Two-Minute Drill: Inside Ohio State’s Post-Game Locker Room
By Brandon Castel
LINCOLN, Neb. — It was tough loss for everyone, especially the players.
Ohio State looked like they were going to cruise to victory against heavily-favored Nebraska, but a late fumble and an injury to quarterback Braxton Miller led to shocking comeback by the Cornhuskers.
We take you inside Ohio State’s post-game locker room for a look at what went wrong—and right—for the Buckeyes Saturday.
- Offensive Coordinator Jim Bollman felt like Braxton Miller was having a “coming out” game before his injury. Said it felt like that all week.
- Head Coach Luke Fickell believes the injury to Braxton is an ankle, but he didn’t know the extent of it.
- Bollman admitted that the offensive playcalling changed after Braxton left the game.
- Bo Pelini said it helped when Braxton went out because OSU’s game plan was built around him.
- Bollman said it is unfair to put the blame on backup Joe Bauserman based on the fact he was put in a tough situation.
- Bollman said that Bauserman just missed on a few things that might have changed the outcome of the game.
- The decision to throw deep to Philly Brown on the INT came on a check from Bauserman based on what he was seeing on the field.
- Bollman told me that they were planning to put Kenny Guiton in if they got the ball back. Were hoping he could some things with his legs.
- Bollman said if Braxton isn't available next week, they have to consider Guiton as a potential starter.
- Bollman said he went away from what worked in the first half because of Braxton's injury and having the lead in the second half.
- TE's Reid Fragel and Jake Stoneburner both said they felt OSU was controlling the line of scrimmage until Braxton went down.
- Fragel said that changed momentum, but also a few o-linemen got banged up.
- All the players talked about how much the momentum swung after Braxton's fumble and injury. Crowd was silent before that.
- Stoneburner said they practiced that TE screen for 3 weeks and he was so pumped when they decided to run it.
- Fragel said they feel terrible right now, but eventually there will be more positives from this game than negatives.
- Fragel said having Mike Adams back made a big difference. Felt they stepped up their pass protection.
- Jim Heacock said he wasn't sure exactly what happened to the D. They got tired and stopped playing disciplined.
- Heacock said they weren’t winning many battles in the fourth quarter.
- Senior Tyler Moeller said they got out-schemed in the second half.
- Heacock said leadership and maturity had a lot to do with OSU’s collapse defensively.
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