5 things Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said about loss to Iowa

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 3:03 PM

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer reacts to a play during the first half against Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
Ohio State’s Urban Meyer reacts to a play during the first half against Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

Two days after Urban Meyer had few answers in the aftermath of a blowout loss at Iowa, the Ohio State football coach shed some light on a few things that plagued the Buckeyes in Iowa City — and in some cases before.

He also sounded ready to look ahead Saturday’s game vs. No. 13 Michigan State, which will kick off at noon at Ohio Stadium.

Here are five topics Meyer addressed:

1. Nick Bosa told Meyer the hit that got him ejected was not intentional.

Bosa was charged with targeting after his helmet made contact with Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley on a third-down play late in the second quarter.

Although Stanley’s head clearly moved backward because of the contact, he told reporters after the game he didn’t really notice the hit at the time. 

“(Bosa) came up, apologized. It was unique,” Meyer said of the hit. “It wasn’t an open-field type thing. He was just lunging at the ball is what he told me. There was no intent is what he told me.”

The call gave Iowa a first down, and Stanley threw a touchdown pass on the next play. 

2. Meyer agreed penalties are a concern for the Buckeyes.

The penalty on Bosa was one of nine against Ohio State that were accepted Saturday. That cost the Buckeyes 95 yards, and many of the calls came at crucial times.

“There were a couple of devastating penalties that kept drives alive — and no excuse for them,” Meyer said. “We addressed them, and I can think of two or three right off the top of my head that were drive savers, targeting and just a couple of silly penalties.”

3. J.T. Barrett has been inconsistent as a passer.

A week after having arguably the best game of his career in a stunning win over Penn State, the Ohio State quarterback had one of his worst in Iowa City.

Barrett threw four interceptions — including one that was returned for a touchdown and another that led to a quick score right before the half.

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“He’s been on a nice roll with efficiency, taking care of the football, and that was not normal by him,” Meyer said. “So we watched it closely. Obviously today’s a big day to get going on the next game, but I felt like he forced it, especially right before the half. That was a devastating one. We’re not a sling ‘em type group, we’re a highly efficient throwing team. And he’s been great up to this point.”

4. Barrett had too many carries again.

In repeating a theme from other recent losses, Ohio State’s quarterback ended up running the ball more than the top two running backs.

J.K. Dobbins ran five times for 51 yards while Mike Weber had 27 yards on five carries. Both averaged more yards per carry than Barrett, who gained 63 yards on 14 attempts, including a sack.

“A lot of times when you’re struggling that’s your kind of get-out of-jail-free card,” he said of quarterback runs.

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Scrambles and read-option keepers have a way of escalating the number of quarterback carries.

Regarding the latter, teams have regularly focused on stopping OSU’s running backs if they have a choice.

“That’s exactly what Iowa was doing,” Meyer said. “Those weren’t designed (quarterback) runs, they were going to take the balls out of J.K.’s hands. Those are all things we have to game plan and continue to work and find ways to give hand-offs to the tailback.”

5. Meyer deflected a question about the direction of the program after a third surprising Big Ten loss in as many seasons.

After re-stating the question — “Where’s the program headed?” — he grinned slightly and paused before choosing to focus on this week’s opponent.

“We’re playing Michigan State this week,” Meyer said. “We’ve got to really practice well. Fix the turnover issue on offense. Play a little better on defense. The kicking was much better.”

Two years ago, MSU traveled to Ohio Stadium and beat the Buckeyes despite not having star quarterback Connor Cook.

Last season, a trip to then-unranked Penn State stunned Buckeye Nation in Happy Valley.

Both of those results kept Ohio State out of the Big Ten championship game, but the Buckeyes can avoid that this time around if they win their last three games.


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Wisconsin holds steady in national rankings; former coach Bo Ryan inducted into college basketball HOF

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:14 AM

Wisconsin football and basketball are always the main topics in Bucky’s Breakfast, Land of 10’s daily Badgers notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Badgers sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Wisconsin football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Wisconsin holding steady

The Badgers’ 24-10 win over No. 24 Michigan on Saturday wasn’t good enough to impress the voters into moving up in either national poll. That was evident as Wisconsin stayed at No. 4 in the Amway Coaches Poll and No. 5 in the AP Top 25 released Sunday.

Coach Paul Chryst’s team also remained atop the Land of 10 Power Poll.

Bo Ryan inducted into HOF

Former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan was one of seven people inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday night in Kansas City. The winningest coach in program history, Ryan told UWBadgers.com he was really proud to represent Wisconsin.

Big commitment for 2019

Wisconsin got a huge commitment in its Class of 2019 on Sunday morning, grabbing 4-star offensive lineman Logan Brown from Michigan. He chose the Badgers over the likes of the Wolverines, Alabama, Penn State, Virginia Tech and others.

Inside linebackers wreaking havoc

No Jack Cichy? No Chris Orr? That’s been no problem for Wisconsin. The junior duo of T.J. Edwards and Ryan Connelly were all over the field on Saturday against Michigan, seemingly making every play there was to make. Here’s Jesse Temple on what’s made them so good this season for the unbeaten Badgers.

Wisconsin’s bowl projection

The Badgers have their sights set on making the College Football Playoff, but if that doesn’t happen, where could they land? Sean Keeler looks at the latest projections for where Wisconsin could be spending New Year’s.

Tougher schedule than Alabama?

Wisconsin has gotten killed by the national media this year for a schedule that has been largely paper thin. But, according to one analytic ranking, the unbeaten Badgers have gone through a tougher slate than an Alabama squad that is No. 1 in the rankings and considered a near lock to make the playoff.

