The second consecutive week in which Ohio State was a part of a delay for its game due to the weather. This time, against Oklahoma, the Buckeyes didn’t start until an hour and a half later than its original start time, but that wouldn’t stop Urban Meyer’s squad.
The Sooners would start things off on offense, coming out swinging by attacking the Buckeyes through the air early and often with play action. In the redzone, Ohio State’s defense would tighten up to hold Oklahoma to a field goal attempt, which would clang off the right goalpost. Buckeyes wouldn’t do much better on their first drive as the Sooners would force a punt after a false start penalty sent them back. On its next possession, facing a fourth and one, the Buckeyes would hand it to Curtis Samuel who would turn the corner past the defense for a touchdown. Ohio State would get on the board first, 7-0.
Oklahoma would develop another nice drive until Baker Mayfield’s pass on fourth down was tipped and then intercepted by linebacker Jerome Baker. Baker would end up returning 68 yards for another score, putting the Buckeyes up 14-0. It wouldn’t take long for a response. On the ensuing kickoff, Sooners’ running back Joe Mixon would house the return for a touchdown to cut the lead to 14-7. Mike Weber would get his first carries of the game on the next drive for Ohio State, with a nine-yard run and a 35-yard scamper, respectively. J.T. Barrett would do it himself on the next couple of carries gaining a couple of first downs on third down runs. A few plays later, Barrett would find Noah Brown in the endzone for another touchdown to put the Buckeyes up 21-7 on the four-yard reception.
The Sooners would threaten again with another good drive, but yet again, Ohio State’s defense would stiffen in the red zone, holding Oklahoma to a field goal to cut the lead to 21-10. After a failed drive by Ohio State, Baker Mayfield would throw an interception, which was picked off by Marshon Lattimore. On the first play of the next drive, J.T. Barrett would strike deep to Noah Brown for 37 yards for a touchdown to put the Buckeyes up 28-10 late in the first half. Mayfield would redeem himself on the next drive with another nice drive, resulting in a touchdown pass to A.D. Miller, putting the score at 28-17.
Noah Brown would then come up with one of the greatest catches you’ll ever see, a one-handed grab with the ball pinned against the defender’s back for a touchdown. Barrett’s 21-yard pass put the Buckeyes up 35-17 at the half.
Ohio State would be back to business in the second half, as the Buckeyes took their first drive and J.T. Barrett would find (guess who) Noah Brown in the endzone to put the Buckeyes up 42-17. Oklahoma would finally get a response late in the third quarter, as Mayfield would engineer a drive all the way into the endzone as he found his target for a touchdown making it a 42-24 game.
Just as it looked like the Sooners were building some momentum for a comeback, the Buckeye defense stood strong and sacked Baker Mayfield on fourth down to take over on offense. Ohio State would take advantage of the turnover on downs, answering with a field goal by Tyler Durbin to put the Buckeyes up 45-24. With Oklahoma pressing for a score, the Buckeyes defense would again stand tall, forcing another turnover on downs to essentially put the game on ice.
Here are three things we learned from Ohio State's 45-24 win.
3 things we learned:
1. Give Curtis Samuel the ball and get out of his way. There have been many players to play for Urban Meyer that have been given the “Percy Harvin” role but none have quite given it the same life like Harvin did at Florida. That may change with the way Curtis Samuel has played this season. Early on, Samuel’s name was called on often both as a receiver and ball carrier, and delivered right away, giving Ohio State its first points of the evening. In the first half, Samuel had 69 yards rushing on six carries with one touchdown and two receptions for 20 yards, making J.T. Barrett’s job much easier against a solid Oklahoma defense.
Mike Weber had his moments against the Sooners with several key rushes on scoring drives, but Samuel seems to be the true playmaker that the Buckeyes go to when they need a big play or score. It’s been a long time coming, as Samuel played behind Ezekiel Elliott and he’s done an excellent job of channeling it into his performance on the field this season. Oklahoma seemingly had no answer to stop No. 4 both in the air and on the ground.
Samuel’s usage against Tulsa was surprisingly much lower than it was against Bowling Green, but his his performance against the Sooners showed the trust that the coaching staff has in the H-back’s ability to make things happen. Samuel finished the night with 11 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown.
2. The defense is exceeding expectations and more. Ohio State’s defense continued its ball-hawking Silver Bullet’s style of defensive play, suffocating Baker Mayfield for much of the night. In the first half, Jerome Baker would intercept a pass and take it all the way back for a touchdown while Marshon Lattimore added to his total interception count with one of his own.
There doesn’t seem to be a clear weak spot on this defense, as the defensive front shut down a lot of what Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine had to give on the ground, while the secondary of Malik Hooker and company patrolled the air. Mixon provided most of the scare from a defensive standpoint, but overall this looks like a championship caliber defense so far.
The defense gave up its first touchdown of the season late in the second quarter as Mayfield finally was able to find a receiver in the endzone, but a lot of bending and not breaking tipped the scales in the Buckeyes favor, waiting for Mayfield to make mistakes.
The second half provided plenty of highlights as well, with big hits coming from Denzel Ward and several Buckeyes forcing their will on the Sooners offense. Ohio State would also force several turnover on downs when Oklahoma was facing four-down territory, and didn’t give up one of them.
3. There’s *that* Noah Brown Ohio State was hyped about. Are you kidding me, Noah Brown? How about three first half touchdowns for the wide receiver. The Ohio State camp has done nothing but hype up Brown’s ability and his tendency to be “unguardable” in multiple fall camps. After breaking his leg before the start of last season, the Buckeyes wouldn’t get to see Brown in action until this year.
He had a strong showing against Bowling Green and Tulsa, but Oklahoma is no doubt his declaration that he’s arrived. In the first half alone, Brown hauled in three receptions for 62 yards, all three of those receptions going for touchdowns.
His third touchdown of the night would provide one of the best catches of the year which we described above. If you still haven’t had the chance to see it, we’ve got you fully covered. A lot of questions on offense this season was about the wide receivers and if they’d be able to step up with such a young roster. The answer so far has been yes, and Brown has lead the way, especially when it comes in the redzone.
The second half would be much of the same. On the first drive of the half, J.T. Barrett would find Brown in the endzone yet again for his fourth touchdown of the night, upping his total to four receptions for 70 yards. Brown would finish with five receptions for 72 yards and four touchdowns.
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Ohio State just clobbered Oklahoma. Let's talk about it.Posted by Land-Grant Holy Land - For Ohio State fans on Saturday, September 17, 2016