Put the blame on whomever you’d like for the awful Buckeye offense this year. Jim Bollman, sure. Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller, ok. Terrelle Pryor and Jim Tressel, why not? The point of this particular post isn’t to point fingers at any one person, but merely to give you a chance to see just how pathetic this year’s passing offense has been. For those that remember the days when we would consistently score over 40-50 points and early non-conference games resembled track meets more than football games, please grab a beer, throw on the VHS of our 72-0 spanking of Pittsburgh in 1996, and check out a few of these ridiculous stat comparisons.
- Through 10 games so far this year, Jake Stoneburner leads the Bucks with 12 catches, and Devin Smith is first on the team in receiving yards with 241.
- On October 1st, against Northwestern, AJ Jenkins (Illinois) had a monster of a game receiving. He amassed a whopping 12 catches for 248 yards. Jenkins’s one game totals against Northwestern would put him tied for first on OSU’s roster in receptions and first overall in receiving yards…for the year.
- Sticking with the Illinois theme, on October 15th, Ohio State was able to beat the Fighting Illini even though we completed just 1 pass for 11 yards and a TD.
- Also on that date, Wisconsin RB Montee Ball threw a halfback pass to quarterback, Russell Wilson for a 25 yard TD. In other words, Ball had more passing yards than Braxton Miller and Wilson would have been our team’s leading receiver.
- Through 6 games of Big Ten competition, Braxton Miller has completed a total 31 passes on 63 attempts.
- Dan Persa (Northwestern’s QB), on the other hand, was able to complete 32 passes on 44 attempts in an October 8th contest against the M*chigan Wolverines.
- In 8 games as the Buckeyes’ starter, and 9 games with an appearance on the field, Miller has thrown 8 TD passes.
- On October 27th, Houston’s QB, Case Keenum, threw 9 TD passes in a record-breaking effort against Rice.
- In Big Ten play this year, Ohio State is dead last in the conference in passing yards with 544 yards.
- Tyler Wilson, the Arkansas Razorbacks‘ QB, threw for 94% of that total with his 510 yard performance on October 1st, against Texas A&M.
I’m sure that I could dig up a few more of these atrocious numbers (but I’m about to go play some online bingo instead!) but for as non-existent as this team’s passing attack has been this year, they are still 6-4. They are still competing for a Big Ten title (sure, it may be officially out of the question after Saturday). They are almost all returning next year, hopefully with new
coaches guidance. Enjoy the stats, laugh them off, and hope that next season we have what some people in the business refer to as a “balanced attack.”