Another slow first half start, but this time, Ohio State didn't have the horses in the second half to get it done against No. 5 Oklahoma, falling to the Sooners, 31-16.
Let's take a journey through the GIFs of the game.
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Urban Meyer was feeling it before this one. Here's a really cool angle of the team's entrance with sound.
The crew working the game was from the Big 12, which meant it was many Ohio State fans' first experience with “Beef Ref,” Mike Defee. Here he is giving no damns for an incoming football while calling an iffy pass interference penalty on Damon Webb.
The call set Oklahoma up with a 1st-and-10 at the Ohio State 23, but Chris Worley came up huge on the very next play, popping the ball loose from Adbul Adams. Jashon Cornell recovered and Ohio State's offense was back in business (or so we thought).
Still scoreless, Ohio State recovered another Oklahoma fumble on the first play of the 2nd quarter when this Mayfield to Jeff Badet pass was actually ruled a lateral following a review. Damon Webb was the beneficiary here.
It was another rough first half for the Ohio State passing attack – J.T. Barrett finished the half 5-11 for 25 yards – but K.J. Hill turned in a nifty play on the ensuing possession. Ohio State would have to settle for Sean Nuernberger 24-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead (in a game they really had no business leading at that point).
Oklahoma would tie things up with a field goal of their own before the half, but they really had no business being tied with the Buckeyes because they dominated the first half. Ohio State would need a strong second half and they got the start they needed when Parris Campbell returned the kickoff 56 yards to the Oklahoma 44.
Following up on Campbell's return, J.T. Barrett and the Ohio State offense moved 38 yards quickly with an up-tempo look. And then Sooner defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo went down with an injury. Or was he injured? Sure he was. WINK WINK WINK WINK WINK
Didn't matter. Ohio State scored on the next play when freshman running back J.K. Dobbins punched it in from the six for his first career touchdown. And then he hit the crowd with LeBron James' signature “Silencer.” Ohio State 10, Oklahoma 3.
Oklahoma answered Ohio State's touchdown with a quickness, going 67 yards in just five plays, capped by this Mayfield to fullback Dimitri Flowers touchdown of 36 yards. Poor Erick Smith.
On the ensuing drive, J.K. Dobbins hobbled this Sooner defender.
A couple of plays later, Barrett found Austin Mack for this spectacular 31-yard throw and catch to the Oklahoma 7. Mack is believed to have suffered a concussion on the play.
Alas, the Buckeyes would have to settle for a field goal to take the lead again, 13-10.
Oklahoma's next possession was disaster city for the Sooners. On first down, they were hit with a chop block call. On second down, Nick Bosa did this, evoking memories of his brother's famous walk-off sack at Penn State:
And that's about it for happy GIFs. Oklahoma ripped off 21 points on their next three possessions to go up 31-13 and salt the game away. Oh, and then Baker Mayfield did this after the game was over.