first_imgDonegal’s hand-picked student entrepreneur, Aidan Robb has just been announced as a finalist in “The Think Outside the Box Awards” which are sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland, Mammoth Brand Consultancy and Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys.Aidan’s innovative award winning invention “Cargo Defenders” has gained him this amazing opportunity and he will be joined by fellow LYIT student Emelyn Toland in Dublin next week at the finals.The awards are designed for third level students who have a fresh idea for a new business that has bona fide industry potential. There is an incredible first place cash prize of €10,000 to be won plus the opportunity to gain €12,500 worth of specialist advice and assistance to potentially help turn your enterprise idea into a business reality.At just 25-years old LYIT student, Aidan Robb from Kildrum, Carrigans has accomplished a plethora of business achievements.The 2nd year Business Studies student at Letterkenny Institute of Technology has always been business savvy and this is not his first competition to be successful in.  Aidan was also this years’ winner of the inaugural “Dragon Factor” competition spear-headed by Craoibhin Community and Enterprise Group in Termon.“I’m absolutely delighted about being a finalist in the TOTB awards. I think the invaluable experience that I gained at An Craoibhin’s Dragon Factor has helped me reach this point of the competition, hopefully I will be successful in the final,” said Carrigans man Aidan.In February this year, the Dragons were impressed with Aidan’s business acumen, fresh perspective and overall his ground-breaking design which aims to reduce crime theft in the haulage industry. “Cargo Defenders” is a security system aimed at reducing the incidents of theft of cargo transported by side-loaded truck trailers. Aidan says “that cargo theft is a major problem in the EU.According to an EU parliament report in 2007 estimated losses of 8.2 billion euro occurred across the European continent.”An LYIT spokesman said: “The Think Outside the Box Awards offers third level students from all academic disciplines and courses of study the chance to showcase their entrepreneurial ambitions. Aidan is a pleasure to teach as he is so engrossed in the industry. We wish Aidan and his team-mate Emlyn Toland the best of luck in the awards.”for more click: http://www.thinkoutsidetheboxawards.comDONEGAL STUDENT’S BUSINESS IDEA IN ANOTHER FINAL! was last modified: June 9th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarrigansdonegalLYITlast_img read more

Mystery of the Left-Handed Proteins: Solved?

