as the Urban Meyer era transitions into its second year.

Thus far he hasn't made any plans on where he will continue playing his college football.

"No matter where I end up, nothing changes for me," Reed stated on his Twitter account Monday. "I'm still grinding to reach my goal and I will always and forever be a Buckeye."

Thursday, December 13, 2012

MILLER, OSU FRONTRUNNERS IN 2013

TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is already considered a front runner for the 2013 Heisman Trophy.

In fact, according to CBS Sports blogger and Heisman voter Chris Huston, Miller — and not Heisman incumbent Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M — is the favorite to take home the bronze stiff armer as of now.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

LUCK OF THE BUCKEYES? NAH, IRISH!

AP Photo
Have you ever heard the expression, "You want your cake and eat it, too?"

I would like to convey that statement to the folks at ESPN.

We have heard all season from the worldwide leader about how weak the Ohio State football schedule was in 2012. Granted, the Buckeyes' schedule was about as strong as a 120-pound, pimple-faced adolescent (thanks to Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin), but ESPN made it as if OSU resides in the Missouri Valley Conference, and played OOC games against the likes of Augustana, Lincoln University and Ayersville High School.

Monday, December 10, 2012

OSU'S HANKINS HEADING TO NFL

Johnathan Hankins
COLUMBUS — Ohio State junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins will forego his senior season to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, the all-Big Ten selection announced on Monday.

"I have decided, with the support of my family, to forego my senior season at Ohio State in order to enter the NFL Draft," Hankins said. "I will always be grateful for the family I have gained here at Ohio State.

NO BOWL GAME FOR OHIO STATE JUST MEANS MORE TIME FOR MEYER

Urban Meyer
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Contrary to public opinion, there are actually some positives about the Ohio State football team not being eligible for post-season play.

Foremost being that head coach Urban Meyer — who is known as one of the best recruiters in the country — can devote all of his energy courting high school prospects, while others have to split time with bowl game preparations.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

TRUE OR FALSE: WILL NOTRE DAME WIN IT ALL? MEYER TOP COACH?

AP Photo
When I was a kid taking tests in school, I loved the true and false questions. I mean, how easy is it to know one is an absolute fact, and the other is blatant lie.

So, I am going to give my readers a small five question true or false test on college football. (The grading key will be supplied at the end of test)

Here we go ...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

BUCKEYES END IN PERFECTION

AP Photo
COLUMBUS — Ohio State honored it's 2002 national championship team on Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium by doing what that triumphant squad accomplished 10 years ago ...

They won them all!

Friday, November 23, 2012

MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, 'THE GAME' MEANS MORE THAT EVER

TBT/Darla Duunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — This season's installment of "The Game" has all kinds of tasty story lines.

Being that No. 4 Ohio State (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) is ineligible to participate in this year's post-season, Saturday's finale against rival Michigan (8-3, 6-1) has gone from heated, to making the sun feel like a giant block of ice. 

The showdown with the No. 20 Wolverines is not only considered an unofficial bowl game for the Buckeyes, it's also their opportunity to achieve perfection — a thumb and nose to the folks who said the program was dead.

Monday, November 19, 2012

BUCKEYES SENIOR CLASS VERY SPECIAL TO URBAN MEYER

John Simon
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Although Urban Meyer has only been with this year's Ohio State senior class for one season, it doesn't prevent him from labeling them as one of his favorite groups ever.

Coming into this season, Meyer didn't know many of them at all, and when it was announced that the Buckeyes would be prohibited from participating in postseason play, the new head coach didn't know what to expect.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

BUCKEYES REMAIN PERFECT ON THE SEASON, WIN LEADERS DIVISION TITLE

Associated Press
MADISON, Wisc. — On Saturday in Madison, the old saying "defense wins championships" rang oh, so, true.

Well, de facto championships, that is.

