The team that supposedly lost everything, WON something BIG last night. Despite departed players, losing a Heisman Trophy candidate before the season began, and the loss of an All-American defensive lineman due to suspension, this team found a will…and SEVERAL ways to win.
Things looked beyond bleak in August and even worse in September with a huge loss at home to Virginia Tech. The Ohio State Buckeyes seemed destined for a long season of growing pains.
“To say we had this vision back in September or even August, no, not a chance,” Urban Meyer said. “I thought this was a team that we could battle and battle and find a way to win a bunch of games, and then a year later go make a run at it.”
(From Ivan Maisel ESPN.com)
Back-up QB J.T.Barrett, thrust into the spotlight because of a season-ending shoulder injury to Braxton Miller became a Heisman candidate himself.
Four new starters on the offensive line found a way to pave the way for Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliot to rush past the records of his predecessors on his way to being a leading candidate next year for college footballs best player.
Barrett was busy shattering records as he led an offense that only got better into the Michigan game. His play began to merge with a young defense that began to make plays instead of getting played consistently. The momentum was threatened and could have been permanently broken along with Barrett’s fractured ankle suffered against that team up North. The young Buckeyes could have folded, but along came “12 Gauge” and the true genius of Coach Urban Meyer.
Cardale Jones suddenly came from third on the bench, to being responsible for first string expectations with the three biggest games of his life in front of him.
The young Buckeyes bulldozed their way through the Big 10 title game against Wisconsin 59-0. Jones showed a cannon arm and a commanding presence in the pocket. Still, according to the greatest Buckeye hater Mark May-They weren’t good enough.
They took on #1 Alabama and its vaunted SEC speed and ran right by them-They STILL weren’t good enough. May and others refused to believe that they belonged in the title game against Oregon. They would wilt from the warp speed of Oregon’s offense and defense. It would be another embarrassment for OSU on the national stage. Cardale “12 Gauge” Jones used every inch of his 6’5″ 250 body to give the “juice” that allowed his team to overcome 4 turnovers as they routed Oregon 42-20 to win the first College Football Playoff.
They did it where it counts most, on the field…in the trenches…against the greatest odds imaginable. Thanks to one of the greatest football coaches EVER-They did it TOGETHER. The Silver Bullets are National Champions because THEY ARE MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH!!! GO BUCKEYES!!!!!!!!~Daryl~