Urban Meyer explains why he went for 2 against Buffalo
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday September 01, 2013
Braxton Miller’s first pass of 2013 was a 47-yard touchdown less than five minutes into Ohio State’s game against Buffalo. But following the score, Ohio State lined up in the swinging gate and converted a two-point conversion.
After the Buckeyes’ second touchdown, they did the same thing. After a third touchdown, they lined up in the same formation, but came back to kick the extra point.
Most call it the swinging gate, but Urban Meyer had another name for it: “Magic.”
Normally in a game like that, teams try to hide as much as they can, but Meyer was fine with revealing something they had been working on.
“It's a pain in the rear end that you have to (prepare for),” Meyer said. “(Co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Ed) Warriner's done a nice job with that. I think of as many ways to get cheap points and make people work. It looked good today. Those guys did a nice job.”
It’s something we’ve seen coaches like Chip Kelly and Lane Kiffin do in recent years. If you can get some cheap points by catching teams unprepared, you go for it. Now, future Ohio State opponents have one more thing to prepare for.
Ohio State led 23-0 after one quarter and appeared to be cruising. But in the second quarter, the Buckeyes had drives end on a 4th down stop, a fumble and an interception returned for a touchdown. Suddenly, it was 23-13.
“Momentum is an amazing thing in college football,” Meyer said. “The more mature your team is, momentum's only about seven points, I consider it. But if you're immature, especially at certain areas, momentum is a 14 point shift.”
The Bulls would be within 10 in the third quarter, but Ohio State pulled away for a 40-20 win.