Last week, Florida Atlantic wore all-white uniforms and proceeded to allow the Ohio State Buckeyes to score 28 points in the first nine minutes of the game before the scarlet and gray ended up winning the game, 45-21. This week, the Cincinnati Bearcats donned all-white uniforms. Ohio State not only proceeded to score the first 28 points of the game for the second week in a row but actually scored the first six touchdowns while routing their in-state foe, 42-0.
With their uniform choice, it’s almost like both FAU and Cincinnati were throwing up the white flag even before their respective games started in Ohio Stadium the last two Saturdays. Hindsight is 20/20, but I mean, maybe they were?
The Bearcats were expected to put up a good fight in Columbus, with many expecting to cover the 16-point spread. Ohio State had other ideas.
Whether it was the offense, defense, or special teams, the Buckeyes dominated on all side of the ball. Not only did the starters play extremely well, but the backups and third-stringers did as well. Outside of the few errors throughout the game (ones that will be hard to find, honestly), head coach Ryan Day really couldn’t have asked for a better overall game from every group on his team.
Offensively, the Justin Fields-led Buckeyes were clicking on all cylinders. Gain yards through the air? Easy. On the ground? Easy. They may have only taken a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, but by halftime, it was 28-0. Just like he did last week, Fields played extremely well, showing that he can be a playmaker both by throwing the ball and with his legs. The quarterback finished the game completing 20-of-25 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns while also adding nine carries for 42 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Along with Fields, J.K. Dobbins had one of his best games since his freshman year in 2017. The running back finished with 17 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns, including a 60-yard touchdown in the second quarter.1 Binjimen Victor (five catches, 69 yards), Chris Olave (two receptions, 60 yards), and K.J. Hill (eight catches, 57 yards, one touchdown) led the way as wideouts. True freshman Garrett Wilson also caught the first touchdown of his college career. That Fields-to-Wilson connection is one that Buckeye Nation will not only get used to but learn to love. A lot. Day even called it “NFL material” after the game.
When the offense wasn’t scoring touchdowns, Drue Chrisman was busy flipping the field, something that he is not only used to but great at as well. The punter had three punts that combined or 129 yards, to of which landed inside the 20-yard line. His first punt backed Cincinnati up to the one-yard line, inevitably setting up Ohio State’s first touchdown of the game on a five-play, 41-yard drive less than three minutes later.
Obviously, in a shutout, the defense looked good. Prior to the season, Chase Young was considered a top-three pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Somehow, the junior has already improved his draft stock through the first two weeks of the season. Young finished with three tackles, 1.5 sacks, and even blocked a field goal on special teams. If he had better hands, the defensive end could have (and should have) had an interception as well.
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Led by Young, the defensive line dominated the line of scrimmage the entire game. The linebackers and defensive backs played just as well, too. It was an outstanding game from the whole unit. Tuf Borland had an interception, one that was due to a nice play by Shaun Wade. Young’s dominance has certainly helped, but through two games, this defense looks much better than last year. The Silver Bullets had one of their worst statistical seasons in 2018, but with Day bringing in new assistants on that side of the ball, they seem to be somewhat back to normal, at least so far.
After spending nearly two decades as a Buckeye both as a player and coach, Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell was hoping to have a somewhat happy homecoming. It ended up being anything but that and the Bearcats were clearly overmatched on both sides of the ball.
Ohio State made it known that they are not only the best team in the state of Ohio but that it’s really not even close. The Bearcats thought they would be able to put up a good fight, but the Buckeyes made sure that they didn’t.
The best part about being 2-0 is the chance to be 3-0. Ohio State travels to Bloomington for a matchup against the Hoosiers next Saturday.