What happened and what mattered in the Ohio State 30-14 win over Minnesota?
Ohio State 30, Minnesota 14
Yeah … Dwayne Haskins was magnificent again after he got going, throwing for 412 yards and three touchdowns.
Yeah … at the end of the day, it was a Big Ten win by 16 points. No matter who or what you are, every Big Ten coach will take that.
But the Ohio State defense struggled early on, gave up too many rushing yards to a Minnesota team thats still trying to figure it all out, and it was hardly the type of performance that will throw a scare into the Alabamas of the world.
As good as the Buckeyes are, and as talented as they are, they shouldn’t be averaging under three yards per carry.
Mike Weber and JK Dobbins couldn’t get going, and and Haskins had to keep the passing attack going with two scoring passes to KJ Hill – who rolled for 187 yards – and with just enough big moments to pull ahead.
It wasn’t a totally awful day for the D. It came up with two key picks, and it shut out the Gophers in the second half, but it wasn’t a dominant effort.
Mohamed Ibrahim ran 23 times for 158 yards and two scores for the Gophers, and outside of the two interceptions, Zach Annexstad wasn’t awful, completing 13-of-23 passes for 218 yards. Minnesota fought hard and held up, but it couldn’t get going in the second half.
Ohio State has Purdue and Nebraska to keep trying to sharpen up. But soon, it would be nice to come up with a complete four quarter game against a decent team.