Helmet Stickers – Ohio State at Indiana

On October 15, 2012 by Buckeye Empire


Week Seven of the college football season has come and gone and once again your Empire team is here to pass out a few helmet stickers to deserving Buckeyes. There were a few big performances that we don’t have enough stickers to cover them with – and others we’d like to take some helmet stickers away from. But alas, we’re here to pass a few out.

Urban Meyer notched his first road night-game victory of his Ohio State head coaching career and the Buckeyes now sit at 7-0 overall and 3-0 in-conference, good enough to perch them atop the Leaders Division of the B1G next to also-ineligible Penn State. Ohio State also moved up a spot in the AP poll with Saturday night’s win, from 8th to 7th.

Let’s pass out some Buckeye leaves…

FB/LB Zach Boren | Photo via Columbus Dispatch

In our top spot, normally reserved for Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, lands our fullback recently turned linebacker Zach Boren. He hasn’t played on the defensive side of the ball since his days with the Pickerington Tigers, yet he spent the last week learning assignments and the Buckeye defense and filled in nicely in an otherwise forgettable night for the Silver Bullets.

Boren lead the Buckeyes with eight total tackles, including a half a tackle for a loss, and represented himself quite well on defense in the absence of senior captain Etienne Sabino who is still out recovering from a broken leg.

Even while leading the team in tackles, Boren showed much-needed leadership on the field and after the game in spite of the poor performance of the defensive unit as a whole. He wasn’t one to dodge blame or responsibility, which would have been the easy route:

“At one point in the game we had them down, and we could have finished it,” he said. “That’s kind of been the theme all year. We haven’t really finished yet. We got a little complacent there at the end.

“We’ll get better.”

We sure hope so.

I’d hate to see how that game would have turned out without the ground efforts of Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde. All they did on Saturday night in Bloomington was combine for 305 yards on the ground and 543 yards of Ohio State’s 578 total on offense. They each had a touchdown on the ground, Hyde caught a TD pass from backup quarterback Kenny Guiton on a shovel pass we hadn’t seen yet this season and Braxton hooked up with wide receiver Devin Smith for two more touchdowns through the air.

Braxton Miller has now broken the century mark rushing in five of the Buckeyes’ seven games in 2012 and eight times in his young Ohio State career. He now has 1,271 yards through the air and nearly 1,000 more on the ground this season and has accounted for 20 touchdowns in seven games.

Hyde, after setting a career high for single game rushing yards last week against Nebraska, established a new career high on Saturday night against the Hoosiers. He now has 454 rushing yards this season and is possibly just a game away from surpassing his 2011 total of 566. He now has seven touchdowns on the ground this year (13 for his career) and his TD reception against Indiana was the first of his junior season.

Others receiving helmet stickers this week:

Travis Howard (7); Bradley Roby (5); Devin Smith (2);

2012 Season Totals:

  • Braxton Miller (60)
  • Bradley Roby (24)
  • Carlos Hyde (19)
  • Travis Howard (17)
  • John Simon (15)
  • Devin Smith (12)
  • Johnathan Hankins (10)
  • Zach Boren (8)
  • Etienne Sabino (7)
  • Philly Brown (6)
  • Doran Grant (6)
  • Reid Fragel (6)
  • Orhian Johnson (5)
  • Ryan Shazier (5)
  • Jordan Hall (2)
  • Nathan Williams (2)
  • Rod Smith (2)
  • Jake Stoneburner (1)
  • Nathan Williams (1)
  • Christian Bryant (1)
  • Drew Basil (1)
  • Jeff Heuerman (1)

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