COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State tight end Ryan Hamby has
received a couple of hate letters since dropping a sure touchdown
pass during the Buckeyes' loss to Texas last week.
Cutting over the middle into the end zone, Hamby was open when Justin Zwick's pass bounced off his chest and into the air. He had a second chance to grab it but was slammed by a defender just as the ball touched his hands.
A touchdown would have given Ohio State a 10-point lead in the
third quarter. The Buckeyes ended up settling for a field goal and
eventually lost 25-22 to Texas.
"I can't think about it too much because we still have a lot of football to play," he said as the ninth-ranked Buckeyes prepared
for Saturday's game with San Diego State. "I'm not going to lie. I
think about it some times. But you've just got to move on."
A senior from Cincinnati, Hamby said he had a sleepless night
after dropping the pass.
"I just came open and, I don't know, it all happened so fast,"
he said. "I knew I caught the ball and it got knocked out of my
hands. I was kind of laying there thinking, 'Man, I wish that
didn't happen.' But it's part of life and you've got to deal with
Asked about the content of the letters, Hamby said, "I'm not
going to talk about them, but they're just dumb things. You almost
want to say, 'You know, in the scheme of life there are things
going on around the world. It's just a game."'
Several of Hamby's teammates supported him Tuesday, saying that
there were plenty of opportunities to win the game regardless of
what happened on that one play.
"It kind of makes me upset that people would do that to him,"
linebacker Anthony Schlegel said. "I don't see them out there."
Hamby said he was doing his best to forget the play -- and the
ugliness of the fans.
"I've thought about it and stuff and it's hard, but you've got to deal with it," Hamby said. "I've got my teammates, coach [Jim] Tressel -- everybody's behind me. So I'm not going to worry about it. We've got San Diego State and we've got to focus on that."