No. 5 Ohio St. throttles Huskers 48-7 behind Fields, defense

No. 5 Ohio St. throttles Huskers 48-7 behind Fields, defense
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (1) scrambles away from Nebraska linebacker Caleb Tannor (2) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (Source: Nati Harnik)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ohio State was supposed to get its first big test of the season at Nebraska. It hardly turned out that way.

Justin Fields threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was intercepted on three of the Cornhuskers' first four series, and the No. 5 Buckeyes turned in their most impressive performance of the season in a 48-7 victory Saturday night.

Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) scored on six straight possessions and led 38-0 after a dizzying first half. By the time Nebraska finally scored, the Buckeyes had rolled off 124 straight points since trailing Miami (Ohio) 5-0 last week.

Nebraska (3-2, 1-1) didn't go over 100 yards of total offense until late in the third quarter, just before its only TD, and it was obvious early that second-year coach Scott Frost's program is still a ways from returning to national prominence.

The Buckeyes had come to Lincoln off four straight lopsided wins but the question remained: just how good are they?

Based on this performance, they're really good.

Fields, the transfer from Georgia who has played himself into the first tier of Heisman Trophy candidates, threw for 212 yards and kept alive his streak of no interceptions this season. He added 72 yards rushing. He now has had a hand in 23 touchdowns, 16 through the air.

J.K. Dobbins ran for 177 yards and a TD on 24 carries and became the 11th player in Ohio State history to go over 3,000 career rushing yards. He's gone over 100 yards against Nebraska three straight years.

The Buckeyes scored on their first eight full drives — one ended as time ran out in the half — and didn't punt for the first time until early in the fourth quarter.

Ohio State's defense dominated, stuffing the run and pressuring Martinez into bad decisions.

Jeff Okudah had interceptions on two of Nebraska's first three series. He made a diving pick to set up Fields' 15-yard run up the middle for the Buckeyes' first touchdown. Okudah was on his back at his own 4 when he snagged a ball tipped by Wan'Dale Robinson, and that led to the first of Blake Haubeil's two field goals.

Jordan Fuller intercepted Martinez's pass at midfield, Fields broke a 41-yard run and then handed off to Major Teague for the first of his two TDs and a 24-0 lead.

Nebraska, as an unranked team, hasn't beaten a top-five team since Alabama in 1977 and has lost nine straight against Top 25 opponents.

Martinez finished just 8 of 17 for 47 yards.


Ohio State: The Buckeyes are the complete package with Fields at the controls, one of their most powerful offensive lines in years and a defense has had held five straight opponents under 300 yards.

Nebraska: This one is going to sting. The Huskers hosted the ESPN "College GameDay" crew in the morning and were humbled in the top game on the weekend schedule.


Ohio State hosts No. 25 Michigan State on Oct. 5.

Nebraska hosts Northwestern on Oct. 5.


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