Ohio State Improves to 2-0 With 38-0 Win; Mark May Falls to 0-2

Photo used courtesy of: Sam Howzit (CC) some rights reserved

Photo used courtesy of: Sam Howzit (CC) some rights reserved

 

The #1 Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) had a short week this week. Following Monday’s 42-24 win over Virginia Tech, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes came home to host Hawaii (1-1). Despite a late night Monday, Ohio State seemingly had the advantage right? They’re playing at home and Hawaii traveled through six time zones to get to Columbus. Well, neither team looked spectacular for three quarters during Ohio State’s 38-0 win.

The Buckeye offense struggled throughout the day, finishing with 366 total yards of offense. On Monday, the Buckeyes had 320 yards on the ground. Cardale Jones (12-18, 111 Yds) and J.T. Barrett (8-15, 70 Yds) combined for 181 yards through the air and neither were effective on the ground, combining for seven carries and 12 yards. All of the Ohio State offense, well  nearly all of it, came from Heisman hopeful Ezekiel Elliot. “Zeke” carried 27 times for 101 yards and three touchdowns. All three scores came from in close (two 1-yard scores and a 3-yard score) and Elliot has now rushed for 100 yards or more in seven straight games. Bri’onte Dunn scored a garbage time touchdown late in the fourth.

Braxton Miller showed some more flash, rushing eight times for 57 yards. Miller’s most impressive play came on a Jalin Marshall return. Miller took out two Hawaii defenders on one block, showing no regard for his recently healed shoulder (we’ll ignore the half-hearted attempt at a pass over the middle where he slightly reached for the ball). Marshall made his return from a one-game suspension hauling in three passes for 40 yards. Curtis Samuel had seven receptions for 53 yards and Michael Thomas grabbed five passes for 52 yards.

Max Wittek went 7-24 for 67 yards and threw two interceptions. Columbus native Paul Harris ran 14 times for 46 yards for Hawaii.

Final Thoughts

The Buckeyes ran 84 plays Saturday for 366 yards. That comes to an average of 4.4 yards per play, which is a huge drop off from Monday’s 10.2 yards per play. The shining point of today’s game was Luke Fickell’s defense. The Ohio State defense allowed 165 total yards (85 pass/ 80 rush) and forced four turnovers. One turnover resulted in a scoop-and-score touchdown from Vonn Bell.

It was a horrible for the Buckeyes, but with the almighty SEC struggling (#6 Auburn barely beat FCS Jacksonville State 27-20 in OT) and falling flat on their faces (#18 Arkansas lost to Toledo 16-12), it wasn’t an overly bad day. The reason the SEC struggles are so satisfying today is because Arkansas head coach Brett Bielema talked a lot of trash about the Ohio State schedule. That would be accepted if his team didn’t lose to a middle-of-the-road MAC school. As for Auburn, they should honestly drop AT LEAST out of the Top 20. There is no reason for Arizona State to lose to South Carolina last week and drop out of the Top 25. NONE.

*Oh, and Mark May: Nice try picking Hawaii in the upset. Better luck next week. You’ll eventually get it right.*

Up Next: vs Northern Illinois

Game Ball: Buckeye defense (165 total yards allowed, 4 turnovers, 1 Touchdown)

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Hello everyone. My name is Raymond Bosak and I live in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a die-hard Cleveland fan, and have been my entire life. I am looking forward to bringing you some excellent Browns, Buckeyes, and Indians coverage, and maybe some Cavs things too. Everything I write will be honest and upfront. I’ll aim to have a couple articles per week, including some game previews and reviews, 5 things to watch for, and game ball and game MVP(s).

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