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OSU 1961 Edges OSU 1957, 12-10

The 1957 Buckeyes outplayed the 1961 Buckeyes.  However, except for their opening scoring drive, Hayes’ 1957 squad could not put the ball in the end zone.  OSU 1957’s Don Sutherin, who kicked a 48-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, missed a chip shot in the fourth that would have given his team a 13-12 lead.  That drive, which was set up by a 74-yard scamper by Don Clark (165 yards on 15 carries), was OSU 1957’s last real shot at winning the game.  Except for fullback Bob Ferguson, whose 109 yards on 22 carries almost single-handedly kept the ball out of OSU 1957’s hands, the 1961 Buckeyes ground game was virtually nonexistent. Key passes by quarterback Bill Mrukowski (4 of 5 for 45 yards) and excellent punting by von Allen Hardman (47.3 average) also contributed to the winning effort.  Fortunately for OSU 1961’s Dick Van Raaphorst, his two shanked extra-point attempts and missed field goal did not figure in the outcome.

Next, we fast-forward 50 years for the first-ever Urban Meyer Bowl, as Meyer’s 2013 Buckeyes take on his 2014 national champions.  It could be the first Strat-O-Matic game ever using a 2014 college team.  The first half will feature a match-up between Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett.  Super-subs Kenny Guiton and Cardale Jones and will finish things up in the second.

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

 Ohio State 1957

7

3

0

0

10

 Ohio State 1961

0

6

6

0

12

 SCORING PLAYS

QTR

TEAM

DESCRIPTION

1

OSU 57

Brown 8 yard pass from Kremblas (Sutherin kick)

2

OSU 61

Klein 11 yard run (kick failed)

2

OSU 57

Sutherin 48 yard field goal

3

OSU 61

Mrukowski 4 yard run (kick failed)

 

TEAM STATISTICS

OSU 57

OSU 61

First Downs

15

16

Rushes-Yards

48-233

50-120

Passing Yards

63

72

Passes (Comp-Att-Int)

5-11-0

6-11-0

Punts

6-37.5

7-47.3

Fumbles-Lost

2-1

2-0

Penalties-Yards

3-20

2-20

Time of Possession

28:45

31:15

-- Edited by boomer on Sunday 12th of April 2015 04:05:02 PM



-- Edited by boomer on Sunday 12th of April 2015 04:06:10 PM

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RUSHING 

Ohio State 1957

No

Yards

TD

Ohio State 1961

No

Yards

TD

Don Clark

15

165

0

Bob Ferguson

22

109

0

Bob White

12

52

0

Paul Warfield

9

7

0

Frank Kremblas

8

2

0

John Mummey

7

8

0

Dick LeBeau

6

1

0

Matt Snell

5

-8

0

Galen Cisco

4

15

0

Bob Klein

3

9

1

Joe Trivisonno

3

-2

0

Bill Mrukowski

2

0

1

 

 

 

 

David Katterhenrich

1

2

0

 

 

 

 

Joe Sparma

1

-7

0

 



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PASSING

Ohio State 1957

Att

Comp

Yards

Pct

TD

Int

Sack

Frank Kremblas

11

5

63

45.5

1

0

3/15

 

Ohio State 1961

Att

Comp

Yards

Pct

TD

Int

Sack

Bill Mrukowski

5

4

45

80.0

0

0

0/0

Joe Sparma

5

1

10

25.0

0

0

1/7

John Mummey

1

1

17

100.0

0

0

0/0



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RECEIVING

Ohio State 1957

No

Yards

TD

Ohio State 1961

No

Yards

TD

Don Clark

1

17

0

Paul Warfield

2

22

0

Leo Brown

1

8

1

Robert Middleton

1

10

0

Jim Houston

1

10

0

Bob Ferguson

1

4

0

Russ Bowermaster

1

25

0

Chuck Bryant

1

19

0

Joe Trivisonno

1

3

0

Matt Snell

1

17

0

 



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Background for Game Four – OSU 2013 vs OSU 2014

Welcome back from Mars if you aren’t familiar with the Buckeyes’ improbable national championship this year with what amounted to their third-string quarterback.  In three years at the helm, head coach Urban Meyer has won three division titles, a Big Ten title, and a national championship.  His record is 38-3, and he has yet to lose a regular season Big Ten game.

