The No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) host No. 21 Nebraska (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) this weekend in the team’s first Big Ten Conference home game. OSU coach Urban Meyer praised Cornhuskers’ redshirt junior quarterback Taylor Martinez during the weekly Big Ten football coaches’ teleconference. However, Meyer did not address an off-field issues between his program and the Michigan State Spartans.
Closing ‘Tapegate,’ ‘Goug-gate’ ongoing
The Buckeyes’ battle with Michigan State ended on Saturday with a 17-16 victory, and it seems that one off-the-field battle is also coming to a close.
Following OSU’s narrow win, MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi told the Detroit Free Press that OSU sent the Spartans cut game footage.
But when asked about what happened with the game tape and where the two parties sit, Spartans coach Mark Dantonio declined to comment.
Dantonio also indicated that the Spartans lost not because of the doctored tape, but because of their play on the field.
“What happened on the game field on Saturday translated into winning or losing,” Dantonio said. “And that’s where I’m going to leave that.”
The OSU coachh did not mention of the video that was sent to the Big Ten of OSU junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins being gouged in the eye by MSU offensive lineman Jack Allen during Saturday’s 17-16 win in East Lansing, Mich.
Meyer said Monday that he thought OSU had sent the film to the conference, Dantonio said he had not heard from the Big Ten during his portion of the Tuesday teleconference.
Considerable praise for Martinez
In 11 seasons as a head football coach, Meyer has seen some athletic quarterbacks.
At Utah, Meyer coached current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who was drafted first overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. While playing for Meyer at Florida, current New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow won the 2007 Heisman Trophy and became one of the most decorated collegiate athletes of the past decade. In Gainesville, Meyer also briefly coached former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, who won the 2010 Heisman Trophy and was selected with the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Meyer’s praise for Martinez revealed how highly he regards the Nebraska quarterback.
“He’s one of the best runners I’ve ever seen at the quarterback position,” Meyer said.
With 298 yards rushing this season, Martinez ranks fourth among Big Ten quarterbacks. Leading that list is OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller.
“You will see two of the finest athletic quarterbacks in America on the field this weekend,” Meyer said.
Homecoming for Pelini
This weekend’s Homecoming game will also be a homecoming for Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. The Huskers’ coach played safety at OSU from 1987-90, and served as a co-captain during his senior season.
Pelini said that his team will enjoy playing in Ohio Stadium’s raucous environment, in what will be the Buckeyes’ first and only home night game of the year.
“It’s a great environment,” Pelini said. “It’s a good place to play.”