NCAAF Game Recap - Ohio State at Nebraska
Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

Clem
21
UNC
20
F
Miss
31
Ala
59
F
OHSt
48
Neb
7
F
TxTch
16
Okla
55
F
MisSt
23
Aub
56
F
NW
15
Wisc
24
F
Tows
0
Fla
38
F
UVA
20
ND
35
F
PSU
59
MD
0
F
MidTN
3
Iowa
48
F
AzSt
24
Cal
17
F
USC
14
Wash
28
F
WaSt
13
Utah
38
F
Rut
0
Mich
52
F
UConn
21
UCF
56
F
TxAM
31
Ark
27
F
K St
13
OkSt
26
F
Ind
31
MSU
40
F
Navy
23
Mem
35
F
Duke
45
VaTec
10
F
SJSU
24
AF
41
F
C Mi
15
WestMI
31
F
Buff
20
MiaOH
34
F
NIU
18
Vand
24
F
Kans
14
TCU
51
F
BYU
21
Toled
28
F
HolyC
3
Syr
41
F
Del
14
Pitt
17
F
CoCar
37
App
56
F
IASt
21
Bayl
23
F
GATec
2
Temp
24
F
Minn
38
Purd
31
F
Akr
29
UMass
37
F
FlAtl
45
Char
27
F
Wake
27
BC
24
F
SMU
48
SoFL
21
F
Cin
52
Marsh
14
F
ArkSt
50
Troy
43
F
ULLaf
37
GaSo
24
F
ECU
24
OD
21
F
NM
10
Lib
17
F
SoAl
17
ULMon
30
F
Stan
31
OreSt
28
F
UAB
13
W Ky
20
F
Nich
3
TxSt
24
F
UTEP
13
SMiss
31
F
LaTec
23
Rice
20
F OT
ColSt
24
UtSt
34
F
KY
7
SCar
24
F
NCSt
13
FlaSt
31
F
UNLV
17
Wyo
53
F
Fres
30
NMSt
17
F
Hou
46
NorTx
25
F
Hawaii
54
Nev
3
F
UCLA
17
Ariz
20
F

Sep 28, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(5) Ohio State (5-0)

14

24

10

0

48

Nebraska (3-2)

0

0

7

0

7

No. 5 Ohio St. throttles Huskers 48-7 behind Fields, defense
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:55 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Ohio State was supposed to get its first big test of the season at Nebraska. It hardly turned out that way.

Justin Fields threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was intercepted on three of the Cornhuskers' first four series, and the No. 5 Buckeyes turned in their most impressive performance of the season in a 48-7 victory Saturday night.

Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) scored on its first six possessions and led 38-0 after a dizzying first half. By the time Nebraska finally scored, the Buckeyes had rolled off 124 straight points since trailing Miami (Ohio) 5-0 last week.

"I think we're very confident right now," Fields said. "We came into Lincoln - the crowd is amazing here - and it was loud at the beginning. We handled it well, jumped on them early and didn't let up."

Nebraska (3-2, 1-1) didn't go over 100 yards of total offense until late in the third quarter, just before its only TD, and it was obvious early that second-year coach Scott Frost's program is still a ways from returning to national prominence.

"We're all disappointed," Frost said. "I thought we had a puncher's chance if we came out and played a really good game, and we didn't, so that's the end result. I told the team we can't doubt for a second where this is going, what we're doing to get it there, the improvement we've made. I want the guys to go to bed tonight and put this behind them."

The Buckeyes had come to Lincoln off four straight lopsided wins but the question remained: just how good are they?

Based on this performance, they're really good.

"We talked about what it would take to win this game on the road," Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said, "and we hit on all cylinders. We assumed it would be hard. We've been preparing for this game for a while. Any time you have to go on the road and win a night game, we know that's not easy in this league."

Fields, the transfer from Georgia who has played himself into the first tier of Heisman Trophy candidates, threw for 212 yards and kept alive his streak of no interceptions this season. He added 72 yards rushing. He now has had a hand in 23 touchdowns, 16 through the air.

J.K. Dobbins ran for 177 yards and a TD on 24 carries and became the 11th player in Ohio State history to surpass 3,000 career rushing yards. He's gone over 100 yards against Nebraska three straight years.

The Buckeyes scored on their first eight full drives - one ended as time ran out in the half - and didn't punt for the first time until early in the fourth quarter.

"I felt calm and confident coming into the game," Fields said. "I think that goes with preparation. You prepare hard, you have nothing to worry about in the game."