After Wisconsin forced overtime with a touchdown in the waning seconds of regulation, the Buckeyes easily moved the football across the chalk for the go ahead score on the opening series of the extra period, when tailback Carlos Hyde plunged through from two yards out. 

Then it was the defense's turn ...

Friday, November 16, 2012

BUCKEYES, BADGERS TO PLAY FOR DE FACTO LEADERS DIVISION TITLE

Carlos Hyde
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Wisconsin (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) has already clinched a berth in the conference championship game as the Leaders Division representative.

Sixth-ranked and unbeaten Ohio State (10-0, 6-0) is the top team in the division standings, but is ineligible to participate in the Big Ten title game due to NCAA sanctions.

Monday, November 12, 2012

URBAN MEYER SAID THE BUCKEYES DON'T NEED A CARROT RIGHT NOW

TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Earlier in the season, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said that he may have to create some sort of bowl-like situation for his Buckeyes since they were banned from post-season play in 2012 by the NCAA.

With OSU undefeated at 10-0 (6-0 Big Ten), with just two games to play this season, you would think the first-year Buckeye boss would certainly have something creative up his sleeve in terms of motivation — a carrot, if you will.

Friday, November 9, 2012

URBAN MEYER'S BEST COACHING PERFORMANCE OF HIS CAREER? YES!

Urban Meyer
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
Prior to arriving at Ohio State this season, Urban Meyer was already known as a winner.

In 10 seasons as a collegiate head football coach  — at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida — Meyer won 104 of the 127 games he had coached in, including five conference championships and two national titles. He has never had a losing season, and usually turns suffering programs around quite expeditiously.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED, SABINO RETURNS TO PRACTICE FIELD

Ohio State linebacker Etienne Sabino (6). TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — With just two games remaining on Ohio State's quest for perfection, the No. 5 Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) are using their bye week to stay sharp, but also to mend after 10 straight weeks of grinding.

And no position is more important to the Buckeyes' stretch run than at linebacker, a unit that has been battered and bruised in recent weeks.

Well, that group just got a bit stronger, as senior strongside linebacker Etienne Sabino is back on the practice field after missing the last four games with a fractured right fibula.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

BUCKEYES ROUT ILLINI, REMAIN PERFECT ATOP LEADERS DIVISION

Reid Fragel, 77, congratulates Carlos Hyde
after scoring a touchdown Saturday. (AP)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had another Heisman Trophy-like performance Saturday and tailback Carlos Hyde rode roughshod over the Illinois defense, as the Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) rolled to a 52-22 victory to remain unbeaten and atop the Leaders Division.

In a week where Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer stated that the passing game must improve, Miller recorded 299 total yards and three touchdowns in a little more than three quarters of play, including 226 yards and two scores through the air.

Friday, November 2, 2012

UNBEATEN BUCKEYES READY FOR UPSET-MINDED ILLINI THIS TIME

Michael Thomas, left, and Braxton Miller (AP)
COLUMBUS — Most will look at Saturday's college football tilt between No. 6 Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) and Illinois as simply a sparring session for the undefeated Buckeyes.

Of course, none of those thoughts are resonating from the OSU locker room — they understand that Illinois (2-6, 0-4) can certainly play the role of David. In fact, the last time the Buckeyes were unbeaten this late in the season (10-0 in 2007), it was the Illini who came into Ohio Stadium and handed the hosts their head.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A HEART-TO-HEART WITH MEYER TURNED STONEBURNER AROUND

Jake Stoneburner
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State senior wide receiver Jake Stoneburner was supposed to be a major focal point of the newly installed spread offense this season.

New Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer visualized Stoneburner out on the edges, creating major defensive mismatches with his athleticism and 6-foot-5, 245-pound frame.

