Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer liked what he saw when his team rallied to win at Michigan State on Saturday. "Something happened over the weekend," Meyer said today. "They came together."
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer liked what he saw when his team rallied to win at Michigan State on Saturday.
"Something happened over the weekend," Meyer said today. "They came together."
But as he pointed out, an acid test is coming this Saturday, when the No.12 Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) host No.21 Nebraska (4-1, 1-0). The Cornhuskers also rallied, from 27-10 down at home against Wisconsin last weekend for a 30-27 victory.
There is a good chance the Buckeyes will have to play without their No.1 running back, Jordan Hall. He suffered a PCL tear in his right knee, Meyer confirmed at his weekly news conference. He listed Hall as doubtful for the Nebraska game.
Quarterback Braxton Miller was banged up by the Spartans, too. But even though he took part in a limited way during the team's shakeout practice yesterday, Meyer said, he expects Miller to have a full week of practice and be ready to play.
Meyer was asked about a video that has floated around for a couple of days showing a Michigan State offensive lineman apparently putting his hand inside the facemask of OSU defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins and seeming to poke at Hankins' eyes during a pileup.
"I believe we did turn it in" to the Big Ten office, Meyer said of the clip.
As for the other video uproar from the weekened, that OSU sent Michigan State an offensive-plays package that did not include the pre-snap motions and shifts, Meyer said that had been rectified last Tuesday.
Meyer said that the Buckeyes face a major challenge from the Huskers, coached by former OSU player Bo Pelini. Ohio State fans remember the great collapse by the Buckeyes at Nebraska last year. OSU lost after taking a 27-6 lead, the largest squandered lead in school history.
What helped that along was the sudden loss of Miller, then a freshman, in the third quarter to injury. He was staging a college football coming-out party before that.
Miller made some huge plays at Michigan State and finished with more than 300 total offensive yards in a game for the fourth time this season.
He also committed three turnovers, which Meyer said prompted him to tell his quarterback afterward: " 'Love you to death. Take care of the football and keep going.' "