The Buckeyes lapsed briefly (then dominated), as did the Crew (at the exact wrong moment); Craig Finn and Tyler, the Creator came to town; students protested at the Statehouse
After a safety and a field goal put the Miami RedHawks up 5-0 over Ohio State, sending nervous, silent shock waves through the Shoe, the Buckeyes remembered who they were and didn't allow another point while bludgeoning Miami with a season-high 76 points. QB Justin Fields accounted for six touchdowns in the second quarter alone, two rushing and four passing.
Still, the Buckeyes have yet to be tested by a worthy opponent. Barring a Purdue-like upset, it will be more of the same on Saturday when Ryan Day's team travels to Lincoln, Nebraska, to face the unranked Cornhuskers.
The Crew led Vancouver 1-0 for nearly the entire game, and then, as has happened way too often this season, the team gave up a goal at the very end, right when it mattered most. This time, the goal came off a header from the Whitecaps' Fredy Montero mere seconds before the end of stoppage, leading to a 1-1 draw.
Crew coach Caleb Porter was, understandably, none too pleased in post-game comments: “It’s really disappointing. The season was on the line, we’re up 1-0, 10 seconds to go. We need to put the ball in the stands. These are simple things that you have to do to win games, and we do the wrong things, and it’s cost us this season, honestly. If we could see out a game this year we’d be in the playoffs.” Oof.
Tyler, the Creator inhabited the character of Igor on Sunday night at an Express Live outdoor show, "delivering most of his words in a cracked, flawed singing voice — an imperfect instrument that had an odd way of highlighting the inherent humanity in his more recent material," wrote Andy Downing.
Craig Finn, meanwhile, visited A&R Bar on Friday night. The Hold Steady frontman is "in large part a storyteller, and his yarns are anchored in time and place, including references to cities and states, communities and families. They are often tragic and always dryly real," Curt Schieber wrote in the Dispatch.
On Friday, hundreds of Columbus students cut class to participate in a global climate strike on the steps and lawn of the Statehouse. The protest was timed to occur before the United Nations climate summit happening today. Read Erica Thompson's report.