However, the former tight end didn't seem to grasp what Meyer was intending when moving the senior to wide receiver in fall camp. The transition wasn't working the way the coach had intended. In fact, just three weeks ago, Stoneburner had become invisible out on the field. His effort seemed lax, his production was nonexistent. He just couldn't seem to come to grips with the switch.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MEYER ADMITS BRAXTON MILLER IS A HEISMAN TROPHY CANDIDATE NOW

Braxton Miller
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — When asked earlier this season about his quarterback Braxton Miller being a Heisman Trophy contender, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer simply shook his head and replied, "Oh, gosh ... there will be no discussion of that."

He also said he wouldn't be posting any "billboards" for his campaign, either.

Well, 2,620 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine wins later, the Buckeyes' boss is starting to come around.

Monday, October 29, 2012

BUCKEYES MAY NOT BE GREAT YET, BUT COACH SAYS THEY ARE SPECIAL

Urban Meyer, left, Braxton Miller. (AP)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State is ranked sixth in the nation (AP), sits atop of the Big Ten Leaders Division, is currently undefeated and possesses a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Braxton Miller.

However, OSU head coach Urban Meyer has stated numerous times recently that this year's Buckeyes, albeit 9-0 (5-0 Big Ten), are not a great football team as of yet.

But special, maybe?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

OMG! BRAXTON MILLER MAGICALLY LEADS BUCKEYES TO VICTORY!

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, left, and head coach Urban Meyer celebrate after the Buckeyes 35-23 win at Penn State on Saturday evening. (AP)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — "Oh, my God!"

Those are the words Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer kept hearing in his headset after his sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller juked, dipped and dived his way in the end zone — in the third quarter — to give the Buckeyes a double-digit lead, as well as making the Penn State defense resemble the Keystone Cops.

"We work on that," Meyer joked after their 35-23 victory Saturday night, improving their season record to 9-0 (5-0 Big Ten). "We have a drill. Make seven people miss, dive across and hold the ball. I was on the field level so I couldn't see it. 

"All I heard on my headset was, 'Oh, my God!'"

RYAN SHAZIER WEARING NO. 48 TODAY IN HONOR OF LATE FRIEND

Ryan Shazier
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — If Ohio State football fans notice a linebacker wearing No. 48 wreaking havoc on Penn State ball carriers this evening, no need to scurry for a roster, he's already a household name in Buckeye Nation.

OSU leading tackler, sophomore Ryan Shazier, will be shedding his normal No. 10 jersey for Saturday's Big Ten showdown with the Nittany Lions, in order to sport the No. 48 in honor of a childhood friend who passed away a few months ago.

Friday, October 26, 2012

GAME PREVIEW: 'INELIGIBOWL' STILL HAS A WHOLE LOT AT STAKE

Carlos Hyde
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Although the game has been labeled by many as the "Ineligibowl" — being that each team is prohibited from participating in post-season play this year — it doesn't mean there isn't a whole lot at stake for both Ohio State (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) and Penn State (5-2, 3-0) this Saturday evening at Beaver Stadium.

Each team is currently unbeaten in Big Ten play, and even though neither are allowed to participate in the conference title game at season's end, both squads can still scoop up the hardware as the Leaders Division champions.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SORRY MAUTI, BUT PENN STATE JUST AS DESERVING OF SANCTIONS AS OSU

Mike Mauti
Some may look at this weekend's showdown between Big Ten foes, Ohio State and Penn State, as two teams who have traveled similar paths.

Sure, both schools are perfect in conference play, have brand new coaches roaming the sideline, and are currently two of the hottest programs in the country — winning 13 straight games between them. 

But what makes them 'two peas in a pod' to many is the fact that both have been ruled ineligible by the NCAA to participate in this year's post-season — Penn State for another three years following — for failing to monitor their respective programs.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

BUCKEYES ARE UNBEATEN, BUT URBAN MEYER IS FAR FROM SATISFIED

Urban Meyer
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State may be 8-0 on the season and ranked in the top 10, but ask head coach Urban Meyer about it and he'll tell you he is far from satisfied.

