The Hurricanes came, they saw, and got conquered. All the talk leading up to the game was that Miami had regained its swagger and was ready to show the world that they were back. Instead, the boys from South Beach got caught in the eye of a scarlet and grey storm known as the Ohio State defense. Here are some reflections of the big win against Miami.
Player of the Game:
Terrelle Pryor did not have an out of this world type of week, but it was solid enough as he went for 113 yards rushing, and 233 passing, accounting for two touchdowns. More than anything, Pryor was able to make plays at very key times to either keep a drive going, or answer a score from the Hurricanes.
He did nothing to bolster his Heisman campaign, but yet he did nothing to totally derail it either. Now, how do we get the guy to realize that he must never abandoned those legs when things break down?
Where have you been award:
Welcome back Nathan Williams. It was all over the news that the talented defensive end would get to play at least sparingly after being out of spring drills with a sprained knee.
No sooner did Mr. Williams enter the game before his first play was an interception by way of being in the right place at the right time. It was great hands and reactions for a big guy with a rather nimble return. Ohio State's defense only gets better the more he recovers and gets on the field. It should be fun.
Celebrities on the sidelines:
It is always funny to note how many former alumni and celebrities come out for the big games. You can always gauge just how big the game is by who shows up, and in how many numbers. While you had the likes of Orlando Pace, Evan Turner, Will Smith (the Saint, not movie star), and Edgerrin James toting the sidelines, it was who was a no show that spoke volumes.
For all of the talk of LeBron James making an appearance, no sighting was reported. Upon reflection, it was a lot like game five of the Eastern Conference Finals this summer when LeBron also failed to show up.
Bizzaro moment of the game:
The coaching staff for whatever reason got a free pass on the end of the first half debacle. Can someone explain to me why when there are only about 15 seconds left did OSU not call a time out and work to get at least 2 more plays in after getting tackled in the middle of the field.
No, instead we witnessed an alternate universe in which Pryor looked over at the sidelines for five seconds, went to perform a fake spike, and then snapped the ball and ran around end straight out of bounds. In that situation, inside the ten yard line, you take the lone timeout you have been saving each and every time. The coaching staff was left with no option but to kick the field goal and go into half time.
Time to welcome "The" Ohio University to the Horseshoe. Even though Ohio is favored to be a contender in the MAC, the talent level will no doubt drop significantly this week. Little brother coming to play the big dog in the state just after a big emotional win.
This game has all of the earmarkings of a trap game. It also has all of the earmarkings of a Terrelle Pryor gone wild video. The palms should be a little less sweaty this week, but then again, Ohio did give the Buckeyes a game last time they came into the 'Shoe.
One more stop before the start of the Big Ten season.