Buckeyes Dismantle Bearcats In Impressive Fashion, 42-0

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio State defense used constant pursuit and relentless aggression in a 42-0 shutout win of the Cincinnati Bearcats (1-1) on Saturday.

For the second week in a row, the #5 Buckeyes (2-0) used the first half to show the world what they were capable of. This time around, however, they also used the second half to impress some people.

Ohio State went to the half with a 28-0 lead and tacked on two more touchdowns in the second half, all the while the OSU defense remained its salty self by flying to the football on every snap.

This game didn’t quite start as hot as last week’s, but it maintained its temperature for a much longer period of time.

Unlike last week, the Buckeyes didn’t score until their second drive of the game. The drive only went 41 yards, aided by the Bearcats being pinned on their previous possession. On first and goal from the 7-yard line, Fields looked for a receiver before pulling the ball down and running up the middle for the score.

Following the game, OSU head coach Ryan Day called that play his favorite Fields moment of the day.

Early in the second quarter, Cincinnati drove down into the red zone, but had a 31-yard field goal attempt blocked by Chase Young. The Buckeyes would respond with an 87-yard touchdown drive featuring a 20-yard completion to Binjimen Victor, a 24-yard run by JK Dobbins, and a 21-yard pass to Chris Olave. It was capped by a JK Dobbins’ run from four yards out.

That would be the first of three second-quarter touchdowns for Ohio State.

On OSU’s next possession, Dobbins went 60 yards through the left side of the line for a score. It was the second-longest rush of his career. Dobbins finished with 141 yards rushing on 17 carries with two scores.

More big plays followed on the next possession, as Fields hit Chris Olave on a deep pass down the sideline for 39 yards to put OSU at the Cincinnati 11-yard line. The drive ended with a 9-yard touchdown pass to true freshman receiver Garrett Wilson to make it 28-0. It was the first catch of Wilson’s career.

The Bearcats opened the second half with the football, but Chase Young closed their first drive with a sack on third down. Young finished with 1.5 sacks for the second week in a row.

Cincinnati mounted a 53-yard drive and an 80-yard drive in the second half, but both drives ended in turnovers. Their final drive featured a fumble into the end zone, which was recovered by OSU defensive back Marcus Williamson.

Justin Fields was responsible for the Buckeyes’ final two touchdowns. The first being a 4-yard run and the second a 5-yard completion to senior H-back KJ Hill.

Hill caught eight passes for 57 yards on the day.

Redshirt freshman running back Master Teague rushed for 60 yards on 11 attempts.

Cincinnati was held to 107 yards rushing, with 79 of those coming on their final drive with OSU’s defensive reserves in the game.

Senior linebacker Malik Harrison led the Buckeyes with 2.5 tackles for loss.

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7 Responses

  1. It was great to see Victor playing closer to his potential. The NFL will love him if he keeps his head straight.
    Very few penalties! Loved it.

  2. What a great day for a football game and the Good Year blimp was flying around above the stadium. We saw the team make improvements from last week, but there were still some things that could be corrected in a 42-0 win. It was good seeing Fields throw out of bounds when no one was open and JK running well. Good to see AJ Hawk; Mike Nugent; and Thad Matta going into the OSU Hall of Fame at halftime. Heck even Evan Turner and D’Angelo Russell were at the game.

  3. The score could have easily been 56 to 0. More impressively was our run game took off in the 2nd quarter. Field’s play loosened Cinncy’s D and he did what he had to do, to not only extend that D, but continue drives and knew when to throw the ball away. I saw some obvious holds not called against Cinncy, we could question both the non pass interference call we received and the ticky tacky roughing the passer call that put Cinncy in field goal position. Either way, total domination, the D made them one dimensional and we rang up nearly 350 O yards against maybe not a premiere D, but a decent D in the first half alone. .

    1. Sean Dillon- assuming the “crack pipe” comment was directed at me (and who can tell, the comment is so inane), what part of my comment reminded you of someone who has been smoking crack? The part where I said there were outstanding performances on both sides of the ball? Or my comment about the incredibly low number of penalties? Last year’s team seemingly couldn’t stop committing penalties, so I am glad this game featured a mere 2. That’s a vast improvement..
      Looking forward to your reply (in a “there’s a train wreck about to happen” sort of way)- most folks who say things like “Put down the crack pipe!” fail to deliver substance when questioned. Your move…

  4. In addition to some great performances on both sides of the ball, note there were just TWO penalties for 25 yards! Last year’s team would have had two for 25 on the first 2 drives of the game. Please keep this up.

  5. Great win. Fields is certainly living up to the hype,Dobbins is on a mission, the O-line is coming together, receivers are great as expected, Teague looked good as backup. It will be necessary to reduce the number of penalties. DEFENSE – SHUTOUT; no more to say. Great day to be a BUCKEYE !!!!!

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