first_imgSome molecules come in left- and right-handed forms that are mirror images of each other.  All biological proteins are composed of only left-handed amino acids.  How this could have come about in a primordial soup has long been a puzzle to origin-of-life researchers, since both L (levo, left-handed) and D (dextro, right-handed) forms react indiscriminately.  (That biology is single-handed was first noted in the 1800s by Louis Pasteur.)  For those familiar with the problem (see online book for background information), a press release from Imperial College, London is sure to draw attention.  Its optimistic title proclaims, “How left-handed amino acids got ahead: a demonstration of the evolution of biological homochirality in the lab.”    It refers to a paper in the German journal Angewandte Chemie1 by Blackmond et al., who begin their paper with a review of research on this mystery.  (Terms are defined in brackets.)The origin of homochirality [one-handedness] has intrigued scientists ever since the biological importance of L-amino acids and D-sugars was first recognized.  Although a theoretical basis for the evolution of high optical activity [purity of one hand rotates polarized light, thus optical activity] from a minute initial imbalance of enantiomers [each hand is an enantiomer of the other hand] was suggested more than half a century ago, experimental proof of such a concept eluded scientists until a remarkable report by Soai and co-workers in 1995.  The Soai reaction offered the first, and to date the only, example of an asymmetric autocatalytic reaction employing a catalyst with a very low enantiomeric excess and ultimately yielding the catalyst with a very high enantiomeric excess catalyst as product.  While the Soai reaction serves as a mechanistic model for the evolution of homochirality, the dialkylzinc chemistry involved in the reaction is unlikely to have been of importance in an aqueous prebiotic environment.  Therefore speculation has continued concerning the types of transformations that might have been directly responsible for the development of high optical activity in biological systems.  The area of amino acid catalysis may hold significant clues to the evolution of prebiotic chemistry.The paper presents a three-scheme model describing how, given an initial excess of one hand over the other, the products from a second and a third reaction scheme might act as catalysts, producing more reactants for the first scheme.   Here is their model in a nutshell:We report herein a proline-mediated reaction exhibiting an accelerating reaction rate and an amplified, temporally increasing enantiomeric excess of the product.  Thus, catalysis with amino acids is implicated in an autoinductive, selectivity-enhancing process, providing the first general chemical strategy for the evolution of biological homochirality from a purely organic origin.This hypothetical self-perpetuating, autocatalytic system might generate an excess of one hand.  The resulting purified mixture, if sufficiently isolated, might then contain the ingredients for primitive proteins.    They used proline, the fourth-lightest amino acid, for these experiments.  A textbook describes it: “Proline, a cyclic secondary amino acid, has conformational constraints imposed by the cyclic nature of its pyrrolidine side group, which is unique among the ‘standard’ amino acids.”2    The authors seemed surprised and delighted that the desired reaction sped up.  It was what they sought: “a process whereby the catalyst is improving over time, as in autocatalytic or autoinductive reactions, in which the reaction product either is itself a catalyst or promotes the formation of a more effective catalyst.”  To them, the non-linear rate increase was the signature of an autocatalytic reaction that amplified the desired product: “Amplification of the enantiomeric excess of the product is a key feature of a chemical rationalization of the evolution of biological homochirality.”  Despite earlier researchers’ linear reaction rate curves, that suggested no autocatalytic reaction, they saw a higher than expected rate increase.  “Rate acceleration and continuous improvement of enantiomeric excess are requisite characteristics for chemical models of the evolution of homochirality from precursors of low optical activity,” they noted.    Some caveats were mentioned.  Cross-reactions of L- and D- reactants had to be prevented, and the environment had to be kept out of equilibrium, or it would have reverted to the mixed-handed (racemic) mixture: “However,” they speculate, “it is important to note that such erosion of enantiomeric excess is predicted only for a closed system such as that occurring in reaction vials in the laboratory.  In an open system, in which catalyst and product fluxes can exist across the system boundaries, the chemical propagation mechanism described in Scheme 1 would permit enantiomeric excess to continue to rise.  Kinetic amplification of enantiomeric excess as observed in the present studies could be sustained,” provided reaction rates between steps in the process are kept in favorable relation to one another, and enough free proline is available as input.  One other thing: since proline might condense with itself, it is unknown whether oligomers of proline would lead to “enhancement or suppression of the nonlinear effect.”  Other potentially damaging cross-reactions that might limit the effectiveness of the autocatalytic process are mentioned.    