Those waiting for the days when they can attend a football game at Ohio State and enjoy a frosty alcoholic beverage will have to keep waiting. Ohio State has no intention of selling beer in Ohio Stadium, according to a report.
As reported by Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com, Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith said Friday he agreed with previous comments issued by his counterpart at Michigan, Dave Brandon, in suggesting Big Ten tailgating scenes are a little different and perhaps take away from the demand or interest in alcohol sales inside the football stadium.
“I thought (Michigan AD) Dave Brandon said it well, we’re slightly different,” Smith said. “Our people tailgate all day long. No difference to Texas, but I’m not so sure they have the same level of massive tailgating all day long.”
So, is Smith saying Texas fans don’t know how to tailgate? Regardless, Smith is smart enough to know that selling alcohol inside a football stadium brings a heightened sense of responsibility to monitor and enforce. Not that he or anyone takes security lightly, but once you add the influence of alcohol to a situation it demands more attention and sometimes more personnel to handle any problems and be on the lookout for potentially hazardous situations.
Ohio State’s rival, Michigan, will not sell alcohol in Michigan Stadium, but Minnesota wants to continue selling alcohol in TCF Bank Stadium. This idea is reaching beyond the Big Ten of course. Arkansas wants to do it and LSU is showing support for the idea. More schools will continue to evaluate the option,, especially when reports show how much money can be made.
If this is the last game Randy Edsall coaches at Maryland, at least he is making it count. Maryland may be down at the half, but the overmatched Terrapins are giving No. 1 Ohio State all it can handle it would seem. Ohio State holds a 21-14 lead on Maryland at the half, with big plays being the key.
Maryland struck first when Perry Hills connected to an open D.J. Moore down the middle of the field for a 52-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Ohio State would battle back, switching up the quarterbacks between Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett along the way. The Buckeyes ripped off three touchdowns, with Barrett and Ezekiel Elliott each running for one and Jones throwing for the third, to Braxton Miller. Up 21-7, all seemed to return to normal for the Buckeyes, but Maryland cut the lead to seven late in the first half.
Hills broke free for a 75-yard run from the Maryland 22-yard line all the way down to the Ohio State three, and he finsihed off the quick touchdown on the next play with a short touchdown run. So Maryland continues to linger, which appears to be a theme with Ohio State’s opponents this season.
Jones has completed 15 of 20 pass attempts for 195 yards and a touchdown for Ohio State. Barrett attempted just one pass, which was good for a 20-yard gain. Elliott has just 25 rushing yards on 11 attempts at the half.
Nobody could have seen this coming, even after throwing out the records. A week after being ambushed by TCU, Charlie Strong and his Texas Longhorns looked like a completely different team in the first quarter against No. 10 Oklahoma in the old Cotton Bowl. Texas holds a surprising 14-3 lead at the half.
Jerrod Heard completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Johnson midway through the first quarter. The Longhorns made it 14-0 when a break went their way. Lorenzo Joe recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score to make it 14-0 after Oklahoma had fumbled away the ensuing kickoff after the first score.
Texas outgained Oklahoma in the first quarter, 133 yards to just 15, and at the half (169 yards to just 85). Oklahoma went three-and-out on each of its two drives, and the Sooners had to punt four times before being able to put a dent on the scoreboard with a short 21-yard field goal by Austin Seibert after a 12-play drive stalled at the Texas four-yard line. Meanwhile, Texas was building a double-digit lead.
Without a doubt, the first half of this game was the best half we have seen from Texas in a while. Can they keep it going and score what would be a significant upset to get our day started?