You see, Meyer isn't just a win-loss coach, he is a guy who demands supreme effort and passion. He isn't the type who is satisfied winning games, 20-17, by playing passive, punting the ball on 4th-and-1, and hoping to pull out a win with a field goal in the waning moments. No, he expects greatness, not mediocrity. 

He absolutely despises average.

Monday, October 22, 2012

BRAXTON MILLER HAS SORE NECK, EXPECTED TO PRACTICE TUESDAY

Braxton Miller
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — When Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was slammed hard to the ground during the Buckeyes' football game against Purdue on Saturday, head coach Urban Meyer admitted that the entire season flashed before his eyes.

Miller's injury appeared to be extremely serious, forcing him to leave the game and be rushed to a nearby hospital. Many on hand weren't just worried about the Buckeye star's prospects of playing again, but more concerned if he had some sort of dangerous internal damage after watching him stagger on the sideline. 

In fact, immediately after being carted off the field and into an ambulance, social networks such as Twitter and Facebook were overcome with hundreds of prayer requests for the popular OSU quarterback.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

MILLER GOES DOWN, GUITON STEPS UP IN BUCKEYES' COMEBACK VICTORY

Kenny Guiton (AP)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State star quarterback Braxton Miller always refers to his backup, junior Kenny Guiton, as his "big brother."

On Saturday afternoon against Purdue in Columbus, Guiton had little brother's back.

After Miller was thrown hard to the turf on a long third quarter run — which sent him to hospital with what seemed to be a devastating head injury — Guiton entered the contest and led the Buckeyes on an improbable comeback in the final seconds, driving his team for a touchdown and a two-point conversion to take the game into overtime.

BOREN IDENTITY? FOOTBALL PLAYER

Zach Boren
COLUMBUS — Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has stated numerous times that Buckeyes senior Zach Boren is a "great football player."

Think about that for a moment. He didn't say he was a great fullback, great blocker or a great goal line ball carrier. No, he said "great football player."

That statement was proven fact last Saturday night, when the fourth-year starting fullback was asked by Meyer and staff to move to linebacker for the Buckeyes — a unit that has turned anorexic thin in recent weeks.

Friday, October 19, 2012

GAME PREVIEW: DEFENSE IS THE WORD FOR BUCKEYES ON SATURDAY

The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — There is no mistaking Urban Meyer's impact on the Ohio State offense this season.

So far through seven games, the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) have averaged 40.4 points and 452.4 yards per game under their new head coach — 15.9 points and 134.2 yards more per contest than in 2011 under interim mentor, Luke Fickell. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

EXTREMELY GRATEFUL TO BE BACK

Lee Hudnell
Some readers of The Bryan Times and The Buckeye Times have been wondering why I have been missing from the sports page and blog during the past couple weeks. 

Did The Times finally wise up and fire me as sports columnist and Ohio State football writer? Did I inherit millions from a dead uncle and decide to give up the journalism game for years of endless partying and traveling?

I could only wish.

No, the reason for my absence, unfortunately, has been health related.

Friday, October 5, 2012

GAME PREVIEW: BUCKEYES WITH ANOTHER MAJOR TEST SATURDAY

COLUMBUS — In last season's tilt between Ohio State and Nebraska out in Lincoln, the Buckeyes jumped to a 27-6 lead midway through the third quarter — powered by an incredibly dominating performance from then-freshman quarterback Braxton Miller.

However, with five minutes to play in the third, the Buckeyes' do-it-all star was forced to leave the game after suffering a painful ankle injury on a QB keeper. Miller would not return to action ... and apparently, neither did any of his teammates.

From that point on, the Huskers smelled blood in the water and attacked like a shiver of sharks, scoring 28 unanswered points to defeat the Buckeyes, 34-27. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

GAME PREVIEW: BUCKEYES BEGIN BIG TEN TITLE QUEST AT MICHIGAN STATE

TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Some have wondered if the Ohio State football team — which is prohibited from participating in this year's post-season by the NCAA — has anything of importance to play for, other than pride?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

MEYER BELIEVES BUCKEYES WILL BE GREAT SOONER THAN MANY THINK

Urban Meyer
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — When Urban Meyer was hired as head coach of the Ohio State football team following last season, many Buckeye fans expected the championship-winning mentor to come in, wave a magic wand, and turn a 6-7 squad into the New England Patriots ... in just one year.

