Ohio State overcomes sluggish start to beat Tulsa 48-3

Sep 12, 2016, 01:42
Ohio State overcomes sluggish start to beat Tulsa 48-3

Green, but nobody expected OSU to struggle offensively like it did in the first half when it was a 6-3 game before two interceptions for touchdowns in the final three minutes of the second quarter changed everything. Tulsa has had some past experience playing BCS teams tough, covering a 31.5-point spread against Oklahoma last year and a 14-point spread against Virginia Tech in last year's bowl game.

Landers, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle, had a tackle for a loss of nine yards in the second quarter Saturday against Tulsa.

D'Angelo Brewer led the ground game with 164 yards and three touchdowns the contest, he averaged 7.5 yards per carry. After a long weather delay, the Buckeyes came out and scored on the opening series of the third quarter with Curtis Samuel throwing a Zeke Elliott-like block to spring Barrett on an 11-yard TD run. He got in the backfield a few plays later to pressure Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans.

See above. It was hard for Mike Weber to get going after a solid debut last week.

"We got some things going but just didn't finish when we got in the red zone", Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said.

Fickell compared the 2016 defense to that of 2006 when the Buckeyes had to replace several starters, yet caused turnovers at will. Hooker not only scored Saturday after making two highlight-reel interceptions in the opener, but he also led a goal line stand in the first quarter. "You can't come up here in venues like this, against teams like that, and help them".

It's just been two games against admittedly lesser competition, but it bodes well for the Buckeyes that one of the strengths that appears to have emerged on their defense over the course of the past two weeks has been the play of a seemingly stellar secondary.

With this being the first roster Meyer has fully recruited since arriving in Columbus, this may be the deepest defense the Buckeyes have possessed in the past five years. "Obviously, the challenge will come next week against a very good team, and we're going to jump on that one early and get ready to go". He threw for 149 yards but no touchdowns.

The biggest reason to have faith that the Buckeyes can beat Oklahoma and Heisman Trophy-contending quarterback Baker Mayfield is because of the defense. NOTES: Ohio State LB Dante Booker missed the game with a sprained MCL.

And while that may be the case, achieving results similar to its first two outings will be easier said than done for a still-young Ohio State squad. The halftime adjustments made by the coaching staff proved to be effective and that is a good sign for Buckeye fans everywhere.

Hooker had two interceptions in week one and another in week two.

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