During their 35-28 win over Cal on Saturday, the Ohio State defense gave up a total of 512 yards. Cal gained over half of that yardage (260 yards) on six big plays.
The concern that Urban Meyer had after reviewing the game film stemmed from poor tackling, something that he said would get addressed this week.
“Instead of one day a week, we’ll probably have to go two now.” Urban said about their practice plan for the week.
“That’s not acceptable. That is the most alarming thing. I can’t remember an Ohio State defense, I’ve watched them for a long time, and I can’t remember the defense I’ve been around that’s given up this many. We’ve got to stop or we’ll lose a game.”
Meyer also noted that their emphasis on forcing turnovers may have also played a role.
“We make a huge emphasis on stripping the ball. If you watch one of those tackles, it looked like the guy was going after the ball instead of wrapping him up. So we’ve addressed that and we’ll have more conversation about that.”
Ohio State (3-0) welcomes UAB (0-2) to the Horseshoe on Saturday, marking the fourth straight home game for the Buckeyes. Next weekend they’ll travel up to East Lansing to open Big Ten play against the Spartans.