This is a trend in many of Urban Meyer's losses at Ohio State.
Most of Urban Meyer's eight losses at Ohio State have two things in common:
- They're surprising
- The Buckeyes' running backs didn't get the ball enough
This was especially true on Saturday at Iowa.
OSU's 55-24 loss to the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium is the most-stunning of the Meyer era and the Buckeyes' tailbacks didn't get enough carries.
J.K. Dobbins totaled 51 yards on six carries on Saturday, while Mike Weber had 27 yards on five carries. That's an average of more than 11 yards a carry. J.T. Barrett, meanwhile, had more carries than the two running backs combined (14 for 63 yards).
Ohio State was trailing for most of the second half, so it's understandable that the Buckeyes would be passing more and not rushing, but they began the half trailing by just two scores. And Barrett was still getting more rushes than his running backs.
That needs to stop.
Urban Meyer admitted his running backs, Dobbins specifically, need more carries.
Rushing the ball this Saturday could be tough. Michigan State allowed just 63 rushing yards to Heisman Trophy contender Saquon Barkley during this past weekend's upset win against Penn State.
Ohio State and Michigan State are set to kick off at noon on FOX.