New Mexico State: Buckeyes Win

Blame the economy. That must be the reason that the parking lots were empty and thousands of empty seats pocked the upper deck of Ohio Stadium. Not the weather (rainy, cloudy, less cloudy, more cloudy, almost sunny, sunny and then cloudy, in that order) nor the opponent, some high school team from New Mexico.

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Lonely tailgate.

That isn’t really fair to either team, of course. Ohio State probably would not have scheduled New Mexico State if they knew they would be one of the worst teams in the country by the time game day rolled around. And I guess NMS gave it their all, although they seemed overwhelmed from the opening kick.

But still. I had to check my watch when I arrived at the Longaberger House on Saturday morning. What is usually festive expanse of pavement looked more like a Monday morning, with only a handful of tailgater tents poking up over the parked cars. Broad plains of empty spots greeted me as I checked in on the usual haunts on the way to the ‘shoe. ┬áBut I had a date with a group sure to keep the faith; I was going to find the Block O crew and watch them get painted up for the game.

Going to work from Chris Crook on Vimeo.

They were huddled in the gloomy shadows under the north end zone, armed with paint and an apparent resistance to cold. While they munched on pizza, the familiar strains of “Woke Up This Morning” by Alabama 3, otherwise known as the Sopranos theme song filtered into the bowels of the stadium, and I headed out to watch the team marching down the sidelines to the locker room. All in all a pretty good song to go to work to, but most of the team had headphones on.

top secret

Block O game plan.

Back under the stands the students, mostly freshmen, got ready for the game. A few of the Tressel vests came by to check in, and headed to their spots in the north end zone stands. The painted students would be decorating the south end zone. When the leaders realized they had almost enough for Trick or Treat they sent forth envoys to find a few more brave souls, and ended up with enough for Trick or Treat?, the question mark perhaps underscoring the general view that you never really know what the Buckeyes were going to get themselves into.

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Fortunately, he didn’t freeze in that position.

face

Finishing touches.

On the field, the Buckeyes knew exactly what they were getting themselves into, at least on defense. They manhandled and abused the Aggies up one side and down the other, while the offense took a little longer to click.

posey

Posey pulls one in.

red crush

Unenviable position.

on the stroll

Less predictable than his throws.

shark

Worthington smells fresh meat.

shiver

Swarmed.

collared

Horse collared.

sooo clooose

Posey tries for the end zone.

touchdown

Touchdown trot.

love

They like me, they really like me.

who you gonna call?

Brutus, that’s who.

At halftime, the band performed a medley of Halloween favorites, and as the fourth quarter dawned, the game began to feel a bit like a minor league all star game; a chance to see future stars, or at worst a chance for some kids to get some playing time. I don’t know how many different Buckeyes got in the game, but it was probably a much higher percentage than most games.

remora

Hall’s luggage.

end zone easter egg

B-roll could stand for bankroll, because he is money.

sunny sack

Trevor Wells, meet Lawrence Wilson.

who?

Know your Buckeyes; 35 Bo DeLande, RB 6-0, 184 Jr/Sr Hilliard Oh, Hilliard Davidson

who two?

Know your Buckeyes; 33 Joe Gantz RB 6-0 199 5th/Sr Wooster OH, Wooster HS

who three

Know your Buckeyes, 46 K.C. Chrisian RB 5-11 209 Sr/Jr Kitts Hill OH, Rock Hill

muscles

Tough nut.

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A grand tradition.

By the end of the game, eight different running backs had garnered yards. It was just one of those games. Next week won’t be.

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One Response to New Mexico State: Buckeyes Win

  1. karen says:

    might have been the loss to Purdue that factored in also….

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