COLUMBUS: What's brewing with the 2010 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: It isn't often that coach Jim Tressel puts on his Knute Rockne disguise and tells his team to "Win one for the Gipper!"
But he felt it was necessary to exhort the Buckeyes on Saturday after they'd fallen behind Penn State 14-3 by halftime.
"I was disappointed that we weren't playing like we were capable of playing," Tressel said Tuesday. "We've all been in games where you've played as well as you could and you lost and that happens, or you played as well as you could but you made those two mistakes and, therefore, you lost. I didn't think we were playing anywhere near we were capable of playing."
So when the players stepped into the locker room, for a change they encountered an angry Tressel.
"I really can't repeat" what Tressel said, WR DeVier Posey said. "He got pretty animated. He definitely spilled his heart out to us and he challenged us."
Posey said he could tell Tressel was upset.
"His heel didn't stop moving and he was shaking his leg," he said. "I knew he had something to say. I just didn't know what it was going to be. He definitely got our team fired up and I think we needed that."
Tressel said he was disappointed more than angry.
"We were playing in our stadium and at this time of year when you're supposed to have been improved," he said. "So, yeah, I was disappointed."
The Buckeyes ran off the final 35 points of the game, including a 21-0 blitz in the final quarter.
"It was what it ought to be and that should never surprise us," he said of the Buckeyes' play after halftime. "If that surprises us, then we're in trouble."
SPOILED BOO BIRDS: Posey said he didn't actually hear the thousands of people booing at halftime until he was told after the game.
"My reaction after the game was, well, I really wasn't surprised, that's Ohio State it's just our fans, they're pretty spoiled," he said. "We've got guys like Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce and coach Tressel, those guys get a chance to spoil you."
OPPONENTS' RECORD: Ohio State's opponents so far have a combined record of 49-52. Take out the outcome of the games with the Buckeyes and it's 48-43.
The Bowl Championship Series rankings computers, which take into account strength of schedule, have Ohio State ranked 13th in the nation.
WEEKLY HONORS: Each week the Ohio State coaching staff selects its top players based on film of the previous week's game.
The big winners this week:
— TB Dan Herron, who rushed for 190 yards and a touchdown, was the offensive player of the week.
— CB Chimdi Chekwa, with four tackles and three pass deflections, was the defensive player of the week.
— K Drew Basil was the player of the week on the special units.
— OT Mike Brewster was named as the Jim Parker lineman of the week.
— The Attack Force award on defense went to DE Cameron Heyward.
— And the Jack Tatum award for the best good, clean big hit of the week went to TB Brandon Saine.
The players of the week on the scout teams: TE Spencer Smith (offense), DL Don Matheney (defense) and DB Vince Petrella (special units).