Dont wait until overtime to beat Ohio State Urban

  • If youre going to beat Ohio State under coach Urban Meyer, then you better do it regulation.The Buckeyes 30-23 overtime win at Wisconsin on Oct. 15 illustrated that le son one more time. Meyer, who is 56-4 at Ohio State, improved to 4-0 in overtime with the Buckeyes and 7-0 for his career.Thats a history that dates to his first overtime game as a head coach with Bowling Green on Oct. 19, 2002. The Falcons beat Western Michigan 48-45 on a shortTD run by Josh Harris. He also led Utah to a 45-43 triple-overtime victory Nov. 1, 2003, and Florida to a 34-31 win against Georgia on Oct. 30, 2010. Meyer won his fourth overtime game with Ohio State last week, and now the No. 2 Buckeyes take a 6-0 record to Penn State on Saturday.MORE: That proce s for succe s happens well before regulation ends.We do spend a lot of time in spring practice and summer training camp putting the ball on the 25-yard line, Meyer said on the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday. Thats, in our estimation, thats the money areas where we dont like to kick field goals.If we have a chance to score, then go score, Meyer said. Its the same thing on defense because of that; they get a tremendous amount of work defending the red zone as well.In those seven overtime games, the Meyer-coached team has had10 po se sions. Theyve scored nine TDs, and the only field goal was the game-winneragainst Georgia when Meyer was at Florida. It doesnt matter if they have the ball first or last. Meyer has the script to win.In the four overtime games with Ohio State, the Buckeyes scored a TD first in the decidingovertime period. That happened on the first po se sion against Purdue in a 29-22 win on Oct. 20, 2012, and later that season on Nov. 17 against Wisconsin in a 21-14 win, and thenlast week. The Buckeyes also beat Penn State with back-to-back TDs in doubleovertime for a 31-24 victory on Oct. 25, 2014.Which brings us to Saturdays game against the Nittany Lions. Its the return trip to Happy Valley. In 2014,Penn State took a 24-17 lead in overtime on a short touchdown run by Bill Belton.We didnt play particularly well, Meyer said. They did, and actually took the lead in overtime right in front of their students, and I always tell people that the script was written. That game was over. We found a way to finish it off and win the game.J.T. Barrett, however, scored back-to-back TDs, and Joey Bosa closed Penn State out with a highlight-reel sack. That game proved to have a carryover effect and helped propel the Buckeyes to the 2014 national championship.Last week, Barrett hit Noah Brown for a 7-yard touchdown to start overtime, and the Buckeyes this time with the help of Nick Bosa, Tyquan Lewis and Sam Hubbard closed out the Badgers. Are there parallels?The same thing happened at Wisconsin, Meyer said. The script was prettywell written. We were down by 10 in a tough environment against a verygood team.The common denominator is J.T. had a lot to do with it, he said. J.T. and Pat Elflein are constants that were involved in offense, and Billy Price, and prettymuch everyone else is new.MORE: Everyone except Meyer. He knows how to write that overtime postscript. That a me sage to the rest of the Big Ten.If youre going to beat these Buckeyes, then you better finish the game in regulation.

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