WTUZ BIG Z Sports (September 10th) Columbus, Ohio – The second ranked Buckeyes hosted #5 Oklahoma in what was only the 21st night game in Ohio State’s illustrious football history. The Sooners came in looking to avenge a 45-24 loss at home last year to the Buckeyes. The game started with Oklahoma receiving the opening kick, but the drive stalled as Oklahoma failed to convert on a 4th down. The Buckeyes’ first possession ended with a punt. Oklahoma’s offense out shined Ohio State in the scoreless opening quarter, 119 total yards to 25 from the Buckeyes. Even with Abdul Adams fumbling and the defense recovering, Ohio State could not capitalize.
After both teams settled in, it was the Buckeyes scoring first with a 24 yard field goal putting them up 3-0. That score was set up by another fumble recovery by the defense. Damon Webb scooped up a loose ball on what at first was ruled an incomplete pass, then overturned as replay showed the pass was behind the line of scrimmage, therefore making it a lateral. Oklahoma attempted to answer back with 3 points of their own, but the 37 yard field goal sailed wide right. After another uneventful quarter, the Sooners finally got on the board with a 35 yard field goal, knotting the game at 3 just before halftime.
The second half began with a 56 yard kickoff return by Parris Campbell into Sooner territory. The short drive was capped off with a 6 yard touchdown run from freshman running back J.K. Dobbins. Oklahoma quickly responded back with a touchdown of their own, a 36 yard pass from Baker Mayfield to Dimitri Flowers that tied the game at 10. On the ensuing possession, instant replay ruled in favor of Ohio State again. Buckeye quarterback J.T. Barrett connected with Austin Mack for 31 yards, the pass was initially ruled incomplete. The Buckeyes could not cap the drive off with another touchdown, settling for the second 24 yard field goal from kicker Sean Nuernberger. Mayfield started to heat up as he threw his second touchdown pass with 2:17 left in the 3rd. This time an 18 yard strike to Lee Morris, giving Oklahoma their first lead of the game 17-13.
Head coach Urban Meyer was faced with a big decision to start the final quarter, go for it on a 4th down and 4 from the Sooner 36, or punt the football away and ask your defense to make a play. He elected to ask his offense to step up, which they were unable to do, turning the ball over on downs. Oklahoma made the Buckeyes pay by going up by double digits on a 10 yard touchdown pass to Trey Sermon, putting the score at 24-13. The Sooners looked to add to their lead after a J.T. Barrett interception. They did just that on a 3 yard sweep with wide receiver Jordan Smallwood. Ohio State added a field goal as the final was 31-16 in favor of Oklahoma. The Buckeye offense struggled again to make plays in a big game. Lincoln Riley, head coach for the Sooners and the youngest in the FBS at 34, got the first marquee win of his career.
Head coach Urban Meyer at the podium (click on Facebook link)
Urban Meyer presser after loss at home to Oklahoma 31-16. Coverage presented by Warther Cutlery in Dover.https://t.co/Ohftf9EMpP
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Ohio State – Total Yards: 350 Rushing Yards: 167 Passing Yards: 183 First Downs: 21 Turnovers: 1 (Int) Penalties: 9 for 87 yards
Oklahoma – Total Yards: 490 Rushing Yards: 104 Passing Yards: 386 First Downs: 27 Turnovers: 2 (Fum) Penalties: 3 for 26 yards
Player of The Game – QB Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma – 27/35 386 Yards 3 Touchdowns
The all-time series between Ohio State and Oklahoma is now tied 2-2, no home team has ever won.
Ohio State’s next game: Saturday, September 16th vs Army (2-0), 4:30 PM (ET)
Oklahoma’s next game: Saturday, September 16th vs Tulane (1-1), 6:00 PM (ET)
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