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“You feel like it was all your fault, that you lost the game,” [Ohio State safety Anderson] Russell said. “That’s how I felt right then. Everyone has been talking to me and telling me to keep my head up, but it hurts. And the other thing is we don’t have another game until September. So this one will be lasting for a long time.” [Doug Lesmerises]
“Mack Brown’s got balls. The affair is never small. Playing Ohio State–the Big Ten’s last hope for a moment of redemption in a s***heap of a bowl season for them–and having to pull out a last second Colt McCoy touchdown drive out of their well-polished a**es for the win over a nine point underdog is dodgy enough. But immediately taking the mic after the game and using the moment immediately following your late gasp off the mat against a team incinerated by USC to say “We’re number one, and we can beat anyone in the country?” Balls, sir, and a sure sign that Mack Brown may be the next governor of Texas if he so chooses. The governorship of Texas awaits someone so capable of bulls***ting so effortlessly and spontaneously after surviving near-disaster.” [EDSBS]
“I sincerely hoped to see a little derring do from an offense with an exceptional athlete coming into his own at quarterback and absolutely nothing to lose. Instead, we got a heavy dose of Todd Boeckman. Once the Longhorns tightened the screws on Beanie Wells in the second quarter, OSU’s offense devolved into a flurry of bewildering Boeckman bombs and Pryor hardly throwing at all because he was too busy running for his life. The Buckeyes had no deep passing game with Pryor (I don’t think he had a chance to set his feet on a single throw), no horizontal passing game to keep Texas honest in the flats and seemingly no chance once Texas’ offense found a little life with time running down in the first half. [Dr. Saturday]
“It makes me sad that this is the last game Beanie Wells will play for Ohio State. I’ve really enjoyed watching him, however I think his career somewhat of a disappointment given the hype surrounding his recruitment. Obviously, when Beanie is healthy he is dominant. But preseason, Beanie was on almost every Heisman list – and in the end, he wasn’t even invited to the ceremony. I keep hoping a part of him can resist the money and return for his senior season, but I think the chances of that happening are as close to 0% as you can get. I just would like to see the full Beanie experience for one year because I know it would be great to watch.” [Cry Me a Cuyahoga River]
“You can still be upset with some of the playcalling, missed tackles, and other mistakes made during the game, but the bottom line is that the Buckeyes gave Texas a much bigger scare than many thought they’d get and came within a whisker of knocking off one of the nation’s top teams. Can a loss like this improve the program’s reputation? Doubt it. But at least it temporarily halts the slide it had been on for two years.” [Eleven Warriors]
And for a little bonus of yours truly, head over to Brian’s Thoughts About Airplanes (formerly of Yay! Sports – The Cavalier) for an eclectic interview. Good times had by all. Especially the gazebo.