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Despite the fourth-quarter fog, Brian Rolle and Ohio State skirted the Navy offensive.

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Al in Tampa

Lebanon, VA

#1 Sep 7, 2009
Sorry, The O-line couldn't move Navy players that were 40 pounds lighter than them. The D-line looked confused and unprepared. The D-secondary got burned by a team who that is run first. The running game was none existant. The passing game was just OK. And overall, the team is slow. I'm a Jim Tressel fan so I hope it was just inexperience and an unconventional Navy offense. But it is starting to look like the Buckeyes game plan is just getting too far behind the times!

Columbus, OH

#2 Sep 7, 2009
Get ready for another embarrassing defeat on national TV.

Galloway, OH

#3 Sep 7, 2009
I'm worried that this might be the beginning of the end for the Tressel regime. Another national TV blowout against a non-conference foe, recruiting class talent begins to drop, and soon enough Michigan will be back vying for Big Ten titles....and beating Ohio State at least every other year.

Norfolk, VA

#4 Sep 7, 2009
Did everyone lose site of the 3rd quarter, it reminded me of the Texas Bowl game where nothing was acomplished. We need to have adjustments there and nothing the past 2 games but wasting clock time. Start the quarter with a no huddle offense so the other team can't use thier adjustments.

Doylestown, PA

#5 Sep 7, 2009
Good point, Larry. Why is it, in seemingly every game in the Tressel era, there are one or more likely two series, in which the offense marches backwards nearly twenty or thirty yards...including a delay of game penalty for good measure? It happened against Texas for nearly all of the third quarter and it happened on Saturday....I believe in the 3rd quarter as well.

Hey, maybe we'll be shocked and pleasantly surprised on Saturday night. But I have this sick feeling in my gut that Buckeye Nation will be asking some pointed questions at our prematurely "Mt Rushmored" head coach. Again.
older than you

Winter Garden, FL

#6 Sep 7, 2009
If the dispatch was doing their job, they would ask vest coach why he took out pryer, and did this stop all mojo, (yes it did). I would ask you as well to be honest to the o-line,,,,, they were terrible. They are very slow and very confused.
Zach in Marysville

Mount Gilead, OH

#7 Sep 7, 2009
Couldn't agree more with the above posters. I'm usually an OSU optimist, but this offensive regime has me disenchanted. In an effort to be "multiple", I feel we don't do any one thing well. What is it that we can hang our hat on? If a defense takes away 2 or 3 things, what are we gonna fall back on to get us over the top? USC is gonna run their power running game and timing pass game outside with posts and the fullback/tight end working the middle of the field. We just lack an identity. As much as it drove me crazy, I would take the "old days" of TresselBall. At least I knew those teams would impose their will in the running game and attack on defense. I want to believe, but my head and eyes are telling me that the same things are amiss. That O-line couldn't move my Prius if I had one. There is a storm brewing from the West, and it has nothing to do with the weather. I am afraid they are gonna want to prove they can do anything, including whip are butts with a freshman quarterback and a rebuilt defense. Gonna go lay down now.
Zach in Marysville

Mount Gilead, OH

#8 Sep 7, 2009
"...OUR butts with a freshman..."


"...ARE butts with a freshman..."

West Portsmouth, OH

#9 Sep 7, 2009
Every year we have the most underacheiving offensive lines in the country. Last year we were unable to move the powerful ysu defense and this year Navy was too much for us.

Tres: Wake up there ia pattern here you need a new scheme and atleast a new o line coach.
Florida Buckeye

Naperville, IL

#11 Sep 7, 2009
It's time to get someone who can develop an offensive line. OSU has great talent--at least according to the recruiting "experts"---but the O line never seems to get better than their high school ratings.

Columbus, OH

#12 Sep 7, 2009
I think we should play USC game on the BTN.
at least it will save OSU another embarrasment.

Plainview, NY

#13 Sep 7, 2009
The strength of the '02 NC team was defense. Since that DC left it has been one embarrassment after another.

