After an exciting opening weekend in college football, Ohio State closed out the weekend with an impressive over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. The Buckeyes got off to a hot start but fell behind 17-14 at halftime after a couple of ill-timed turnovers. Yet, in the end, they pulled away to win comfortably. Unfortunately, for the Hokies, their starting quarterback Michael Brewer broke his collarbone early in the second half, and that really turned the tide for Ohio State to pull away and win by a final score of 42-24.
Ohio State ended last season on an incredible high beating Alabama and Oregon to win the first College Football Playoff, and they continued that momentum into this opening victory. The big question surrounding the Buckeyes coming into this matchup is who would start at quarterback; last year’s regular season starter, JT Barrett, or the man who took the reins to win the national championship, Cardale Jones. They had such an embarrassment of riches at the quarterback position that Braxton Miller, the man who would have started last year if not for a preseason injury and was a three-year starter before that, was moved to wide receiver. Urban Meyer left the decision until the very last-minute, and in the end, it was Jones who got the start and he did not disappoint.
Cardale Jones has extremely impressive arm strength and ability. He showed it off on the very first drive of the game making some incredible throws on the way to an opening score. On the very next drive, Ohio State showed their balance when their Heisman candidate running back, Ezekiel Elliott, took his first carry of the game 80 yards for an easy score. Virginia Tech started slowly on both sides of the ball, but after falling behind 14-0, they started to find a rhythm on both sides of the ball. The defense created a few turnovers and the Hokie offense scored on some wide-open passing plays. Going into halftime, the home fans were happy to see their Hokies up 17-14.
Coming out of halftime, Virginia Tech was full of confidence after clawing back to gain the lead. However, that confidence did not last long as Braxton Miller immediately gave Ohio State the lead back with a great end-around run with an incredible spin move to bust it open. On the ensuing Hokie drive, they lost their QB when Brewer had to leave the game due to a broken collarbone. The defense held on for a little while and the backup made some plays, but at this point, Ohio State really started to dominate.
While Ohio State’s defense was not overly impressive, they did the job without their best defender and maybe the best defender in the nation in Joey Bosa, who missed this game due to suspension. Not overly missing Bosa just goes to show how impressive the buckeyes depth is, with elite talent at nearly every position on the field. The defense will certainly be good, but their offense is really going to be impressive this season with an embarrassment of riches at the skill positions. With Jones, Miller, and Elliott all already looking in midseason form the rest of the Big 10, and the nation for that matter, need to watch out for a team that was already the unanimously top-ranked team in the country before this impressive win.
It was a tough loss for Virginia Tech not only the game but losing their starting QB for 4-6 weeks. By the end, they looked overmatched but there were real good signs for a team that will definitely compete well in the ACC. Luckily, for the Hokies, they avoid both Florida State and Clemson in ACC play and that will help them on the way to trying to challenge for the ACC title.
Ohio State showed their dominance pulling away in the second half to beat Virginia Tech by a final score of 42-24. The Buckeyes really did everything right in this game and did nothing to dissuade anyone from thinking they are the unanimous top team in the nation. This was their toughest test of non-conference play and they will likely cruise past their next three matchups on their way to opening their Big 10 schedule against Indiana.
Commentary By Max Petkevicius
Edited By Leigh Haugh
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