NCAAF Game Recap - Florida Atlantic at Ohio State
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Aug 31, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Florida Atlantic (0-1)

0

3

3

15

21

(5) Ohio State (1-0)

28

0

7

10

45

Fields' Day: New QB helps Ohio State roll over FAU 45-21
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:43 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Justin Fields made some mistakes that quarterbacks make when they haven't played much. The much-ballyhooed Georgia transfer also showed flashes of how good he might be and why he was a five-star recruit.

Fields, who saw limited action as a freshman last season sitting behind Jake Fromm, threw four touchdown passes and ran for a score in his first game for Ohio State, leading the fifth-ranked Buckeyes over Florida Atlantic 45-21 on Saturday in the season opener.

Fields made it look easy early, engineering touchdown on Ohio State's first four drives, including his 51-yard scoring run on the Buckeyes' first possession.

The Buckeyes' offense sputtered in the second and third quarters behind its relatively inexperienced leader. Fields stayed in the game for all but the last offensive series, finishing 18 for 25 for 234 yards.

"We jumped on them early, but we just got to keep that tempo up and just be able to score all game long," Fields said.

Tight end Jeremy Ruckert caught two touchdown passes , and Binjimen Victor and Chris Olave also had scoring grabs. J.K. Dobbins had 91 rushing yards and a touchdown.

"Lots to build from off of today," Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. "I thought overall, though, game management was decent. There was one time where (Fields) scrambled out and took a sack, could have just thrown it away. It would have been second-and110. I think it was second and 14. A lot of little things going on there. But again, overall pretty solid."

THE TAKEAWAY

FAU: The Owls had trouble keeping up with Ohio State's better athletes but mustered enough momentum for a couple of long fourth-quarter scoring drives after the game was already out of hand.

"We gave ourselves a chance to stay in the game, but they're just a really good team and we shot ourselves in the foot early," Owls tight end Harrison Bryant said.

Ohio State: Fields' numbers look great, but he made his share of gaffes that led to the offense getting stuck. The first-team defense was excellent, holding FAU to minus-14 total yards in the first half. But against this opponent, it was hard to tell how good the Buckeyes really are.

"On defense, I thought we ran to the ball early on, then our second team came in a little bit and they let them come down the field," Day said. "We can't let that happen."

TOO LITTLE TOO LATE

Florida Atlantic had trouble generating anything good until putting together a 75-yard drive in the fourth quarter against Ohio State's backups for the Owls' first touchdown of the game.

Chris Robison finished 22 for 34 for 178 yards and a touchdown for the Owls. FAU was held to just 22 yards on the ground by a revamped Ohio State defense that was coming off a down season.

"If you play a top-five team like that, you have to do everything right just to have a chance," FAU coach Lane Kiffin said.

THE REAL FIRST TIME

Day made his debut as Ohio State's full-time head coach after being the interim last season while Urban Meyer was serving a three-game suspension for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a former assistant.

He was named head coach when Meyer retired after last season.

Day said his moment of realization came in the tunnel as the team was getting ready to take the field. It made the hair stand up on his arms.

"It was really humbling to just run out of the tunnel with our guys with a packed house," he said.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

By doing what they were expected to do against a weaker team, Ohio State likely won't budge in the poll.

HE SAID IT

"The defense started out real fast. We've got to get some young guys going, but it's going to take time. Overall, we played great." - Ohio State DE Chase Young.

BEATING THE STORM

The FAU team left quickly after the game for the Columbus airport to get home before Hurricane Dorian gets any closer to the US. The school is in Boca Raton on the state's southeast coast. The latest forecast has the storm skirting the coast.

UP NEXT

FAU: The Owls won't get a break as they host No. 17 Central Florida, which routed Florida A&M 62-0 on Thursday.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes get their first real test of the season next week against in-state rival Cincinnati, which took down UCLA 24-14 in their opener on Thursday night.

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Passing

FlAtl Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Robison 34 22 64.7 1 178 38 0 87.6
J. Agner 5 3 60.0 0 30 17 1 37.5
OHSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Fields 25 18 72.0 4 234 33 0 140.7
C. Chugunov 1 1 100.0 0 -2 0 0 79.2

Rushing

FlAtl Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Charles 10 25 2.5 9 0
L. McCammon III 11 22 2.0 6 1
OHSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Dobbins 21 91 4.3 17 1
J. Fields 12 61 5.1 51 1

Receiving

FlAtl Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
H. Bryant 6 79 13.2 26 0
T. Harrison 4 57 14.3 38 0
OHSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Olave 5 68 13.6 29 1
B. Victor 2 65 32.5 33 1

Fumbles

FlAtl F FL
C. Robison 1 0
L. McCammon III 1 0
OHSt F FL
J. Fields 1 1
J. Dobbins 1 1

Returning

FlAtl KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Cousart 0 - 0 0 2 2.5 0 5
M. Dotson 1 10.0 0 10 1 0.0 0 0
OHSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. McCall 2 26.0 0 26 2 20.0 0 35
K. Hill 0 - 0 0 2 6.5 0 16

Punting

FlAtl Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Hayball 9 425 47.2 70
OHSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Chrisman 4 175 43.8 59

Takeaways

OHSt Int Yds InTD
J. Proctor 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

FlAtl OHSt
Points For 21 45
Total Yards 228 469
Rushing Yards 22 237
Passing Yards 206 232
Passing Completions / Attempts 26/40 19/26
Turnovers 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 3/0 2/2
First Downs 17 24
Penalties - Yards 5/35 7/62
Time Of Possession 57:57 3:03
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/17 7/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 9/47 4/44

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter FlAtl OHSt
OHSt 1:53 TD Justin Fields 51 yd run (Blake Haubeil kick) 0 7
OHSt 3:55 TD Jeremy Ruckert 25 yd pass from Justin Fields (Blake Haubeil kick) 0 14
OHSt 5:48 TD Binjimen Victor 32 yd pass from Justin Fields (Blake Haubeil kick) 0 21
OHSt 8:10 TD Chris Olave 29 yd pass from Justin Fields (Blake Haubeil kick) 0 28
2nd Quarter FlAtl OHSt
FlAtl 14:27 FG Vladimir Rivas 28 yd FG 3 28
3rd Quarter FlAtl OHSt
FlAtl 2:37 FG Vladimir Rivas 28 yd FG 6 28
OHSt 12:23 TD Jeremy Ruckert 3 yd pass from Justin Fields (Blake Haubeil kick) 6 35
4th Quarter FlAtl OHSt
FlAtl 1:37 TD Larry McCammon III 3 yd run (John Mitchell 2pt pass from Chris Robison) 14 35
OHSt 4:17 TD J.K. Dobbins 1 yd run (Blake Haubeil kick) 14 42
FlAtl 6:44 TD John Raine 2 yd pass from Chris Robison (Vladimir Rivas kick) 21 42
OHSt 11:59 FG Blake Haubeil 46 yd FG 21 45

Game Information

Stadium: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 103,228
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Weather: