Oct. 14, 2017
LINCOLN, Neb. – Ohio State scored touchdowns on its first eight possessions and J.T. Barrett accounted for seven touchdowns as the Buckeyes continued its impressive offensive run, blasting Nebraska 56-14 on Saturday evening in Lincoln.
The OSU offense set a school record by racking up over 500 yards of total offense for the fifth-straight game. The Buckeyes finished with 633 yards on the night, 279 on the ground and 354 through the air. The Buckeyes also had 41 first downs which was the second-most in a game in school history and the most ever by a Nebraska opponent.
J.T. Barrett has shown over the last month that he’s one of the top play-makers in the country. On Saturday, he accounted for seven of the Buckeyes eight touchdowns and finished 27-of-33 for 325 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for 48 yards and had two scores.
Ten different Buckeye receivers caught passes on the night led by K.J. Hill with seven receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Marcus Baugh, Terry McLaurin and Rashod Berry also caught touchdown passes in the game.
On the ground, J.K. Dobbins topped the 100-yard mark for the third time this season with 106 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown. Mike Webber added 82 yards on 18 carries.
The Buckeyes deployed their ball-control offense on Saturday as all eight touchdown drives were of seven or more plays, including a 15-play march that spanned the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth.
After a Nebraska punt to the OSU four-yard line on the opening drive, Barrett led a 9-play, 96-yard drive that set the tone for the night. Dobbins turned the corner around the right edge and used a nice stiff-arm to break free for a 52-yard touchdown run. Barrett added a six-yard run on the next drive and the Buckeyes led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was also all Ohio State as Hill and McLaurin each catch touchdown passes and Barrett ran in his second score of the night to push the lead to 35-0 at the break.
Coming out of the locker room, Berry capped a 9-play, 75-yard drive with a 16-yard TD reception. Nebraska got on the board as JD Spielman caught a pass over the middle and went 77 yards for a score. Baugh then caught a touchdown pass from Barrett and Husker Stanley Morgan caught a TD pass from Tanner Lee and the teams headed to the fourth with OSU in front 49-14.
The final score of the game came on the third play of the fourth quarter as Barrett connected with Hill for a second time. This time was for a six-yard score that capped the 15-play, 66-yard drive. That was the longest scoring drive in terms of plays this season for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State is off next weekend before getting back to Ohio Stadium for a showdown with Penn State on Oct. 24.