No one gave Lincoln Riley and his Sooners much of a chance going up against the No. 2 team in the country at their place. That only ended up fueling the beast as the Sooners turned the Oklahoma-Ohio State showdown into a Buckeye beatdown and a statement win for the Sooners.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield took over the game in the second half, leading the Sooners on four scoring drives that turned a 13-10 Ohio State lead early in the third quarter into a 31-16 Oklahoma victory.
Mayfield, who limped off the field twice in the opening half with what appeared to be an injured leg, torched the young Ohio State secondary, completing 27 of 35 passes for 386 yards, three touchdowns and, importantly, no interceptions.
Senior fullback Dimitri Flowers was the Sooners leading receiver, catching seven passes for 98 yards, including a 36-yard reception early in the second half for Oklahoma’s first touchdown. Jeff Badet and freshman CeeDee Lamb each had five receptions a piece for a combined143 yards.
Mayfield was sacked a couple of times in the game by the strong Ohio State defensive front seven, but the Oklahoma offensive line clearly won the battle of the trenches with the Sooners outgaining the Buckeyes 490 to 350 in total offense.
The Sooner defense held Buckeye super freshman J.K. Robbins to 72 yards rushing after he ran for 188 yards in Ohio State’s season opening win over Indiana.
Sooner freshman running back Trey Sermon was very impressive and Joe Mixon-like with 62 yards rushing and three receptions for 23 yards.
Even though the Sooners won by 15 points, the victory margin was not truly indicative of Oklahoma’s offensive and defensive dominance in the game. The Sooner offense spent most of the game on the Ohio State side of the field. Had it not been for two OU turnovers (both fumbles lost) and a missed 37-yard field by Austin Seibert midway through the second quarter, the Sooners might have put more points on the scoreboard.
Overall, it was a tremendous team victory over a very good Ohio State team, and best of all, in the end it was Oklahoma that got to dot the famous “i” in O-H-I-O with a statement win that rivaled what the Buckeyes did onto the Sooners at this time a year ago.