Wisconsin soccer moving on

The Badgers got an overtime goal from Mike Catalano to upset No. 12 Notre Dame Sunday and move on to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Madison.com has the recap.

NFL Badgers deliver

It was a nice Sunday for several former Badgers, including running backs Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement getting into the end zone, as well as wide receiver Alex Erickson grabbing the first receiving touchdown of his career.

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Ohio State football: Buckeyes stay put polls; double-digit favorite over Michigan

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:14 AM

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Ohio State holds steady in polls

After a dominant 52-14 win against Illinois on Saturday, Ohio State stayed at No. 8 in the AP Top 25 released Sunday and at No. 8 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

The Buckeyes maintained their spot in the Land of 10’s Big Ten Power Poll released Sunday night, remaining a unanimous second-place team behind Wisconsin.

Buckeyes open as big favorites

Ohio State is a big betting favorite against Michigan as the Buckeyes look to win their sixth consecutive game against the Wolverines. The Buckeyes opened as 13-point favorites over Michigan when lines were released Sunday.

Don’t expect the Buckeyes to overlook the Wolverines, though. Senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said after the Saturday win against Illinois that he was going home to watch Michigan film.

It’s trophy season at Ohio State

Ohio State won a trophy against Illinois, but the bigger ones are yet to come. The Illibuck once again resides in Columbus, but that also means the Buckeyes will be able to play for a conference championship — and possibly a national title.

“Yeah, the Illibuck is a huge thing, it’s part of this little rivalry we have with Illinois,” J.T. Barrett said. “It was a great moment to share that with the guys.

“But coach [Urban] Meyer talks about as warriors of this football game, we have a mission, you complete the mission, you celebrate and then you wait for your next directive. Tomorrow we’re going to be back at work.”

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Michigan falls out of AP Top 25 poll; Ohio State game looms large

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:14 AM

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Michigan falls out of AP Top 25 poll

After the Wolverines’ 24-10 loss at Wisconsin on Saturday, Michigan is no longer ranked in the AP Top 25 or in the Amway Coaches Poll and dropped two spots to No. 6 in the Land of 10 Power Poll. The loss also eliminated the Wolverines from contention for the Big Ten East Division title.

Ohio State game looms large

The Wolverines are still searching for their first signature win of the season, and the game against Ohio State on Saturday is the last opportunity for Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

Michigan beat itself vs. Wisconsin

Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press reveals how two moments from the Michigan-Wisconsin game sum up the Wolverines’ last two seasons.

Wolverines offense just not very good

Nick Baumgardner of the Detroit Free Press offers a frank analysis of Michigan’s offense: They’re just not very good. Baumgardner explains why the offense has struggled all season long.

QB John O’Korn fires back at Braylon Edwards

Michigan quarterback John O’Korn fired back on Twitter at former Wolverines star wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Edwards criticized the quarterback’s play after O’Korn took over for injured starter Brandon Peters.

Questioning Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan tenure

Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports argues that Harbaugh’s tenure as Wolverines coach isn’t going as well as expected and that Harbaugh is due for a change, based on his history of changing jobs every four years.

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Penn State RB Saquon Barkley says he’ll play in bowl game; breaking down the Nittany Lions win over Nebraska

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:14 AM

Penn State football is the No. 1 topic in We are… Awake every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across Nittany Lions sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Penn State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

To bowl or not to bowl

After Penn State’s victory over Nebraska on Saturday, junior running back Saquon Barkley said he would play in whatever bowl game the Nittany Lions end up in.

The question has popped up in recent weeks in the wake of running backs Leonard Fournette and Chrisitan McCaffery skipping bowl games for LSU and Stanford last season, opting not to risk any injury after declaring for the NFL draft.

Barkely assured the assembled media on Saturday he will play in the bowl game, but Clay Sauertieg of Black Shoes Diaries says Barkley should skip the postseason.

Either way, questions about Barkley’s future beyond the postseason will be aplenty writes Gordie Jones of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Counting snaps

Lions 247 writer Andrew Callahan has a breakdown of the offensive snaps for every Penn State player in the Nittany Lions 56-44 nutty win over Nebraska on Saturday.

Upon further review

John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times has a review of Penn State’s win over Nebraska in his weekly Good, Bad and Ugly recap.

McGonigal notes:

It’s pretty easy to have fun when you’re hanging 609 yards on a conference foe. That’s the most yards Penn State’s recorded in a game since dropping 661 on Rutgers in 1995. Of course, 42 of those yards came on a Penn State touchdown pass with 58 seconds left, leading to a heated exchange between Joe Paterno and Rutgers coach Doug Graber after the game.

McGonigal also notes that Penn State piled up 32 first downs in the win too, the most since 2005 against Minnesota.

Keeping it 100

Who knows how much more Penn State could have or would have scored if coach James Franklin didn’t pull quarterback Trace McSorley and running back Saquon Barkley after building a 42-10 halftime lead in the win on Saturday, but a rather wild second-half effort by Nebraska led to a 100-point game at Beaver Stadium.

Mark Wogenrich of the Allentown Morning Call tries to make sense of it all.

Defensive line depth shines

Normally it should be difficult to find any positives on defense in a 56-44 game, but Colin Weider of Victory Bell Rings says Penn State’s depth along the defensive front raised its level of play in the victory.

A strong closing argument

Penn State has one regular season game remaining, a 3:30pm kickoff on the road at Maryland’s Byrd Stadium.

The Nittany Lions are expected to close strong in the finale, writes PennLive’s Greg Pickel.

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