Clean it up: Penalties, turnovers irk Meyer

September, 8, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The standard was perhaps set a bit too high.

Ohio State was close to perfect in two crucial areas in its first game in the spread offense, with just one penalty that seemed to bother Urban Meyer and no turnovers at all to worry about.

The amount of concern for the new Buckeyes coach was considerably higher after a 31-16 win over Central Florida, and he clearly expects his team to get back to that level of play it established a week ago.

"The turnovers and penalties, those are poison," Meyer said. "You can’t win; that’s not a good team. I don’t want to say we’re not a good team, but we’re not. We’re just not.

"Mushing around right now, we’ve got to be much better than we are."

Meyer made it well known that the answer to those woes will come on the practice field, and it will be emphasized in tough, physical workouts as the Buckeyes prepare for another nonconference home game against California.

And he won't be expecting another 10-penalty, three-turnover performance.

"This week was not good," Meyer said. "It goes down to fundamentals. We’re running a lot of plays and I think our guys got a little fatigued, but those are excuses. Our guys should be able to deal with it.

"How do you handle sloppy play? Go practice real physical on Tuesday and Wednesday and get better."

Austin Ward | email

Ohio State/Big Ten reporter

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