Despite a strong start in the first quarter, the wheels came off for the Miami RedHawks as the #6 Ohio State Buckeyes rolled in a 76-5 rout. The second quarter was particularly devastating for the ‘Hawks as they only garnered -7 yards of offense, while the Buckeyes had 252 total yards in the period. Miami hopes to get back on the horse next week as it hosts Buffalo to open MAC play.
Miami couldn’t have asked for a better start in the first quarter as it opened the scoring with a Myles Reid strip-sack of Justin Fields in the end zone to give the RedHawks a safety. On the ensuing drive, the ‘Hawks drove the ball all the way down to the OSU 2-yard line but the drive stalled and had to take the points on a field goal by Sam Sloman. The Buckeyes responded on the following drive with a 22-yard touchdown scamper by J.K. Dobbins, but the defense forced a punt on the next drive as the offense for Miami had opportunities to move the ball in the first stanza of the game.
Then the second quarter happened.
Fields found K.J. Hill for a 53-yard touchdown to extend the Ohio State lead to 14-5, then an errant throw by Brett Gabbert resulted in an interception and short field for OSU. Fields capitalized with seven-yard touchdown run. After a Miami three-and-out, Fields capped off a nine-play drive with a scoring run of six yards and a sack-fumble forced by Chase Young gave the ball to the Buckeyes once more. Fields found Chris Olave for for a 13-yard score to set the score at 35-5.
After another Miami three-and-out, a blocked punt gave OSU the ball on the 20-yard line and Fields found Binjimen Victor for a 30-yard touchdown after a holding penalty. The final blow came shortly after as another Young sack-fumble gave Ohio State a short field, and a failure to get off the field on fourth down resulted Olave’s second touchdown reception of the half.
OSU added more scores in the third quarter with a 38-yard passing score from Chris Chugunov to Garrett Wilson and a seven-yard receiving touchdown for Marcus Crowley. The beatdown continued in the fourth quarter as another OSU touchdown, a 61-yard scoring reception from Jameson Williams, gave the Buckeyes a 70-5 lead and Steele Chambers scored on a two-yard plunge.