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Tag Archives: Ezekiel Elliott
The Buckeyes extended their winning streak this season to 9 games, their overall winning streak to 22 games and their regular season Big Ten winning streak to 29 games with their 28-14 victory over Minnesota in Big Ten play.
Ezekiel Elliott extended his 100 yard rushing yards streak to 14 consecutive games with 26 carries for 114 yards and 1 touchdown.
Elliott now has 1,244 yards on the season with 14 rushing TD’s. He is now 4th in school history with 3,384 career rushing yards and has scored 34 rushing touchdowns and 35 overall touchdowns in his career to this point at Ohio State.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas extended his consecutive games streak of catching at least 1 pass in a game to 25 straight games. His 6 yard touchdown catch in the game was his 16 scoring grab of his career at OSU.
Cardale Jones extended his unbeaten streak as the starting quarterback at Ohio State to 11 straight games. Jones was 3-0 last year and is now 8-0 this season. Jones threw for 187 yards and 1 touchdown in the win and also rushed for 65 yards and a score in the 14 point victory. That touchdown scamper of 38 yards was the longest run of his career.
In his first 50 games at Ohio State, head coach Urban Meyer’s has a 47-3 record, the third greatest start for a coach at one school in FBS history. That’s a (.940) winning percentage. Meyer’s career overall record improved to 151-26, that good for an (.853) winning percentage which is the highest among active coaches.
1) PROTECT THE PIGSKIN – Oregon has a bend but don’t break defense. They’ll
give up yards between the 20’s and maybe a couple of TD’s, but they also create
a lot of turnovers by stripping the ball or picking off a pass or two. They are
a plus 20 in the giveaway/take away category, so Cardale Jones and Ezekiel
Elliott who will handle the ball a lot on Monday night, need to take extra
special care of the football in this game, as both had turnovers in the win over
Alabama. Luckily the Buckeyes were able to overcome those mistakes in the Sugar
Bowl, but do that against the Ducks and you’re in trouble. Oregon’s offense
thrives on scoring, getting a turnover from their “D”, getting the ball back
quickly to get into a rhythm so they can score again and play from ahead. For
Zeke it’s tuck it high and tight. For Cardale it’s protect it on runs and in the
pocket and throw it away if necessary. All of the other Buckeye weapons must be
aware of this as well. Don’t give the Ducks a short field.
2) PRESSURE MARIOTA – I know he’s only thrown three picks all year, but he threw
one last week against F.S.U. Why? The Seminoles kept him in the pocket and
pressured him forcing the Heisman Trophy winner to throw the ball before he
wanted to. That’s what the Buckeyes defense line needs to do as well. You’d love
to get sacks of course, but if not, then Joey Bosa, Adolphus Washington, Michael
Bennett and Steve Miller need to control the line of scrimmage, contain the edge
so Mariota can’t roll out and throw as much as he likes to. Continually get in his face and
then when you get a chance, like the 2002 Buckeyes did to Miami’s Ken Dorsey,
hit him hard and hit him often. Make him pay the price for some throws so he’s
keeping an eye out for a defensive lineman and maybe not completely focusing on
his receivers. In a heavyweight title fight like this, body blows will add up in
the later rounds.
3) WIN T.O.P. – Against a fast paced, rhythm type offense, the best way to
disrupt their rhythm is by keeping the ball away from them. So Ohio State’s best
defense against Oregon may be their offense. In the Ducks four losses over the
last three years with Mariota at QB, they lost the “Time Of Possession” battle
in all four games. Arizona beat them twice and Stanford beat them twice. Both
teams did so by running the ball, controlling the clock and keeping the high
flying Ducks grounded on the sidelines. The Wildcats and Cardinal as a team
rushed for over 200 yards in all four of those games. Enter Ezekiel Elliott, he
of the 450 yards rushing and four touchdowns over the last two games for Ohio
State. Zeke needs to again have a big game on the ground to chew up that clock
and also help set up the play action passing game for Cardale Jones. A third
straight 200+ yard game on the ground by EZ and there is a very good chance the
Buckeyes will be National Champs.
4) SCORE 7 NOT 3 – Early in the win over Alabama the Buckeyes had two different
“First and Goal” opportunities and both times Urban Meyer’s offense had to settle for
field goals. O.S.U. was able to overcome that then, but they can ill afford to do that
against a potent Oregon offense. The Ducks are averaging 47 points a game, so
when you get in the redone against them you have to score 7. If Oregon holds you
to 3, they look at that as like creating a turnover because they feel their
offense will come down and put up 7 on you.
5) DUCK WRAP – Oregon is going to score some points against the Buckeyes. You
have to accept that. They’re that good. But you have to make them earn it. Don’t
give up the big play. In order to do that you must be fundamentally sound in
your tackling technique. You must hold up, wrap up and tackle the ball carrier
at first contact. Don’t go for the highlight hit, instead just do your job, be
where you’re supposed to be and make the tackle.
Prediction: OHIO STATE 45 OREGON 42
I caught up with Ohio State’s outstanding sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott at the College Football Playoff Media Day in Dallas, Texas and got his thoughts on the national Championship game against Oregon.
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The Oregon Ducks have lost only four games over the last three years with 2014 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Marcus Mariota running the offense.
So I went back and looked at those four losses, two against Stanford and two against Arizona to see if there were common denominators in all four losses. Here’s what I came up with:
In all four losses Oregon was held to less than 10 points at halftime.
In all four losses Oregon lost the “Time of Possession” battle by an average of 37:10 to 23:50.
