Members of the OSU football team run through the players’ entrance into Ohio Stadium before a Nov. 22 game against Indiana. OSU won, 42-27. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor For the large part of Ohio State’s game against Indiana, the Buckeyes, along with most of the crowd of 101,426 at Ohio Stadium, seemed to be sleeping through the icy conditions in Columbus.It took until 2:20 left in the third quarter for both parties to wake up.With OSU down 20-14, and not having scored since its second drive of the first quarter, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall took an Indiana punt 54 yards for a score to give OSU the lead and the Buckeyes did not look back as they defeated the Hoosiers 42-27.Marshall said he thought he had to make something happen in order to spark the OSU comeback.OSU redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) evades Indiana freshman safety Tony Fields (19) for a touchdown during a Nov. 22 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-27. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor“They (Indiana) were pinned real deep, and I felt like I had to make that to turn this game around for the team,” Marshall said. “It felt real good after I did that.”Even though Marshall committed two turnovers in a 31-24 win over Minnesota last week, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he never worried about Marshall’s ability.“He’s a talented guy. I think that was good for his confidence,” Meyer said. “He’s going to be around here a while; only a freshman and very talented freshman. Carrying a lot of the load.”With the win, the Buckeyes clinched their second straight appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game, something Meyer said was gratifying, but he acknowledged there is room for improvement.“We’re conference division champions, won a bunch of games in a row,” he said. “We have some work to do.”The Buckeyes started fast as sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott took off untouched for a 65-yard touchdown less than two minutes into the game, and it looked as though the Buckeyes were well on their way to an easy win.But after trading punts to start the third quarter, the Hoosiers took the lead on a 90-yard touchdown run by junior running back Tevin Coleman to make the score 20-14 Indiana with 7:17 remaining in the quarter.Meyer said that the crowd, along with his team became complacent after scoring the first 14 points of the game.“Sometimes in college football, things don’t go exactly as scripted, and (we) kind of went out, jumped out to 14-0 lead and the stadium was dead and we were dead,” Meyer said.But after Marshall’s punt return gave the Buckeyes the lead back, the Middletown, Ohio, native prepared for an encore performance.Marshall added three more scores after the return, as he caught redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett’s school record-breaking pass for passing scores in a season from six yards out to extend the OSU lead to 28-20. Then, Marshall hauled in a one-handed catch from Barrett for a 15-yard touchdown with 4:21 left in the game giving the Buckeyes a two-score lead.He also took a touch-pass from Barrett 54-yards for a touchdown less than two minutes later to conclude the Buckeye scoring.Marshall said it was relieving to play so well after struggling against the Golden Gophers.“It’s definitely a little bit of redemption. It does feel good to have it off my back and move away from all the negatives of last week,” he said. “I had a lot of support from my teammates, coaching staff and family. The whole week they kept my head up.”After being included by many in the Heisman Trophy discussion, Barrett threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns. Barrett also threw two interceptions for the first time since a win over Penn State on Oct. 25.Despite two first-half turnovers, Barrett said he didn’t believe the Heisman talk affected his play against Indiana.“When I think of that, Heisman and all that, I can’t control that. I try to handle things that I can control, and one of those things was so the offense could go out there and play well today,” Barrett said after the game. “And we didn’t start out like that today.”Elliott, who surpassed 1,000 yards on the season on his first carry of the game, finished with 107 rushing yards and a score to go along with 39 yards receiving.The Hoosiers were led by Coleman, who rushed for 228 yards and three scores on a Buckeye defense which surrendered 100 or more yards to a running back for the third straight game.Meyer said he believes Coleman, who’s big day put him atop the Indiana record books for most rushing yards in a season, has the abilities to be successful in the National Football League.