Let me start off by saying that because of an out of state trip that required 15 total hours in a van, I was not able to watch the Buckeye game live this past weekend. However, DVR is always a life saver and after a long weekend, I was able to catch up on some Buckeye football. Here are the plays that caught my eye in Ohio State’s win over Cal.
Kenny Guiton 90 yard TD pass to Devin Smith
Even though my DVR missed it, Youtube is another fantastic piece of technology. Guiton and the Buckeye offense lined up with Smith and Chris Fields wide to the short side of the field, Jeff Heuerman in a three point stance on the line and Evan Spencer to the wide side of the field. Guiton took the snap and pumped a bubble screen to Fields which drew the safety in just enough for Smith to fly past him. Guiton delivered a perfect ball up the sideline and the rest is history…literally. The touchdown pass was the longest play from scrimmage in school history.
Kenny Guiton 47 yard TD pass to Devin Smith
Lined up in the same formation as the previous touchdown pass, the Buckeyes were looking long yet again. Instead of Fields in the slot, this time it was Corey “Philly” Brown to the short side with Smith and instead of a fake bubble screen, the Buckeyes went play action and faked a run with Jordan Hall. The Cal defense did not bite nearly as hard as the previous touchdown, but the throw from Guiton was impossible to defend. Smith and Brown both ran deep post patterns and Guiton took the matchup he liked the most which just happened to be Smith yet again who beat his man long. Before the Cal defense knew what hit them, the Buckeyes had taken a 14-0 lead.
The Inverted Veer vs. Zone Read Option
Similar to the read option which so many teams have adopted as their go to play, the inverted veer also involves the quarterback reading the defensive end. However, unlike the read option, the inverted veer is an opposite read for the quarterback. When running the read option the quarterback is taught to keep the ball if the defensive end crashes, whereas in the inverted veer, the quarterback is taught to give the ball if the defender crashes. Also, unlike the read option in which the running back goes in the opposite direction of the quarterback, the inverted veer involves the quarterback shuffling with the running back until he can make his read. The inverted veer is something the Buckeyes have excelled at with Guiton as the helm of the offense. An example of the Buckeye offense running the inverted veer can be seen here in last year’s game against Nebraska with Braxton Miller breaking free. The end stays home, and Miller makes the correct read to keep it and makes a big play for the Buckeyes.