San Diego State faced their first 3rd down of the second quarter and, like the first, were unable to connect. Steve Miller has continued to make an impact in this game, blowing up a screen play to force a punt. Joey Bosa also received substantial playing time with Adolphus Washington missing from action with an injury.
When it started to look like the Buckeye offense was going to be unstoppable, like the first quarter last week, Kenny Guiton tried to test his luck too much as he threw an interception on a poor throw down the sideline. Damontae Kazee made the play to give the Aztecs the ball back.
While it looked like the interception would provide a spark for SDSU, Ryan Shazier decided to put his footprint on the game, drawing a holding penalty as well as absolutely blowing up a swing pass in the backfield. While the momentum seemed to be shifted back to the Buckeyes, Jordan Hall roughed the punter and gave the Aztecs another shot at points.
Being as stout as they've been the last couple of years, Ohio State was able to re-focus and force yet another punt. Punter Joel Alesi's day has been busy, to say the least, with five punts only midway through the second quarter. There's no denying, though, the Buckeye defense has looked fast and physical and could be returning to the days of old.
Kenny Guiton redeemed himself as soon as Ohio State got the ball back. After a third down conversion, Kenny Guiton kept it on the ground and scampered for a 44 yard touchdown which extended the Buckeye lead to 28-0.
In what turned out to be a must score possession for SDSU, QB Quinn Kaehler was still not able to move the ball against an Ohio State defense playing lights-out and fumbled after Noah Spence and Michael Bennett sandwiched him. Bennett recovered and the offensive blues continued for the Aztecs...
...And while it looked like it couldn't get any worse, just three plays later Rod Smith stuck it in for Ohio State which made it 35-0.
Quinn Kaehler was finally able to get something going after the Buckeye's fifth touchdown of the day. Kaehler led a tough drive into Buckeye territory but Ohio State was able to step up and stop the Aztecs on the two yard line as time expired.
Kenny Guiton - 10/13 102 yards, 4 rushes for 68 yards, 2 total TDs
Jordan Hall - 11 carries, 60 yards, 1 touchdown
Corey Brown - 5 receptions, 49 yards, 1 touchdown
San Diego State total offense - 99 yards