“I asked (Indiana coach) Kevin (Wilson) about him, a great Christian kid, great kid,” Meyer said. “Wish him well in the NFL if that’s what his desire because he’s a really good back. Top-10 back. Maybe higher than that.”After scoring on its first two possessions, the OSU offense stalled, committing three straight turnovers and being forced into two three-and-out’s to close out the first half, much to the chagrin of most at Ohio Stadium.Despite two of the three turnover’s being Barrett interceptions, Meyer said he was pleased with how the Wichita Falls, Texas, native bounced back.“J.T. also missed about three of them today that were pretty open,” Meyer said. “And so, but he also made some great throws. So J.T. responds past his years.”Elliott, who joined former OSU running back Carlos Hyde as the only two players to rush for 1,000 yards under Meyer in a season, said he was not surprised to see the way Barrett responded to a subpar first half.“(Barrett) is a redshirt freshman but he is a very mature player,” Elliott said. “He never backs down and you saw that as the game went on, his game elevated after he made those mistakes.”After a half of football, despite averaging 7.7 yards per play, the Buckeyes took just a 14-13 lead into the locker room.On his second possession of the game, Barrett tied former Buckeye quarterback Smith’s school record for touchdown passes on the following OSU drive, as Barrett found senior tight end Jeff Heuerman on fourth and three from the four yard line to give the Scarlet and Gray a 14-0 lead.As it looked like the game might slip away early from the Hoosiers, Indiana freshman quarterback Zander Diamont took a third down scramble 53 yards down to the OSU two-yard line, where Coleman would score one play later to bring the Hoosiers within seven.On the ensuing drive, OSU redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas fumbled the ball on the Buckeye 31-yard line which set up a 30-yard field goal by Indiana freshman kicker Griffin Oakes reducing the Buckeye lead again to 14-10.After putting the ball on the ground three times last week against Minnesota, Elliott said that ball security should be a point of emphasis moving forward.“It’s something we have to work on. With the one with Michael Thomas, he just hit the ball perfectly,” Elliott said. “Sometimes there’s nothing you can do when the defense makes a great play. We need to tighten up and play better if we want to be a championship-caliber team.”After back-to-back drives ending in interceptions thrown by Barrett, the Hoosiers were only able to manage three more points on a 37-yard field goal from Oakes.Coleman concluded the day’s scoring with a 52-yard touchdown run with 1:13 left in the game.The Buckeyes are scheduled to finish their regular-season slate against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
September 25, 2019
Irfaan Ali making his way to court on WednesdayThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) has come out in full support of it’s executive member Irfaan Ali who was on Wednesday hauled from his home in the wee hours of the morning by agents of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and subsequently placed before the court where he faced multiple charges in relation to the sale and transfer of lands located in Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara (ECD), commonly known as Pradoville 2.In a statement, the Party said that the trumped up charges against Ali was a clear case of the APNU/AFC Government upping its political vendetta against the political opposition following their defeat at “Local Government Elections (LGE), the No-ConfidenceMotion filed against them and a visionless budget that has plunged them into evendeeper political woes.”Moreover, the Party said that during a recent sitting of the National Assembly, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan informed Ali that he is directing charges to be filed against him and also told Anil Nandlall, another executive member and Presidential hopeful, that he will be convicted.Against that backdrop the PPP/C noted that SOCU is taking political directions from Ministers.According to the PPP/C “We are not oblivious to the fact that these charges are intended to tarnish our leaders in order to impact the choice of the PPP’s presidential candidate for the 2020 General and Regional Elections.”However, the Party noted that any such endeavour would be unsuccessful.See their full statement below:After a thrashing at the Local Government Elections (LGE), the No-ConfidenceMotion filed against them and a visionless budget that has plunged them into evendeeper political woes, the Coalition Government, as promised, has upped thepolitical vendetta against the Opposition.We have seen another round of trumped up charges against People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Member and former Minister of Housing, Irfaan Ali, in relation to the sale of lands at Goedverwagting.These charges have been