Quick Squibs After a Win at Cal
By John Porentas
BERKELEY, California — The OSU offense threw the ball 32 times against Cal, and quarterback Kenny Guiton was sacked zero times. That's zilch, nada, nihil, zed, zero. Prior to this game, the Buckeyes had given up five sacks in two games. Last season OSU gave up 30 sacks in 12 games, an average of 2.5 sacks per game, the identical number OSU had surrendered in games one and two of this season.
Cal running back Brendon Bigelow mauled the OSU defense for 160 yards on just 4 carries last year, and average of 40 yards per carry. He didn't do as well this year. Bigelow gained just 44 yards on 11 carries, an average of 4.0 yards per carry. Not often you say a player's yards per carry number reduced by a power of 10.
Road Show - The Buckeyes passed their first road test of the season with a win. OSU fans also passed thier first test as well. Right around half the fans in the stadium were decked out in red and were there in support of the Buckeyes a mere 2,100 miles or so the banks of the Olentangy. The OSU marching band was also in attendance and performed before the game and at half time
Buckeyes Come Out on Top in Speed Bowl
Earlier this year we published a piece about the OSU coaching staff's desire to play fast, and the dividends that could pay.
As we all know now, that's a big part of the plan at Cal too. The Bears want to run 100 plays a game, and for a while it looked they might get that done against OSU. The Cal offense ran 52 plays in the first half and put 20 points on the scoreboard.
The final stats show Cal with 37 rushing attempts and 53 pass attempts for 90 plays from scrimmage. By comparison, the Buckeyes had 55 rushes and 32 pass attempts for 87 plays, a difference of just three.
Cal Head Coach Sonny Dykes said OSU's fast pace definitely had an impact for the OSU offense.
"Ohio State did a good job of getting to the line of scrimmage and getting the ball snapped quickly," said Dykes.
"I think they caught us twice and we had to use a time out both times."
As for Cal, their play number in the second half dropped to 38 after snapping it 52 times in the first half. Their point production also dropped from 20 to 14. A big part of the reduction was due to two prolongued scoring drives by the Buckeyes in the third quarter, one a 9-play scoring drive after the opening kickoff and the other a 15-play, 80-yard drive on their second possession of the second half. The drives not only put points on the board, but had an effect on the Cal offense that was sitting on the bench while the Buckeyes were driving the football..
"Any time an offense sits that long it's bound to lose some rhythem," said Cal freshman quarterback Jared Goff.
The long drives by the Buckeyes kept the Cal offense off the field, and also made it a bit less effective when it did finally get back out there.
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