The Ohio State Buckeyes did not eat their typical “victory meal” Sunday night. Instead of steak, shrimp or lobster, which safety Tyvis Powell said is often on the menu, they had spaghetti and meatballs and mashed potatoes.
Powell didn’t enjoy the meal, not because of the quality of the food but because of the atmosphere. After a 35-21 loss at Virginia Tech on Saturday at Ohio Stadium, Sunday was not a fun day for the Buckeyes.
Maybe they were imagining meals of bread and water if they lose Saturday against Kent State.
“We’re looking to the future now,” Powell said Monday. “We put that behind us. We basically took yesterday to get that bad feeling out of our system. … If you’ve invested a bunch of time into this offseason and his program, a loss like that really does hurt. I was depressed about it for a long time. All you’ve got to do is watch the tape, get better and learn from it, so you don’t repeat the same mistakes.”
Ohio State fell from eighth to 22nd in the Associated Press poll and from seventh to 18th in the Amway Coaches Poll. This is the first time Ohio State has started a season 1-1 since 2009 when it beat Navy and then lost to Southern California.
“Everything we’re shooting for is playing for championships in November, and that’s still right at our disposal,” coach Urban Meyer said. “I mean, we’ve got a heck of a long way to go, but you put your heart and your mind into that of a 19-year-old, and everything’s still there, and I see that. Look, they’re still hurting. They’ll take our lead and take my lead and I’m still hurting, so we’ll be ready (for practice Monday) to get it out of our system and go.”
The loss may have damaged more than Ohio State’s standing in the polls. It was a big recruiting weekend for the program. Two of Virginia’s top high school players, defensive lineman Josh Sweat and offensive lineman Matthew Burrell Jr., watched from the sideline.
They saw the Buckeyes lose but also witnessed the largest crowd in Ohio State history and had to have been just a little impressed to see LeBron James watch the entire game from behind Ohio State’s bench. Meyer said it was a risk scheduling official recruiting visits for such a tough game, but he felt it was important the recruits witnessed the best atmosphere Ohio State has to offer.
Despite the defeat, Meyer and his coaches spent much of Sunday working on the recruiting game.
“You have to put the smile on your face and go attack them,” he said. “The best thing going was the environment. Everyone saw it. They also saw opportunities to help our football team.”
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