Skull Session: Ohio State’s Offense Couldn’t Be Stopped on Saturday, Cris Carter Loves to Watch the Buckeye Receiver Room and Garrett Wilson Crushed the Cleveland Browns

By Chase Brown on September 19, 2022 at 5:00 am
C.J. Stroud

Ohio State's offense looked pretty darn good on Saturday.

In fact, with 105,398 fans in Ohio Stadium and a national television audience on FOX, I'm not sure that side of the ball could have been much better for the Buckeyes.

Before I get into that, though, let me ask one thing of you all.

Let's have a good Monday, shall we?

 TOUCHDOWN FRENZY. Ohio State's offense scored more touchdowns (11) against Toledo than the Rockets had allowed points (10) in their first two games against Long Island and UMass. Let that sink in.

After Saturday's absurd offensive performance that saw Ohio State almost break the program record for total yards of offense in a game, the Buckeyes now have the No. 1 total offense in the country at 565.3 yards per game. They also rank in the top 10 in scoring and passing offense at 47.7 points per game and 358.3 passing yards per game.

Ohio State: Total Offense, One Game
No. Yards Opponent Date Result
1 776 BOWLING GREEN SEPT. 3, 2016 W, 77-10
2 763 TOLEDO SEPT. 17, 2022 W, 77-21
3 721 OREGON STATE SEPT. 1, 2018 W, 77-31
4 718 MOUNT UNION SEPT. 27, 1930 W, 59-0
5 715 UTAH SEPT. 27, 1986 W, 64-6

To continue with the absurdity, Ohio State scored on 11 of its 13 offensive drives. If you exclude the final drive that ended with the Buckeyes running out the clock – therefore making no effort to score – they reached paydirt on 11 of their 12 possessions.

Here's how those drives played out:

  1.  8 plays, 82 yards, 3:45 - TreVeyon Henderson 7-yard TD run
  2.  6 plays, 75 yards, 2:33 - Marvin Harrison Jr. 8-yard TD catch
  3.  5 plays, 59 yards, 1:59 - Emeka Egbuka 3-yard TD run
  4.  7 plays, 71 yards, 2:58 - Julian Fleming 5-yard TD catch
  5.  7 plays, 75 yards, 3:25 - Harrison 7-yard TD catch
  6.  9 plays, 89 yards, 4:37 - Fleming 11-yard TD catch
  7.  4 plays, 48 yards, 1:24 - Mitch Rossi 1-yard TD run
  8.  6 plays, 36 yards, 2:16 - Jesse Mirco downed his only punt of the game at the 2-yard line
  9.  4 plays, 39 yards, 1:30 - Egbuka 7-yard TD catch
  10. 11 plays, 68 yards, 4:59 - Dallan Hayden 1-yard TD run
  11.  2 plays, 74 yards, 0:43 - Jayden Ballard 72-yard TD catch
  12.  3 plays, 45 yards, 1:35 - TC Caffey 49-yard TD run

That's what I call efficient.

Also, how about TC Caffey? I tried to tell you all he was a different animal and the same beast. Hopefully, some of you listened.

 REAL RECOGNIZE REAL. Every Ohio State fan knows how dominant Cris Carter was as a Buckeye from 1984-86. He caught 168 passes for 2,725 yards and 27 touchdowns and earned All-American honors for collecting 69 receptions for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns in his third and final season.

Carter has been a significant Ohio State supporter since his playing days in Columbus ended. He praised the current bunch of Buckeye receivers for their performances against Toledo.

That's not to mention Jayden Ballard, who scored a 72-yard touchdown against Toledo. One could also mention tight end Cade Stover – now known as “Farmer Gronk” – becoming more involved in the passing game with eight catches for 137 yards through the first three games.

Carter sees what a lot of Buckeye fans see. He recognizes Ohio State has one of the best, if not the best wide receiver room in the country, and the 2022 iteration of that unit has only been fully healthy (outside of Kamryn Babb) for one game.

Once they have a few more games under their belts as a group, the Big Ten and college football writ large will need to watch out. Ohio State's passing attack will be really hard to stop.

 BUCKEYE PRIDE. What is even more impressive about the Ohio State receiver room in 2022 is that it lost two first-round NFL draft picks, Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, after last season.

Wilson scored his first career touchdown on Sunday against my beloved Cleveland Browns, but he made sure to throw up the O-H afterward, which made everything alright and even brought a smile to my face.

Does anyone else feel this conflict watching their favorite NFL team play? It's almost like, “OK, Garrett Wilson can score five touchdowns as long as the Browns win. That would be the best of both worlds.” I want my team to win, but I also wish former Buckeyes to perform well for their teams each week.

Is anybody else there with me on that?

That didn't happen for me this week. Wilson exploded and the Browns lost, which sucked. But that's the life of being a Browns fan.

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