Every week, Eleven Warriors will dive into the mentions of Ohio State's coaches and players to bring you the #HotTakes and ramblings of Buckeye Nation. This week, we're looking back at Ohio State's 42-0 demolition of Cincinnati.
Exactly one week after a choppy performance against an overmatched FAU squad, Ohio State clicked on all cylinders and walloped Cincinnati 42-0 in Ohio Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Buckeyes did it all against the Bearcats. They piled up 508 total yards against a defense that ranked inside the top 10 nationally a year ago. They limited a tough-nosed Cincinnati offense to 273 total yards of offense and 3.1 yards per carry. The special teams even flexed their muscle when they blocked a field goal early in the second quarter, which ultimately preserved Ohio State's first shut out since September of 2017 (hello Rutgers, look forward to seeing you in November).
That kind of performance produced very few gripes (there are always gripes, I've learned). Justin Fields put on a show. Ryan Day remained undefeated as a head coach (acting, or otherwise). And then there's poor Tuf Borland, who did nothing but make a great defensive play. We'll get to that shortly.
Let's dive in.
@ Ryan Day
A sweet old lady in line with me for the bathroom was wearing a homemade bedazzled OSU jean jacket and when I held the door for her she smiled and whispered "oh thank you. It's my birthday today. I'm 74."— Sarah Klein (@skleinn) September 7, 2019
I demand at least 74 points in honor of Sweet Old Lady @ryandaytime
He didn't get you 74, Sarah, but he absolutely should have. He still owes you 32 points.
Are you serious dude @ryandaytime QB draw !?!?— Peyton Smith (@p_smith09) September 7, 2019
Here come the only gripes from the game. Up seven and nearing the red zone, Ohio State elected to go for it on fourth-and-1. The Buckeyes went empty and ran quarterback draw in what had to be an ode to Urban Meyer, but Cincinnati's defense held strong and got the stop.
@ryandaytime 2 and 17 and you run the ball, 3 and 1 and you pass it. Wtf?— Frank (@Frank78217175) September 7, 2019
Never mind the 141 yards and two touchdowns Dobbins scored on the day. It's the one quarterback draw call that will repel blue-chip running backs.
@ryandaytime I guess you missed my tweet from last week but for the love of God wear the school colors ... scarlet and grey! What is up with black? Without seeing the emblem Idk if I'm looking at Cincinnati or OSU coaches! What is your problem with grey???— Jill Moberg (@Jillymoe) September 7, 2019
Here we go again, Jill's back on her bullshit y'all. She chimed in last week with this same complaint, not knowing black is literally listed as one of the school's official colors. Keep doing you, Jill.
Thank you @ryandaytime. Ive been waiting for Ohio State to run an I-formation for the past 5 years.— David Spontarelli (@dave_spont) September 7, 2019
Yes, all of us have fond memories of Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett lining up under center.
@ Justin Fields
@justnfields cam newton Jr.— Anthony (@AudiaAnthony) September 7, 2019
I love Dwayne Haskins more than anything,but I am so glad I don't internally scream when it's a QB keep this year. Atta boy @justnfields— sarah pfeil (@bucknutNANNERS) September 7, 2019
I internally scream with Fields is on the run, but that's because of Ohio State's depth chart.
Comparisons to Cam Newton and Deshaun Watson do not suck when they're being made about the quarterback of your favorite football team.
Yeah I can dig it.
Poor Tathan is going to get tagged every week.
No, he's not a dawg, he's a Buckeye. But that's a nice segway into what will absolutely be a weekly staple in this article.
Sad Georgia Reflections
I fuckin miss @justnfields— kevin coppett (@KevinCoppett) September 7, 2019
UGA crying— Toxic Bama Fan (@hrparrishh) September 7, 2019
Better then fromm better then fromm— Michael scott (@Michael14609582) September 7, 2019
Watch... the natives are about to turn on each other.
Not at all. He hasn't done anything better than Jske Fromm. They have 14pts in the 2nd QTR against Cincy. Not that impressive.— Richard Pollard (@RPollardRealtor) September 7, 2019
Anything less than a Natty this year and losing Fields was not worth it Fromm is average college QB at best. Fields is like having Cam Newton and Fromm is like having Greg McElroy.— Daniel Marcel (@Q_516) September 7, 2019
// Enjoyment intensifies //
How about that sack? Fields has all day to throw and still gets sacked. He can't read a defense.— Richard Pollard (@RPollardRealtor) September 7, 2019
Imagine the amount of deflection needed to say a quarterback who completed 80 percent of his passes (with a majority of his incompletions correctly thrown away) can't read a defense.
@ Tuf Borland
Cincinnati had driven the ball deep into Ohio State territory late in the third quarter when Borland came up with one of the biggest defensive plays of the game. Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder was trying to find an open man over the middle, but Shaun Wade tipped the pass and Borland hauled in the pick. He rumbled his way from inside Ohio State's 10-yard line out to the Buckeyes' 45.
He wasn't celebrated the way he should've been, though, as you monsters came out and roasted his lack of speed.
Tuf Borland after that interception...— Mr. Ohio (@MrOH1O) September 7, 2019
@Tuf_Borland out here running for his life— Tyler Keltz (@RTKeltz) September 7, 2019
His diaper looked so full— Dylan Hickman (@Dyl_Hick) September 7, 2019
That speed gave me flashbacks to Datish running down the field trying to throw a block for Ginn on the reverse vs ND.https://t.co/JjGpWhJFRn— Nick Cobb (@R1ckMoran1s) September 7, 2019
Tufs reaction to his replay... love the kid and the play but damn. Looked like he was running in tar with a peg leg. pic.twitter.com/Mfll76VYb1— Ryan B Sith (@BuckeyeNiner85) September 8, 2019
Even Tuf's teammates got in on it.
— Branden Bowen (@BrandenBowen) September 7, 2019
— Tyreke Smith (@T_23_baller) September 7, 2019
Maybe next time he'll just pick the pass off and then fall to the ground.