Meyer pledges to enjoy OSU win despite despite questions

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer likely knew what kinds of questions were coming after his Buckeyes beat Hawaii 38-0 on Saturday in their home opener.

The final score was a bit deceiving as the Buckeyes misfired for much of the afternoon offensively before tacking on a defensive score and another touchdown late when second-teamers had taken some spots in the lineup.

A 21-0 fourth quarter made the game look more like the blowout it was expected to be, but it was still not the win of over 40-plus points most expected.

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There was also one about how his defense shut down a Hawaii offense that was thought to be dangerous entering the game, but for the most part the themes centered on the defending champions falling short of expectations this time out.

That's when Meyer made it clear he will not dwell on the negative this season, at least not before enjoying the positives.

"I will say this, that I've been in this situation before," he said, referring to when his 2009 Florida teams was the defending national champ with a goal of going undefeated and repeating.

The Gators accomplished neither of those things, and Meyer has since talked many times about what a tough year it was for him personally and for the team.

"I let it be a weight on the team and me, when you're winning games, it's like why didn't you score this, why didn't you do this, why didn't you do this?" Meyer said.

"I'm going to go see my family, have a hell of a time tonight, and make sure our players come in bright eyed, ready to rock and roll tomorrow and get a little better. I love coaching these guys because they want to get better, too.

"But I can promise you this: We shall enjoy it."

Then it will be on to Northern Illinois.