October 24, 2020

🏈Buckeyes pull away from Huskers in Season Opener

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Following a slow start, No. 5 Ohio State heated up a chilly and nearly empty Ohio Stadium to hang a 52-17 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday. The Buckeyes, who have now won six straight in the series, have claimed 35 straight home openers in Ohio Stadium.

As expected, Justin Fields shined in the first start of his second season with the Scarlet and Gray. He completed all but one of his 21 pass attempts for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He added another 54 yards on the ground. Saturday was a standout day for a pair of Buckeye wideouts as well. Garrett Wilson nabbed seven balls on the day for 129 yards, while counterpart Chris Olave hauled in six grabs to also eclipse the century mark (104).

The two teams traded first-drive touchdowns in a tightly-contested first before Ohio State began to pull way with a pair of scoring drives to end the first half up 24-14. The Buckeyes controlled the final 30 minutes handily scoring a pair of touchdowns in each of the third and fourth quarters.

FIRST QUARTER
Ohio State 14 | Nebraska 7

The Buckeyes and Huskers traded touchdown drives on their first possessions of the 2020 season.

Nebraska struck quickly out of the gate with a 75-yard drive that took just four plays and less than two minutes off the clock. The key play was a 47-yard scamper by QB Adrian Martinez to the Buckeye 10. Martinez finished off the drive woth a 10 yard run into the south endzone of Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes answered with a 75-yard drive of its own, over 11 plays and just more than five minutes ticking off the clock. Justin Fields had a trio of first down passes to wideouts Chris Olave (14) and Garrett Wilson (14 and 24) to move the Buckeyes down the field before his own 9-yard sprint put the Buckeyes at the NU 1. Master Teague finished off the drive with a plunge into the endzone.

On Ohio State’s ensuing possession, Fields found Wilson with a 42-yard scoring bomb to cap a 6-play, 76-yard drive in 2:18.

🔊 Teague opens up the scoring for the Buckeyes on a 1-yard TD plunge

🔊 Wilson’s 42-yard TD snag

SECOND QUARTER
Ohio State 24 | Nebraska 14

Nebraska opened the second quarter with an 11-play, 78-yard drive that resulted in a 3-yard rush by Dedrick Mills, tying the score at 14-14.

Ohio State responded once again, capping of an 11-play drive of their own to take the lead, 17-14, on a 34-yard field goal by Blake Haubeil.

Teague found the endzone for the second time on the day when he barreled in from six yards out to give Ohio State a 24-14 lead with 1:10 remaining before halftime.

Ohio State outgained Nebraska 277-181 in the first half, compiling 187 passing yards on 12/13 passing from Justin Fields.

🔊 Master Teague’s second TD run of the first half

THIRD QUARTER
Ohio State 38 | Nebraska 17

Ohio State took the second half kickoff and marched 75 yards in eight plays to increase its lead to 31-14 on a Fields scamper from 17 yards out.

On the ensuing drive, Sevyn Banks picked up a Cornhusker fumble and rumbled 55 yards to the house – making the score 38-14 in favor of Ohio State.

Nebraska got on the scoreboard at the 3:56 mark of the third quarter when Connor Culp made a 22-yard field goal.

🔊 Fields’ TD scamper

🔊 Banks’ scoop n score TD

FINAL
Ohio State 52 | Nebraska 17

The highlight play of the day occurred in the fourth quarter as Fields found a trailing Smith-Njigba in the back of the endzone for a 5-yard tip-toed, circus catch for six. With the extra point following the 42-yard, seven-play drive, Ohio State moved ahead 45-17.

The Buckeyes topped the 50-point mark on the final possession of the game, a drive led by freshman QB Jack Miller. Ohio State started on the plus-side of the Husker 50 as Miller finished off the drive with a two yard TD run. Miller added a 21-yard scamper on the drive.

POSTGAME NOTES

  • Ohio State improved to 17-1 under head coach Ryan Day, who began his second full season leading the Buckeyes on Saturday.
  • The Buckeyes have won 41 of their last 44 season openers and haven’t dropped a season-opening game at Ohio Stadium since 1978.
  • Justin Fields’ .952 completion percentage (20-of-21) is the second highest in a single game and the best by a quarterback with 11 or more attempts.
  • Six Buckeyes made their first career starts: WR Garrett Wilson, DT Tommy Togiai, DT Antuwan Jackson, SAF Marcus Hooker and CB Marcus Williamson
  • Wilson’s 129 receiving yards was a career-high
  • Ohio State scored 50 or more points for the 17th time since Ryan Day has been in Columbus (43 games).
  • Ohio State finished with two 100 yard receivers in a game for the first time since Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon did it in 2018 at Maryland. Today, Garrett Wilson had 129 yards on seven receptions while Chris Olave caught six passes for 104 yards.
  • RB Trey Sermon made his Ohio State debut and rushed 11 times for a team-high 55 yards.
  • Justin Fields has accounted for multiple touchdowns in 14 of his 15 career games at Ohio State.
  • Saturday’s attendance of 1,344 is believe to be the smallest in Ohio Stadium history.