NCAAF Game Recap - Ohio State at Northwestern
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

Tenn
13
Ala
35
F
LSU
36
MisSt
13
F
Clem
45
Lou
10
F
OHSt
52
NW
3
F
WVU
14
Okla
52
F
Wisc
23
Ill
24
F
Mich
21
PSU
28
F
Fla
38
SCar
27
F
KY
0
UGA
21
F
Aub
51
Ark
10
F
Oreg
35
Wash
31
F
AzSt
3
Utah
21
F
Boise
25
BYU
28
F
Kans
48
Tex
50
F
Bayl
45
OkSt
27
F
Temp
21
SMU
45
F
Minn
42
Rut
7
F
Tuls
13
Cin
24
F
Mizzu
14
Vand
21
F
Purd
20
Iowa
26
F
ULMon
7
App
52
F
SoAl
13
Troy
37
F
ULLaf
37
ArkSt
20
F
UCLA
34
Stan
16
F
Marsh
36
FlAtl
31
F
Pitt
27
Syr
20
F
UNLV
27
Fres
56
F
Kent
38
Ohio
45
F
Hou
24
UConn
17
F
IASt
34
TxTch
24
F
GATec
28
MiaFL
21
F OT
NCSt
24
BC
45
F
C Mi
38
BGSU
20
F
Toled
14
Ball
52
F
NIU
24
MiaOH
27
F
OreSt
21
Cal
17
F
TCU
17
K St
24
F
CoCar
27
GaSo
30
F(2OT)
NM
10
Wyo
23
F
Buff
21
Akr
0
F
SoFL
3
Navy
35
F
SMiss
30
LaTec
45
F
UNC
41
VaTec
43
F(5OT)
Duke
14
UVA
48
F
Ind
34
MD
28
F
Char
14
W Ky
30
F
OD
14
UAB
38
F
MidTN
30
NorTx
33
F
Rice
27
UTSA
31
F
Maine
44
Lib
59
F
WestMI
27
E Mi
34
F
Tul
17
Mem
47
F
ECU
28
UCF
41
F
Colo
10
WaSt
41
F
SDSU
27
SJSU
17
F
Army
21
GASt
28
F
UTEP
17
FLInt
32
F
TxAM
24
Miss
17
F
FlaSt
20
Wake
22
F
Ariz
14
USC
41
F
Nev
10
UtSt
36
F
AF
56
Hawaii
26
F

Oct 18, 2019, 8:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(4) Ohio State (7-0)

7

24

7

14

52

Northwestern (1-5)

3

0

0

0

3

Fields leads No. 4 Ohio State past Northwestern 52-3
Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:16 AM

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Eyeing a playoff spot and a shot at the national championship, No. 4 Ohio State sure is locked in at the moment.

Justin Fields threw for four touchdowns, J.K. Dobbins rushed for 121 yards and the Buckeyes pounded Northwestern 52-3 on Friday night.

Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) did exactly as expected and blew the game open early, jumping to a 31-3 halftime lead.

"I just feel like it's business," defensive end Chase Young said. "That's the mentality I have, just because I know we can't have any fluke losses. It's gonna mess with what we want to do."

Fields completed 18 of 23 passes for 194 yards. The sophomore transfer from Georgia matched his career high for TDs through the air. He now has 22 passing and 30 overall on the season.

The nation's second-leading rusher, Dobbins scored from the 5 in the second quarter after breaking off a 67-yard run. He also caught a 19-yard touchdown pass in the first half.

The junior now has 947 yards rushing after finishing with more than 1,000 in each of his first two seasons.

Chris Olave caught two TDs. Blake Haubeil kicked a 55-yard field goal that tied the second-longest in the history of the storied program. The Buckeyes racked up 480 yards while holding the Northwestern to 199 and remained unbeaten heading into their showdown at home with No. 6 Wisconsin next week.

"I think we feel good about the way we came out coming off the bye week - with energy, starting fresh and just refocused on all the things that matter within the program," coach Ryan Day said. "Now we know we have a huge challenge next week. ... We know what we have in store there, so it's gonna be a really tough week, tough preparation, tough game, but I know the kids are gonna be excited to play it."

The loss was the fourth in a row for Northwestern (1-5, 0-4). The Wildcats haven't beaten a top-five opponent since the 1959 team opened with victories over No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 5 Iowa.

Aidan Smith, making his second straight start, was 6 of 20 for 42 yards and an interception. Smith and Hunter Johnson, who started the first four games before sitting out the loss at Nebraska two weeks ago because of a lower-body injury, were listed with the first team on the depth chart this week.