So which of his last two teams is better?  Perhaps my Strat-O-Matic match-up will help answer that. 

Both teams were similar in talent and focus.  In 2013, quarterback Braxton Miller (9th in the 2013 Heisman voting) completed 63.5% of his passes and rushed for 1068 yards, while his back-up, Kenny Guiton, completed 68.8% of his passes and rushed for 330 yards.  Not to be outdone, in 2014 quarterback J.T. Barrett (5th in the 2014 Heisman voting) completed 64.6% of his passes and rushed for 938 yards.  His back-up, Cardale Jones, completed 60.9% of his passes and rushed for 296 yards.  Oh, and in his three starts, Jones led the team to wins against the 2nd, 4th and 13th ranked teams in the nation (final AP) by an average score of 48-18.

The rushers for both team also put up similar numbers.  In 2013, the Buckeyes’ top rusher was Carlos Hyde, who rushed for 1521 yards (7.3 average).  In 2014, the top rusher was Ezekiel Elliott, who collected 1878 yards (6.9 average).

Defensively, the 2013 Buckeyes were better against the run (3.3 yards per attempt vs 3.9 in 2014), while the 2014 Buckeyes were better against the pass (55.8% completions allowed and 201.1 yards per game vs 61.8% and 268.0 in 2013).

Of course, I’ve yet to play a game using the 2014 Buckeyes, so I have no idea how they will perform.  In my current challenge, OSU 2103 made Round II (barely) and currently has a 4-3-0 record.  They recently lost a fairly close game (I don’t have the score handy) to what might be the best SOM Ohio State team, the 2010 Buckeyes, which improved to 6-0-0 with the win over Meyer’s squad.

Which team wins?  A tough choice.  It might come down to a choice between (1) OSU 2014’s passing attack against the weaker OSU 2013 pass defense and (2) OSU 2013’s rushers against the relatively weaker OSU 2014 defense against the run.  I give the edge to OSU 2014’s passing game an predict Barrett, Jones and the rest of the 2014 Buckeyes will prevail.

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An embarassment of riches – Ohio State’s four quarterbacks in the past two years
(L to R: Kenny Guiton, Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett).



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 OSU 2013 Tops OSU 2014, 31-14
First Ever Strat Game for the 2014 Buckeyes

This game was evenly played, but serious red zone problems kept the 2014 Buckeyes from staying close in this one.  In the first half, J.T. Barrett, who otherwise had an excellent game, fumbled the ball away and tossed an interception inside the OSU 2013 10 yard line.  In the fourth quarter, OSU 2014 was stopped cold on a fourth and one inside the 20. 

From a statistics standpoint, Braxton Miller had the most disappointing game.  However, his 89-yard drive in the second quarter (after the Barrett fumble) was a key momentum-changer, as it turned a potential 13-0 deficit into a 7-6 lead.  In the second half, Guiton was superb in relief of Miller, hitting on 10 of 12 for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

Many players saw action for both teams.  Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 90 yards for OSU 2014 and scored on an 11-yard scamper for OSU 2013 on his only carry.  On the defensive side, Michael Bennett had three sacks – two for OSU 2013 and another for OSU 2014.  Wide receiver Devin Smith caught a combined seven passes for 127 yards for both teams.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

 Ohio State 2013

0

7

14

10

31

 Ohio State 2014

6

0

8

0

14

SCORING PLAYS

QTR

TEAM

DESCRIPTION

1

OSU 14

Nuernberger 38 yard field goal

1

OSU 14

Nuernberger 39 yard field goal

2

OSU 13

Hall 7 yard run (Basil kick)

