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Buckeyes Have to Deal with First Loss in Two Years
By Rob Ogden

INDIANAPOLIS — Points didn't come easy Saturday night for the Buckeyes, and neither did words following the 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game.

Urban Meyer, having suffered his first loss as Ohio State coach, opened his mouth to speak, but struggled to get the words out.

"We just went around the room and told the players I love them," Meyer said, his voice trembling. "I don't like to use the word proud, but I am proud of them."

Urban Meyer
Photo by Dan Harker
Urban Meyer

Quarterback Braxton Miller, slouched in his chair, sat to Meyer's right. Linebacker Ryan Shazier next to him, visibly angry. 

The two barely spoke.

Ryan Shazier
Photo by Dan Harker
Ryan Shazier

 

Minutes later Meyer stood emotionless outside the Ohio State locker room while family members embraced him.

Inside the interview room, the mood wasn't much different.

Senior center Corey Linsley struggled to put into words what he had just witnessed — the Buckeyes' first loss since Jan. 2, 2012.

Linsley wore an empty stare as he attempted to answer questions from a swarm of reporters.

"It sucks," Linsley said. "We'll aways be disappointed with what could've been, but what we do now will show what kind of people we are."\

A grim looking Carlos Hyde leaves the field following OSU;s loss to MSU.
Photo by Jim Davidson
Carlos Hyde

A few feet to his right, offensive coordinator Tom Herman wasn't the upbeat personality he usually is.

Redshirt freshman Pat Elflein stood in another corner. He had just made his first collegiate start, and had just experienced his first collegiate loss. He wasn't quite sure how to take it. He spoke softly.

The whole group was some combination of shocked and dejected.

Tears filled freshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa's eyes as he walked off the field. He was embraced by defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, who offered words of encouragement.

Cornerback Bradley Roby — the last Buckeye off the field — shook his head as he walked towards the tunnel.

Nearly an hour after the game clock hit zero, Meyer remained in the hallway amid the chaos of hundreds of reporters, stadium workers and team personal. The unexpressive coach sat alone in a golf cart and stared blankly into the ground.

He chewed on a slice of pizza, but all he could taste was defeat.

Urban Meyer leaving the field
Photo by Dan Harker
Urban Meyer

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