Why Ohio State’s “Basic” Defense Won the Game Against Oklahoma

The Ohio State Buckeyes intercepted two Baker Mayfield passes on Saturday night, returning one of them for a touchdown.  The Buckeyes also never turned the ball over on offense, as their opportunistic defense (however basic it may be seem to others) was once again a major factor as the squad improved to 3-0.


The anticipation was high as Baker Mayfield and his arsenal of offensive weapons prepared to face the secondary of the Ohio State Buckeyes.


Oklahoma had already faced Houston, a highly-ranked opponent, and some wondered if Ohio State’s unimpressive schedule through two weeks was why the defense of the Bucks looked so impressive.


The Buckeyes put all doubt to rest.  


Baker Mayfield only completed 17 of 32 passing attempts and threw the same number of touchdowns (two) in the game as interceptions.


What was just as impressive, was Ohio State made Mayfield one-dimensional, as he was a non factor rushing the ball and sacked three times.


Add Jerome Baker to the list of playmakers on the OSU defense.  The 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker recorded 1.5 sacks and returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to give the Bucks a 14-0 lead.




Urban Meyer is now 19-0 on the road as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes.  After coming into the year with a team that lacked experience, he won’t mind readjusting to the usual during the bye week.  


Extremely high expectations in Columbus, Ohio.  

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