OSU vs Wisconsin 1995
Stink-up Camp Randall
We didnt need no stinkin Badgers anyway.
stunk-up their own home field Saturday after leading OSU
the entire first half. The Choking Cheezeheads were
out-scored 20-7 in the final 25 minutes, losing 27-16.
Badger bettors also bit the big one, losing to the
seven-point spread. Sure-fire, lock-in Heisman-winner
Edd-E! George was recognized as the offensive player of
the game for his three touchdown runs, but the entire
defensive squad was named Player of the Game.
Defensive Coordinator Bill Young told the Quarterback
Club ...overall, without a doubt, it was our best
game. He noted Wisconsin managed only 271 yards and
63 plays after averaging 392 yds/game prior to Saturday.
Cheddar-headers had only one sustained scoring
drive all day. Buckeye D collected two interceptions and
a blocked field goal. OLB Ryan Miller received the
Big Hit award, to go along with his nine
tackles and a key third-quarter interception. CB Shawn
Springs, who sat out practice all week nursing a sore
ankle, played most of the game but was not as sharp as
usual, making just two tackles. Also gimpy SS Rob Kelly
had three tackles and an
assist. The combined teamwork of DEs Mike Vrable
& Matt Finkes, DT Matt
Bonhaus, NG Luke Fickell, LBs Greg Bellisari, Kevin
Johnson and Miller, and
Ty Howard & Anthony Gwinn in the backfield put this
game on ice.
In their continuing effort to provide the
Worlds Most Entertaining Football, OSU
came out in the first half disguised as the Keystone
Kops. TE Rickey Dudley fumbled on the first play from
scrimmage, giving the Badgers a courtesy field goal and
early lead. Then Mike Vrable just missed blocking a punt
but still managed to grab the punters facemask. WR
Dimitrious Stanley bobbled a sure touchdown pass that
turned into a Wisconsin interception. FB Nicky Sualua
fumbled after a 22-yard run near the end of the first
half. It appeared Camp Randalls Schlep-Rock
Cloud, (nickname for the
cheese-hex), was going to jinx the Bucks again for the
sixth time in their past eight visits. OSU went into
half-time trailing 9-7. The only bright spots in the
first half were Eddies 1-yard TD plunge and the
Badgers bad extra-point attempt.
The comedy continued into the third quarter as Brent
Bartholomew lofted a 21-foot punt, as in seven (7)-yards,
with the WIND AT HIS BACK! Cooper would later insinuate
Brents scholarship is now on the bubble. Wisconsin
had zero return yards verses 98 for the Bucks. Josh
Jackson was named kicking squad player of the game. His
37-yard FG attempt hung-up in the 15 mph wind and fell
short, but he did an outstanding job on kick-offs.
Regular kicker Mike Malfatt, was left behind in Columbus
for breaking training rules.
Terry Gluefingers Glenn did make the trip but
was double-covered most of the day and limited to a
quartet of catches for 55-yards, and one TD. However, the
Wisconsin Swisscheese secondary allowed split end Buster
Tillman to pull down 6 passes for 91-yards, including
four catches coming on third or fourth-down possession
plays, keeping drives alive. Busters six receptions
are one more than his older brother Lawyer had in three
seasons with the Cleveland Browns. The elder Tillman was
constantly hampered by injuries and caught a career total
of five passes for the Dawgs.
Lawyer earned approximately $1 Million per catch. Nice
work if you can find it.
The nations best lineman, 6 7 330#
Orlando Pace put in another sterling performance
collecting several pancake blocks (pass the syrup,
please) and deflecting a fieldgoal attempt. Coop says
Pace would be a certain first round draft pick next
spring if he were eligible. (one more year to go) Big O
is as quick and agile as any athlete on the field.
Besides playing left offensive tackle, Pace also defends
on goal line stands and fieldgoal attempts. Cooper wants
to have him play defense in obvious passing situations to
rush the quarterback. Recall Orlando played four games
for OSU before attending his first class. Coop is sure
getting his moneys worth out of Pace.
