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Somebody in another thread posted a video of us destroying Colorado 52-7 or such back in the mid 90s...and they were ranked in the top 10 I think at the time. Watching Frazier run the option was just a thing of pure beauty. And it wasn't just Frazier. Nebraska and Oklahoma (I"m leaving Texas out just because I hate them) took option football to a whole different level...us with the "I" and the damned Sooners with the Wishbone.

 

It seemed like no matter how talented your defense was, there would be multiple times in a game where the option runner would go pretty much untouched...guys just a few feet from the QB, but so focused on the pitch man that they had no chance to make a play on the keeper.

 

Gill, JC Watts, Holliewell, Taylor, Crouch, Frazier and half a dozen others come to mind, along with all the fantastic backs of those years. And when you thought you had it figured out, the freaking tight end would be open for a 40 yard rumble.

 

My god that was just some beautiful football. I know styles come and go, but I'll always think of option football as the nut-cracking, jock-strap juking ballet of contact sports.

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Bowl games were a problem as teams had 5 weeks to prepare for the option as opposed to regular season games where they may have had 3 days to prepare. Plus our bowl opponents were usually well stocked with speedy players who could cover the field quicker than our Big 8/12 teams.

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Watch Georgia Tech versus good defenses now and then let us know what you think of the option versus today's defenses.

Georgia Tech's offense has very little in common with Osborne's.

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I've heard people complain that Tim Beck didn't run the option. Well, I like this one. It's an option pitch off the read option. :lol:

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I've heard people complain that Tim Beck didn't run the option. Well, I like this one. It's an option pitch off the read option. :lol:

Urban Meyer was a color analyst for ESPN that game and thought it was the coolest play ever. He went on and on about how great that play was.

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Frost and Green ran the option as well as any QB/RB duo. Frost wouldn't even have to look to make the pitch. He knew exactly where Green would be. What my HS coaches called "pitch relationship."

 

Loved/hated how the OU QBs could get the pitch off while being tackled.

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My favorite play was actually the QB option pass. Gill and Steve Taylor were so amazing running that play. Fake the full back, slide down the line a bit, and then drop back and hit a split end streaking down the middle of the field on a post route.

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My favorite part was watching all the moving parts along the line. Guys taking bucket steps one way as a false read only to have pulling guards come round the other way.

 

Defenses would just freeze. Then, when least expected the fullback would spring loose from the middle of a pile and rumble young man...rumble

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I've heard people complain that Tim Beck didn't run the option. Well, I like this one. It's an option pitch off the read option. :lol:

Urban Meyer was a color analyst for ESPN that game and thought it was the coolest play ever. He went on and on about how great that play was.
This play is the sole reason Beck is Ohio States OC

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The option has evolved so much since then. Georgia tech is old school optiin. Now RPO'S are the rage and it puts defense in quite the bind. It is the only thing the Bama defense can't quite defend yet

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I've heard people complain that Tim Beck didn't run the option. Well, I like this one. It's an option pitch off the read option. :lol:

Urban Meyer was a color analyst for ESPN that game and thought it was the coolest play ever. He went on and on about how great that play was.
This play is the sole reason Beck is Ohio States OC

Has nothing to do with the fact that Beck shredded Michigan state's defense, which is a division rival of osu

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Bowl games were a problem as teams had 5 weeks to prepare for the option as opposed to regular season games where they may have had 3 days to prepare. Plus our bowl opponents were usually well stocked with speedy players who could cover the field quicker than our Big 8/12 teams.

I always thought that bowl games were a problem because of the 5 weeks of practice speed compared to game speed, seemed like we were always a little off on executing the option for the early parts/first half in those games, would take us a little while to get rolling. I really believe that if we had played sooner we would have put up a few more wins thus a few more championships, especially in the early 80's bowls, specifically the 84 Orange Bowl against Miami.

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I've heard people complain that Tim Beck didn't run the option. Well, I like this one. It's an option pitch off the read option. :lol:

Urban Meyer was a color analyst for ESPN that game and thought it was the coolest play ever. He went on and on about how great that play was.
This play is the sole reason Beck is Ohio States OC

Has nothing to do with the fact that Beck shredded Michigan state's defense, which is a division rival of osu

 

 

Perhaps, but that same defense shut him down until a Pierson el punt nearly brought us back into the game in 2014. All the other years they stiffled our offenses consistently.

 

Those first years we joined the BIG 10 we had the drop on people and Beck took full advantage. Once they got some tape on how we attacked them on Offense even Minnesota could force us to go 3 and out consistently. And oh boy northwestern had our number until 2014

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Frost and Green ran the option as well as any QB/RB duo. Frost wouldn't even have to look to make the pitch. He knew exactly where Green would be. What my HS coaches called "pitch relationship."

 

Loved/hated how the OU QBs could get the pitch off while being tackled.

Is that some new term exclusive to your HS coaches? :P

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Frost and Green ran the option as well as any QB/RB duo. Frost wouldn't even have to look to make the pitch. He knew exactly where Green would be. What my HS coaches called "pitch relationship."

 

Loved/hated how the OU QBs could get the pitch off while being tackled.

Is that some new term exclusive to your HS coaches? :P

 

 

Haha no. I know it's a widely used term, just heard it over and over and over again in practice.

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Bowl games were a problem as teams had 5 weeks to prepare for the option as opposed to regular season games where they may have had 3 days to prepare. Plus our bowl opponents were usually well stocked with speedy players who could cover the field quicker than our Big 8/12 teams.

I always thought that bowl games were a problem because of the 5 weeks of practice speed compared to game speed, seemed like we were always a little off on executing the option for the early parts/first half in those games, would take us a little while to get rolling. I really believe that if we had played sooner we would have put up a few more wins thus a few more championships, especially in the early 80's bowls, specifically the 84 Orange Bowl against Miami.

 

TO said one of the reasons the O didn't do well in bowl games was because they were rusty. He adjusted by not taking time off between the end of the season and the bowl game.

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I've heard people complain that Tim Beck didn't run the option. Well, I like this one. It's an option pitch off the read option. :lol:

Urban Meyer was a color analyst for ESPN that game and thought it was the coolest play ever. He went on and on about how great that play was.
This play is the sole reason Beck is Ohio States OC
Has nothing to do with the fact that Beck shredded Michigan state's defense, which is a division rival of osu

Perhaps, but that same defense shut him down until a Pierson el punt nearly brought us back into the game in 2014. All the other years they stiffled our offenses consistently.

 

Those first years we joined the BIG 10 we had the drop on people and Beck took full advantage. Once they got some tape on how we attacked them on Offense even Minnesota could force us to go 3 and out consistently. And oh boy northwestern had our number until 2014

 

In addition, my comment was a joke if that wasn't already obvious

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