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Topic: 2003 B1G Season

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ELA

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Re: 2003 B1G Season
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2021, 02:57:24 PM »
Wisconsin was weird and dumb that season.

Opened 6-1, only loss UNLV. Capped that with the Lee Evans upset to topple defending national champion Ohio State, snapping a long win streak.


Then lost five of the last six, with the only win coming against Michigan State when Evans put up 258 yards and five touchdowns and Dwayne Smith ran for 207 yards.

The team had OK QB play that was lifted by a pretty good couple of receivers. They should’ve been better, but their star running back was hurt and they never really had a great answer after him. Defense with some degree of nothing special, and neither side of the ball was particularly consistent.
Similar for MSU.  They started 7-1 (4-0) in the Big Ten, with wins at Notre Dame, home against #13 Iowa and at #25 Minnesota.  But the one loss was when they blew a 13 point lead in the final minutes to Louisiana Tech, by surrendering TD, onside kick, TD.

They reached #9, and hosted Michigan on Halloween weekend.  Michigan dominated, but MSU had a game tying hail mary dropped in the end, thanks to an 80 yard broken coverage TD, and like a 70 yard fumble scoop and score, turned a 27-6 game into 27-20.  Started a streak of losing 4 of their final 5.  Including letting Lee Evans go crazy on them in Madison, and sleepwalk of a performance in the Alamo Bowl against Nebraska, where Drew Stanton (who was still the #2 QB then) tore his ACL on punt coverage, resulting in him missing the first month of the following season.

The team had (IIRC) the top rush defense in terms of ypc through October.  They lost their best interior lineman to injury in the Michigan game, and the whole thing kind of fell apart after that.  The LBs and CBs were awful.  The offense threw the ball a lot, and weren't overly efficient, but did hit on a number of big plays.  DeAndra Cobb possibly remains the best returnman MSU has had in the post-Rogers years.  I think he had 3 return TDs that year?

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Re: 2003 B1G Season
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2021, 03:33:45 PM »
2003 season was crazy for Husker fans

2 games vs the BIG

Fearless Frankie's last team hosted Penn St in Sept.

4 FGs and a Jamal Lord rushing TD were enough with Pelini's defense to win 18-10

With Bo Pelini as head coach the Huskers went to the Alamo bowl vs Sparty and the Blackshirts beat Smoker 17-3

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Re: 2003 B1G Season
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2021, 03:46:26 PM »
My recollection is Robert Reynolds choking Jim Sorgi so hard he got knocked out of the game and was unable to speak. He got suspended one game.
Yep. I was there to see it live. Reynolds should have never taken the field for OSU again.
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Re: 2003 B1G Season
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2021, 03:53:50 PM »
My recollection is Robert Reynolds choking Jim Sorgi so hard he got knocked out of the game and was unable to speak. He got suspended one game.
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Re: 2003 B1G Season
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2021, 10:57:05 AM »
Yep. I was there to see it live. Reynolds should have never taken the field for OSU again.
On IMO, the greatest weekend of college football ever
Remind me, what else went on that weekend?

I didn't see much because, like @847badgerfan I was in Camp Randall to see tOSU/UW live. We actually drove Medina to Madison on GameDay then stayed the night after the game, then drove home on Sunday.

As far as the Reynolds choke goes, I'm not sure that Badge's suggestion of a permanent ban isn't too much but I am sure that a one game suspension wasn't anywhere near enough.

I've traveled to some bad road and neutral site tOSU losses. I saw Florida beat the snot out of tOSU in the Fiesta Bowl. I saw LSU beat tOSU in their home state. I saw Northwestern's only win over tOSU in my lifetime, etc. That said, the only time I was ever embarrassed by my team was when Reynolds choked Sorgi.

FWIW, not all of my trips have been for losses, I've also seen some great wins. The Buckeyes are 3-3 in bowls that I attended, 9-4 in the 13 road B1G stadiums I've seen them play in, and 1-0 in OOC road games:
Bowls:
  • W 1997 Rose Bowl vs ASU
  • W 2003 Fiesta Bowl BCSNCG vs Miami, Fl
  • L 2007 Fiesta Bowl BCSNCG vs Florida
  • L 2008 Sugar Bowl BCDNCG vs LSU
  • L 2014 Orange Bowl vs Clemson
  • W 2015 Sugar Bowl CFP vs Bama
B1G Stadium tour:
  • W 2001 at Michigan, first win in Ann Arbor since 1987
  • W 2003 at Indiana
  • L 2003 at Wisconsin
  • L 2004 at Northwestern, only loss to NU since 1971
  • W 2006 at Iowa, largest crowd ever to see a sporting event in the state of Iowa
  • W 2006 at Michigan State
  • W 2007 at Penn State, got to see JoePa in his house
  • W 2010 at Illinois
  • W 2010 at Minnesota
  • L 2011 at Nebraska, first B1G game in Lincoln, largest comeback in Nebraska football history
  • L 2011 at Purdue
  • W 2014 at Maryland
  • W 2015 at Rutgers

OOC road games:
  • W 2015 at VaTech


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Re: 2003 B1G Season
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2021, 11:25:47 AM »
Remind me, what else went on that weekend?

