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OU-Ohio State Game Summary

OU-Ohio State Game Summary

The nation’s third best team, Ohio State, traveled to Norman on Saturday to face the fourteenth ranked Oklahoma Sooners in a matchup that had been highly anticipated since being announced on the 2016-17 schedule. But as an ugly thunderstorm rolled into the state, the six thirty (CT) kickoff time was delayed due to the weather until eight (CT), and the game was put on hold.
Once the game was underway, Oklahoma started with the ball and moved it effectively down the field with Samaje Perine picking up twenty yards on six carries and Baker Mayfield completing fifty percent of his passes for 34 yards to help OU get into the red zone. With Baker’s only two incompletions on the drive, and a stuffed Perine handoff, the Sooners were quickly forced to kick a field goal. Austin Siebert lined himself up for a twenty-seven yard attempt from the left hash, but the so-called “gimme” field goal ended up not being so easy, and Siebert mixed the field goal wide right. OU’s defense would avenge Siebert and force a punt with the Buckeyes being pinned on their own side of the field. When getting the ball back, the Sooners returned the favor, and had a their point dribble onto their own 45 to give the Buckeyes great field position. In just four plays, Ohio State struck first blood with a thirty-four yard scamper from running back, Curtis Samuel. After the score, OU began driving down the field with Mayfield picking up chunks of yardage through the air, and Baker got a pass tipped at the line, intercepted, and returned for an Ohio State touchdown with four and half minutes left in the first quarter. It would only take the Sooners fourteen seconds to respond, through, with Joe Mixon taking the ensuing kickoff ninety-seven yards to the house. Ohio State would take the ball on their own eleven yardline due to a block in the back on the kickoff, but Buckeye running back, Chris Weber would take a handoff thirty-five yards to regain all the lost yardage just two plays later.
The long run set up a slew of quarterback runs by J.T. Barrett, and the Buckeyes scored on a four-yard pass from Barrett to Noah Brown to start the second quarter. The Sooners response took only three minutes, but a touchdown opportunity was thwarted by a thirteen-yard sack, and OU had to settle for a twenty-six yard field goal that cut Ohio State’s lead down to eleven. The Sooner defense showed up in a big way on the Buckeyes following possession by sacking Barrett and forcing a delay of game that resulted in another punt for Ohio State. Unfortunately for OU, they wouldn’t have the ball long, as Mayfield tossed his second pick of the evening just two plays later. After the turnover, J.T. Barrett found Noah Brown on a thirty-seven yard touchdown pass, and the Sooners found themselves down by eighteen. Undeterred, Oklahoma drove down the field and Baker hooked up with A.D. Miller for a thirty-five yard pass with just over four minutes left in the half. That ended up being too much time left on the clock, and the Buckeyes took advantage by going on a ten play, seventy-five yard, drive that was capped off by a twenty-one yard touchdown pass from J.T. Barrett to Noah Brown. So at halftime, the Sooners found themselves down by a score of thirty-five to seventeen.
To begin the second half, Ohio State would receive the ball, and a defensive stop is what all the Sooner faithful were hoping for. On the contrary, the Buckeyes proceeded to run the ball five straight times and picked up fifty-three yards. OU had a chance to hold Ohio State to a field goal, but on second and fifteen from the Sooner’s twenty-seven yardline, a facemask would keep the Buckeye drive alive. The result would be an eight-yard touchdown pass from Barrett to Brown that would give the Ohio State wideout three touchdowns on three catches. The Sooner offensive came out on the field, down fourty-two to seventeen, and needed to establish a fruitful drive in order to keep the crowd from heading towards the exit. The first play gave some promising signs as Perine ran for a quick twenty yard gain to pull some momentum OU’s way, but Lincoln Riley would step away from the run the next three plays from scrimmage. In those three plays, the Sooners passed it three straight times and only gained three yards. Oklahoma would punt to the Buckeyes again, but the OU defense stood strong and forced another punt. Thankfully for the Sooner defense, their work didn’t go unrewarded, and Baker drove the ball all the way down to the Buckeye five yardline before finding tight end, Mark Andrews, on a touchdown pass that cut Ohio State’s lead to eighteen again. When the Buckeyes got the ball back, their drive was halted again by the Oklahoma defense, and another punt gave OU a chance to cut further into their deficit.
As the final quarter got started, the Sooners were put in a fourth down situation where they had to pick up seven yards for a first down. Their attempt was quickly distinguished due to Baker Mayfield taking a twelve-yard sack that would lead to an Ohio State field goal. With the score in favor of the Buckeyes, forty-five to twenty-four, Oklahoma was in desperation mode and was forced with another fourth down to convert. Once again, the offensive line missed an assignment and Mayfield took a sack, giving the ball back to Ohio State with just under nine minutes to play. The OU defense would bring Urban Meyer’s offense to punt again on fourth down, but the punt was downed at the Oklahoma one yardline. Being pinned back against their own endzone, the offense couldn’t get anything to bring them out of the shadows of their own goalpost, and OU had to punt it away with five and a half minutes remaining in the game. In the following possession for Ohio State, the Buckeyes pounded the run game and let the clock wither away. With the inability to stop the Buckeye offense, the clock hit zeros with Oklahoma getting defeated by Ohio State, forty-five to twenty-four.
Baker Mayfield finished the game two hundred and twenty-six passing yards to go along with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Joe Mixon contributed seventy-eight rushing yards on nine carries and had a kickoff returned for a touchdown. As for the receiving core, Dede Westbrook was Mayfield’s favorite target with five catches for fifty-one yards and A.D. Miller added three catches for seventy-four yards and a score.
For the Buckeyes, J.T. Barrett tossed four touchdowns and threw for one hundred and fifty-two yards. On the ground, running backs Mike Weber and Curtis Samuel combined for two hundred and twenty-one yards and a score on twenty-nine carries. As for receiving, Noah Brown had four touchdowns on five catches, but for only seventy-two yards.
As a team, OU made thirty-eight percent of their third-down conversions, none of their fourth-down chances, and threw the ball away three times. Ohio State made forty-three percent of their third-down opportunities, converted on both of their fourth-downs, and didn’t turn the ball over once. This was OU’s first home loss after a rain delay since the Texas Tech game in 2011.

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