Though limited in scope, these experiments lead the authors to believe their work is relevant to a purely mechanistic model for the origin of homochirality:The experimental observation of an unexpectedly high, accelerating reaction rate and an amplified, temporally increasing enantiomeric excess of product in the proline-mediated aminoxylation of aldehydes is consistent with a mechanistic model for a selectivity-enhancing autoinductive process as given in Schemes 1-3.  This represents the first example of a purely organic reaction exhibiting characteristics that are key to a chemical rationalization of the evolution of biological homochirality.1Mathew, Iwamura, and Donna G. Blackmond, “Amplification of Enantiomeric Excess in a Proline-Mediated Reaction,” Angewandte Chemie International Edition Volume 43, Issue 25, Pages 3317-3321, Published Online: June 21, 2004.2Vogt and Vogt, Biochemistry 2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons (1995), p. 60.Since evolutionists tend to take an inch and boast a mile, we need to bring out the tape measure to keep speculation in check.  In short, under very controlled, hypothetical conditions, one unique amino acid seemed to undergo chemical amplification of one hand.  Does this explain the 100% purity of biological proteins?  You decide.Only one amino acid was tested, and a unique one at that—proline.They did not state the value of their best enantiomeric excess.It is unrealistic to minimize the damaging effects of cross reactions.  Nature would not exclude products that would destroy any “progress.”It is also unrealistic to depend on open systems.  All real systems, both open and closed, are subject to the laws of thermodynamics.  All real systems, in time, tend toward equilibrium.The reaction required specialized ingredients and conditions.  For a feeling of this, the following paragraph from their paper is included—not that you need to understand it, but just for a look at the special care they had to take with ingredients and lab conditions.  Ask yourself how much of these special conditions tailored to proline could be generalized to the set of all amino acids, including those with polar and hydrophilic side chains.The key to the effectiveness of this system lies in the fact that the reaction product 3 is multifunctional; it is both an aldehyde and an amine.  Scheme 2 suggests that proline 4 may attack the carbonyl group of the reaction product 3 to form the new catalyst 5.  This reaction is virtually irreversible on the reaction timescale, since product racemization was not observed.  This species 5 is a special amine bearing an alpha-oxygen atom with lone pairs of electrons.  The alpha effect describes the unexpectedly high activity of such a nitrogen nucleophile, thought to be due in part to stabilization of the transition state by the lone pair on the oxygen alpha to the nucleophilic atom.  Thus 5 may be a highly efficient competitor to proline for nucleophilic attack on propionaldehyde, forming a new enamine, 6.  This enamine may be competent to attack PhNO, forming a transition state such as 7 by interaction with the carboxylic acid proton as a Brønsted acid cocatalyst.  This leads to the formation of product 3 and regeneration of the improved catalyst 5.The authors make no attempt to describe a plausible environment in which such specialized conditions would exist on a prebiotic earth.Any relaxation of the special conditions, and the enantiomeric excess reverses to equilibrium.The hypothesis is glued together with wiggle words like might, could, may, perhaps, and clues.Proteins require 100% pure one-handed amino acids.  Close enough is not good enough; the enantiomeric excess has to be 100%.  The addition of one wrong-handed link in a protein can destroy its function.What about sugars?  Even if a mechanism were found to amplify one amino acid, the sugars in nucleic acids are 100% right-handed.  No plausible naturalistic mechanism for creating nucleotides has been found, let alone purifying them to all one hand.Natural selection cannot be invoked unless a system can replicate itself with high fidelity.Remember, chemicals have no desire to evolve.  They are subject to the laws of mass action, thermodynamics, valency, and all the vagaries of their environment.  In a naturalistic world, with no chemist to care, the chemicals are no “better off” in one state or another.  To merely assume chemicals evolved into a living organism is an argument a posteriori based on naturalistic presuppositions.  Without a plausible demonstration of the entire sequence, it is illogical to assume, “We’re here, therefore it happened” (without a designer).These are just a few of the problems with this story.  What’s more revealing in the paper than the bombast and hype are the damaging admissions.  They admit this has been a problem for over a hundred years, and that only a theoretical approach was suggested half a century ago.  Then, not until 1995 was there any experimental evidence for slight excess of one hand, but even then, the Soai reaction invoked unrealistic conditions for abiogenesis.  So now these authors claim theirs is the first experimental model to show any hope, subject to all the caveats listed above.  Are you impressed?    Origin of life by the inch is a cinch; by the yard it’s hard (especially to get a yard full of trees, eventually).  We should go the extra mile for someone out of mercy, but not yield the extra inch for illogical and unsupportable claims.  Unwarranted extrapolation is undeserving of mercy.  Chemical evolution must be prosecuted to the full extent of the natural law.(Visited 236 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Folayang working on ground game, striking as he awaits next fight