3

OSU 13

Heuerman 22 yard pass from Guiton (Basil kick)

3

OSU 14

Jones 5 yard run (Jones pass to Marshall)

3

OSU 13

Elliott 11 yard run (Basil kick)

4

OSU 13

Basil 41 yard field goal

4

OSU 13

Brown 4 yard pass from Guiton (Basil kick)

 

 TEAM STATISTICS

OSU 13

OSU 14

First Downs

23

21

Rushes-Yards

35-172

41-161

Passing Yards

152

215

Passes (Comp-Att-Int)

13-25-1

16-24-1

Punts

2-46.0

1-0.0

Fumbles-Lost

1-0

1-1

Penalties-Yards

5-35

8-58

Time of Possession

28:35

31:25

 



-- Edited by boomer on Saturday 18th of April 2015 03:23:29 PM

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PASSING

Ohio State 2013

Att

Comp

Yards

Pct

TD

Int

Sack

Braxton Miller

13

3

35

23.1

0

1

0/0

Kenny Guiton

12

10

117

83.3

2

0

1/9

Ohio State 2014

Att

Comp

Yards

Pct

TD

Int

Sack

J.T. Barrett

15

11

146

73.3

0

1

1/7

Cardale Jones

9

5

69

55.6

0

0

3/26



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RUSHING 

Ohio State 2013

No

Yards

TD

Ohio State 2014

No

Yards

TD

Carlos Hyde

17

98

0

Ezekiel Elliott

18

90

0

Jordan Hall

8

32

1

Cardale Jones

9

-17

1

Braxton Miller

4

35

0

J.T. Barrett

7

30

0

Kenny Guiton

4

-5

0

Curtis Samuel

4

47

0

Ezekiel Elliott

1

11

1

Jalin Marshall

2

11

0

Dontre Wilson

1

1

0

Rod Smith

1

0

0



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RECEIVING 

Ohio State 2013

No

Yards

TD

Ohio State 2014

No

Yards

TD

Corey Brown

6

58

1

Michael Thomas

4

35

0

Devin Smith

3

54

0

Devin Smith

4

73

0

Jeff Heuerman

2

37

1

Nick Vannett

2

40

0

Carlos Hyde

1

6

0

Dontre Wilson

2

17

0

Evan Spencer

1

-3

0

Ezekiel Elliott

2

26

0

 

 

 

 

Jalin Marshall

2

24

0

 



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Next up, more Woody Ball, as his 1968 Buckeyes take on the 1973 Buckeyes. Archie Griffin and OSU 1973 have consistently played well in my challenges (two out of three number one finishes among OSU teams and bowl eligible every year), and OSU 1968 has consistently underperformed (no bowl appearances). But, depending on the rolls of the dice, upsets are possible. Two challenges ago, OSU 1968 demolished OSU 1973 by a score of 41-6 and finished 6-7-0 (their best season). But OSU 1973 had the last laugh by winning the division with an 8-5-0 record.

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A wild-and-woolly one from my current challenge.  OSU 1957 came within seconds of overcoming a 28-point deficit.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

Ohio State 1942

14

14

7

3

38

Ohio State 1957

0

14

14

8

36

Scoring Plays

Qtr

Clock

Poss

Description (Extra Point)

Score

  

1

9:10

Ohio State 1942

P.Sarringhaus 2 yard run (L.Groza kick)

7-0 O42

  

1

0:25

Ohio State 1942

G.Fekete 32 yard pass from P.Sarringhaus (L.Groza kick)

14-0 O42

  

2

8:53

Ohio State 1942

P.Sarringhaus 6 yard pass from L.Horvath (L.Groza kick)

21-0 O42

  

2

7:21

Ohio State 1942

P.Sarringhaus 1 yard run (L.Groza kick)

28-0 O42

  

2

1:15

Ohio State 1957

G.Cisco 40 yard run (D.Sutherin kick)

28-7 O42

  

