Each week I rewatch the Buckeyes game and give you my takeaways from the game in a little piece we like to call the…
I might as well take the introduction off the top of these permanently. I can’t tell you how many times circumstances make it impossible to actually watch the game again. Fortunately, I watched a good chunk of it again last night. Before the DVR ate it.
1) Songbird. That was Kenny G’s greatest hit. (Yes, I had to google that.) Saturday was clearly Kenny Guiton’s best performance. At least his best performance to date. I think we’d all feel much better if we could sit around after the season and just remember that ONE game fondly.
But awesome job Kenny. That 39 yard pass to Devin Smith at the beginning of the game tying drive was enormous. Not only did it give Guiton confidence, but it gave him 7 plays from inside Purdue’s 25 to score. Huge. Ginormous big.
2) MASH Unit. The injuries this team has sustained are amazing. Our LB group is paper thin at this point. Defensive backs, skill players, and of course Braxton Miller have all gone down repeatedly. It looks like Braxton will be able to play. Devan Bogart is done for the season after his injury. Don’t expect Sabino back this week. LB Joshua Perry should be back. Philly Brown as well. Jordan Hall? Who knows.
3) Specia… oh never mind. Urban, we are pretty unimpressed with your special teams. Sure, the blocked FG was huge. Didn’t quite cancel out the kick return for touchdown though. It really shouldn’t be this hard. I’ve grown weary of writing about the special teams in this space every week. I’m terribly vexed.
4) Everybody Dance. The Buckeyes got 8 receivers involved in the offense. Considering they only completed 15 passes, that’s kind of impressive. If not for Devin Smith’s one-handed stab in the opening game, Fields’ TD catch would have been the catch of the season. It was good to have him back.
5) Big Time Road Game. You know, it could be argued that the best thing for the Buckeyes and Braxton Miller long term would be to have Braxton sit this next one out. Think about it for a second. Could there be a more meaningless game for a team that is undefeated? I can’t think of one. I’m sure I am not going to be popular in saying it, but why would you put Braxton’s health and future in jeopardy for this game?