Three Key Stats: Passing Game Efficiency, Offensive Balance, Blocked Kicks

By Jake Anderson on September 22, 2019 at 8:00 am
Fields flips in a touchdown.

Was this Justin Fields' first comeback win?

Miami (Ohio) led 5-0 early in the first quarter.

Emphasis on early

The Bucks rattled off 76 straight points, including 42 in the second quarter, to dispose of the Redhawks in the Shoe. Justin Fields became the first Ohio State quarterback to score six touchdowns in a single quarter and Chase Young continued his dominant start to the season with two sacks against Miami. 

Weren't able to watch the whole contest? Don't worry, Three Key Stats is here to tell you about some nuances about the game that you may have missed. 

The Buckeyes averaged 12.5 yards per pass attempt, the most since Dwayne Haskins' performance against Michigan last season.

Any time Ohio State dropped back to pass, they averaged a first down. 

The Bucks threw for 374 yards on just 30 pass attempts as they sliced through the Redhawks. Garrett Wilson, K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor, Jameson Williams, and Chris Olave all caught touchdowns from the three Ohio State quarterbacks. Both true freshmen receivers have now scored a touchdown for the Bucks. 

Even with Justin Fields attempting just 21 passes, the Bucks were able to dominate through the air. Backup quarterbacks Chris Chugunov and Gunner Hoak each threw their first touchdowns as Buckeyes. Chugunov had a passer rating of 283.2 and Hoak attained a rating of 538.0. 

Ohio State is averaging 260 rush yards and 264.5 passing yards per game this year.

Talk about balance. 

Through four games, Ohio State has been able to get it done however they want. The Bucks gained over 600 yards of offense against Miami, with 227 on the ground and 374 through the air. 

The Bucks have not had the toughest schedule thus far, but the reemergence of the ground game can not be overstated. Ohio State's ability to pound opponents into oblivion with J.K. Dobbins and Master Teague is surely a sight for sore eyes. 

In the passing game, Justin Fields has proved to be more than capable of running the offense. With his superstar wide receiver corps, the potential of this team is still yet to be seen. 

The Bucks have blocked three kicks in four games and is now tied with Penn State and Northern Illinois for the most in the nation.

Matt Barnes, Ohio State's special teams coordinator, once said that the objective is to block five kicks per season. 

Through four games, the Bucks have blocked three, tied for the most in the nation. 

Sevyn Banks, Chris Olave, and Chase Young have all been a disruption this year in special teams, with each block leading to an Ohio State touchdown. Additionally, it is a welcoming sight to see the Buckeyes' star players contributing in another aspect of the game. 

Miami proved to be a final tuneup for Ohio State before the conference play

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