COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins ran for 72 yards and notched the first touchdown of his young career but the Oklahoma offense took over in the second half and the Sooners would spoil the Buckeyes' evening with a 31-16 victory.
Buckeye receiver K.J. Hill tied a career-high with five receptions for 44 yards on the night while Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell each had three catches. Dobbins notched his 72 yards on 13 carries and also added a catch out of the backfield.
Defensively, senior Chris Worley made a career-high 11 tackles and forced the second fumble of his career. Defensive end Nick Bosa recorded a sack for the second-straight, giving him seven for his career.
For Oklahoma, quarterback Baker Mayfield was 27-of-35 passing for 386 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Dimitri Flowers hauled-in seven passes for 98 yards and a score.
Neither team could muster much in way of points in the opening half. The Buckeyes took advantage of one of two Sooner fumbles in the first two quarters and got a 24-yard Sean Nuernberger field goal. That gave OSU a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter. Oklahoma evened the score right before the break with a 35-yard Andy Seibert field goal and the teams went to the locker rooms knotted at 3-3.
In the second half, the gloves were off. Campbell ran the third quarter kickoff back 56 yards into Oklahoma territory and seven plays later, Dobbins found paydirt for the first time in his career with a six-yard scamper to put the Buckeyes in front 10-3.
The lead was short lived as Mayfield and the Sooners responded by covering 67 yards in just five plays to even the score once again at 10-10. The Buckeyes countered with another solid drive thanks to 37-yards on the ground by Dobbins but the drive would sputter-out at the six-yard line and Nuernberger added his second field goal of the night.
The quick-strike Sooner offense grabbed its first lead of the night shortly before the end of the third quarter as Mayfield found Lee Morris over the middle of the field for an 18-yard TD reception and it was 17-13 Sooners. After the Buckeyes turned the ball over on downs at the start of the fourth quarter, Oklahoma scored two more touchdowns in the next five minutes, capitalizing on an interception, to seize control of the game with a 31-13 lead.
The Buckeyes added a third Nuernberger field goal midway through the fourth quarter and the Sooners would control the clock the rest of the way.
Ohio State remains at home next week when it takes on Army at 4:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
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