I didn't see much because, like @847badgerfan I was in Camp Randall to see tOSU/UW live. We actually drove Medina to Madison on GameDay then stayed the night after the game, then drove home on Sunday.
Friday night had the crazy #20 Michigan comeback over #17 Minnesota in the Metrodome, because the Twins had a playoff game Saturday.  UM outscored them 31-7 in the 4th quarter to erase a 28-7 lead.

Saturday:
#1 Oklahoma vs. #11 Texas in the Red River Shootout
#2 Miami at #5 Florida State
#3 Ohio State at #23 Wisconsin
Unranked Florida upset #6 (and eventual national champion) LSU in Death Valley
Unranked Auburn upset #7 Arkansas in Fayetteville
#8 Georgia at #13 Tennessee
Missouri upset #10 Nebraska
Notre Dame upset #15 Pitt in Pittsburgh
#16 Northern Illinois erased a 14 point 2nd half deficit to avoid being upset by Central Michigan
Oklahoma State upset #22 Kansas State
Clemson upset #25 Virginia

So the weekend had 5 games between ranked teams, and another 6 ranked teams getting upset by unranked teams.  So all in all 11 ranked teams lost.

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Re: 2003 B1G Season
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2021, 12:08:23 PM »
Friday night had the crazy #20 Michigan comeback over #17 Minnesota in the Metrodome, because the Twins had a playoff game Saturday.  UM outscored them 31-7 in the 4th quarter to erase a 28-7 lead.

Saturday:
#1 Oklahoma vs. #11 Texas in the Red River Shootout
#2 Miami at #5 Florida State
#3 Ohio State at #23 Wisconsin
Unranked Florida upset #6 (and eventual national champion) LSU in Death Valley
Unranked Auburn upset #7 Arkansas in Fayetteville
#8 Georgia at #13 Tennessee
Missouri upset #10 Nebraska
Notre Dame upset #15 Pitt in Pittsburgh
#16 Northern Illinois erased a 14 point 2nd half deficit to avoid being upset by Central Michigan
Oklahoma State upset #22 Kansas State
Clemson upset #25 Virginia

I really didn't care for 3 of the upsets that weekend
friggin Mizzou
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Re: 2003 B1G Season
« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2021, 02:42:44 PM »
I remember that Florida-LSU game.  Our defense played balls-to-the-wall and they forgot to cover our RB out of the backfield for a late TD.  
In 2002 we were UGA's only loss and LSU's only loss in 2003.

Lowered expectations in the Zook years.
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Re: 2003 B1G Season
« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2021, 08:14:40 PM »
That VCR game sucked after about 4 times playing it, maybe sooner. 

That Mizzou game ended badly, a series of turnovers and falling for  trick plays is what I recall.  Gave up 4 TDs in 4th iirc.

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Re: 2003 B1G Season
« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2021, 10:57:00 PM »
That VCR game sucked after about 4 times playing it, maybe sooner.

That Mizzou game ended badly, a series of turnovers and falling for  trick plays is what I recall.  Gave up 4 TDs in 4th iirc.
Like I said, it would be better if there was some amount of strategy involved, and if it was a DVD where you could scramble which plays were involved.  I also recall that there were too many decently positive gains, compared to negative or zero plays, that it was almost impossible not to score without turnovers

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Re: 2003 B1G Season
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2021, 11:34:02 PM »
Back when Nebraska losing to Mizzou would have been unexpected.
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Re: 2003 B1G Season
« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2021, 10:28:29 AM »
“The Swamp is where Gators live.  We feel comfortable there, but we hope our opponents feel tentative. A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous." - Steve Spurrier

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Re: 2003 B1G Season
« Reply #26 on: April 17, 2021, 11:00:57 AM »
Speaking of years Florida gave someone a costly only loss

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Re: 2003 B1G Season
« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2021, 11:07:11 AM »
ELA, your order includes a first:  a team with 2 QBs, both of which contributed to the running game, but who's stats were so different, I need to make 2 unique rushing charts.  

2003 Penn State - Zach Mills and Michael Robinson

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