Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman and his wife Michelle welcomed a new addition to their family Thursday — an eight-pound, five-ounce boy named Maverick.
They settled on that name partly because of the character in the movie “Top Gun” but mostly because of what it conveys.
“The translation of the word is someone who doesn’t conform to society, someone who blazes their own trail,” Herman said. “I want to make sure my son has a nice strong name that means something.”
Maverick certainly blazed his own trail in the way he came into the world. With the Buckeyes having a bye this week, the Hermans intended to induce labor Tuesday. But their third child had a different timetable.
“We thought we had it planned out pretty well,” Herman said. “Both our other children were late and we induced them as well. We thought we’d come to the game (at Purdue on Saturday) and come home and induce on Tuesday. Wednesday night he decided he was not waiting. He wanted to come out to watch the game.”
Herman stopped in the office Thursday while his wife was in labor — hey, those practice plans can’t wait — but he left quickly after hearing she was close to delivering.
“I had to dock him a day’s pay,” coach Urban Meyer joked. “He actually came in for seven minutes. I actually was going to put a form letter on his desk about being docked, but I thought it would be in our best interests not to do that.
“Maverick is a future Buckeye, and he’s a great part of our family now.”
Herman was back in the coaches booth for the Purdue game, suffering a bit from sleep deprivation. But he said: “Adrenalin works wonders sometimes.”
He called another masterful game. The Buckeyes piled up 640 yards in a 56-0 trouncing of the Boilermakers, which means the week couldn’t have gone much better for Herman.
“I’m in a good place,” he said. “My family’s extremely happy. We coach at the best place to coach at in the entire country. We live in a great city. We work for a guy who’s unbelievably understanding of families and all that stuff. It’s been great.”
Hot hand: Quarterback Braxton Miller has moved to the top of the Big Ten in passing efficiency after going 19-of-23 for 233 yards and four touchdowns with one interception against Purdue.
He intentionally threw away two passes to avoid sacks after finding no one open. The other incompletion came when freshman Dontre Wilson made a sideline catch but failed to keep his feet in bounds.
He’s hitting 72.5 percent of his passes. All other full-time starters in the Big Ten are below 65.0.
“The quarterback’s playing very poised,” Herman said. “He had that one boneheaded throw. He threw it into a coverage. It should have never been thrown. He knew it right away. He’s seeing the field really good and playing with a lot of confidence, understanding what’s going on.
“He’s very patient and very poised, and that’s where the engine starts.”
Stats of note: The Buckeyes are the first Big Ten team to have consecutive 600-yard outings since Northwestern in 2005. They’ve scored more than 30 points in all nine games this year, the longest streak in school history.
- They raced to a 28-0 first-quarter lead against Purdue and have scored 171 points in the opening period this season (a 19-point average), the highest total in the country. They’ve given up 38. They’ve scored touchdowns on eight of their nine opening drives.
- In 21 games under Meyer, the Buckeyes have scored 50 or more points eight times. In 10 years and 128 games under previous coach Jim Tressel, they topped that mark six times.
- The Buckeyes, who are first in the Big Ten and fifth in the nation in scoring with an average of 48.2, have scored 42 points in the first half in back-to-back games, the first OSU team to do that since 1996.
The Buckeyes have 1,326 yards in the last two games, including 686 against Penn State. That’s the most in back-to-back games in school history.
Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) at Illinois (3-5, 0-4), Saturday, Nov. 16, TBA]]>