Oklahoma came to Columbus and soundly beat Ohio State, coming away with a 31-16 victory. Here are the live updates, scores and analysis from the Sooners’ big win.
Ohio State-Oklahoma live updates, score
Here’s what happened.
Oklahoma 31, Ohio State 16 (Q4, 0:00): Ohio State has plenty of questions to answer. Beaten on offense, beaten on defense and beaten in the game plan. Pretty thoroughly in each case, too.
Oklahoma 31, Ohio State 16 (Q4, 3:40): Oklahoma still can’t be stopped, moving the ball quite well against the Buckeyes as the clock bleeds out. It’s been a tremendous performance for them tonight.
Oklahoma 31, Ohio State 13 (Q4, 11:05): Oklahoma has been clinical tonight. Ohio State… has not.
Oklahoma 24, Ohio State 13 (Q4, 11:05): Ohio State bizarrely ignored Mike Weber all game — and J.K. Dobbins to an extent — and now it’s too late to use them down by this margin. Meanwhile, Baker Mayfield is torching the defense.
Oklahoma 24, Ohio State 13 (Q4, 11:11): Other than the offense and defense being bad at football tonight has gone really well for Ohio State.
Oklahoma 17, Ohio State 13 (Q3, 0:00): Ohio State has a decision to make here on fourth-and-4 at the Oklahoma 36, but there’s only one choice to make. They can’t have the defense go back out there this quickly, especially with no points to show for it. The defense isn’t dependable enough to expect a stop, so the offense needs to make something happen on pretty much every drive from here on out.
Oklahoma 17, Ohio State 13 (Q3, 2:17): It’s probably time to start appreciating what the Buckeyes had on defense last year because the replacements flat out aren’t good enough at this point. Baker Mayfield is picking them apart like it’s nothing, and now the Sooners aren’t wasting scoring chances like they were in the first half.
Ohio State 13, Oklahoma 10 (Q3, 5:31): It turns out Nick Bosa is really good at football. If the Ohio State defensive line can start getting home, it could turn this game for good.
Ohio State 13, Oklahoma 10 (Q3, 8:10): Finally, a downfield catch! Austin Mack somehow hauls one in on a nice J.T. Barrett pass to the sideline. Ohio State has really been let down by its red-zone play calling, though.
Ohio State 10, Oklahoma 10 (Q3, 10:50): The Buckeyes offense better keep it together the rest of the game because they’re not going to get any help from the defense. The Silver Bullets are getting embarrassed over and over on wide-open routes up the middle.
Ohio State 10, Oklahoma 3 (Q3, 12:37): That’s more like it for Ohio State. The Buckeyes took advantage for the first time all game after hitting on a big play, putting together a scoring drive to retake the lead. It’ll be big here to see if the defense can answer with a three-and-out to give the ball back to the offense, but they’ve shown no signs yet of being able to do that.
Ohio State 3, Oklahoma 3 (Halftime): Welllllll that could have gone better for the Buckeyes. It feels like Oklahoma should be up by some big margin like 24-3 or 20-3. And yet it’s a tie game. That’s great for the Buckeyes for now, but if Oklahoma keeps outgaining them the Sooners are eventually going to find their way into the end zone.
Ohio State 3, Oklahoma 0 (Q2, 7:44): I’d have to imagine Oklahoma fans are an ornery bunch right now, and for good reason. The Sooners are doing everything right until they get to the opposing 30-yard line. This time a drop from the backup tight end on a sure touchdown forced a field goal, which was pushed right after a poor snap and hold. Ohio State has no business leading this game and needs to get it together before the Sooners start converting those chances.
Ohio State 3, Oklahoma 0 (Q2, 11:11): The addition of Mike Weber has looked like a good one. He’s running well and stoning opposing rushers on passing plays. Ohio State should have finished off that drive a little better, but it’s an encouraging improvement and a much-needed rest for the defense.
Ohio State 0, Oklahoma 0 (Q2, 14:48): We have a Mike Weber sighting at running back! He breaks off an 8-yarder on his first run of the season. He gives the Buckeyes a power back who is also a skilled blocker, which should be big for a sputtering offense.
Ohio State 0, Oklahoma 0 (Q1, 1:50): Ohio State can’t get anything going on offense. It’s been a slow start for J.T. Barrett, who has been impeded in part by blocking breakdowns but also hasn’t helped himself. The defense can’t stop the coverage breakdowns of their own, either. Not a great start for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State 0, Oklahoma 0 (Q1, 7:23): The Sooners are on the move again after forcing a quick three-and-out from OSU. Baker Mayfield has been hitting some wide-open passes over the middle. It’s more of an assignment issue at this point than a quality of coverage problem, because a couple times nobody’s even been close to the receiver.
Ohio State 0, Oklahoma 0 (Q1, 11:36): We’ve got a wild one on our hands early. Ohio State’s defense is once again in bend-but-don’t-break mode. The Buckeyes gave up some big gains through the air, so that’s something to monitor going forward. However, the Silver Bullets got the job done when it mattered with a turnover on downs at the OSU 36-yard line.
7:37 p.m.: The i has been dotted and we’re ready to go from Ohio Stadium.
Anybody ready for some football? pic.twitter.com/lYdhLJEkIZ
— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) September 9, 2017
7:15 p.m.: Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins were announced as co-starters on the video board during starting lineup introductions.
5:48 p.m.: Oklahoma has a familiar face on the sidelines, with former head coach Bob Stoops here to check out the action.
Looks like somebody still found his way to the Horseshoe for Ohio State-Oklahoma. Couldn't keep Bob Stoops away from this matchup. pic.twitter.com/UVUPvLEAou
— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) September 9, 2017
Ohio State-Oklahoma game time, information
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9
Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Weather: Clear skies with 9 mph wind. It’s expected to be 65 degrees at kickoff.
The line: Ohio State is a 7-point favorite.
Over/under: 65 points
Ohio State at Oklahoma preview, keys to the game
1. War in the trenches
The Ohio State defensive line is believed by analysts to be the best in the country, but the Buckeyes will have their hands full Saturday. Oklahoma’s offensive line is similarly well-regarded in terms of its unit ranking. The Sooners are led by Orlando Brown, the team’s 6-foot-8, 345-pound left tackle who looks like a future first-round draft pick. Whether the Buckeyes can get to Baker Mayfield and force mistakes out of him could determine the outcome of this game, especially with OSU’s young secondary.
2. Quarterback battle
With J.T. Barrett behind center for the Buckeyes and Mayfield back at quarterback for the Sooners, this game certainly doesn’t lack for star power. Both players have finished in the top five of Heisman Trophy voting at some point in their career. Barrett is coming off a game in which he didn’t connect on a deep ball but still looked accurate and threw for more than 300 yards. Mayfield also looked impressive in a rout of UTEP and didn’t even play in the second half. Either quarterback outplaying the other could help tip the balance into their team’s favor.
3. Turnover margin
The Buckeyes escaped a slow start in Bloomington, Ind., in the opener in part because they dominated the turnover margin. Indiana committed 3 turnovers, and Ohio State never turned it over. In 2016, Ohio State rode a plus-two turnover margin to a road victory over the Sooners. One of those was even a touchdown for the Buckeyes, who went up 14-0 on an interception returned 68 yards for a touchdown by Jerome Baker. When elite teams meet, the one that makes the fewest and least damaging mistakes is often the one that prevails.