Ohio State vs. Washington 1995
by Robert Stevenson
The Battling Buckeyes avenged last year's debacle at Washington by beating the Huskies 30-20 in a game much more lopsided than the score indicates. Eddie George (6'3" 230 lb.) gained 212 yards on 36 carries. Coupled with his 200+ yards against Boston College in the Kick-off Classic, Eddie became the first Ohio State player to rush for more than 200 yards twice in one season for two seasons in a row. George had 149 yards in the first half on 18 carries, prompting ABC analyst Burnt Mushroomburger to say Eddie deserves *serious* Heisman consideration. Besides two TD's, one by land and one by air, George also made several key runs, including a twelve-yard sprint for a first down on a fake fieldgoal attempt.
Bobby Hoying had an excellent afternoon, completing 18 of 26 passes for 192 yards and TD passes to Nick Sualua, Terry Glenn and the big E. One pass was intercepted.
Defensively the Buckeyes held Washington to just seven points until about two minutes into the final quarter. Standout players include strong safety junior Rob Kelly, out of Newark Catholic high school, starting for only his second game. Kelly ran down Husky tailback Leon Neal from behind during a 66-yard run that appeared to be a sure six points. Kelly later caused a fumble that resulted in an OSU TD. The Buckeyes sacked Washington only once, after collecting three sacks against Boston College in the opener.
At the weekly Columbus Downtown Quarterback Club, Coach Cooper sent assistant coach Bill Conley to report in his stead. Conley said Eddie George got the most Buckeye leaves, 6, adding that one leaf was awarded for "effective use of the snap count." Conley, the defensive ends coach, seemed puzzled how George could have earned that one. Hoying was the only player with five leaves, three other offensive players got four leaves, Orlando Pace, Matt Calhoun and Nick Sualua. Rob Kelly was the only defensive player to get four leaves.
Conley sang great praises of junior Terry Glenn. Hes a flanker out of Brookhaven high school in Columbus. Conley predicted that by the end of the season Glenn would be the number one receiver in the country. He will also run back at least a couple punts for TDs because, "He's not afraid to run with the ball after he catches it." Terry will join Shawn Springs in returning kick-offs. Recall it was Glenn who was flagged for celebrating after catching a long pass against Boston College, the first college player
ever flagged for this new 'U. Miami' rule.
Conley identified two key factors in the game, lack of penalties and time of possession. OSU was flagged once for 8 yards verses Washingtons 10 for 101 yds. In the first half OSU held the ball 20 minutes to WUs 10 minutes, and in the second half OSU had the ball 17 min. to 13 for Washinton.
Conley lettered for the Buckeyes in 1970 and 71, and coached Dublin high school football briefly before joining Cooper's staff as recruiting coordinator. Two years ago the NCAA forced schools to eliminate the position, and he was promoted to DE coach. Anyway, Conley was instrumental in bringing Eddie George to OSU, and took several minutes explaining how it happened. Conley got a tip from a friend about George, a Philadelphia native. When he looked through the various scouting guides which list the thousand or so high school players with college potential, George was not on any list.
He called George's high school coach at Fork Union (Va) military academy and requested some film. At that point the only school in the country who had expressed interest in Eddie was Louisville. Conley liked what he saw and asked for more film. He then went to Cooper and recommended George be recruited. Coop was skeptical but said OK. They brought Eddie to Columbus the next week end and offered him a
scholarship. Eddie accepted. About a week later Eddie began to get recruiting calls from Michigan, USC, UCLA, etc. Too late.
After Conley answered questions for about twenty minutes, and then Club director Bobby Joseph thanked Bill for a great talk and pointed out Conley has been an outstanding assistant coach for many years. Joseph predicted, "Conley is due to get a head job somewhere soon."