El Duderino wrote:For all of the crap Hornibrook is getting, the Badgers OL deserves the most blame for the loss. They got dominated by the Ohio St. front seven. Hornibrook was constantly in 2nd and/or 3rd and long situations whenever we ran the ball because the OL couldn't create any of the big holes that Ohio St backs had for big gains.
Ohio St rushing yards-- 42 for 238
Wisconsin rushing yards-- 32 for 60
Not only that, the Badgers pass rush was anemic most of the game and Hornibrook was consistently under pressure. It's amazing the score was as close as it was given we had zero running game and pass rush.
On this level, if the opponent loads the box with 8 or 9 because they don't respect the pass (cause comes first), you can't expect to run right through them. This is not Indiana or Purdue. We need to be more multi-dimensional if we want to expect to beat the upper echelon with any sort of regularity finally. There's been a glass ceiling recently, and to some degree forever.
They can stack the box with 8 or 9, and pressure/hit the qb on the way to the rb, as they say. So it's incumbent on the qb to buy a reasonable amount of time with solid footwork and make a play over the top in 1 v. 1's. Again, you have to expect some amount of pressure against the bigger schools or in the NFL. Not going to get clean pockets very often. Their pass rush was nothing crazy. I saw receivers open often that he had time to hit. But his back-peddling footwork takes him out of the play so often. And to offset an aggressive defense, which they were, that's where misdirection comes in. Chryst was fantastic in providing those opportunities and the most part his playcalling on the night. He was getting very creative while being sensible enough. But Hornibrook couldn't hit open rb's 5 yards downfield when it was on. Can't get to the corner on the WR option pass. Can't run a bootleg. That's solely on him.
Hornibrook is a better qb than DOB, don't get me wrong. But this situation is analogous to when he was QB in early 2012. I remember the cries from a sizable contingent were he was running for his life out there and the OL was in a sad state because they couldn't even block for runs. It proved to be a myth. We switched qb's to Stave, he displayed solid footwork in the pocket, and we moved the football sufficiently through the air and well on the ground. That team's line was: Travis Frederick, Ricky Wagner, Ryan Groy, Rob Havenstein, Kyle Costigan. 2 pro bowl types, 4 who've started many games in the NFL, and the other would have in all likelihood if injuries didn't force retirement. Don't know if there's a pro bowler on this line, but I think there's 4-5 guys who'll be regulars in the NFL (barring injury) again.
Hornibrook was the main problem last night and is against good teams. He was deservedly benched last year based on his play against them. This year late in the season he had the #1 INT rate in the country in spite of playing a tremendously soft schedule. Against the 4 good teams (didn't even play PSU or MSU) he did actually play his passing #'s have been sub-par and he's not a run threat. Doesn't even come close to meeting the Stave standard vs. good teams, let alone Tolzien or Russell.