Shoot, in just one game for some people.

Monday, September 24, 2012

BUCKEYES' ROD SMITH HAS MADE A TURNAROUND, ACCORDING TO MEYER

Rod Smith
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State reserve tailback Rod Smith found his way onto the playing field last Saturday against Alabama-Birmingham and scored on a touchdown run from one-yard out.

It seemed like just an ordinary goal-line plunge from the layman's eye. But, when you discover just how long of a road Smith has traveled in just eight short months, that three feet to pay dirt seemed like a trip to the moon.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

BUCKEYES LOOK AVERAGE IN WIN

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (5) dives for a touchdown in the Buckeyes' 29-15 win over UAB in Columbus. (AP)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was expecting to see his team perform better than just average on Saturday against visiting Alabama-Birmingham.

Well, not only did the 14th-ranked Buckeyes (4-0) not accomplish their coach's mission, they actually took a step backward.

Friday, September 21, 2012

GAME PREVIEW: BUCKS LOOKING FOR NO ADVERSITY GAME AGAINST UAB

TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — If you ever get an opportunity to spend much time around Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, you will discover fairly quickly that he enjoys being in the presence of an average football team about as much as a field mouse likes being in the company of a hungry honey badger.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

BUCKEYES NEED MORE THAN JUST MILLER, SMITH TO MAKE BIG PLAYS

Devin Smith
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer isn't just satisfied with winning football games by a touchdown or two, he wants his team to be explosive, feared, a threat to take it to the house on any given play.

Simply put, he doesn't just want to win ... he wants to make SportsCenter highlights doing it.

Thus far through three games, sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller has been the catalyst for the Buckeyes' weekly inclusion on the big-play reels. In fact, out of the Buckeyes' 10 plays of more than 25 yards this season, the dual-threat signal caller has contributed on all of them, including touchdown runs of 65 and 55 yards.

Monday, September 17, 2012

MEYER: SIMON IS A SELFLESS HUMAN BEING; HYDE OUT AGAIN SATURDAY

John Simon
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — To say that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has admiration for Buckeyes' senior John Simon just doesn't properly exemplify his true feelings for the OSU star defensive end.

In fact, if he and his wife Shelly ever decide to have a fourth child, we will all see just how much the Buckeyes' boss "loves" the kid out of Youngstown.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

MILLER, BUCKEYES SPOIL GOLDEN BEARS UPSET BID SATURDAY, 35-28

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller runs for a 55-yard score in the Buckeyes 35-28 win over California Saturday in Columbus. (TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
(updated) COLUMBUS — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had another Heisman Trophy-like performance on Saturday afternoon, in the Buckeyes 35-28 victory over visiting California.

Although Miller had some rough times against the Bears — most notably in the third quarter where he totaled minus-1 yard of offense — he came up huge when it mattered most, leading his team on two momentous scoring drives in the final quarter to move the Buckeyes to 3-0 on the season.

WITHOUT TRESSEL, THERE IS NO CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRATION

Jim Tressel
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State plans to commemorate the 2002 national championship football team on Nov. 24 when the Buckeyes host arch-rival Michigan at Ohio Stadium.

Details of how they will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Buckeyes' last title have not been set in stone, but more than likely, the team will be brought onto the field sometime during or prior to the game for the fans to pay tribute.

Friday, September 14, 2012

GAME PREVIEW: BUCKEYES LOOK TO HOLD OFF UPSET-MINDED BEARS

David Perkins, left, and Devan Bogard
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has been ripping opposing defenses apart this season with his dual-threat capabilities, racking up 664 yards of offense and seven touchdowns in just two outings.

