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What can Brown do for you: Basic Buckeyes rout Sooners, 45-24

(Marvin Fong / The Plain Dealer)

The basic Ohio State Buckeyes defense wasn’t so basic Saturday night, let alone their special teams and offense. In their first road game of the season, the Buckeyes made quite a statement in front of a sold out crowd in Norman, Oklahoma. They not only beat the Oklahoma Sooners handily, 45-24, but they dominated for the majority of the game. Whether it was what the Sooners backup quarterback said or just the fact that they wanted to prove to the world that they shouldn’t be overlooked this season, the young and inexperienced Buckeyes let the college football world know just how good they are this season.

Quarter by Quarter

First Quarter

  • 11:25 – Fourth-and-9 – After Oklahoma has a nice, efficient opening drive all the way down the field, Austin Seibert hits a 27-yard field goal off the post.
  • 9:36 – Fourth-and-9 – Punters may not get much credit, but Cameron Johnston’s 68-punt to conclude the Buckeyes’ first possession not only flip the field, but gave Ohio State some momentum as well.
  • 7:28 – Fourth-and-1 – A 53-yard field goal is too long for a walk-on so following a timeout, Urban Meyer decides to go for it on fourth-and-short and it pays off. Curtis Samuel runs for a 30-yard touchdown to give the Buckeyes the early lead. (7-0)
  • 4:34 – Fourth-and-3 – Another game, another pick-six for the Silver Bullets. Oklahoma decides to go for it on fourth down and Baker Mayfield’s pass is tipped and intercepted by Jerome Baker who runs it back 68 yards for another defensive touchdown. (14-0)
  • 4:20 – Oklahoma immediately answers back and Joe Mixon runs the kickoff back 97 yards for a touchdown. But wait, was it really a touchdown? Not sure how the refs missed this one. (14-7)

First Quarter Analysis

What a first quarter. And to think that the Buckeyes should have a 14-0 lead after as well. Either way, following their first drive of the game, Ohio State’s offense was very impressive, especially their run attack.

The Silver Bullets dominated yet again, like they have all season. They bent but didn’t break, which is all that matters. Oh, and yet another pick-six? Unreal.

Overall, it was a very good opening quarter for the young and inexperienced Buckeyes. To think that this is many of the players first game on the road is crazy solely due to the fact that they aren’t playing like it.

Second Quarter

  • 14:20 – Third-and-1 – J.T. Barrett connects on a four-yard pass to Noah Brown for an easy touchdown. (21-7)
  • 11:04 – Fourth-and-goal  – From almost the same spot where he hit the post the first time, Oklahoma’s Austin Seibert hits a 27-yard field goal. (21-10)
  • 6:10 – Second-and-10 – Marshon Lattimore shows off his speed and picks off Baker Mayfield’s deep pass.
  • 6:02 – First-and-10 – Immediately following the turnover, J.T. Barrett strikes gold with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Noah Brown. (28-10)
  • 4:12 – First-and-10 – For the first time this season, the Silver Bullets allowed a touchdown (almost 10 quarters into the season). Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield throws a 35-yard touchdown pass to A.D. Miller. (28-17)
  • 0:06 – Second-and-10 – In what could easily be the catch of the year in college football, Noah Brown makes an incredible one-handed catch behind the opponent’s back on a 21-yard pass from J.T. Barrett to score just before the half. Don’t worry, if you missed it, it will be on highlight reels for years to come. (35-17)

Second Quarter Analysis

What a second quarter for Ohio State’s offense, specifically Noah Brown. The Buckeyes defense may be dominating for most of the game so far, but their offense was on another level in the second quarter. Whether it was the run game or pass game, the offense couldn’t be stopped. In fact, all three of their possessions in the second stanza resulted in touchdowns.

I still can’t believe Brown was able to make that catch, literally one of the best catches I’ve ever seen.

But, with such a big lead, the the scarlet and gray can’t return from the locker room in the second half thinking that they have already won the game. Blow out the Sooners if you can. Prove a point. Oh, and I still can’t believe Brown’s one-handed catch.

Unfortunately for the Silver Bullets, top cornerback Gareon Conley hurt his arm in the second quarter and was ruled out of the game. Obviously, the Buckeyes would love to have him for the remainder of the game, but hopefully he will be back next week.

Third Quarter

  • 10:39 – Third-and-5 – The Noah Brown party continues. He catches his fourth pass – all of which are for touchdowns – from J.T. Barrett, this one is an 8-yarder. (42-17)
  • 4:06 – Third-and-goal – Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Mark Andrew connect for a 5-yard touchdown. (42-24)

Third Quarter Analysis

Compared to the second quarter, it was quite a boring quarter on both sides of the ball for the Buckeyes. But, with a big lead, I’m sure Urban Meyer and company liked that the opening quarter of the second half was low scoring. The scarlet and gray now have just one more quarter to close out a huge win away from home.

Fourth Quarter

10:33 – Fourth-and-7 – Tyler Durbin gets on the scoreboard with a 31-yard field goal, giving the Buckeyes a three-touchdown lead and all but putting the game away, if it hadn’t already been. (45-24)

Fourth Quarter Analysis

If you thought the third quarter was boring, the final quarter was even worse. Due to the fact that Ohio State held such a big lead, they were more worried about killing the time on the clock than actually putting points on the scoreboard, which is completely understandable.

Once again, the Silver Bullets dominated in the fourth quarter. That seems to be a common statement so far this season.

Top Performers

J.T. Barrett – 14-for-20, 152 yards, four touchdowns; 17 carries, 74 yards

Mike Weber – 18 carries, 123 yards; one catch, six yards

Curtis Samuel – 11 carries, 98 yards, one touchdown; two catches, 20 yards

Noah Brown – five receptions, 72 yards, four touchdowns

Damon Webb – seven tackles

Malik Hooker – seven tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss

Chris Worley – seven tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss

Jerome Baker – 4.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss, pick-six

Marshon Lattimore – four tackles, one interception

Final Thoughts

What a statement in Norman, Oklahoma. To hear the Stadium “O-H-I-O” chant in the final minutes truly shows that not only Ohio State made a statement on national television, but proves just how well Buckeye Nation travels as well.

Whether it was through the air, in the run game, or the Silver Bullets, the Buckeyes dominated on all sides of the ball Saturday night. They came out ready to play and it showed.

Urban Meyer and the rest of the coaching staff had a great game plan that the players almost carried out perfectly. To think that this is such a young and inexperienced team that just made such a statement in front of the biggest crowd in Oklahoma history really is incredible. To think that this team will only get better as the season goes on is truly scary.

While the scarlet and gray may enjoy an off week after this tough game, unfortunately for Ohio State fans, they now have to deal with a bye week and know Buckeyes football next weekend. The worst.