|Twenty Ugly Minutes in Champaign|
November 9, 2006 Source: The Ozone - "Did the Buckeyes show some fundamental vulnerability in the last 20 minutes of the Illinois game? We don't think so. Check out the-Ozone take on those ugly 20 minutes..."
Tressel points finger at himself
November 8, 2006 Source: Mansfield News Journal - "Concussions have sidelined three Ohio State football players in the last couple of weeks, but it's the coach's head everyone wants examined. Jim Tressel's play-calling is being questioned -- even by Tressel himself -- in the wake of last Saturday's second-half struggles at Illinois..."
Tressel admits poor choices
November 8, 2006 Source: Akron Beacon Journal - "If fans and critics are going to take shots at top-ranked Ohio State's woefulsecond-half offense Saturday at Illinois, coach Jim Tressel also wants to face the firing squad. In a rare moment in his six-year tenure, Tressel second-guessed his play-calling in the 17-10 victory over the Illini. A ghastly second half produced no points and 29 yards on 30 plays, but the Buckeyes still managed to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games. 'I'm not sure we were as balanced with our attack as we could have been, and we didn't execute on early downs,'..."
OSU seeks answers for slump on offense
November 8, 2006 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "The Ohio State offensive line got a tip of the cap this week from assistant coach Jim Bollman. And that’s not a good thing. In the days after a 17-10 win at Illinois, Bollman was unhappy with how the unit performed. The Buckeyes gained a season-low 224 yards, including 29 in the second half. 'It was not fun; it was a bad experience,' center Doug Datish said of the unit’s meeting. 'There’s hardly any swearing, but if he has a hat on, you’ve got to look out for the hat, because it could come at you any minute.'..."
Breakdowns offensive to OSU offense
November 8, 2006 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "It was a few hours after Saturday's 17-10 win over Illinois when Ohio State receiver Anthony Gonzalez realized what had been missing during the second half of that game, when the Illini defense stuffed the Buckeyes run, held the offense to 29 yards and made a sure OSU victory a little less certain. There was no fear - no fear from an opposing defense of what the Buckeyes might do to them..."
Pitcock Tabbed As One Of Four 2006 Rotary Lombardi Award Finalists
November 7, 2006 Source: OSU Official Site - "Three Big Ten Conference defensive standouts and one Big XII offensive lineman make up the four finalists for the 37th Rotary Lombardi Award, presented by Wachovia. The Award goes annually to the college football lineman - offense or defense - who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of legendary coach Vince Lombardi..."
Thorpe Award Names 2006 Semi-Finalists
November 7, 2006 Source: OSU Official Site - "Antonio Smith was named as one of 10 finalists for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back. The Jim Thorpe Award Screening Committee in Oklahoma City has announced 11 semi-finalists for the award. This list will be narrowed on November 20, to three finalists who will be invited to the nationally telecast ESPN College Football Awards Show on December 7. The winner will be announced on the show and the official presentation will be at a formal banquet in Oklahoma City on February 12, 2007..."
Pinch-me season keeps getting better for Smith
November 9, 2006 Source: CentralOhio.com - "Antonio Smith was watching game film Tuesday morning when he learned he was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, presented to the nation's top defensive back. It was no big surprise to Ohio State defensive tackle David Patterson -- that his teammate was watching film before class or that the fifth-year senior is in contention for national acclaim. 'He just works so hard,' Patterson said. 'I remember when I first got here. Seeing him from then to now, it's just amazing and a testament to his work ethic.'..."
No recount needed
November 7, 2006 Source: MSNBC.com - "Opinion: Even with loss to Michigan, OSU's Smith likely to capture Heisman over Quinn, possibly in record. Unlike Tuesday's hotly contested Senate and House races that will determine control of Congress, this year’s Heisman Trophy race is basically over..."
It's a race again OSU Smith falls back to pack; Hart, Quinn back in it
November 7, 2006 Source: MSNBC.com - "We may just have a Heisman race after all. After a very un-Heismanlike effort against Illinois, quarterback Troy Smith has, at least in these eyes, opened the door..."
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| ||Defensive effort reveals genius of Heacock|
November 5, 2006 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Jim Heacock doesn’t do self-promotion. Sometimes he tries so hard not to take credit for the things he has done with the Ohio State defense that you almost start to believe him. Almost. Then you think about how well his Buckeyes defense has played with nine new starters. You think about how his group was there to bail out the usually explosive OSU offense yesterday when it finally had to, and you realize that everybody needs to give it up to this man..."
| ||Offense must learn lesson from Illini, Downing says|
November 5, 2006 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Several players departed yesterday saying "a win is a win" after Ohio State’s surprisingly close 17-10 victory over Illinois. Right guard T.J. Downing was willing to go along with that, to a point. 'That is, as long as we learn from it,' Downing said. 'You can’t just pass it over and say, 'Oh, a win is a win.' You've got to study it and learn from it, figure out what happened, and go from there.'..."