Wow...what a game. I am sitting here. Full on sweat from watching one of the best games I've ever seen. Iowa played their hearts out. I give all credit to them.
I thought this game was going to be a walk in the park. Well, if that's a walk in the park... then that's the worst neighborhood i've ever been in.
Here are my initial thoughts on the game:
James Vandenberg is a Player
All the talk going into the game was how was this fresh faced kid coming into the shoe and winning a Big Ten Title. If anybody would have put up money on this game, I would have gladly taken it. Point blank is, this kid did not lose this game.
He was calm, he was collected. If it wasn't for his team dropping some passes, this would have gotten ugly for the Buckeyes. That leads me to my second thought.
Iowa's skill players let Vandenberg down
I'm talking to you Trey Stross. Vandenburg was on fire in the second half. He didn't start to simmer down until he missed some catches right in the numbers. He had the chance to win, but couldn't pull it out.
This was a showcase of Big Ten Football
This is why we love college football. This year I feel as much as anything that this is a rebuilding year for the Big Ten. We finally have four programs that can compete on a National level.
This game highlighted the two best teams in the conference in the best light anyone could have hoped for. Any Buckeye will tell you that it is good not to be awarded the championship, but rather having to go and earn it on the field.
I have never enjoyed a game this much since Michigan vs Ohio State in 2006. I have nothing but respect for Iowa and its fans. I under-estimated the Hawkeyes, but it happens. Iowa should have a great bowl game, regardless of how they end the season.
The O Line and D Line Was a Huge Difference Maker
Going into the game, both sides wanted to see who was the best line. And after three hours of football, I would call this a draw.
Both defenses came to play. I am proud of what my Buckeyes did on the line, and I am happy about what they were able to do.
On the flip, I thought that Iowa's offensive line was the best I've seen all year. They held a talented Ohio State defense to one of its worst performances.
Two of the more alarming things I noticed during the game was that Tressel didn't want to put the ball in Pryor's hands. I thought this would lead to our downfall. But he proved me wrong. Great play calling by Tressel.
This was a game of chess and I can't think of any coach I want more than the Vest. Big Game Tress is back.
Great Players Do Great Things
Boom and Zoom finally showed up. They played the best game they ever played since they got there.
Brandon Saine put on a performance that I haven't seen him do since Piqua ran over and around my Pickerington Tigers. I give all credit to the the line and the much maligned running game.
Jackson Koulianos is scary good. I have never had my heart ripped out so fast. I thought the game was over and this kid made 105,000 people lose their breath.
Marvin McNutt owned our secondary. He made play after play after play. Everybody already knew that Iowa had great playmakers, I was just happy that they were able to showcase their talent on a National level.
This was a big game for both teams. Respect is earned after this game.
I am proud to be a Buckeye fan. I am proud to be a fan of the Big Ten. You can take your SEC'S and your Notre Dame's. But I feel like real football is played in the Big Ten.
It's not a religion... it's a sport. I think that the Big Ten has the most loyal and logical fans. We take our lumps and we drudge on.
I am proud of Iowa fans for believing until the end. I am proud of Ohio State fans for holding their heads up in the light of recent turmoil.
I think this year will be the resurgence of the Big Ten, and I am honored that my beloved Buckeyes are leading the charge.