Recap: Ohio State – Hawai’i

Hawai’i at Ohio State – Ohio Stadium – 3:30 PM Kickoff – Attendance: 107,145

FINAL SCORE: Ohio State – 38   Hawai’i – 0

There was a buzz in the air in Ohio Stadium during pregame, and for good reason.  It was the home opener for the defending champions and the Buckeyes were coming off a big revenge victory over Virginia Tech.  The alumni band was present as were freshman who were attending their first game in The Shoe as students.  Add to that the 41-point spread for the number one team in the country and the reason for the excitement becomes obvious.

But the game didn’t go quite as expected.  The offense struggled mightily against the visiting Rainbow Warriors.  Urban Meyer and the coaching staff looked for a spark throughout the first half, forcing the ball to the likes of Jalin Marshall and Braxton Miller but got very limited results.  There was even a new crease in the quarterback controversy when J.T. Barrett was inserted before halftime.  Ultimately the Buckeyes only amassed 14 points in the half, leaving the door open for Hawai’i to make a run.

Have no fear Buckeye Nation, the Silver Bullets did their job all day long.  Darron Lee was a standout with regular pressure on quarterback Max Wittek.  Joey Bosa made his presence felt early and often.  Gareon Conley played admirably once again, as did team captain Joshua Perry as the defense held their opponent out of the end zone all day long.  As much as the offense sputtered at times, the defense was a constant force that simply out-manned the Warriors from whistle to whistle.  They were the spark that Meyer was looking for, giving the offense the push they needed to put the game out of reach.

It was over when:

Ezekiel Elliot took his third touchdown over the goal line, making the score 24-0 with 9:07 left in the fourth quarter.

Player(s) of the game:

Gareon Conley, Joshua Perry, Curtis Samuel, Ezekiel Elliot

Next Game:

Northern Illinois at Ohio State – 3:30 PM


  1. There were so many factors that made this game a headache, but I think the biggest one was just complacency. This shouldn’t be a surprise to Buckeye fans, every year some under-manned, underdog team comes into the ‘Shoe early, plays out of their mind and gives fans a scare for about 30 minutes until the team gets its head screwed on right and plays cohesively. The offense never really got in a rhythm, but the defense was excellent.

  2. Give big credit to Hawaii, they came to play and never really stopped playing aggressive football for the entire game. Sometimes I wonder if our offense uses the OOC games to “experiment” with different looks and schemes. I guess it makes sense but it makes for very frustrating football.

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