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golovkin, Alvarez make weight for blockbuster fight View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJAKARTA — There’s no rest for the weary.And if you’re like Eduard Folayang, whose target on his back is bigger than ever, there is no excuse to stop training.ADVERTISEMENT “As a fighter, you really need to continue training because if you don’t, tables are quick to turn on you,” he said.The reigning ONE Lightweight champion is in Indonesia to support fellow Team Lakay member Geje Eustaquio, who is set to face Kairat Akhmetov in the main event of ONE: Total Victory on Saturday at Jakarta Convention Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough limited to a cornerman for the big fightcard, the Ifugao warrior shared that he’s still keeping his body in top shape as he waits for his next fight.He’s also improving some facets of his game in the process, focusing more on his ground game and sharpening his striking. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Striking is so hard to perfect because you have to consider lots of things, especially the timing and the execution. And for the strikes, as much as possible, I want to have precise shots when I fight. I really have to give time to those so that I can further improve my capabilities,” he said.Though still in limbo on who to defend his title next, Folayang assured everyone that he will be in action in November when ONE Championship returns to Manila.“For sure, I will fight there,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more


first_imgThe 2004 NSW Country Championships were held last weekend with the Hunter Western Hornets taking out the Champion Permit title and Newcastle City being named as the Champion Club. The Hunter Western region claimed both the Mens and Womens Open titles with the Central Coast Men’s Open side fighting off Wagga to claim the Men’s Open crown for the second year running. Lead by Captain Dean Wilbow and a strong game from Dylan Hennessy, the Central Coast won an exciting 4-3 match. In the Women’s Open Wagga and Newcastle University fought out a tight, high standard match, with Newcastle University eventually claiming their first Women’s Open Country Title 4-3. Riley Sohier, Tournament Coordinator and a NSW Touch Development Officer for the Hunter Western Region, was extremely pleased with the running of the event and the standard of touch shown throughout the tournament. “The tournament was exciting, with a very high standard of touch played, it was a great effort from the Hunter Western Region and we’re hoping that will be reflected at next year’s NTL’s,” he says. “It’s great to see a promising future for the region, with Wallsend claiming the Mens and Womens 23 years double.” Newcastle City also showed they have a very bright future, claiming the title of Champion Club. Newcastle City won three of the senior titles on offer, with Newcastle University also claiming the Womens Open title. Both the Mens and Womens Under 23’s finished second to the Wallsend side. “We’d like to congratulate Joe Campbell and his committee for their many years of long, hard, yards. All the hard work has finally paid off for Newcastle City,” Mr Sohier says. The NSW Country sides will be named on the NSW touch website soon. The sides will travel to Victoria in October for the Australia Cup competition. “NSW touch, both players and staff, are looking forward to the tournament in Victoria. It will be the first time since the 1985 Nationals that NSW touch have toured Victoria,” says Mr Sohier. Final Results Mens Open: Central Coast 4 def Wagga 3 Player of the Final: Dean Wilbow (Central Coast) Womens Open: Newcastle University 4 def Wagga 3 Player of the Final: Linda Poolman (Newcastle University) Mixed Open: Kiama 8 def Peninsula 5 Player of the Final: Cherie & Darren Marsh (Kiama) Women 18s: Tamworth 5 def Central Coast 2 Player of the Final: Leica Le Brocq (Tamworth) Mens 18s: Kempsey 4 def Nelson Bay 1 Player of the Final: Patrick Smith (Kempsey) Womens 23s: Wallsend 4 def Newcastle City 2 Player of the Final: Rebecca Lang (Wallsend) Mens 23s: Wallsend (1) 5 def Newcastle City 3 Player of the Final: Jason Scott (Wallsend) Womens O/30s: Wollongong 3 def Wallsend 0 Player of the Final: Renae Sealey (Wollongong) Mens O/30s: Peninsula 7 def Doyalson 3 Player of the Final: Nathan Warren (Peninsula) Womens O/35s: Forster 3 def Mudgee 1 Player of the Final: Lyn Eason (Forster) Mens O/35s: Newcastle City 4 def Dubbo 1 Player of the Final: Robbie McCormack (Newcastle City) Womens O/40s: Newcastle City 2 def Port Macquarie 1 Player of the Final: Cherie Green (Newcastle City) Mens O/40s: Forster Tuncurry 5 def Central Coast 2 Player of the Final: Mark Koch (Forster Tuncurry) Mens O/45s: Wagga 3 def Wollongong 2 Player of the Final: Rodney Byrne (Wagga) Mens O/50s: Newcastle City 2 def Port Macquarie 0 Player of the Final: Michael Gallagher (Newcastle City) Champion Permit: Hunter Western Hornets Club Champions: Newcastle City By Rachel Moylelast_img read more