This Saturday, the star sophomore should be licking his chops, as the 12th-ranked Buckeyes host California (1-1) — a squad who has had major issues containing athletic signal callers in 2012.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

BUCKEYES DEFENSE MUST STEP UP AND PREVENT THE BIG PLAYS

Garrett Goebel, left.
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Although Ohio State's defense has only surrendered 13 points per game in their opening two contests of the season, the total yardage and number of big plays by the opposition is quite unsettling to Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer.

The Buckeyes' defense has given up 332 yards per game — in victories over Miami (OH) and Central Florida — with 281 coming through the air. Ohio State has given up 12 pass plays of more than 10 yards through the first two weeks, including five throws of more than 20.

Monday, September 10, 2012

MEYER: MUST PROTECT MILLER

Braxton Miller (TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — With tailbacks Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde out due to injury, the 12th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes must find a productive replacement in the backfield this Saturday, if they hope to continue with their winning ways

Oh ... and that replacement's name shouldn't be Braxton Miller.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

BRAXTON MILLER SHINES AGAIN IN BUCKS WIN OVER CENTRAL FLORIDA

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks to score one of his four total touchdowns in the Buckeyes 31-16 win over Central Florida Saturday in Columbus. (TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)

(Updated) COLUMBUS — When asked earlier in the week about Braxton Miller's name being mentioned in the Heisman Trophy conversation, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer just rolled his eyes and replied, "Oh gosh ... there will be no discussion of that."

After his performance in the Buckeyes 31-16 win over Central Florida on Saturday, that "discussion" may soon be underway, as Miller racked up 296 yards of offense and four touchdowns in the triumph — including tying an OSU-record for quarterbacks with three scores on the ground.

Friday, September 7, 2012

GAME PREVIEW: BUCKEYES HAVE TOUGHER TASK AGAINST KNIGHTS

Carlos Hyde
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — It may have been a bit slow going coming out of the gates, but the inauguration of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer last Saturday against Miami (OH) definitely resulted in a huge success.

The Buckeyes, who managed just 46 yards of offense — and zero points — in the first quarter Saturday, rebounded furiously the rest of the way by gashing the RedHawks for 492 yards and eight touchdowns in the final three periods of play, giving Meyer his first victory at Ohio State, 56-10. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

BRAXTON MILLER FOR HEISMAN? MEYER SAYS TO SLOW OUR ROLL

Braxton Miller, left, and Urban Meyer
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller dazzled in Saturday's season opener against Miami (OH), racking up 368 yards of offense and three touchdowns in the Buckeyes' 56-10 win ... in less than three quarters of work.

In fact, Miller — who tallied an OSU quarterback-record 161 yards on the ground Saturday — has actually received some Heisman Trophy chatter for his efforts against the RedHawks.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

URBAN MEYER ERA BEGINS AT OSU IN DOMINATING FASHION WITH 56-10 WIN

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, right, leads his Buckeyes on the field for the first time Saturday against Miami (OH). TBT photo by Darla Dunkle-Hudnell.

COLUMBUS — It took about 16 minutes to get it out of first gear on Saturday, but when 18th-ranked Ohio State finally popped the clutch early on in the second quarter, it was pedal to the metal, full throttle football the rest of the way.

Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller totaled 368 yards and three touchdowns — in less than three quarters of work — as Ohio State crushed visiting Miami (OH), 56-10, in the highly anticipated debut of new head coach Urban Meyer.

Friday, August 31, 2012

GAME PREVIEW: HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MEYER ERA BEGINS SATURDAY

Urban Meyer
(TBT/Lee Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Ever since Urban Meyer was a very young child growing up in northern Ohio he envisioned that one day he would lead the Ohio State football team onto the field of battle as the Buckeyes' head coach — just like his idol, Woody Hayes.

Well, this Saturday at Ohio Stadium that childhood dream will become reality, as the 18th-ranked Meyer-led Buckeyes host Miami University in the 2012 season opener.