The Nation’s second ranked team was beat convincingly by the fifth ranked Sooners of Oklahoma in the Shoe last evening.
Baker Mayfield threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns as Oklahoma pulled away in the second half to tame the Buckeyes – Saturday night as Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma’s first year coach, nailed down his first prime victory.
Mayfield lived up to the Heisman Trophy Candidate in shifting the Sooners (2-0) into overdrive and piling up the yardage as the Buckeyes offense stalled. Oklahoma took its first lead of the game near the end of the third quarter, while crushing in the fourth.
The Buckeyes Title hopes aren’t blown into the wind, but it will have to resolve a myriad of offensive issues in order to move into the season and a strong Big Ten presence with goals of success. The College Football Playoffs is not erased – yet. True Freshmen J.K Dobbins of the Buckeyes ran for 72 yards in 13 attempts for a 5.5 average, adding one touchdown. But JT Barrett was simply unable to hit the big target when needed – though throwing 183 yards, while having one interception.
Ohio State (1-1) was plagued by the same problems with the passing game that were intense issues of last year. The Receiver Corps had trouble getting open, and when they did, Barrett did not get it to them. His interception, made by the Sooners Parnell Motley in the fourth quarter, allowed Oklahoma to increase their lead one minute and forty seconds later on a three yard plow by Jordan Smallwood, making it 31-13.
The Take away:
Oklahoma has staked a claim in the National Title run – deservingly – they climb in the polls should go as high as three.
The Sooners revenge of last year’s loss in Norman, 45-24, had Barrett looking nothing near what he put on national display in the game. This game is the Buckeyes first loss at home since November 21, 2015.
History displays that the Buckeyes are not done – and cannot be eliminated from the National Title focus. With Wisconsin, Penn State, and TTUN, still on the schedule – wonderful things can still exist for OSU. Their susceptible flaws though are in need to be addressed now – if this reality comes into focus.
Defensively the Buckeyes did as best as they could, Chris Worley, SR, LB, had 11 total tackles, 7 solo. Damon Webb, SR, S, and 9 total and 7 solo. Nick Bosa had a disappointing showing, 3 total, 2 solo.
Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes will get a break after two tough games next week as they meet Army in the Shoe.
There’s a lot to address. Army will be a fine game too to address those issues and perhaps pump in new blood.
1-1; it’s a reality folks. But do not give up hope. It was better to lose now than in November. But …. yeah! My heart is broken too.