Video: Watch This Short, Powerful Documentary About Clemson Quarterback Deshaun Watson

first_imgDeshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners with a score of 37 to 17 to win the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the best players in college football. He also has an excellent story to match his ability on the field. The ACC Digital Network and Havoline Football Saturdays put together a short documentary about Watson, covering his high school career and rise to five-star recruit, as well as the inspiration that he draws from his mother Deann, who survived a fight with tongue cancer during his high school career.Clemson fans will love this video, but it is worth a watch for all college football fans.last_img read more

Trace Adkins To Compete In AllStar Celebrity Apprentice

first_imgTrace Adkins, award-winning country music star, will compete on behalf of the American Red Cross during Donald Trump’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC.Adkins is a recent addition to the Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet and his family was helped by the organization after a fire. He was also recently named as the organization’s spokesperson for the 2012 Holiday Giving Campaign, encouraging people to “give something that means something” this holiday season.“When my home was claimed by fire last year, Red Cross volunteers were among the first on-site,” Adkins said. “They looked after my family when I couldn’t be there and offered help. We were fortunate because we could replace the things we lost but that’s not always the case for every disaster victim. That’s when the Red Cross steps in. I am supporting the mission of the Red Cross and hope to help them reach more people in need,” Adkins said.Adkins, a long-time supporter of members of the U.S. Armed forces, recently recorded several radio PSAs for the organization’s Holiday Mail for Heroes program with his new song, “Tough People Do,” which will appear on his upcoming album on Show Dog-Universal (release date and title to be announced). People are encouraged to send holiday cards through the program and the Red Cross will distribute them to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.“We are excited and very grateful that Trace Adkins ’ will be playing ‘All-Star Celebrity Apprentice’ on behalf of the American Red Cross,” said Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern . “We appreciate Trace’s remarkable commitment to the Red Cross and those we serve.”Adkins, who, in addition to being a multi-platinum country music singer, is also an actor and author, will join 13 other business-savvy celebrity contestants to compete with the goal of raising money and awareness for their charity of choice. The last person standing will be chosen as the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice and will have the honor of delivering a $250,000 bonus check to his or her designated charity. Last season, “The Celebrity Apprentice” raised $3.1 million for charity, a record amount for the show. “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” will air Sundays on NBC in 2013. Please visit the official show site for more details.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

How I Became The Worst Player In Madden

Maybe you’re not into reading and you skipped our comprehensive breakdown of how EA Sports develops Madden ratings for 2,600 NFL players. Maybe you also passed on my story about what it took to get into the game and just how rough it would be for a normal person out on the NFL gridiron (even a virtual gridiron). We still have you covered with this short video produced by Paul DiNatale, Ryan Nantell and Patrick Smith on the whole process, from my grisly tryout to how I fared playing quarterback for the New York Giants.

