The final concern Hayes had was getting all of his splendid players in the game. "We've got more good boys than we've ever had. I've said that before," he said. "They have to play or they might get unhappy."
Everybody should have such problems. They seemed to get solved so quickly last week with Ohio State scoring three times in the first quarter that Rex Kern casually began replacing divots in the turf when he wasn't outrunning, out-passing and outsmarting the Texans. The kind of day it would be was revealed the first time Ohio State got the ball. Kern brought his team out in an I formation with a slot right and an end split to the right. He drifted over to his right and passed 36 yards to the end, Bruce Jankowski. When the play was called back by a penalty Rex did something very different. He brought his team out in an I formation with a slot right and an end split to the right, and he passed 43 yards to Bruce Jankowski for a touchdown. It probably would have worked every time Kern called it but Rex wanted to work on the ground game, so he started keeping the ball and handing off to Otis and Brockington the rest of the day to see how far they could lug TCU's tacklers, which was normally five or six yards at a time.
The TCU offense, which had scored 35 points on Purdue, meanwhile was nowhere to be seen. Big Boo, of course, got hurt quickly—for the umpteenth time in five years. Linzy Cole hobbled off, too. And poor Steve Judy, who did reveal some promise, couldn't find any receivers except Buckeyes to hold onto his passes. The one time TCU got a runner through the Buckeye middle Jack Tatum hit him so hard the ball popped 10 feet in the air, Ohio State recovering the fumble.
TCU Coach Fred Taylor may have been near-the truth when he said, "They are the finest college team ever assembled." But then again, that's awfully lavish praise for a team making so many mistakes.