Buckeye Stock Market Report: Dallan Hayden soars as Ohio State survives trip to Maryland

After each Ohio State games during the 2022 football season, LGHL will offer market analysis and Buckeyes’ performance. Using the standard bond rating system, we will evaluate offense, defense, and special teams, according to this formula:

AA: Very strong
A: Strong
BBB: Adequate
BB: Facing Major Uncertainty

Then, we will take a look at any individual player whose performance stands out (in one way or another!) and assign them a stock rating: Blue Chip, Solid Performance, Penny Stock (as with junk bonds, high risk). .


Quick Overview

All season long it has been stated and repeated that the Buckeyes have issues with being a physical team – issues running the ball, issues stopping the run. Wisconsin? Iowa? Penn State? Ohio State managed the physical team, not necessarily with ease but decisively. No, I’m worried about the Buckeyes’ primary vulnerabilities — the defensive secondary, especially the corners — against a good passing quarterback and a strong offense. Like Maryland’s. We found out yesterday that the Buckeyes struggle with it.

No doubt, the Terps’ Taulia Tagovailoa outplayed CJ Stroud. More yards, more touchdown passes, more yards per attempt, higher completion percentage, higher QB rating. However, OSU won because of several important factors.

The Bucks, in the second half, had a far superior running game, one that consumed the clock and took some fights out of Maryland. Second, the Ohio State defense succeeded in pressuring Tagovailoa near the end of the game, when the result was still in question, collecting a total of five sacks. In the end, the Terps killed themselves with a costly penalty. Of course, the Bucks also had their share of sloppy games but were often saved by some Maryland mistakes, usually holding or interference.

This is the closest game that the Buckeyes have had this year, one that was not really decided until the fumble strip by Zach Harrison and the recovery for a touchdown by Steele Chambers with nine seconds left in the game. One wonders if this close game, must be performed in crunch time, will be good for the Bucks as they host TTUN or whether it will shake their confidence. Of course, the Wolverines didn’t have an easy time at home against the Illini. Obviously, a lot will depend on the injured players returning to the field – for both teams.


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Overall rating: BBB Adequate

Trailing at the break, 13-10, the Buckeye offense struggled in the first half. An excellent drive on the first possession led to a quick 7-0 lead. But followed by two punts (both three and out drives), a field goal (after some bad red zone plays), and another punt. Stroud has completed only half of his efforts, TreVeyan Henderson had a net of 19 yards on 11 carries, and Bucks 28 rushing yards for the half.

The second half witnessed a different Buckeye team, one that scored on four of its five possessions, one that dominated time of possession, one that produced 132 yards. Sure, part of the difference was freshman running back Dallan Hayden. Henderson didn’t play much in the second half, and we saw him on the sideline with a boot on his foot, so I thought he was sore throughout the game. (He didn’t appear hurt, though, on a 31-yard pass reception for the Bucks’ first touchdown.)

Whatever the case, Henderson can’t move the ball on the ground. After losing a total of eight yards, he had just 19 carries for a 1.7-yard-per-carry average. Hayden, on the other hand, ran 27 times for 146 yards (5.4 yards per carry). He did not lose the yard. Bottom line: the Bucks run better with Miyan Williams, who is out for the Maryland game, or with Hayden than they do with Henderson as the leading back.

Again, CJ Stroud is not at his best. His timing was not as accurate as usual, especially when he was throwing. And there is not really a pattern; some throws were high, some were low. For the game, Stroud completed 60% of his throws (not bad, but not typical Stroud) for 241 meters and a TD.

The Buckeye offense was certainly unstoppable and gained over 400 yards on the day. They converted a respectable eight out of 15 third down attempts and gave up no sacks or turnovers. The playcalling was quite conservative, however. Holding back for next week? I don’t think so. This game is war.


Defense

Overall rating: BBB Adequate (ie, good enough to win)

The Buckeye defense rose to the occasion at the end of the game – and put it away. But they had issues with Tagovailoa throughout. He completed 72% of his passes for nearly 300 yards and several touchdowns. He came through clutch on several third-down (and one fourth-down) plays. The cornerbacks – Denzel Burke, Jordan Hancock, and Jyaire Brown – all got the torch for big plays. And the ABC broadcaster was right: why did they give the receivers such a big cushion? Third and six, and Burke was 15 yards from his man. ??? In general, I thought that Cam Brown played better at the position than his teammates.

Filling the opponent’s running game is familiar, and I sure hope it continues next week. The D-line with linebackers Tommy Eichenberg and Steele Chambers is almost always on the fast ball carrier.

The Bucks’ susceptibility to passing and some bad penalties kept the Terrapins in the game.


Special team

Overall rating: BBB Adequate

What a mixed bag. First, good. For the second straight game, Lathan Ransom blocked a punt and Xavier Johnson recovered it, setting up an easy score. This time, on the Terps’ first drive of the second half, it was the game-maker. The Bucks scored on their next four drives, and it took Maryland a while to recover. X. Johnson also had some nice kickoffs.

That’s bad. Two delay of game penalties in extra points? Ridiculous. The first is no problem, but the second is very expensive. (See “ugly” below.)

The worst. In the fourth quarter, Maryland scored a TD and succeeded in a two-point attempt to close the score to 27-21. The Bucks came right back, as Hayden scored on a 13-yard run. The Buckeyes lined up for their own two-point conversion, only to be flagged for a second delay. Backed up, they elected to kick a one-pointer. But it was blocked and went all the way for two points for Maryland. A potential four-point swing, when the outcome is still in doubt. Awful.


Individual performance

Blue Chip

Dallan Hayden. With so many injuries at the running back position, Hayden has been durable and productive. Hell, he’s been a godsend, especially yesterday. He dominated the second half of the game, gaining 143 yards on 26 carries and scoring three touchdowns. He did not fumble. He did not lose yards. He didn’t hesitate. He hits the line hard and has great balance.

Zach Harrison. Harrison’s two sacks in the fourth quarter really got Tagovailoa and the Terrapins going. The strip fumble was the icing on the cake. Harrison finished with four tackles, but he was trouble for Maryland all the way.

Latan Tebusan. Seven tackles and a blocked punt. strong support in running plays. Good coverage on the pass. Ransom had a strong match in every phase.

Tommy Eichenberg. A game-high 12 tackles. Eichenberg was a one-man wrecking body, stuffing runs and confusing blocking schemes. He really had an amazing season.


Solid performance

Jack Sawyer. Sawyer played a strong game, collecting four tackles, including a sack. He proved a handful for offensive tackles and tight ends trying to block him and keep him out of the backfield.

Emeka Egbuka. I thought that Egbuka played his best game in weeks. He made some great catches – and they were important plays, often keeping drives alive when the offense wasn’t very consistent.


Penny stocks

Taron Vincent. Vincent, as he has been all season, played well against the run. But that unsportsmanlike conduct penalty near the end of the first half? It didn’t cause a real problem in this situation, but what was he thinking?


Despite another frustrating game, the Buckeyes are still undefeated and have still beaten all of their opponents by double digits. The season, as we know it will, all comes down to next week. The Buckeyes need to play better on both sides of the ball. But you know what? I think they will.

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