The Ohio State Buckeyes have had a late start to the 2020 college football season. Even with the Covid-19 fears and rigorous testing, it hasn’t slowed down the Buckeyes one bit.
Last night proved just that.
The Buckeyes turned Beaver Stadium at Happy Valley into Unhappy Valley for The Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday night as they extended their record to 2-0 in conference-only play.
The third-ranked Buckeyes darted out of the tunnel and turned the field into their playground as they started their opening drive with a 62-yard reverse play that later set up Buckeye running back Master Teague for a four-yard TD run early in the first quarter. On their next drive, quarterback Justin Fields would find receiver Chris Olave for a 26-yard TD pass to extend their lead to 14-0. The Lions would later add a 31-yard field goal before the first quarter ended to make the score 14-3. In the second quarter, the Buckeyes would add another touchdown when Fields found Jeremy Ruckert for a 10-yard TD pass to make the score, 21-3. Going into halftime, the officials would review the last Ohio State play that would coincidentally give the Lions a free play and they would cash that in for a 50-yard field goal to make the score 21-6 at the half.
The Lions would try and surge a comeback as Penn State QB Sean Clifford would hit Jahan Dotson for a 14-yard TD pass that would make it a 21-13 game in favor of the Buckeyes. That wouldn’t last long though as on the next the Buckeyes would score again when Fields would target Chris Olave for an awesome 49-yard TD pass that would make the game 28-13. The Buckeyes would tack on a field goal at the end of the third to make the score 31-13 going into the fourth.
The Lions would start the fourth quarter with another surge as Lions QB Sean Clifford would find Jahan Dotson again for a 21-yard TD pass, but the two-point conversion would fail. After that score, the Buckeyes would put the game on ice as Justin fields would hit Jeremy Ruckert on a 1-yard TD pass that would turn out to be the nail in the coffin. Lions QB Sean Clifford would hit Jahan Dotson for the final touchdown, but would again fail on the two-point conversion. This would put the game at 38-25 in favor of the Buckeyes. Ohio State QB Justin Fields would finish the game 28/34 for 318 yards, four TDs and no interceptions. Buckeye RB Master Teague would add 110 yards rushing and a TD. Needless to say, the Heisman race Between Fields and Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence is about to heat up.
The Buckeyes dominated the line of scrimmage which was important to this game as Penn State looked to bounce back against the Buckeyes after losing to Indiana in their season opener. The defense also made it a point to get quarterback hurries and sacks, which generated one interception.
This week, the Buckeyes will enter their first “trap” game of the season as they welcome the Rutgers Scarlet Knights who just came off a 37-21 loss to my surprise sleeper team, Indiana. The reason I called this a trap game is because this will be a rare night game IN COLUMBUS for the Buckeyes as they will be playing this game in primetime at 7:30 p.m., which hardly ever happens. Once again, the key to this game will be the Buckeyes offensive line and the running game. Once that is solid, this offense will be virtually unstoppable.
Final Prediction: Buckeyes show out in primetime. 40-14, BUCKEYES WIN!