Ohio State's defense dominated, stuffing the run and pressuring Martinez into bad decisions.

Jeff Okudah had interceptions on two of Nebraska's first three series. He made a diving pick to set up Fields' 15-yard run up the middle for the Buckeyes' first touchdown. Okudah was on his back at his own 4 when he snagged a ball tipped by Wan'Dale Robinson, and that led to the first of Blake Haubeil's two field goals.

Jordan Fuller intercepted Martinez's pass at midfield, Fields broke a 41-yard run and then handed off to Major Teague for the first of his two TDs and a 24-0 lead.

Nebraska, as an unranked team, hasn't beaten a top-five team since Alabama in 1977 and has lost nine straight against Top 25 opponents.

Martinez finished just 8 of 17 for 47 yards.

"This is just us trying to improve every week and get better," Day said. "This was a major challenge for us. This doesn't mean anything if we don't keep it going."

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio State: The Buckeyes are the complete package with Fields at the controls, one of their most powerful offensive lines in years and a defense that once again appears well stocked with NFL prospects.

Nebraska: This one is going to sting. The Huskers hosted the ESPN "College GameDay" crew in the morning and were humbled in the top game on the weekend schedule.

GNARLY NUMBERS

Ohio State has outscored its opponents 173-22 in the first half, topped 500 yards for the fourth consecutive game and has allowed fewer than 300 yards of total offense in each of its first five games.

YOUR FATHER'S NEBRASKA

Frost went old school with his play-calling on a series in the first half, having Dedrick Mills line up at fullback in the I formation and having Martinez go under center to take the snap. Mills had a pair of 12-yard runs on trap plays, but the possession ended with another interception.

UP NEXT

Ohio State hosts No. 25 Michigan State on Oct. 5.

Nebraska hosts Northwestern on Oct. 5.

Passing

OHSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Fields 21 15 71.4 3 212 38 0 143.3
Neb Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Martinez 17 8 47.1 0 47 10 3 14.2

Rushing

OHSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Dobbins 24 177 7.4 26 0
M. Teague III 12 77 6.4 26 2
Neb Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Martinez 15 81 5.4 56 0
D. Mills 11 67 6.1 13 1

Receiving

OHSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Mack 3 66 22.0 38 1
K. Hill 5 39 7.8 20 1
Neb Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Washington 2 10 5.0 10 0
D. Mills 1 10 10.0 10 0

Fumbles

Neb F FL
A. Martinez 1 0

Returning

OHSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. McCall 2 23.0 0 23 1 1.0 0 1
G. Wilson 0 - 0 0 1 2.0 0 2
Neb KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
W. Robinson 3 17.0 0 18 0 - 0 0

Punting

OHSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Chrisman 1 59 59.0 59
Neb Punt Yds Avg LgPu
I. Armstrong 5 176 35.2 39

Takeaways

OHSt Int Yds InTD
J. Okudah 2 0 0
J. Fuller 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

OHSt Neb
Points For 48 7
Total Yards 580 231
Rushing Yards 368 184
Passing Yards 212 47
Passing Completions / Attempts 15/22 8/17
Turnovers 0 3
Interceptions Thrown 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/0
First Downs 31 15
Penalties - Yards 2/25 6/57
Time Of Possession 54:54 6:06
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 10/13 4/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 1/59 5/35

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter OHSt Neb
OHSt 4:25 TD Justin Fields 15 yd run (Blake Haubeil kick) 7 0
OHSt 10:23 TD K.J. Hill 2 yd pass from Justin Fields (Blake Haubeil kick) 14 0
2nd Quarter OHSt Neb
OHSt 5:28 FG Blake Haubeil 23 yd FG 17 0
OHSt 6:34 TD Master Teague III 8 yd run (Blake Haubeil kick) 24 0
OHSt 9:18 TD Master Teague III 1 yd run (Blake Haubeil kick) 31 0
OHSt 13:26 TD Austin Mack 18 yd pass from Justin Fields (Blake Haubeil kick) 38 0
3rd Quarter OHSt Neb
OHSt 4:25 FG Blake Haubeil 36 yd FG 41 0
OHSt 11:09 TD Garrett Wilson 6 yd pass from Justin Fields (Blake Haubeil kick) 48 0
Neb 12:53 TD Dedrick Mills 9 yd run (Lane McCallum kick) 48 7
4th Quarter OHSt Neb
No scores this quarter

Game Information

Stadium: Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
Attendance: 89,759
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