Orlandos forte is still offense. Trailing 16-13 in
the fourth quarter, offensive coordinator Joe Hollis
abandoned the east-west around the end approach and began
moving north and south, up the gut. Eddie rushed six
times in the final 35 yards of an 8-play, 46-yard drive,
scampering in on third and goal from the one. George
doesnt run behind Orlando Pace. He runs among him.
If not Ryan Millers third-quarter interception, the
largest play of the game may have been a holding call
against Wisconsin on a third-down pass in the
fourth-quarter. Wisconsin is the least-penalized team in
the Conference, and had only 4 for 46-yards on Saturday.
However, tackle Jerry Wunsch was flagged for holding,
negating a 16-yard pass that would have been a first
down. Instead they had to punt, giving OSU the ball at
mid-field. Clinging to a 20-16 lead, Hollis stuck with
the sure thing. Eddie plunged for three yards on first
down, and most viewers will remember what happened on the
next play. Everybody except for perhaps linebacker Pete
Monty. A miss-communication on the Badger line left one
of the tackles out of position, and Monty was suddenly
faced with a barreling Nicky Sualua. I took on the
fullback, Monty later told the press, and I
went black. He was knocked-out cold.
Terrible Terry Glenn also threw a big block on their
safety, the last man between E! and the E!-Zone. Running
Hell-bent for election, George was smokin when he
crossed the goal line, a 51-yard gallop.
Six and a half minutes remained in the game, and there
would be no more scoring. With 1:03 showing on the clock
WBNS broadcaster Jeff Logan said he could see a truck
pulling up near the sideline. Logan announced it was time
to put Critter, his hunting dog, into the
truck. This hunt was over. Sideline reporter Dom Tiberi
then added that Barry Alvarez was getting into the truck,
This makes three consecutive games the Bucks have won in
the fourth quarter, which puts the spotlight on
OSUs Strength and Conditioning coach, Dave Kennedy.
Before coming here in 1989, Kennedy spent seven years as
assistant strength coach at Nebraska. He develops an
individual program for each member of the football team
that focuses on day-to-day improvement. The computerized
plan is designed to enhance the mental and physical
development of each player, and involves a year-round
The Buckeyes sideline poise during the tense second
half showed nobody panicked, not players, not coaches.
During a televised post-game interview Cooper was asked
whether he got nervous in the fourth quarter. He said,
Not at all. Monday at the Quarterback Club,
Cooper was asked about that statement. Cooper said,
I lied. Coop went on to say, I am more
nervous about this upcoming Purdue game (early line, OSU
by 3 Tds), than any of the six previous games this
hmmm... Wonder if hes lying about that, too.
Heisman Watch. The October 16 issue of The Sporting News
lists Eddie George
and Bobby Hoying among the five leading contenders for
the Heisman Trophy.
TSN said this about the Boinger, If he played for
Notre Dame instead of against Notre Dame, Hoying would be
the favorite. Hes fearless in the face of a rush.
And he threw 15 touchdown passes in his first five
games. Coach Cooper is backing Eddie all the way,
saying stuff like, Ive never been around a
finer person than Eddie George, etc.. Coop
responded to a question regarding Terry Glenns
Heisman chances by noting that Terry had just 14 catches
last season. Most Heismanders have had a solid showing in
the year prior to winning. Besides Coop, the local
television and radio sports people speak mainly of Eddie
when Heisman voting is discussed. Perhaps the logic is to
pick one player and fully support him rather than try to
push two or three guys and see nobody one win it. When
John Hicks finished second in the 1973 Heisman race,
Archie Griffin and Randy Gradishar came in 5th & 6th,
respectively. Its a swell problem to have.
Heard any corny World Series/Featherhead jokes? This year
takes on Chief Knockahoma. Examples;
Neither team needs to call ahead. Both already have
Going to the World Series? Watch out, the scalpers are
for real this year!
They will rip you off and then rip off your hair.
How do you find your seat in the stadium?
Just follow the arrows.