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Buckeye Football Notebook: 'We made them mad, that's what happened'
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS — If he chooses to remain civil about it, there isn't a lot that an opposing football coach can say about a 77-10 loss. There is no lamenting a single play or a bad call or a missed opportunity because none of those single things would have altered any part of Ohio State's win over Bowling Green on Saturday.

For his part, BGSU head coach Mike Jinks was too busy complimenting Ohio State to spend any time criticizing what had occurred on the field.

"We pretty much got taken to the woodshed here today," he said after the game. "That’s a great football team that’s well-coached. They did the things they needed to do to be successful.

"You saw it. They were rolling guys in and their level of ability didn’t change too much."

With so many new faces for the Buckeyes, Jinks was asked if that made it more difficult to prepare for what they were going to see.

"Not really," he said. "They did what we thought they were going to do. They’re just long, fast and good football players. There was nothing different about them schematically. They’re a good football team."

For a moment in the game it looked like Bowling Green might make it competitive when Falcons linebacker Brandon Harris returned an interception for a 63-yard touchdown to give BGSU an early 7-0 lead.

As it would turn out, maybe that interception wasn't such a good idea.

"After the touchdown we were jacked up," Harris said. "We made them mad, that’s what happened."

Redshirt freshman Mike Weber started his first game at tailback for the Buckeyes on Saturday and he led the team with 136 yards rushing on 19 carries. He was never stopped in the backfield and he was able to churn out good gains on short-yardage downs.

He admitted to having some nerves leading up to the game, but was happy with his first start while acknowledging that there is still work that needs to be done.

"I was really nervous, but after my first carry it kind of went away," he said. "My line blocked really well. I got a couple of shoestring tackles that I could have broken for a lot more yards. But I’m going to go back to the drawing board and work on that."

Ah yes, the shoestring tackles. How frustrating was that?

"It was very frustrating," he said, adding that he needs to do a better job of picking his legs up and running harder through people grabbing at his ankles.

While 136 yards rushing is one of the better debuts in Ohio State running back history, Weber knows that he could have done much, much better. Getting to that point is his constant focus.

"I kind of beat myself up a bit, I’m not going to lie," he said of the missed opportunities. "But that’s what we practice for. That’s what we have more games for. We just go to the drawing board and work at it. I know I could have played a lot better. I played decent, but I can play a lot better. I’m going to get there."

Page 2 — Curtis Samuel meeting expectations; Luke Fickell on Tracy Sprinkle and Dante Booker; Malik Hooker's first interception

Player profiles relevant to story:
4 - Samuel, Curtis | 25 - Weber, Mike | 93 - Sprinkle, Tracy
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