Scouting Maryland A look at the 2015 Terrapins

Members of the Maryland Terrapins celebrate a touchdown on Nov. 15, 2014 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIt’s been a bumpy start to the season for Maryland, and it does not look like it will level out any time soon. The Terrapins are sitting at 2-3 coming off back-to-back losses as they prepare to travel to Columbus on Saturday to take on top-ranked Ohio State.Here is a look at coach Randy Edsall’s team.Quarterback carouselIf you think the Buckeyes have had a complicated quarterback situation, think again.Maryland has reinvented what it means to have a quarterback controversy this season. It began during the offseason and has yet to subside.Redshirt junior Perry Hills won the three-way battle during fall camp and led the team to a season opening victory over Richmond — a Football Championship Subdivision program — but he was canned midway through Maryland’s disappointing loss to Bowling Green in favor of Caleb Rowe.The fellow redshirt junior stepped in and started the last three games for the Terrapins — a win over South Florida and back-to-back embarrassing losses against West Virginia and then-No. 22 Michigan — but struggled immensely.Rowe — who is dead last in passing efficiency among qualified quarterbacks — has thrown seven interceptions over the last two games, completed a harrowing 33 perecent of his passes and zero touchdowns. In the second half of both games, he was pulled for redshirt senior Daxx Garman.Sadly for Edsall, Garman hasn’t been able to stop the Terrapin ship from sinking.In his two relief appearances, the transfer from Oklahoma State has completed just six of 18 passes, has been sacked five times and tossed only one touchdown while also being picked off once.So which one of these underwhelming résumés will Edsall choose to start in Columbus?The coach said he does not even know, as he told reporters during his Sunday conference call that “everyone is in play.”In fact, Edsall stole a page from OSU coach Urban Meyer’s book, saying he might not announce his starter until Saturday at noon. As of Tuesday afternoon, Maryland’s depth chart lists all three as co-starters.However being on the road against the Buckeyes, it might not matter which of the three it is.No help on defenseWhen a team’s offense struggles, sometimes the defense bails it out by shutting down opponents. Just ask this year’s Buckeyes about it.Unfortunately for Maryland, the said scenario is not happening.The offense ranks 114th nationally and second-to-last in the Big Ten, just ahead of Penn State. Defensively, the Terrapins are not much better, as they are 109th in the country for total defense and second-to-last in the conference, narrowly ahead of Indiana.In its three losses, Maryland has given up point totals of 48, 45 and 28. Additionally, opponents are averaging 199 rushing yards per game.The lone bright spot for the Terrapin defense comes on the pass rush, as the unit is tied for fourth in the country with 19 sacks.But with the offense in a sizable slump — last week against Michigan it had only 105 yards — and the defense not being able to slow down opponents, victories appear like they will be hard to come by for Edsall’s Terrapins during conference play.Offensive line is innocentThe bad quarterbacking cannot be blamed on Maryland’s offensive line.The unit didn’t allow a sack in first three games and has let up just six overall — five of which have been when Garman was under center.Most of its success in pass protection can be attributed to experience.Redshirt junior left tackle Michael Dunn has started 30 consecutive games for Maryland, while redshirt senior right guard Andrew Zeller has appeared in 26 straight games — including 18 straight starts. Ryan Doyle, a redshirt senior, has a combined 31 starts at different positions on the O-line under his belt.The veteran presence these three provide has been valuable for the Maryland offense, despite its ineptitude in other areas.Mile-wide turnover marginIf turnovers have been slowing down OSU, then they have stopped Maryland.The Buckeyes have a turnover margin of minus-four — tying them for 101st in the country along with three other Big Ten teams (Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue) — but the Terrapins are even further in the hole.Maryland has a turnover margin of minus-nine. Cincinnati is the only team with a greater deficit in the category.The Terrapins, however, do take the crown for most turnovers, as they have coughed up the pigskin 17 times — two more than Cincinnati and Florida Atlantic.With a defense as leaky as it is, the offense can’t afford to give opponents that many more offensive possessions, especially against the Buckeyes and the remainder of its conference foes.Beyond the BuckeyesAfter Saturday’s matchup versus OSU, Maryland will have a bye week before its scheduled contest against Penn State at home on Oct. 24. Kickoff time for that game is yet to be announced. read more

