It’s been quite some time since No. 5 Ohio State (2-0) lost a game to another team form the state of Ohio. A thorough 42-0 victory over Cincinnati (1-1) on Saturday afternoon in Columbus extended Ohio State’s streak against in-state opponents to 42 consecutive wins.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields turned in another solid outing as the new starter in Columbus. Fields completed 17-of-21 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown, and he picked up two additional rushing touchdowns in the blowout victory. J.K. Dobbins led all players with 141 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Any threat of Cincinnati being able to keep things close in this game, as some anticipated might happen, were put to rest by a strong showing by the Ohio State defense. Cincinnati struggled all afternoon on third down (the Buckeyes thrived on third down conversions when on offense), and the Cincinnati offenses managed just 1.1 yards per rushing attempt until Ohio State let their foot off the gas.. Cincinnati was flagged for 10 penalties and lost the turnover battle too, both ingredients to thwart any shot at a significant upset.
The first half did have a scary moment for Cincinnati safety Kyriq McDonald. In the middle of a play, McDonald fell to the ground appearing to be having a seizure. He was taken off the field on a stretcher. McDonald does have a history of seizures, bu there was no immediate update on his situation provided. He did not return to the game after leaving in the first half.
The last time Ohio State lost to a team from Ohio was October 8, 1921 when the Buckeyes were on the wrong end of a 7-6 score against Oberlin. Ohio State will look to pick up a 43rd consecutive win against in-state opponents in two weeks when the Buckeyes host Miami Ohio. But first, Ohio State opens their Big Ten schedule next week at Indiana. In the meantime, Cincinnati will actually get a first crack at the RedHawks as Cincinnati returns home next week to face Miami Ohio in Week 3.
The battle of Ohio is going the way of the Buckeyes in Columbus. Ohio State, who hasn’t lost to a team from within the state since 1921, has built a 28-0 lead on Cincinnati. But the first half was marred by a medical scare to Cincinnati safety Kyriq McDonald, who was taken off the field on a stretcher.
McDonald was taken out of the game after having a scare on the field in the second quarter. McDonald went to the ground in the middle of a play without being touched. A medical cart was called out onto the field as he appeared to be going through convulsions. He was taken off the field on the stretcher after being evaluated by multiple medical staffers on the field.
Justin Fields got the scoring going for the buckeyes midway through a hard-fought first quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run. J.K. Dobbins then scored the next two touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 60-yard scamper for a quick touchdown midway through the second quarter. Fields got back on the board with a touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson to push the lead to 28-0. Ohio State’s defense has been locked in as well, not allowing a single third-down conversion to the visitors and just 108 yards of offense. Cincinnati is 0-for-7 on third down.
Ohio State sure seems to be in a solid position at the halftime break. The winning streak against in-state opponents does not appear to be in any real danger.
Coming off a surprisingly successful season has set the bar high for Cincinnati in 2019. and on Thursday, the Bearcats received some uplifting news regarding the status of two new additions to the program. Defensive back Kyriq McDonald and linebacker Darrian Beavers were each granted immediate eligibility from the NCAA for the 2019 season after transferring to Cincinnati this offseason.
McDonald transferred to Cincinnati from Alabama. Beavers came to Cincinnati from UConn. Both players can now find roles to contribute to Cincinnati’s defense that led the American Athletic Conference last season. Adding a former three-star member of Alabama’s Class of 2017 certainly helps improve the depth for the Bearcats, especially with a challenging schedule coming their way this fall.
One transfer who did not receive such good news was Michigan transfer James Hudson, an offensive lineman. An appeal filed on his behalf was rejected by the NCAA office last week.
Toward the end of the third quarter of the national championship game in Atlanta, Alabama freshman defensive back Kyriq McDonald required medical attention after reportedly collapsing on the sideline. The reason for the collapse was not reported, but he was taken off the sideline on a stretcher to go seek further medical attention.
Amazingly, the game continued to play on while all of this was happening on the Alabama sideline. The explanation for the decision to keep the game moving was because the medical treatment was happening far enough away from the field of play, so it would not interfere with the game.
McDonald was said to be awake and conscious after some initial medical response on the sideline as he was taken away. If we hear anything more on this situation, we will update this post accordingly.