Nothing cleanses the taste of defeat like the taste of victory.
The Buckeyes spent a week with the sour taste of their loss to Oklahoma in their mouths. They got rid of it with a one-sided win over Army.
The Buckeyes scored on their first two possessions to take a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and really never looked back.
Army’s lone shining moment on offense was a withering 99-yard drive that culminated in a touchdown to cut the OSU lead to 14-7, but the Cadet’s ground-oriented offense didn’t pose another serious threat the rest of the way.
The Buckeyes, meanwhile, moved the ball both on the ground and in the air. OSU amassed 586 total yards of offense, 270 of them on the ground and 318 in the air. Freshman tailback J.K. Dobbins led the way on the ground with 172 yard rushing on just 13 carries. His long rush of the day was on a 52-yard touchdown run. He averaged 13.2 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns.
Senior starting quarterback J.T. Barrett has struggled in the passing game this season, but was efficient against Army. He completed 25-of-33 passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Buckeye middle linebacker Chris Worley suffered a sprained foot and was replaced by redshirt freshman Tuf Borland. Borland responded with a game-high 12 tackles, nine of them solos. Army rushed for 259 yards, but could manage just 19 yards passing. The ground-oriented attack was perfect for the hard-nosed Borland. His performance went a long way toward slowing the Army offense after their long touchdown drive.
A total of eight Buckeyes caught passes, led by K.J. Hill who had eight receptions for 74 yards.
With a 38-7 lead in the fourth quarter the Buckeyes were able to take a look at backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Haskins is currently ahead of redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow due to Burrow’s recent injury. Haskins impressed, completing 4-of-4 passes for 46 yards and a quarterback rating of 196.6 in his cameo appearance.
Haskins’ success came against a defeated and tired Army defense, but the young signal caller did take advantage of his opportunity.