OSU-Akron

Ugh!!! That could be one word to describe the Ohio State offense, especillay in the first half, after Saturday's 20-2 win over the University of Akron at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes have a lot of work to do. They weren't as inept as the Zips offense, but OSU had a punt, safety, punt, interception, interception, field goal, punt, fumble and end of half in the first half. Yikes!
Mike Greco
Aug 25, 2010

Ugh!!!

That could be one word to describe the Ohio State offense, especillay in the first half, after Saturday's 20-2 win over the University of Akron at Ohio Stadium.

The Buckeyes have a lot of work to do. They weren't as inept as the Zips offense, but OSU had a punt, safety, punt, interception, interception, field goal, punt, fumble and end of half in the first half. Yikes!

On quarterback Todd Boeckman's two interceptions, the first one seemed to be a slip on wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher's route going outside, while the second, Boeckman threw into double coverage. In some ways, Boeckman took that next step between the first and second games, but he didn't start getting into a flew until the second half.

Starting running back Chris Wells picked up 143 yards, but he had just 47 at halftime. He broke a couple of big runs and was like the Chris Wells of old — power and speed — in the second half. He needs to get going quicker.

And I'm still not seeing the push from the offensive line, one that has three starters back, against undersized defensive lines.

I think Kurt Barton had one of the best quotes I've heard after the game Saturday. The fifth-year senior offensive tackle was obviously disgusted with the way the offense played and said in part:

"Nobody's satisfied. We didn't take care of the ball the way our offense strives to. We just can't have it. We put our defense in bad situations with five turnovers. We can't leave our defense hanging out to dry. They were superman today. They just bailed us out time after time. They only gave up 70 yards and they played 100 plays, it felt like. Offensively, we need to look in the mirror because we're not on the slope that we need to be on. We need to be getting better every day and it seems like we're either flat-lining or getting worse.''

I like the passion and openness.

The offense will get better, but they to improve dramatically, because Washington isn't Youngstown State or Akron.