Urban Meyer Ohio State focused on Wisconsin amid hopes of undefeated season

With a trip to Wisconsin looming on Saturday, Ohio State wide receiver Jake Stoneburner is well-aware of the challenge that is keeping alive an undefeated season for the Buckeyes football team. The reality of it all, though, might be simple. “10-0 is great but if you lose your last two, what’s 10-0 for ya?” Stoneburner said. “We want to end the season without a loss.” The latter of the redshirt senior’s comments are, obviously, easier said than done. OSU – which finished 6-7 in 2011 – is eight days from its first undefeated season since 2002. A chance at perfection, however, was dashed the last time the Buckeyes played at Camp Randall Stadium. In 2010, the then No. 1-ranked Buckeyes were overpowered, 31-18, at the hands of Wisconsin, effectively ending OSU’s chances at an unblemished record and national championship. Now, more than wo years later, the Buckeyes find themselves one of four undefeated teams remaining in major college football (Kansas State, Notre Dame, and Oregon are the others) and No. 6 in the Associated Press‘ top 25 poll. Still, Stoneburner said, OSU is getting the Rodney Dangerfield treatment. Are the Buckeyes getting the respect they deserve? “No, not really,” Stoneburner said bluntly. “You know, they talk about (other) teams that are 10-0 or even one-loss teams before they talk about us. I don’t know if that’s because we have a bowl ban or we’re not in the BCS rankings, we’re only in one rankings.” The Dublin, Ohio, native said he thinks a lot of it has to do with OSU’s bowl ban, which was handed down to the university following NCAA violations stemming from 2010. “I think if we were playing in a bowl game, we’d maybe get talked about a little more,” he said. “For being 10-0, I kind of think we’re getting the short end of the stick.” A perceived lack of respect, though, on the national stage likely isn’t something coach Urban Meyer is concerned with. The former Florida coach said Wednesday he hasn’t even had a chance to look back on the season yet, nor would he describe the grind of the season as “fun.” “I don’t know if fun’s the appropriate word. You don’t have the time to really enjoy it until you have a chance to sit back,” Meyer said. “When I do, I enjoy it, I guess (that) is more of a proper word. I enjoy being around these players and these coaches and obviously representing Ohio State.” Meyer said this week’s focus remains squarely on the Badgers. The Buckeyes, according to Meyer, need to be “gap sound” in order to handle the different formations that Wisconsin will almost certainly present on Saturday. “There’s a time there’s four (or) there’s six linemen in the game, and there’s four or five to one side and two to the other,” Meyer said regarding the Badgers’ offensive line. “There’s six on one side, two on the other at one time. Six linemen on the right, two on the left. And that’s fine if you get lined up. If you don’t get lined up you get embarrassed.” Meyer said OSU can do two things to try to neutralize Wisconsin’s offensive formations, though. “You got to get lined up first and No. 2, you gotta tackle,” he said. “It’s crazy the formations that you’ll see.” OSU is scheduled to face the Badgers at 3:30 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. read more

