Ohio State was tested Saturday night in Arlington, but walked away with an impressive 40-28 win over TCU at AT&T Stadium.
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Dwayne Haskins got to work early, finding Austin Mack for 48 yards on the 3rd play of the game. The Buckeyes would have to settle for a field goal, and an early 3-0 lead, however.
Ohio State built a 10-0 lead thanks to Nick Bosa's strip sack of TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson. Davon Hamilton recovered the football in the end zone for the Buckeyes, but a replay showed the right call on the field may have been a safety.
TCU would get on the board with a 6-yard rushing touchdown from Sewo Olonilua in the first quarter. Six minutes into the second quarter, the Horned Frogs seized the lead on this 93-yard touchdown run by Darius Anderson. It is the longest scoring play ever surrendered by Ohio State.
By halftime, TCU had all of the momentum in this game. One minute into the third quarter, things went from bad to worse for Ohio State when Nick Bosa was injured. He would leave the game and not return with an injury later described as a lower abdomen sprain. The Horned Frogs took advantage of his exit, scoring shortly after to take a 21-13 lead over the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes got the play they needed midway through the third quarter when Parris Campbell took a Dwayne Haskins pass and raced 63 yards untouched for six. Ohio State failed on a two-point conversion following the touchdown, but they'd cut TCU's lead to two, 21-19.
Less than a minute later, Dre'Mont Jones struck, snatching this Robinson shovel pass and going Marshawn Lynch on the way to a pick six to put Ohio State up 26-21.
TCU had an immediate answer for Jones' pick six when they took the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, thanks to some trickery that saw a return man start the kick prone in the end zone. However, the play was correctly penalized for an illegal forward pass.
After having their return touchdown called back, TCU was forced to punt and then, this happened:
Two plays later, Ohio State took a shot and Haskins found K.J. Hill for a 24-yard touchdown. The Buckeyes had scored 20 points in four minutes and led TCU, 33-21, with 2:57 to play in the third.
TCU wasn't dead, yet. On the next possession, Robinson found TreVontae Hights on a pretty 51-yard toss and catch to close the score to 33-28.
Ohio State added another score on a 5-yard Dwayne Haskins keeper minutes into the fourth, and then the defense buckled down. Linebacker Malik Harrison sealed the game with this interception in the waning minutes of the game.
BB Landers approved.