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Buckeyes make it look easy, blow out Nebraska, 62-3

(Marvin Fong / The Plain Dealer)

With a bunch of big-time recruits in attendance and in front of the second-biggest crowd in Ohio Stadium history, the Ohio State Buckeyes put on a show both offensively and defensively in their blowout 62-3 win over No. 10 Nebraska Saturday night.

Whether it was quarterback J.T. Barrett, H-back Curtis Samuel, safety Malik Hooker, or anyone else that got on the field for the scarlet and gray, they played the best game they have played all season as an entire unit.

Quarter by Quarter

First Quarter

  • 13:03 – Third-and-3 – Nebraska’s Tommy Armstrong’s pass is tipped by Raekwon McMillan and returned for a pick-six by Damon Webb. (7-0)
  • 7:45 – Fourth-and-goal – Cornhuskers’ Drew Brown makes a 20-yard field goal to put Nebraska on the scoreboard. (7-3)
  • 3:16 – Third-and-goal – J.T. Barrett finds Terry McLaurin for a 7-yard touchdown. (14-3)

First Quarter Analysis

So, it is possible to score multiple touchdowns in the opening quarter? I know we’re only 15 minutes into this game, but quarterback J.T. Barrett and company look much better than they have over the last few weeks. If this continues, they can put on one heck of a show in front of the entire country in primetime. Also, Barrett is finding all of his playmakers already, which is always a good sign.

The Silver Bullets are doing what they do best: dominate their competition whether Ohio State’s offense is scoring points or not. If we haven’t realized already this season, the defense doesn’t care whether the offense is putting up points, they’ll continue to dominate their competition, at least for the most part.

Second Quarter

  • 12:21 – Second-and-5 – Mike Weber finds the end zone with a 23-yard touchdown. (21-3)
  • 8:22 – Fourth-and-10 – Tyler Durbin connects on a 29-yard field goal. (24-3)
  • 7:23 – Fourth-and-11 – Dontre Wilson muffs another punt yet again that is recovered by Nebraska’s Luke McNitt.
  • 0:03 – First-and-goal – Just before halftime, Curtis Samuel nabs an easy 1-yard touchdown from a jumping J.T. Barrett. (31-3)

Second Quarter Analysis

In case you missed it, Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong went down (and out) on a scramble in the second quarter. Although everything seems to be precautionary at this point, he was stabilized and taken to the Ohio State’s hospital. Here’s to hoping it was just precautionary and everything is alright.

I know it’s only the second quarter, but the rout is on. Whether it’s the offense or defense, the Buckeyes are dominating the Cornhuskers and making it look easy on both sides of the ball.

Third Quarter

  • 14:48 – First-and-10 – It’s amazing what happens when you give your best playmaker the ball. On the first play of the second half, J.T. Barrett connects with Curtis Samuel and he does the rest of the work on a 75-yard touchdown. (38-3)
  • 10:00 – First-and-goal – J.T. Barrett is making it look easy now and finds Noah Brown for a 6-yard touchdown. (45-3)
  • 1:35 – Fourth-and-9 – Tyler Durbin makes another field goal, this one is a 28-yarder. (48-3)
  • 0:34 – Third-and-9 – Is there anything Malik Hooker can’t do? His pick-six on a 48-yard return for a touchdown following an interception gives the Silver Bullets two on the day. (55-3)

Third Quarter Analysis

Who expected the Buckeyes to have a 52-point lead heading into the fourth quarter? Obviously, they have already locked up their biggest win of the season so far. It really is awesome to see so many players donned in the throwback scarlet and gray uniform make plays, no matter what side of the ball they’re on.

Fourth Quarter

  • 7:19 – Second-and-4 – With the backups in, the Buckeyes are still scoring touchdowns. This one is a 12-yard run from backup quarterback Joe Burrow. (62-3)

Fourth Quarter Analysis

What a boring fourth quarter. But seriously, with the backups in, there wasn’t much going on. That being said, even with the second- and third-stringers playing, Ohio State still dominated Nebraska.

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Top Performers

J.T. Barrett – 26-of-38, 290 yards, four touchdowns; eight carries, 39 yards

Mike Weber – 11 carries, 72 yards; one catch, 15 yards

Demario McCall – 16 carries, 73 yards

Curtis Samuel – eight catches, 137 yards, two touchdowns; five carries, 41 yards

Sam Hubbard – five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss

Malik Hooker – three tackles, one pass breakup, one pick-six

Damon Webb – three tackles, one pick-six

Denzel Ward – three tackles, three pass breakups

Final Thoughts

Wow. I don’t think anyone in the world was expecting a 59-point blowout in a game featuring two top 10 teams in the country. Whether it was impressing the College Football Playoff committee or over a dozen recruits that were on visits for the weekend, the Buckeyes did it all and then some.

J.T. Barrett and the offense had by far their best game of the season. They dominated the Cornhuskers, whether it be with their run attack or through the air.

Oh, and you can never forget about the Silver Bullets. They not only allowed just three points (which were midway through the first quarter), but the defense had two touchdowns of their own as well.

For the first time in a few weeks, the Buckeyes looked like one of the best teams in the country. If they play like this the rest of the season they will be hard to beat, no matter who the opponent is.