Ohio State charged out to a 10-point first quarter lead but saw TCU carry a one-point advantage into halftime. The Horned Frogs extended to an eight-point edge before the Buckeyes exploded for a 20-point run over the span of just four minutes in the third period. Ohio State held off TCU in the final frame to move to 3-0 on the season and also 3-0 all-time at AT&T Stadium.
The Ohio State defense scored twice, recovering a fumble in the endzone in the first quarter and picking off a TCU shovel pass in the third, which proved to be the turning point in the game.
Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins threw for 344 yards, spraying passes around to seven receivers. Ohio State also flourished in the ground game with Texas-native J.K. Dobbins leading the way with 121 on 18 carries. Defensively, Dre’Mont Jones accounted for the 20-yard pick six while adding two tackles for loss and a sack.
The Buckeyes return home to Ohio Stadium next Saturday to welcome Tulane and complete the 2018 non-conference slate. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Ohio State received the game’s opening kickoff and quickly moved down the field. Dwayne Haskins hit Austin Mack on consecutive plays for 16 and 48 yards to move the Buckeyes into the red zone, and the drive eventually resulted in a 20-yard field goal by Sean Nuernberger.
On the next possession, TCU moved the ball into Ohio State territory and had a touchdown run called back because of a holding call. Three plays later, Cole Bunce missed a 31-yard field goal and the Buckeyes preserved their 3-0 lead.
All-American DE Nick Bosa then made his presence felt early in the game, sacking TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson in the end zone and forcing a fumble, which was eventually recovered by Davon Hamilton for a touchdown. Nuernberger’s extra point made the score 10-0 with 7:13 remaining in the opening quarter.
Sewo Olonilua capped a seven-play, 84 yard drive when he scored from six yards out. The extra point pulled the Horned Frogs to within three, 10-7.
Drue Chrisman continued his fine game by dropping a third punt inside of the 15 after Ohio State’s initial possession of the second quarter. The ball was downed at the 7 yard line. But on a second and 10 play, TCU running back Darius Anderson burst 93 yards for the go ahead score and a 14-10 Horned Frog lead. This was the first time all season that Ohio State has trailed in a game. The 93-yard rush was the longest play from scrimmage allowed by Ohio State in school history.
Ohio State came back to cut the lead to 14-13 on a 30-yard field goal by Nuernberger to cap a 10-play, 48-yard drive. The Buckeyes had first and 10 at the TCU 14 but could not find the end zone. The Buckeyes had a chance to lead at the half, but Nuernberger’s 38-yard attempt with 7 seconds to go in the half was wide left.
Both teams had nearly 300 yards of offense in the first half and TCU went into the half leading, 14-13.
TCU’s Darius Anderson gave the Horned Frogs a 21-13 lead early in the third quarter, capping a three-play, 52-yard drive with his second score of the game, a 16-yard run. The possession was also keyed by a 28-yard pass by Robinson to Jarrison Stewart that put TCU into the red zone.
Haskins and Parris Campbell connected on a 63-yard touchdown 6:58 to play in the third quarter that drew the Buckeyes to within two, 21-19. Ohio State’s two-point conversion attempt was no good. It was Haskins’ fourth touchdown pass of 30 yards or more in three games this season.
Three plays into TCU’s next drive, Dre’Mont Jones scored Ohio State’s second defensive touchdown of the game when he intercepted a shovel pass by Robinson and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown. With Nuernberger’s extra point, Ohio State led 26-21.
After a blocked punt by Shaun Wade set up the Buckeyes with possession at TCU’s 25-yard line, Haskins tossed his second TD pass of the quarter when he found K.J. Hill from 25 yards out to give Ohio State a 33-21 lead. It also capped a stretch of 20 Ohio State points scored in a span of just four minutes.
TCU closed out the third quarter scoring with a 51-yard Robinson-to-TreVontae Hights touchdown pass that made the score 33-28 in favor of the Buckeyes.
Ohio State opened the final stanza answering TCU’s latest touchdown with an impressive drive of its own. Haskins scrambled in from five yards out to cap the 8-play, 75-yard drive.
Malik Harrison accounted for the third turnover of the game for the Silver Bullets, picking off Robinson and allowing the Buckeyes to salt away the game on the ground.
In the frame, junior running back Mike Weber reached 2,000 yards for his career. He finished the game with 64 yards on 18 carries.