Remember when Cincinnati was supposed to give Ohio State problems? yeah, good times. It took a quarter to get rolling, and then the talent level came through as the Buckeyes showed off their dizzying array of skill parts, but …
This was about the backfield. Could Justin Fields do it for a second game in a row? Yup … and then some. He connected on 20-of-25 passes for 224 yards and two scores with two rushing touchdowns, and JK Dobbins got going. He wasn’t bad against Florida Atlantic, but he wasn’t able to bust free. 17 carries, 141 yards and two scores with a home run later, the Buckeye star is rolling.
This is a tough, hard-nosed Cincinnati team that went absolutely nowhere. There were plenty of short, midrange throws, but the ground game only had a few good runs as it made the mistakes OSU didn’t. To blow this, the Buckeyes had to screw up, and it didn’t, with no turnovers just two penalties. Cincinnati? 10 penalties, two giveaways.
Whoooooooa. Now that’s what you call a statement. Syracuse – at least according to the rankings – is the second-best team in the ACC, and Maryland deleted its account. The offense was magnificent on the way to a 42-point first quarter, Josh Jackson was wonderful, and everything clicked against a fantastic defense with one of the best pass rushes in college football.
Jackson has been the quarterback the program has been missing over the last few seasons. There were plenty of misfires, but he threw for almost 300 yards and three scores with a pick, and he led the rest of the parts do the work. The running game? On the great Orange defensive front, it ripped off 354 yards and six scores with big dash after big dash.
The defense wasn’t a rock, but with Syracuse needing to push to keep up, it couldn’t do it. Syracuse was supposed to have the killer pass rush and the star ends, but they only had one sack. Maryland came up with four sacks and kept pressuring Tommy DeVito.
That’s exactly what you wanted to see out of the Badgers. They’ve won their first two games by a combined score of 110-0, and now they get two weeks to gear up – and get healthy – for Michigan. The best part? The banged up defense that missed a whole lot of key parts allowed just 58 yards of total CMU offense.
Jonathan Taylor was at it again. The Badger star ran 19 times for 102 yards and three scores, and he caught three passes for 17 yards and a score before leaving early in the blowout. The passing game clicked, too, with Jack Coan hitting 26-of-33 passes for 363 yards and three scores, including two scoring passes to Quintez Cephus. On an interesting note, star freshman QB Graham Mertz got in, hitting 4-of-5 passes for 35 yards.
– How dominant was this? The Badgers outgained the Chippewas 599 yards to 58, partly by converting 11-of-13 third down chances. CMU converted just three first downs.