After how poorly the Ohio State Buckeyes looked attempting to learn new head coach Urban Meyer’s spread offense in the early spring, not many people would have seen this type of offensive outburst coming. Meyer even referred to the offense as “clown show” at one point.
Ohio State put up a 56-10 drubbing of the Miami-Ohio RedHawks that saw seven different Buckeye players reach the end zone. After starting off slow and seeing quarterback Braxton Miller complete just one of his first seven passes, receiver Devin Smith made a Cris Carter-esque catch and the rout was on. Miller ended up setting an Ohio State quarterback record for rushing with 168 yards on the ground, and also threw for two touchdowns.
While most would have expected the Buckeyes to beat the RedHawks, the way the team took to Meyer’s new system was most impressive. The offense played fast and reeled off 86 plays, executing Meyer’s hurry-up system to perfection. It appears that Miller may be the perfect pivot for the former Florida Gators head coach. In fact, Miller racked up 368 yards of total offense in his debut with Meyer today, besting the 338 yard mark set by ex-Gator quarterback Tim Tebow in his debut with Meyer. If Ohio State can even come close to the accomplishments that Meyer and the Gators achieved during his tenure, he is going to become the most popular man in the state very quickly.
The victory was a breath of fresh air for Buckeye fans who saw their squad finish 6-7 in 2011, for their first losing season since 1988. In addition to that, the sanctions for the infractions under Jim Tressel means the Buckeyes are ineligible to play a bowl game at the end of this season.
Whether or not you are an Ohio State fan, the Meyer era will be an exciting thing for the Big 10. In a conference that doesn’t exactly scream innovative offense, the Buckeyes will be fun to watch.