Aurora, IL

#14 Sep 7, 2009
Jim Tressel aka. Mr. Rogers is only dressing 40 players for the USC game Â…the rest of his wussy players will have to dress them selves.

Fight On....PUNK OSU. Crack a Nut.
Rob S

Orlando, FL

#15 Sep 7, 2009
It could be another long night for the Bucks if things don't change real quick. The key to the USC game will be 1. If the Big Ten zebras put the rusty trombone to the west coasters like OSu was treated in LA, and 2. If the Line on the D & O line can do a good job. 3. Of course is if the Columbus dames cap all the jimmies of the USC players and coaches

Nashport, OH

#16 Sep 7, 2009
RCho wrote:
I think we should play USC game on the BTN.
at least it will save OSU another embarrasment.
That's an excellent idea. I will be at the game next Saturday night and I'm not sure I can stomach a bad beat down at the hands of USC.
Boy, I hope there is improvement this week during practice or the Bucks are going to be in for a long night.
TJ Tillman

Parkersburg, WV

#17 Sep 7, 2009
Anderson russell has been strugling for a while and Hines is out playing him it is time to sit him. If tressel does not do that he no doubt about it does not need to play the star position he got burned twice by Navy slots receiver Russell looks to stiff in the hips and he misses tackles remember the Fiesta bowl. He struggled at the star in 2006. Last thing this article said it right navy was running it up the middle Hello Captian Doug worhtington. Is he going to make any plays being the fact he is a 3 year starter. This is scary casue USC like last year will probaly run the wildcat which is like running the option and they are going to run it up the middle and throw it to the slot receiver.
The Bartster

Easton, MD

#18 Sep 7, 2009
After reading all of these "positive" comments about the Buckeyes lack luster performance against a very good Navy team, perhaps I should sell my tickets and watch the massacre on the tube.
Charles David Spohn

Mount Orab, OH

#19 Sep 7, 2009
Going for it on 4th & 2 in easy field goal range, to make it a 3 possession game, when your both of your running backs and O-line got manhandled the previous two plays?!?!?! I'm sorry...I just don't understand that. Fake a field goal...might have turned out the same...but I understand that. Attempt to kick a field goal...I understand that, too. The time to MAN-UP on that O-line came and went a LONG time before that regrettable, poor, coaching decision was made and poorly executed.

Give Navy it's due...at least one squad came to play and coach most of the game. If only for three inopportune turnovers the Middies would have gotten exactly what they came to Columbus to earn. Hats off to a team which was undersized but proved to be quicker, smarter, and much more ready to play and coach!
cret smith

Smithtown, NY

#20 Sep 7, 2009
You should all pack your bags and move back to Michigan. It was one lousy game. There needs to be some improvement, but c'mon Navy wasnt San Jose State. The defense will step up, Pryor and the boys will put something together, I feel really confident going up against the Trojans, we will shock the world....and I guess we will shock you so called Buckeye fans!!!

Go Bucks!!

Jonesborough, TN

#21 Sep 7, 2009
Everyone seems to be despondent over Saturday's performance. You must remember that Ohio State is a young team, with many new starters. TP is a true sophomore just starting his second season. Navy is not that bad of a football team, and without the mental lapses (coaches and players) in the final 7 minutes it should have been an 18 point victory. Give Navy credit for not rolling over.
As for Saturday night, I am hopeful but not overly optimistic. OSU having troubles in big games is not something new. I've been an OSU football fan for almost 40 years, and the past 3 years have reminded me of the '70s. Remember Stanford and UCLA in the '71 and '75 Rose Bowls, USC (ugh) beating us in the Rose Bowl after the '79 season. A win in any of those games gives the Buckeyes a National Championship, and a loss in the RB after the '74 season may have cost them another NC. Yes, even Woody oftentimes struggled in the big games (though the '79 season loss was Earl Bruce's).

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