Meyer thinks no suspensions for Hall, Wilson
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer doesn’t expect starting offensive guard Marcus Hall and freshman running back Dontre Wilson to face any suspensions from Ohio State or the Big Ten for their ejections during a second-quarter scuffle on Saturday.
Michigan backup linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone was also ejected for the fight, which took place after a kickoff return by Wilson.
“I was disappointed. I don’t know where that came from. We had a little chat about it. That’s unacceptable,” Meyer said after OSU’s 42-41 win over Michigan.
Big Ten spokesman Scott Chipman said the conference will review the skirmish to see if any further action needs to be taken.
On Hall’s way to the locker room after his ejection, he saluted the crowd with two upraised middle fingers, an action Meyer said he will address in house.
“Disappointing. Yeah, I’ll take care of it. I’m disappointed,” he said.
Quarterback Braxton Miller was one of the players who went onto the field when the pushing and shoving began.
“I saw Dontre, a little freshman, getting mugged and pushed. I went out there to help him as a leader and some Michigan guy tried to take my head off,” Miller said.
Hall’s ejection meant redshirt Pat Elflein had to step in for Hall.
“I’m always ready,” Elflein said. “If my number is called, I’m ready. If it’s not, I’m still ready.”
SCORING TOO FAST: Meyer said he considered running time off the clock by taking a knee on first down on Ohio State’s final touchdown, but decided against it.
OSU was on Michigan’s 1-yard line with a first with around 2 minutes to play. With the way Michigan was moving the ball, he thought about reducing the amount of time the Wolverines would have to try to score.
“I thought about taking a knee to eat some clock. Tom Herman (OSU’s offensive coordinator) and I had that chat but he was right, if you jerk around and don’t score, that’s a problem,” Meyer said.
CALLING WOODY AND BO: When Meyer was asked what legendary coaches Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler would have thought of a 42-41 game, he said, “I think Bo Schembechler and Coach Hayes would have looked out and seen two teams playing as hard as they could, which is what this rivalry is all about.”