Braxton Miller I was just having a little bit of fun rushing

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs the ball during a game against Indiana Nov. 23 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhether lined up as a quarterback or wide receiver, Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller had no shortage of success running the ball against the Indiana defense in OSU’s 42-14 victory Saturday.“It would be hard for me to say that wasn’t the best he’s ever run that I’ve seen him play,” coach Urban Meyer said of Miller following the victory.On a day senior Carlos Hyde became the first running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season on a Meyer-coached team, it was Miller who stole the spotlight.Miller led the Buckeyes with 144 rushing yards on just 13 attempts, the third game in his OSU career in which he averaged more than 11 yards per carry.The quarterback ran for two touchdowns, and neither lacked theatrics.He accentuated his first scoring run, a 37-yard scamper, with a somersault flip into the end zone over the right front pylon.“I was just having a little bit of fun,” Miller said after the game.OSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman did not find the end of Miller’s touchdown run as enjoyable.“He said he was just having fun out there, and I said, ‘Well, as long, you can have as much fun as you want, just don’t cost your team 15 yards,’” Herman said, who was worried about Miller picking up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the celebration.Miller’s second touchdown run came on a play Herman named “Jazzy,” which began with Miller lined up on the left side of the field as a wide receiver and redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton in his place at quarterback.Guiton started the play moving left toward Miller, but Miller came right on a reverse and took a pitch from Guiton. From there, Miller looked to pass but continued running forward and toward the right side of the field, capping the play by leaping and extending over a hit from a defender for a five-yard touchdown.“It’s a run/pass option and (the Indiana defense) covered the routes actually really good,” Herman said. “(Miller) has a run/pass option to throw it to (junior tight end Jeff) Heuerman or run it in himself … he did a hell of a job finding the end zone.”Meyer said he was “hoping (Miller) would throw it.”“He’s a great athlete,” Meyer said of Miller. “I’d rather him not do that, but do what he’s got to do. He played really well today.”It was important for the Buckeyes to have success from multiple rushing threats Saturday, as OSU went with a run-heavy game plan on a snowy, windy day at Ohio Stadium.“I went out there in pregame warmups and (the weather) was certainly affecting a lot of the throws,” Herman said. “When Mother Nature tells you ‘Don’t throw the football,’ you better listen to her, because she’s pretty demanding when it comes to that.”Still, on a day the Buckeyes ran the ball 39 times and only had 17 passing attempts, Miller completed 11 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns.Miller earned praise from Herman for three downfield throws that went for 25 yards or more: a 39-yard touchdown completion to junior wide receiver Devin Smith on a post route across the middle of the end zone, and two deep completions on seam routes by Heuerman for 34 and 25-yard gains.“Three unbelievable throws that stick out,” Herman said.Overall, Miller accounted for more than 64 percent of OSU’s total offense Saturday.Miller’s game was not without its mistakes, though. He had two fumbles, one of which was recovered by Indiana freshman defensive tackle Darius Latham for a takeaway. He also had a pass tipped in the backfield by Hoosiers’ redshirt-sophomore cornerback Michael Hunter and intercepted by redshirt-senior safety Greg Heban.“We got to protect the football better at our position,” Herman said. “I did a poor job of coaching him on that corner blitz that got tipped and intercepted, but the two fumbles from our position are certainly unacceptable.”Overall, however, Herman said Miller has been playing the best football of his OSU career “by far” this season.“(Miller) took a little step back against Illinois, didn’t have his greatest game, but I got asked if that was a cause for concern after that game and I said, ‘As long as it’s not a pattern,’” Herman said. “He prepared really, really well this week and played his you-know-what off, and yeah, I’m proud of him.”Miller only played one series in OSU’s second game against San Diego State and missed the next two games after suffering a sprained MCL in his left knee. In nine games, Miller has completed 67.7 percent of his passing attempts for 1,626 yards, 19 touchdowns and four interceptions, while he has also rushed for 738 yards and five touchdowns.“He’s a freak,” junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett said. “He’s really developed as a passer this year, which was great to see because everyone knows his run threat. But you see him making passes that a lot of people can’t make, and I feel like he’s really starting to develop into that role of an NFL quarterback.”Statistically, Miller’s last two games against Illinois and Indiana have been his lowest passing outputs of the season in terms of yards, with the exception of the San Diego State game, in which he only attempted two passes before leaving with injury. But in those two games, he has rushed for the same combined number of rushing yards, 328, as he had in his first five games back from injury.“Good to see Braxton back out there looking like Braxton,” Hyde said. “I love to watch Braxton running the ball. He’s a very exciting player. Any minute, he can break off that long one or make somebody look silly, and it was exciting to be able to watch him.”Miller will look to continue making big plays, and the Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0) will be looking to extend their school-record win streak to 24, when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to play Michigan (7-4, 3-4) Saturday. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. read more