Ryan Day’s ultimate sport because the performing head coach of No. 4 Ohio State was the signature win of his very transient stint. The Buckeyes outlasted No. 15 TCU 40-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday night time in an old school, Texas-style showdown that can doubtless carry monumental Faculty Soccer Playoff ramifications when the committee begins to launch rankings.
It was an enormous win over a ranked opponent solely 20 minutes away from their turf, within the ultimate sport of everlasting head coach City Meyer’s three-game suspension.
The Horned Frogs aren’t dead but, although. They ran out of fuel late, however Shawn Robinson’s work underneath heart and Darius Anderson erupting as a big-play menace makes them a giant issue within the Large 12.
What did we be taught in regards to the Buckeyes and Horned Frogs Saturday night time deep within the coronary heart of Texas?
1. The Buckeyes are relentless: If wins over lowly Rutgers and Oregon State weren’t sufficient to solidify Ohio State as a 900-pound gorilla able to tackle any and all comers in 2018, Saturday’s win seals it. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins was great, finishing 24-of-38 passes for 344 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions and one dashing landing. He operated the offense like a seasoned veteran, did not panic when large momentum swings favored TCU and in the end iced the sport with a 24-yard landing move to Okay.J. Hill within the third quarter, and a five-yard landing run within the fourth quarter.
Whether or not it was Haskins on his personal, Hill on his birthday, Parris Campbell or J.Okay. Dobbins (who had 121 yards on the bottom) the Buckeyes simply saved coming all night time lengthy.
It wasn’t simply offensively, although.
The protection — with out star defensive lineman Nick Bosa for almost all of the second half — got here after Robinson early and sometimes. Robinson stood tall for some time, however Dre’Mont Jones‘ 28-yard choose six within the third quarter contributed to the relentless nature of the Buckeyes.
Ohio State not solely proved that it was legit, however proved that the off-field drama main as much as the season did not have an effect on the on-field product, and the Buckeyes are the Large Ten’s model of Alabama and Clemson. Terrifying.
2. Do not rely TCU out: The Horned Frogs ran out of fuel within the second half, however do not let that distract you from what they proved towards the Buckeyes. This group is legit, complete and an element within the Large 12 and Faculty Soccer Playoff races.
This was the primary massive stage for Robinson, and he responded with 308 passing yards within the face of one of many hardest defenses within the nation. Anderson popped off two landing runs together with a 93-yarder, and the Jalen Reagor hauled in seven passes for 98 yards.
The stat sheet does not look nice on the defensive aspect. In any case, 526 yards and 6.6 yards per play will not vault the Horned Frogs up the nationwide rankings. However they did not break within the first half and did all they may within the second half earlier than Ohio State’s depth wore them down.
However within the Large 12, how a lot will that matter. TCU’s offense proved to be stable towards Ohio State, it is protection had quite a lot of moments of brilliance and outdoors of Oklahoma, is there one other complete group within the convention? Most likely not. So for TCU, the purpose is straightforward. Deal with enterprise within the Large 12, earn a bid within the convention championship sport and hope for a bit of chaos across the nation.
Contemplating the best way the Horned Frogs seemed towards Ohio State, a bit of chaos might go a great distance for a group that has a ton of potential in 2018.
3. Ohio State wants Nick Bosa: The star defensive finish and sure first-round draft choose, and returned in avenue garments to cheer on his teammates late within the sport.
He had 5 tackles and a sack previous to heading to the locker room, however the Buckeyes discovered away to make up for his absence.
However what if the damage lingers?
He was pulled from motion reasonably rapidly, and there isn’t any doubt that the Buckeyes protection wants its star for the long term. With Penn State lurking in two weeks, the Large Ten East could possibly be gained or misplaced primarily based on the results of that sport. Meyer doubtless will not want Bosa towards Tulane subsequent week, however will towards Hint McSorley and the Nittany Lions.
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