Ohio State routs Bowling Green 77-10

September 3, 2016

COLUMBUS – There was a glimmer of hope for Bowling Green on Saturday.

It lasted all of two minutes.

The Falcons took a brief 7-0 lead over sixth-ranked Ohio State on a 63-yard interception return by Brandon Harris. It didn’t do much for Bowling Green.

“It made them mad,” Falcons coach Mike Jinks said of the Buckeyes.

True. Ohio State flourished the rest of the way, putting together one of the most prolific offensive performances in Ohio Stadium history as the Buckeyes rolled to a 77-10 win over Bowling Green.

Ohio State, vastly superior in size, speed and athleticism, had little trouble moving the ball en route to a school-record 776 yards of offense. The Falcons were limited to 244 yards, the same number Ohio State had in the first half when it led 35-10.

“We pretty much got taken to the woodshed here today,” said Jinks, whose team allowed the most points to Ohio State since Florida A&M allowed 76 in 2013.

“It’s hard to take positives out of a butt-whooping like that. … What I want to see is to make sure kids keep playing hard. Because at the end of the day, that’s all you can ask.”

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was intercepted by Harris on his second throw of the game, but it was his lone blemish. The star senior finished 21-of-31 for 349 yards passing as he accounted for a school-record seven touchdowns, including six through the air, which tied an Ohio State record.

“He’s a cagey veteran,” Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said. “There’s a lot of things happening in his football career already. Throwing an interception for a touchdown, we don’t like that. But rebound, let’s go, and he went right back and said, ‘That’s on me.’ And it was. So let’s go back and attack them. I thought J.T. played great.

Ohio State attacked in every facet, whether it was with bruising running back Mike Weber, or with the speedy Curtis Samuel, or on the outside with the overwhelming bevy of wide receivers.

Weber ran 19 times for 136 yards, while Samuel had 13 rushes for 84 yards and a touchdown. He also had nine catches for 177 yards and two scores, one on a 79-yard slant over the middle.

The Buckeyes had 417 yards passing and 359 yards on the ground.

“They did what we thought they were going to do,” Jinks said of Ohio State. “They’re just long, fast and good football players. There was nothing different about them schematically.

“It makes it tough,” he added of the thunder and lightning combination of Weber and Samuel. “At the end of the day we want to hang our hat on stopping the run. We tried to load the box up and J.T. did a great job. Every time we put seven or eight in the box he shot the long ball and they were very successful with it today.”

Barrett had passing touchdowns of 47, 25, 79, 25, 21 and 11 yards, to four different receivers.

After Barrett’s early interception that allowed Bowling Green to take a 7-0 lead with 12:19 left in the first quarter, Ohio State responded by scoring on 11 of its next 13 possessions, including three straight to leave no doubt in the ensuring outcome.

“We came in with a game plan and they made more plays than we did,” said Bowling Green quarterback James Knapke, who was 12-of-33 passing for 110 yards and two interceptions. “That’s kind of what it came down to.”

The Falcons were inefficient moving the ball, with the lone offensive points coming on a 33-yard field goal by Jake Suder with 9:37 left in the first half.

Bowling Green was 3-for-16 on third-down conversions and punted on seven of its 15 possessions.

“We made just about every mistake you could possibly make,” Jinks said.

“All losses are hard to get over,” he added. “I’m hoping that we got this one out of the way. We made just about every mistake that we possibly could.”