It’s been too long since my last post on the Buckeye Leaves blog and time now for this “old offensive guard” to get off the bench and get back into the game. Coach Woody Hayes said many times to “always pay forward.” I aim to do that by my contributions to the Buckeye Leaves blog.
Ohio State is 11-0 and 7-0 in the Big Ten and can win outright by beating that “Team Up North” this upcoming Saturday. Our team is on a mission. We have one game left, the greatest rivalry in all of sports, “The Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Those Sons-a-Bitches up North!” (As Woody used to say.)
Try 47 seconds…..No time outs…..with 61 yards to go…..down eight points, fans leaving the stadium with our starting QB, Braxton Miller out with injury. Kenny Guiton (backup QB) steps in and in the final 3 seconds Kenny G. threw a pass to Chris Fields, who made a diving 2-yard touchdown catch! Chris Fields, a starter for most of last year, entered the Purdue game without a catch so far this season. The Bucks needed a two-point conversion to tie the score. Heuerman decoyed as a blocker, then slipped through the line to catch Kenny G’s lob to tie the game.
Indiana under the lights definitely came to play, so did we! The story of the game has to be our starting FB, Zach Boren #44 moving to the other side of the line of scrimmage playing on defense as our weak side LB because of the absence of our starter Etienne Sabino.
The Bucks survived a real scare this past Saturday. In my opinion the Player of The Game ought to be the California field goal kicker who missed three attempts, any of which would have “iced” the game for them! By no means am I attempting to rub his nose in it at all, no way, this is not on the professional level it is at the collegiate level. Our Bucks grew up yesterday. Adversity builds character and having your back against the wall does just that.
I can’t believe it is 25 years since Woody Hayes passed away, at 74 years of age. I have so many fond memories of him, he was a remarkable, caring man, a true humanitarian who touched many people’s lives on and off the field. There are two people I think of every day, my dad and Woody. These are the two people who had the most influence on me and the man I have become.