Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ohio State Blows Out Oklahoma 45-24

No. 3 Ohio State pushed No. 14 Oklahoma around all night in an easy 45-24 win, rushing 48 times for 291 yards as the Sooners struggled to contain the Buckeyes’ electric ball carriers.

The Sooners (1-2) had been stiff against the run in their first two games this season, but they had no answers for Ohio State (3-0). Quarterback J.T. Barrett joined running backs Mike Weber and Curtis Samuel in running through, around and over OU’s defense.

“They got us out of a lot of our stuff, made it a physical game, and we didn’t react well to it,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said.



Oklahoma had a chance to prove its prior performances were no fluke early in the game, with the Buckeyes facing 4th-and-1 on the Sooners’ 36-yard line. However, the Sooners appeared confused before the snap and

Samuel quickly found the left edge of the defense and sprinted for a 7-0 lead.

“The one run (they scored on), it was around the edge,” head coach Bob Stoops said. “They get 50 yards for a touchdown on fourth and one. Is that brute strength? It’s perimeter speed.”

Ohio State often used an unbalanced formation, which both Stoops brothers said limited what packages the Sooners could utilize on defense. (More at OUDaily.com)

QUARTER-BY-QUARTER
Team1234F
Ohio State14217345
14 Oklahoma7107024
TEAM STATS
Stat OSUOU
First Downs2219
Total Yards443404
Pass Comp-Yards14-15217-226
Rushes-Yards48-29135-178
Penalties-Yards11-754-28
3rd Down Conversions6-145-13
4th Down Conversions2-20-3
Fumbles Lost10
Interceptions20
Time of Possession35:4924:11

Photo Courtesy Cleveland Plain Dealer

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