"We're continually beating ourselves (on offense)," coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "We have guys that are pressing, trying to do too much. They care so much. They're a great group of guys and that's why my heart breaks for them."

BREAKING IT OPEN

Through the first six games, Ohio State outscored opponents 296-53 - an average margin of 40.5 points that was the biggest differential among FBS schools. The Buckeyes came in leading the Big Ten in scoring and were tops in the conference in total yards and yards per game by wide margins.

With a defense that ranked second in the nation and conference to Wisconsin going against one of the country's worst offenses, the Buckeyes made it look easy.

Ohio State went 70 yards on the game's opening possession, with Fields hitting a wide-open Olave down the middle for a 20-yard touchdown .

Northwestern's Charlie Kuhbander kicked a 33-yard field goal with just over three minutes left in the first quarter. Fields made it 14-3 early in the second when he hit Dobbins on a slant. And after the Wildcats punted, the Buckeyes needed just two plays to bump the lead to 18, with Dobbins carrying the load.

Ohio State added 10 more points in the closing minutes of the half to break it open.

BIG BOOT

Haubeil was "very confident" he would make his 55-yarder to end the half. It was the longest by a Buckeye since Mike Nugent nailed one of his own against Wisconsin in 2004. Tom Skladany holds the record with a 59-yarder at Illinois in 1975.

"It's awesome, definitely proves to yourself and our team as a unit you can execute at a high level from the long-distance range," Haubeil said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio State: Consider this a good tuneup for the big showdown next week for the Buckeyes, who will get an extra day of rest.

Northwestern: Whether it's Smith or Johnson starting at quarterback, the Wildcats continue to stall on offense. Fitzgerald wouldn't say who will start at QB next week.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: The Buckeyes face a huge test when they host Heisman Trophy hopeful Jonathan Taylor and Wisconsin on Oct. 26.

Northwestern: The Wildcats will try to stop the slide when Iowa visits on Oct. 26.

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Passing

OHSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Fields 23 18 78.3 4 194 23 0 141.4
C. Chugunov 2 1 50.0 1 7 7 0 97.9
NW Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Marty 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0.0
A. Smith 20 6 30.0 0 42 13 1 18.8

Rushing

OHSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Dobbins 18 121 6.7 68 1
M. Teague III 7 96 13.7 73 1
NW Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
I. Bowser 16 65 4.1 16 0
D. Anderson 13 39 3.0 9 0

Receiving

OHSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Olave 5 60 12.0 20 2
A. Mack 4 50 12.5 23 1
NW Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Lees 3 19 6.3 9 0
K. McGowan 1 13 13.0 13 0

Fumbles

OHSt F FL
J. Fields 2 0

Returning

OHSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
G. Wilson 0 - 0 0 2 1.5 0 4
D. McCall 0 - 0 0 1 -1.0 0 0
NW KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Lees 1 18.0 0 18 2 6.0 0 6

Punting

OHSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Chrisman 5 237 47.4 56
NW Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Kubiuk 7 262 37.4 45
A. David 1 42 42.0 42

Takeaways

OHSt Int Yds InTD
S. Banks 1 0 0
A. Riep 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

OHSt NW
Points For 52 3
Total Yards 480 199
Rushing Yards 279 157
Passing Yards 201 42
Passing Completions / Attempts 19/26 6/21
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 1/0
First Downs 23 14
Penalties - Yards 5/58 8/76
Time Of Possession 0:00 22:22
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/14 5/18
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 0/3
Punts - Average Yards 5/47 8/38

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter OHSt NW
OHSt 4:18 TD Chris Olave 20 yd pass from Justin Fields (Blake Haubeil kick) 7 0
NW 11:55 FG Charlie Kuhbander 33 yd FG 7 3
2nd Quarter OHSt NW
OHSt 2:16 TD J.K. Dobbins 19 yd pass from Justin Fields (Blake Haubeil kick) 14 3
OHSt 5:24 TD J.K. Dobbins 5 yd run (Blake Haubeil kick) 21 3
OHSt 11:15 TD Chris Olave 8 yd pass from Justin Fields (Blake Haubeil kick) 28 3
OHSt 15:00 FG Blake Haubeil 55 yd FG 31 3
3rd Quarter OHSt NW
OHSt 5:15 TD Austin Mack 23 yd pass from Justin Fields (Blake Haubeil kick) 38 3
4th Quarter OHSt NW
OHSt 5:40 TD Jeremy Ruckert 7 yd pass from Chris Chugunov (Blake Haubeil kick) 45 3
OHSt 7:14 TD Master Teague III 73 yd run (Blake Haubeil kick) 52 3

Game Information

Stadium: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
Attendance: 47,330
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