The tailgate was small, easy, and the most fun we had all day. The key to tailgating in Columbus is to get there early. We showed up at 0730. There were plenty of Bearcats fans that made the trip to Columbus. Walking through the parking lots Bearcats flags were raised everywhere. Unfortunately, the fun ended there.
Good god that was awful. The Bearcats got worked. Every time the offense sniffed the end zone something went wrong. Penalties plagued the Bearcats all afternoon, shooting themselves in the foot over and over again. In total 10 penalties cost the Bearcats 78 yards and a 42-0 shutout cost all of Bearcats Nation the entire humble pie.
If Fickell was using this game as a measuring stick I hope it’s a long one. The Bearcats seemed to be out muscled, out worked, and over matched. It had to be an absolute embarrassing return for Fickell to Ohio Stadium.
The offensive line resembled that of a Swiss cheese because it stunk. Especially the left side, you know the most important side. QB1 Des Ridder is certainly sore today after taking a beating yesterday and that’s without mentioning his shoulder that took a big hit on a keeper play that caused him to get knocked out of the game for a series.
The defense looked sloppy and slow. Aside from a player or two the defense leaked like a sieve. The Bearcats lockdown DB Koby Bryant was targeted early and they went right at him. He didn’t have a good game. All the evidence you need is in the boxscore. The Buckeyes had 270 rushing yards and 240 receiving yards. Their QB Fields finished with a QBR of 90, Ridder with a 19.
Stars of the game were hard to find in this one but defensively I’d give the honors to Darrick Forrest Jr. who finished with 7 tackles and a crushing hit on an OSU wideout that saved a big gain early in the first half.
Up next is our “rival” Miami (OH)