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Ohio State shows holes but powers past Navy

J.T. Barrett, Jacoby Boren, Bernard Sarra

It took some time for things to come together, but Urban Meyer finally saw his No. 5 Ohio State (1-0) team let their size and strength advantage paved the way to a season opening win in Baltimore against Navy (0-1). Playing without Braxton Miller at quarterback, the Buckeyes offense lacked much to give Navy trouble for most of the afternoon, but eventually the Buckeyes found a way to wear down the Navy defense and take advantage of some holes down the stretch of a 34-17 victory.

The second half started in wild fashion. Ohio State’s Darren Lee picked up and returned a fumble for a 61-yard touchdown early in the third quarter, but Navy stormed right down field with a quick four-play touchdown drive over 84 yards to regain the lead. Barrett unloaded a deep pass to Devin Street later in the third quarter for an 80-yard touchdown following a touchback on a punt. Ohio State went on to pull away in the second half by outscoring Navy 28-10 in the second half.

J.T. Barrett completed 12 of 15 pass attempts for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns with one interception. Barrett also led the Ohio State running game with 50 rushing yards. In the end, the formula was a familiar one for Ohio State without Miller, although at times the absence of Miller was unmistakable.

Going into the season the biggest questions for Ohio State were probably focused on the state of the running game and the stability of the offensive line. One game in, those concerns will still need to be addressed in Columbus. In this game, Navy managed to show why those concerns were legitimate, and the Midshipmen even showed an ability to wear down Ohio State’s defense at times. The Buckeyes had the talent to avoid letting it hurt them in the win column this weekend, but Meyer and his staff know what needs to improve moving forward.

Navy’s quarterback, Keenan Reynolds, ran the football 23 times for 42 yards and a touchdown before being removed from the game late in the fourth quarter. Ryan Williams-Jenkins was Navy’s leading rusher on the afternoon with 118 yards. Navy left points on the scoreboard though, but missed opportunities may not have led to a different outcome. The Buckeyes remain undefeated in the regular season since Meyer was named the head coach. Ohio State’s two losses last season both came in postseason play.

Ohio State will return home to Columbus next weekend, and it should make for another good defensive battle. Virginia Tech will be the opponent, and the Hokies could bring one of the better defenses in the ACC to town with them. Virginia Tech’s defense should be bigger and stronger than Navy’s, so Ohio State will have to really work on getting more out of the offense.

Navy will head to Philadelphia next week for a game against Temple. The Owls are coming off a season-opening victory at Vanderbilt. Navy will not play a true home game in Annapolis until September 20 when they host another Big Ten opponent, Rutgers.

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19 Responses to “Ohio State shows holes but powers past Navy”
  1. honkerdawg says: Aug 30, 2014 3:31 PM

    Big win for OSU, get outplayed for 3 quarters and win by attrition alone. I’m sure Urban and the boys are SO proud

  2. thraiderskin says: Aug 30, 2014 3:36 PM

    daaamn!.. we are in trouble. Ill take the win, but I’m not thinking there will be a whole lot of them.

  3. wethog66 says: Aug 30, 2014 3:38 PM

    This Navy fan was under no illusions on what the outcome would be today, just hoped for a solid effort against OSU like back in 2009 and I wasn’t disappointed. Anytime you hang 300+ rushing yards on “the best defensive line in the nation” you are doing something right.

    But the better team won. Yes the score is a bit misleading, but OSU was clearly the better team. The Buckeyes do need to firm things up on offense if they want to keep Meyer’s undefeated regular season streak going. Tough ask with 4 new O-lineman and a QB they weren’t expecting to start this year. We shall see.

    As for Navy, the left some points on the field with costly turnovers. Some caused by a very good OSU defense, but others self inflicted. Can’t do that against the #5 team in the nation. Regardless, got a veteran O-line and a very good QB moving forward. Continue beating Army, keep the CIC and get bowl eligible are the goals for Navy and they look more than capable of achieving those goals. Can’t wait for that 1st true home game vs Rutgers.

  4. jec332 says: Aug 30, 2014 3:38 PM

    OSU is looking like an 8-4 team this year. Let’s go Penn State!

  5. motherscratcher23 says: Aug 30, 2014 3:39 PM

    Starting a redshirt freshman QB with about a weeks practice, I’m sure they are proud. Why wouldn’t they be?

    And what does “won by attrition alone” even mean? You might as well have said that the Buckeyes won but only because they were better and more athletic.

  6. vincentbojackson says: Aug 30, 2014 3:51 PM

    That’s the fifth best team in the country???

    Yikes!

  7. handsofsweed says: Aug 30, 2014 4:15 PM

    To be fair, OSU also left some points on the field via some absurd mental mistakes.

    And this Navy team is going to go 9-3 0r 10-2 at worst before a bowl game. Their defense is the surprisingly solid part of the equation. These guys are a well-coached, disciplined, tough nut to crack that actually has a lot more sheer talent in more spots than most people would like to admit. Beware. Be very aware of this football team.

  8. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 30, 2014 4:45 PM

    Navy played 1 helluva game. tOSU offensive line needs a lot of work. There are a lot of new names on both offense and defense. Hopefully, they will improve.
    On another note, has anybody noticed that the troll, brownsmakemecrazy, is conspicuously absent? John Taylor warned him to back off or be blocked. It looks like John followed up and blocked him. Thank you John.

  9. jrs45 says: Aug 30, 2014 4:51 PM

    jec332,

    PSU looks like an 8-4 team also.

  10. thethunderofgunns says: Aug 30, 2014 5:48 PM

    thraiderskin says:
    Aug 30, 2014 3:36 PM
    daaamn!.. we are in trouble. Ill take the win, but I’m not thinking there will be a whole lot of them.

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    Another Raider Buckeye!!!!!!

  11. jrs45 says: Aug 30, 2014 5:52 PM

    I thought Jack Tatum was the only Raider Buckeye?

  12. utow says: Aug 30, 2014 7:10 PM

    Uhh, Devin Street plays for Pitt. Devin SMITH plays for ohio state.

  13. thetooloftools says: Aug 30, 2014 7:13 PM

    “OH-IO”

  14. thraiderskin says: Aug 30, 2014 7:46 PM

    Jack Tatum would be my all time favorite Raider… and Buckeye. But seriously, that game today was difficult to watch, perhaps its my pessimism kicking in, but I don’t know how you get that oline in order in one week.

  15. jrs45 says: Aug 30, 2014 7:53 PM

    I agree. With everything you said lol.

  16. steeler1nation says: Aug 30, 2014 8:27 PM

    Navy (OSU by 17) will end up being better than UCF (PSU by 2) when the season’s over, so chillax PSU hacks.

  17. phlatulentphreddy says: Aug 30, 2014 10:55 PM

    Barrett did a really nice job – looks great. Navy is a good team and their running game is one of the best. There are some holes to fill etc. but all things considered I was very pleased with Barrett’s maturity. I am hoping that the running game gets up to par – Dontre Wilson is phenomenal. It is a young team. And Navy is a good team – highly underrated – they are disciplined and play well. #5 #6 #25 means nothing till November.

  18. iammrbinky says: Aug 31, 2014 9:58 AM

    Hilarious comments from Buckeye fans trying to justify that crap the bed performance. Navy gave that game away. scUM and his boys won’t even finish in the top 50 without Miller.

  19. watchfullhose says: Aug 31, 2014 11:36 AM

    Anyone who predicts osu to finish out of the top 50 (!) while calling urban Meyer “scUM” seems to have a real solid head on heir shoulders…..full of rocks.

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