COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State fans brought the noise against Oklahoma for most of the game, although they didn’t often have much reason to cheer.
The Buckeyes got blown out in a staggering, 31-16 loss at home, with some fans heading to the exit starting with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. By then, the writing was on the wall. Ohio State’s offense couldn’t get first downs, and the defense couldn’t make any stops.
But earlier in the game, the crowd of 109,088 fans had Ohio Stadium rocking. Land of 10 used a sound meter to measure decibel readings throughout the game. (Here is a handy chart for reference of how loud everyday objects are.)
Oklahoma’s first drive
The crowd was reasonably loud here from the start, with the pre-snap readings hovering around 95-98 decibels. This is as loud and borderline louder than the Buckeyes faced at Wisconsin last season.
On Oklahoma’s second drive, it got up to 99 decibels as the Sooners prepared for fourth down. Unfortunately for Ohio State, Damon Webb was flagged for pass interference. However, the Sooners, fumbled away the ball on the following play, prompting a similar level of noise.
The first time I saw the decibel meter break 100 was when Oklahoma fumbled on a lateral to start the second quarter. The play went to review. When the initial ruling was overturned, the stadium went bonkers.
Austin Mack’s catch
Ohio State has had its struggles with the deep ball, so when Austin Mack hauled in a 31-yard pass to get down to the Oklahoma 7-yard line, it was a huge deal. The crowd roared up to 107 decibels.
Nick Bosa’s near safety
One of the best defensive plays of the night — one of the only defensive plays? — brought a huge number. Nick Bosa chased down a retreating Baker Mayfield and pulled him down at the 1-yard line, barely missing a safety. The noise in the aftermath and leading up to the next snap reached 108 on the decibel meter. At that point, the Buckeyes were leading 13-10 despite being outplayed, but the wheels came off from there.
Sounds of silence
The No. 5 Sooners went in to the matchup looking to silence Ohio State’s fans. By the fourth quarter, they’d gotten their wish.
“I’m somebody who likes away games,” Sooners defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo said before the game, according to the OU Daily. “I like going into enemy territory and really silencing the crowd. Our defense, that’s something that we want to make [a part of] our identity — that we can play anywhere, home or away. We’re going to play as hard as we can so that’s something we look forward to.”
Ohio State fans brought the noise for much of the game despite little to cheer for, but by the end there was nothing left.