dangling for over 2 years.Their institution, today, a few days before the national budget debates begins andof course, the No-Confidence Motion is no coincidence. The modus operandi in thearrest of Irfaan Ali, says it all.A vanload of Policemen turned up at his house at 4:00 am, arrested him and tookhim to the Headquarters of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).Irfaan Ali attended SOCU’s office on every occasion he was requested to do soover the last year. So, there was no need for the show of power. But, this is thePNC back in form.During a recent sitting of the National Assembly, Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, didinform Irfaan Ali that he is directing charges to be filed against him and told AnilNandlall that he will be convicted. Now in hindsight, we realized our error in nottaking these remarks as serious as we should have done. We would like to highlightthat not only is SOCU taking political directions from Ministers but is being run bya foreign envoy, masquerading as a “consultant”.This “consultant” was seen at daybreak this morning, directing the operations. Another important functionary at SOCU is an officer who was dismissed on numerous occasions for corruption.It is clear that authoritarianism is being taken to another level.We remind of the political threat to our supporters issued by Joseph Harmon at apublic meeting in Sophia and the racist remarks of Volda Lawerence, coupled withthe threat to remove our Councillors from office without an election. The dark daysof dictatorship are returning faster than most expected.We are not oblivious to the fact that these charges are intended to tarnish our leaders in order to impact the choice of the PPP’s presidential candidate for the 2020 General and Regional Elections.This plan will also not succeed.No doubt, greater pressures will be mounted, more charges will be filed and moreagencies of the State will be directed to target our leadership, in order to break ourspirit and intimidate our supporters.However, it will succeed only in making us stronger and even more determined to lead and unite, not only our supporters, but every fair, law abiding and patriotic Guyanese, irrespective of class, race or religion in an indefatigable movement and struggle to remove this corrupt,incompetent and vengeful cabal from Government. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAli innocent until proven guilty – HarmonDecember 1, 2018In “latest news”MP’s arrest shows high level of desperation of APNU/AFC Govt- PPP GSNovember 29, 2018In “latest news”ICD blasts Coalition Govt over “political harassment, intimidation” against Opposition membersNovember 30, 2018In “latest news”
September 22, 2019
EVERY MORNING,TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #WATERFORD: Gardaí are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man in Tramore, Waterford last night. A 32-year-old has been arrested and is currently being held by gardaí.2: #MEDICAL CARDS: It has been estimated that around 1,000 children in Ireland with Down’s syndrome have now lost their discretionary medical cards as the HSE looks to curb overspending , the Irish Examiner reports.3: #ELDERLY: A proposal to take the savings of older and disabled people into consideration in changes to housing grant schemes has been ruled out, the Irish Examiner reports, as it was thought it could push more people to store large amounts of cash at home.4. #PERSONAL INSOLVENCY: There has been a low uptake in the new personal insolvency system because it is thought to be too expensive and complicated, the Irish Independent reports, with Minister Alan Shatter now forced to overhaul the regime to make it more like the one in the UK.5: #THOMAS HORAN: A man and woman will both appear in court this morning, charged in connection with the death of 63-year-old Thomas Horan, whose body was found at a senior citizens’ complex in Dublin earlier this week.6: #LENDING: Bank of Ireland has plans to release some €33 billion in “new lending”, including €13 billion in new mortgages, over the next five years, according to chief executive Richie Boucher in an interview with The Irish Times.7: #SHAM MARRIAGES: An independent bishop, who admitted to charges relating to facilitating sham marriages, has rejected calls for him to step down, telling TheJournal.ie he will “make sure it never happens again”.8: #SERVANTS: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has left the United States today following charges relating to her treatment of her servant. She was accused of lying on the servant’s visa application and paying her less than half the minimum wage.9: #SPACEMAN: Chris Hadfield is back in Ireland today, returning as a ‘tourism ambassador’ to visit a number of attractions with his wife Helene as part of a promotional drive aimed at reaching his million-plus Twitter followers.