2

0:08

Ohio State 1957

J.Cannavino 82 yard run (D.Sutherin kick)

28-14 O42

  

3

11:02

Ohio State 1957

D.Clark 14 yard run (D.Sutherin kick)

28-21 O42

  

3

6:43

Ohio State 1942

P.Sarringhaus 9 yard run (L.Groza kick)

35-21 O42

  

3

4:22

Ohio State 1957

G.Cisco 9 yard run (D.Sutherin kick)

35-28 O42

  

4

2:03

Ohio State 1957

D.LeBeau 9 yard pass from F.Kremblas (J.Houston pass)

36-35 O57

  

4

0:00

Ohio State 1942

L.Groza 50 yard field goal

38-36 O42

  


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For the next round of my OSU Challenge, I was thinking of creating three all-star teams to play – and probably beat in most instances – my Buckeye teams .  Two of the teams would come from the SOM 1966-2005 CFB Greats players (divided into a 1966-1985 team and a 1986-2005 team).  The third team would be a 1946-65 team, which I would create.  Here’s a preliminary look at the post-WWII, pre-SOM all-stars.  

I tried to give priority to award winners (e.g., Heisman Trophy) and those others considered college football’s all-time best.  Selections were not based entirely on stats.  In general, the stats listed below are an average of the player’s final three years.

I would welcome any comments on my selections.

 

 

QUARTERBACKS

Pass Att

Cmp%

Int%

Yds/Cmp

Rush Att

Yds/Rush

Roger Staubach (Navy 62-64)

154

63.1

4.1

12.2

115

2.0

Terry Baker (Or St 60-62)

151

51.3

5.9

14.9

100

5.0

John Lujack (ND 46-47)

93

52.6

7.7

14.3

81

7.1



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HALFBACKS

Rush Att

Yds/Rush

Rec

Yds/Rec

HB – Mike Garrett (USC 63-65)

204

5.3

12

11.0

HB – Ernie Davis (Syr 59-61)

120

6.6

13

10.3

HB – Jim Brown (Syr 54-56)

120

5.8

4

12.4

HB – Billy Vessels (Ok 50-52)

108

6.5

7

20.6

HB – Glenn Davis (Arm 46)

90

5.8

10

17.4

FULLBACKS

Rush Att

Yds/Rush

Rec

Yds/Rec

FB – Alan Ameche (Wis 52-54)

172

4.6

1

2.0

FB – Doc Blanchard (Arm 46)

94

5.1

6

23.7



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TIGHT ENDS

Rec

Yds/Rec

Pat Richter (Wis 60-62)

37

15.5

Bill McColl (Stn 49-51)

35

14.9

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

 

Howard Twilley (Tul 63-65)

87

12.8

Chris Burford (Stn 57-59)

53

11.8

Lawrence Elkins (Bay 62-64)

48

14.5

Fred Biletnikoff (Fl St 63-64)

41

16.6

Bill Carpenter (Arm 57-59)

33

16.1



-- Edited by boomer on Friday 1st of May 2015 05:36:27 PM



-- Edited by boomer on Friday 1st of May 2015 05:36:54 PM

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OFFENSIVE LINE

LG – Glenn Ressler (PSU 62-64)

LT – Ron Yary (USC 65-67)

C – Chuck Benardik (Penn 46-48)

RG – Bill Fischer (ND 45-48)

RT – Bob Gain (Ky 48-50)

DEFENSE

LE – Leon Hart (ND 47-49)

LT – Merlin Olsen (Ut St 59-61)

RT – Bob Lilly (TCU 59-61)

RE – Bob Reifsnyder (Nav 56-57)

RLB – Dick Butkus (Ill 62-64)

MLB – Tommy Nobis (Tex 63-65)

LLB – Chuck Benardik (Penn 46-48)

DB – John Lattner (ND 51-53)

DB – Al Brosky (Ill 50-52)

DB – George Shaw (Or 52-54)

DB – Bill Albrecht (Was 49-51)



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