Sunday, October 7, 2012
Positive return: Brown provides special TD
By Austin Ward
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Looking for some kind of spark on special teams, it was no secret who Urban Meyer was challenging to deliver.
Corey "Philly" Brown celebrates after returning a punt for a touchdown against Nebraska.
Corey "Philly" Brown is one of the leading options back there waiting for punts, so when his coach is harping on the lack of explosive plays in the third phase, the implication was obviously pretty clear for the Ohio State junior.
After breaking through with an electrifying return for a touchdown in a 63-38 throttling of Nebraska on Saturday at Ohio Stadium, this week Brown finally won't have to worry about hearing about how badly the Buckeyes need one from him.
"He's been talking about this for weeks now," Brown said. "We've not had as many punt return opportunities as we would like, but he's been talking about how we've not had a good returner on kick or punt, and I kind of take that personal -- especially since I'm back there.
"When I got my chance. I just wanted to make it happen."
Brown didn't do it by himself, but his athleticism was on full display as he dashed through the Nebraska coverage unit for a 76-yard touchdown that gave the Buckeyes plenty of breathing room in the third quarter.
The blocking ahead of him was almost perfect, though Brown still had to make a couple Huskers miss as he cut up the field and dealt them a big blow on special teams to complement a huge offensive performance and an earlier score on defense as well for Ohio State. Brown wasn't quite as productive at receiver as he has been through most of the first half of the season, but he found at least one way beyond his three catches for 35 yards to contribute to a complete team effort.
"I just saw green," Brown said. "Green grass, our guys blocking, their guys on the ground, me and the punter.
"I knew I just had to make one guy miss."
He did, and that surely made one guy on the sideline really happy as well.