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Angie

Dallas, TX

#1 Sep 14, 2009
WELL........at least it wasn't a blow out like last year. i am still disappointed. USC is not as good as they were last year. Its like OSU had 2 good plays and then a bad one that put them back. I hope that there is no more bad games. we have a good DEFENSE and the offensive is good also but TP needs to move more. come on BUCKEYES i know you can do it. i have faith in you.. GO BUCKS!
Beldar8

Holland, OH

#2 Sep 14, 2009
This game was hard to take, and I graduated with Archie, so I've been through a few of these heart-breakers. The worst one prior to this was MSU knocking us out of #1 a few years back. Anyhow, I agree that more inventive, less-predictable play- calling would have saved the day for us and would not have put so much on Tyrelle's shoulders. The defense was great, but all defenses generally poop-out after being on the field too long. Turn the play-calling over to a O-coordinator (other than Bohlman) with some offensive success in his pocket!

Half-hearted Smiles from Beldar8, somewhere near Toldeo
Dog Lover

Columbus, OH

#3 Sep 14, 2009
Ohio State needs to hire an ex NFL coach, just as USC has done. If it works for the pros it also works for the college level. End of statement.
OSUHOOSIER

Manhattan, KS

#4 Sep 14, 2009
As Tim mentioned, settling for a FG in the 2nd quarter when OSU was on the 2 yard line was the key to the game.

When OSU failed to score a TD, I quit watching I knew the game was over.

Don't jump the gun and rate Michigan's TJ Forcier ahead of Pryor. Michigan played Notre Dame and the Irish under Weis have been really good about making average QBs into the seconding coming.
HoustonBuckeye

Houston, TX

#5 Sep 14, 2009
Fair assessement of the game, Pryor and our past losses, but nevertheless stinging. Many people including me thought we'd lose by 5-6 TDs. I was wrong. This inexperienced group fought a hard battle and lost in the last minute, just like last year with Texas. Give them time and they will win some big games.
Buckeyed

Northwood, OH

#6 Sep 14, 2009
Excuses, excuses and always more exxcuses, then its wait until next year or we are going to open it up and going to throw to the tight ends and this new ......, its always excuses. Our offense has no flow, rhythem or creativity, putting in 2 new option passess and then going to the same old plays is getting old
WorkingBuckeye

Houston, TX

#7 Sep 14, 2009
As an alum, I give Tressel two more years to perform or we start looking. Yes, he's beaten Michigan lately but so has everyone else. Michigan is an up-and-coming team and looked pretty darn good Saturday against Notre Dame. I really believe that unless Tressell makes some changes, Michigan will beat us 4 out of the next 5 years. The Big 10 is down right now and OSU is capitalizing on it. Pryor? Overrated as far I can see. I would take the Michigan or USC freshman QB's over Pryor the way it looks right now. A few good plays is all he's had.
Chuck Montana

Columbus, OH

#8 Sep 14, 2009
TP is the most overrated quarterback to arrive in Columbus in years.That was proven Saturday night.All we heard from spring ball was how his passing had improved.Then last week we were thinking the key to the game was USC's freshmen QB. For only having one college game under his belt he showed how a highly touted QB is supposed to play.Maybe if TP hangs around until he is a senior and if Tress gets an offensive coordinator he might make it. Both unlikely to happen.
buck-i-nut

United States

#9 Sep 14, 2009
You have to score more than 5 points in a half to win games! Well actually the safety was the on the D side, so you need to score more than 3 points in a half to win games. Had the game won but let it slip away. Sure is gettting old for the fans. There may come a time when that stadium stops selling out, and that clock is ticking.
wruss

Washington, GA

#10 Sep 14, 2009
Tressel is Tressel needs to go but that won't happen you've got to take chances somtimes USC's coaches didand won that says it all.
Mark A

Plymouth, MA

#11 Sep 14, 2009
Maybe the answer is easy. Maybe if a Bowl game was held in The Shoe or Ann Arbor or Beaver Stadium the rest of the world would know whats it like like to play in the Big Ten and play an away game on Bowl day. I'm sorry after all these years Big Ten always goes to West coast or Florida for Bowl games. The Shoe would host a GREAT BCS game
Billium1953

Middletown, OH

#12 Sep 14, 2009
When did OSU fans decide that close is good enough? How long must we suffer Tresselball and actually start playing 2009 football? How much longer will this go on before the million dollar coaches figure out Pryor is not mentally tough enough to be a quarterback? At least we can watch Cincinnati and Toledo if we want exciting go for the win football.
fast ed

Mission, TX

#13 Sep 14, 2009
well i think ohio state can play ball with with the top teams ,but they choke on big games.Jim tressel needs to open the play book more and let pryor loose there were some plays saturday that he could of just ran but instead stayed in the pocket and threw it!!Just let the kid loose and run more options !!!!!
Bill

Lakeland, FL

#14 Sep 14, 2009
I am beginning to think that against top ten teams, once OSU crosses their 40 yard line, the play calling mindset should be that it is four down territory (unless it is fourth and a lot). We need a mindset that we are going for TDs, not hoping for them and kicking FGs.
Harold Friesner

Pocatello, ID

#15 Sep 14, 2009
One comment I forgot to make in my other posting is
that if Terrell Pryor is projected as the Big Ten OFFENSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR then the Big Ten is really hurting this year. PERIOD
amguire

Wapakoneta, OH

#16 Sep 14, 2009
Two points on your article: 1. Terrelle Pryor is an over rated quarterback playing; on an Ohio State team that has had good quarterbacks who played great. He is not in the class of Troy Smith. 2. Jim Tressel is a good coach; however the old school way of playing possession football today is over. The spread offense is a run and shoot style; His play calling is unacceptable. He needs an offensive coordinator. If this does not happen, the Buckeye nation should strap up for a very long season. Toledo, Penn State, Michigan, and Illinois will all beat Ohio State. I hate to say this but this is very real.
ostbucks98

Atlanta, GA

#17 Sep 14, 2009
Tressel needs to let bollman earn his pay and call the offense.Tressel has shown he doesnt know what to call inside the 40.7 times this year we use the spread to get inside the 10 and then go twin TE's and run right up the middle.Use what works and keep the field open.
Paul

Blacklick, OH

#18 Sep 14, 2009
Tressel will never turn over the play calling to anyone, never. People are wasting their time on that.Mr Tressel has standing. He won a National Title this decade. It had been 34 years since the last one. As long as people pay to come to games, the vendors are making money, the administration is able to have their fund raising on football Saturday for whatever projects they want, everything is ok. The Administration is of the belief football , important as some think it is, is not in comparsion to the other activities that the University is responsible for
Tom

Washington, DC

#19 Sep 14, 2009
Why is Pryor under center? This minimizes his strengths. Why do we have to snap the ball with one sec left? The defense is never caught by surprise. Why is no huddle not being used? Finally, is it that difficult to have a 1-2 minute offense prepared and practiced? This is about coaching and sadly, Tressel is being outcoached when he does not have to be.
ostbucks98

Atlanta, GA

#20 Sep 14, 2009
I think its funny how everyone rips bollman who doesnt even call the plays and only offers input on the offensive scheme,lol.

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