Columbus, Ohio – On a hot, sticky fall day at the Horseshoe, 106,187 fans were on hand to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes take control of the game early and never look back. With 11:49 left in the 1st quarter, J.T. Barrett connected with Parris Campbell on a 69-yard touchdown pass, and the Buckeyes led 7-0. After a couple of defensive penalties by Buckeye sophomore defensive back Kendall Sheffield, UNLV attempted a 52-yard field goal with no luck, as it fell well short in the end zone. The Buckeyes’ offense took the field again and marched 65 yards. Barrett added another TD pass, 16 yards to junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon. The defense was flying around the field as they added points as well. With 1:02 left, they swarmed UNLV’s ball carrier in the end zone for a safety, taking a 16-0 lead.

Parris Campbell took the free kick 82 yards down to the 8-yard line and the Buckeyes punched it into the end zone at the 14:50 mark of the 2nd quarter, Barrett’s third touchdown pass of the day. This time to Benjamin Victor from 3 yards out. The Buckeyes led 23-0 and the rout was on. Barrett would throw 2 more touchdowns on the afternoon, one to Terry McLaurin from 4 yards out, and another one to sophomore K.J. Hill for 11 yards and the Buckeyes would lead 37-0. UNLV would finally put the ball in the end zone with 3:32 left in the half, Lexington Thomas punched it in from 2 yards out. Redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins would enter the game late in the 2nd quarter. He promptly conducted a 7 play, 75-yard drive ending with a 28-yard TD pass to C.J. Saunders, the extra point would make the score 44-7.

The second half was dominated by the reserves for both Ohio State and UNLV. The Rebels punched it into the end-zone from 55 yards out with 8:46 to go in the 3rd quarter which made the score 44-14. The highlight for the Buckeyes in the second half was when Dwayne Haskins found sophomore tight end Rashod Berry for a 38 yard TD that proved to be the final score of the day for the offense. Haskins, though, was not mistake free through the day. Javin White returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown in the 4th quarter to make the score 54-21 Ohio State.  The Buckeyes would go on to win the game by that final and improve to (3-1, 1-0). UNLV falls to 1-2 on the young season.

After the game Urban Meyer was very appreciative of Buckeye Nation and their support on 90-plus degree day at the shoe. “So I just want to be real clear and, man, oh, man it’s awesome to look up there. And I do, I counted them. Our team talked about that for a few minutes afterwards. I speak on behalf of our players saying thank you for your support.”

Head coach Urban Meyer at the podium (click on link)

QB J.T Barrett live (click on link)

Final Stats:

#10 Ohio State – Total Yards 664 – Rushing Yards 190 –  Passing Yards 474 –  First Downs 34 –  Turnovers 3 (2 Int’s 1 Fum) – Penalties 8 for 85

QB J.T. Barrett 12/17 209 yards 5 TD’s

QB Dwayne Haskins 15/23 228 yards 2 TD’s 1 INT

UNLV – Total Yards 264 – Rushing Yards 176 – Passing Yards 88 – First Downs 17 – Turnovers 2 Int’s – Penalties 4 for 30

RB Lexington Thomas 12 carries 84 yards 2 TD’s

Other Notes:

Player of The Game – Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett 12/17 209 yards 5 TD’s

J.T. Barrett moved into 2nd place all-time on the Ohio State passing list, passing Bobby Hoying in the 1st quarter, on a 20 yard pass to K. J. Hill.  Barrett finished the game with 9,982 yards in his career, 18 yards short of  becoming the first Buckeye in history with 10,000 yards for his career.

The Buckeyes threw for a school record 474 yards, breaking the previous mark of 459 set at Penn State in 1997.

Ohio State set a school record with seven different receivers catching a touchdown pass. The previous mark was five set four different times, with the most recent being in 2016 vs Bowling Green.

QB Dwayne Haskins recorded his 1st career touchdown pass on a 28 yard pass to C.J. Saunders in the second quarter. It was also Saunders’ first career touchdown.

Ohio State’s next game: Saturday, September 30th @ Rutgers, TBD PM (ET)

UNLV’s next game: Saturday, September 30th @ San Jose State, 10:30 PM (ET)

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