In all four losses Oregon turned the ball over at least once on offense and totaled 8 turnovers in those four games for an average of 2 turnovers per contest.
In all four losses Oregon’s opponent ran more offensive plays than the Ducks did. On average Oregon ran 11 fewer plays per game in the losses (83.5 to 72.2).
In all four losses Oregon’s opponent ran for 200 yards or more as a team and averaged 58 carries for 246.5 yards per game on the ground.
In all four losses Oregon only had a 32% conversion rate on 3rd down on offense.
And in three out of the four losses Oregon was outgained in total yards by an average of 24 yards per game.
So what should Ohio State take from this?
If I’m the Buckeyes I’m going back and watching all four losses to try and learn the recipe for success against Oregon from Stanford and Arizona. Then I’m going to formulate part of my game plan on trying to run a ball control offense, an eat the clock offense with Ezekiel Elliott leading the way, but also using Jalin Marshall, Curtis Samuel, Cardale Jones and maybe Dontre Wilson if he’s healthy on the ground. By establishing the running game and chewing up time on the clock, it should in turn open up the passing game for quarterback Cardale Jones and receivers Devin Smith, Michael Thomas, Evan Spencer and more.
Putting pressure on Mariota was also a major factor in the four losses which helped lead to those 8 turnovers. Not just by sacking him, but forcing him to throw the ball before he wanted to. So that means the Buckeyes defensive line led by All American Joey Bosa, as well as Michael Bennett, Adolphus Washington and Steve Miller have to penetrate Oregon’s tough offensive line and get in Mariota’s face to hopefully sack him, at least hit him, or if not, force him to make early errant throws that could end up as interceptions. Also when Bosa or maybe linebacker Darron Lee get a chance, within the rules of the game, they need to hit Mariota as often as they can, as hard as they can, to make life miserable for him in all four quarters of the National Championship game. Just like the Buckeyes defense did to Miami’s Ken Dorsey in the 2002 National Championship contest.
That looks to be the formula on how to beat Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks. Easier said than done of course, but the Buckeyes are a confident team and peaking at the right time, so let’s see if Urban Meyer’s troops can execute a game plan like that and if they do, they’ll have a good chance of winning the game and making history by being crowned National Champions in the first ever year of the College Football Playoff.
With their 42-35 win over Alabama, Ohio State now has the longest winning streak in the country, having won 12 games in a row this season and are (13-1) overall.
The Buckeyes have now officially beaten an SEC team in a Bowl game with the 42-35 win over Alabama.
Urban Meyer is now (2-2) in head-to-head match ups with Nick Saban, (8-2) lifetime in bowl games and is (37-3) in his first three years at Ohio State.
The 230 yards rushing by Ezekeil Elliott is a new Sugar Bowl record and it was the first time this season that the Crimson Tide gave up 100 yards rushing to a player. Elliott was named the game’s Offensive MVP.
In his last 3 games Elliott has rushed for 571 yards on 57 carries, averaging 10 yards per carry and scored 6 touchdowns.
Third string QB Cardale Jones has started two games now in his career at Ohio State and has posted wins over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game and over #1 ranked Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semi-Final.
Devin Smith caught his 30th career touchdown pass, a 47 yarder from Jones in the 3rd quarter.
As a team Ohio State rushed for 281 total yards against the nation’s #1 ranked rushing defense, as Alabama was giving up just 88 yards per game rushing this season. The Buckeyes totaled 537 yards in the win.
OSU Linebacker Darron Lee took home Defensive MVP honors with 7 tackles, 2 sacks and 3 tackles for loss.
The Bucks picked off Bama quarterback Blake Simms 3 times, 1 each for Steve Miller, Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell.
Ohio State has now defeated 4 ranked teams this year: #1 Alabama, #8 Michigan State, #13 Wisconsin and #25 Minnesota. They will now play #2 Oregon for the National Championship on January 12th in Arlington, Texas at “Jerry’s World”.
In their last 4 games, the most important games of the season, the Buckeyes have scored 42, 42, 59 and 42 points. The Oregon Ducks in their last 4 games have scored 44, 47, 51 and 59 points.
The guys in the desert have installed Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota and Oregon as an early 7 point favorite in the National Championship Game.
FYI- The Buckeyes are (5-0) under Urban Meyer when they enter a game as “The Underdog”.
#20/18 OHIO STATE at MARYLAND – Big Ten East Division
Saturday, Oct. 4 • 12p ET • College Park, Md. • Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium (51,802)
ABC • Announcers: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Todd McShay
OHIO STATE (3-1 overall, 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Urban Meyer – 3rd Year (27-3)
Rush – Ezekiel Elliott (55-323 yards, 3 TDs) and
J.T. Barrett (55-205 yards, 1 TD)
Pass – J.T. Barrett (70-110, 1,087 yards, 13 TDs)
Rec. – Michael Thomas (13-247 yards, 4 TDs) and
Devin Smith (9-278 yards, 4 TDs)
Tackles – Joshua Perry (32 tackles)
Sacks – Joey Bosa (2.5-26 yards)
MARYLAND (4-1 overall, 1-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Randy Edsall – 4th year (17-25)
Rush – C.J. Brown (56-266 yards, 5 TDs)
Pass – C.J. Brown (73-128, 996 yards, 7 TDs)
Rec. – Stefon Diggs (29-398 yards, 2 TDs) (KO Returns – 29.4 avg – 11th Country)
Tackles – Sean Davis (42 tackles)
Sacks – Andre Monroe (3.0-20 yards)
INT’s – 6 as a team (19th in the Country)