Phi, you and I had an exchange on a prior thread about the need for the Buckeyes to throw the ball more . . . I even made the statement that the Buckeyes need to "enable the run by establishing the pass." Alas, they ignored me :). Instead, it would seem that the offensive coaches chose to primarily attack the Oklahoma defense by running the ball outside more than throwing the ball. 48 rushing attempts vs. 20 pass attempts.
Mike Weber seemed most effective, early, taking the play outside. The offensive staff chose their moments to attack the Oklahoma secondary, in the red zone when Noah Brown was isolated one-on-one with a Sooner corner back. And with J.T., Noah Brown, and the OL executing that play to near perfection, four times, it worked very well. Not a great statistical game for the passing attack, but very effective nonetheless. As a side note, the Buckeyes are currently ranked #60 among the 128 FBS teams in passing offense per NCAA statistics, but #6 in team passing efficiency.
Don't know how much of this is (1) the coaching staff's penchant for running the ball first, and running outside to counter the interior Sooner run defense, (2) seeing something specific on game film that led them specifically to the red zone pass-attack approach, or (3) they don't have enough confidence in the passing attack yet to use it as a primary weapon right now. Perhaps, for good reason, they have more confidence in the running game. With Curtis Samuel, Mike Weber and Dontre Wilson back there it is easy to see why. Running the ball outside worked against a pretty good run defense.
While there are things to improve (i.e., fewer penalities!!!), the offense is performing very well and effectively. I have to believe that at some point they will start throwing the ball more and the passing yardage will improve. I think you're right, at some point the Buckeyes will need to throw the ball more if they want to keep defenses off balance. But the Buckeyes seem to have a first rate outside-inside run game established. I trust that more will come from the passing game will come soon as Coach Meyer has said repeatedly that he wants a 250-250 offense. So many talented weapons on offense to choose from.
But something in the Oklahoma film, and the fact that it was a road game in a hostile environment, led them to choose this specific approach, not going for passing yards but exploiting the Sooner secondary in very specific ways and in very specific situations. It worked very well. And effectively.