In a battle of two of the most prestigious college football programs of all time, the Sooners and Buckeyes hit the gridiron in a potential College Football Playoff preview. More than 109,000 packed into The Horseshoe making it the largest crowd Oklahoma has ever played a game in front of.
The Sooners took the opening kickoff, drove it deep into Ohio State territory, but not close enough to kick a field goal. OU attempted a fourth down conversion to no avail.
The Sooners came out focused on defense, forcing Ohio State into a three and out on their first possession.
On Oklahoma’s next possession, they drove deep into Ohio State territory again. Another fourth down came up and Oklahoma again elected to go for it. This time they drew a pass interference call and got a new set of downs. On the next play, Abdul Adams couldn’t hang on to the ball on a hit by Chris Worley and Ohio State recovered.
The Sooners would get a stop and so would Ohio State. The game went to the second all square at zero.
In the 2nd, Ohio State would strike first. Sean Nurenburger would connect on a 24 yard field goal to give the Buckeyes a 3-0 advantage.
Oklahoma would even the score late in the second quarter when Austin Seibert connected on a 35 yard field goal. The game was all square at 3 at the half.
Urban Meyer called his Buckeyes performance on offense in the first half, “Terrible.” It didn’t take long for them to respond. J.K. Dobbins would run home a six yard touchdown to give Ohio State a 10-3 lead early in the third.
Baker Mayfield, not to be outdone, connected with Dimitri Flowers on a 36 yard touchdown strike. That tied the game at 10.
Ohio State kept the scoring alive as they added a field goal on their drive. The Buckeyes had a 13-10 lead.
Oklahoma responded back. Baker Mayfield found Lee Morris for a 16 yard touchdown strike to give Oklahoma a 17-13 lead. Morris has two catches in an Oklahoma uniform and both were touchdowns.
After the Sooners picked up a stop on 4th down, Baker Mayfield led the charge down the field connecting with Trey Sermon for a ten yard touchdown strike. Oklahoma had an 11 point lead with 11:11 left in the fourth.
Shortly after, Parnell Motley picked off J.T. Barrett and Oklahoma would capitalize. Jordan Smallwood scored his first career touchdown on a three yard jet sweep and all the sudden the Sooners had a 31-13 advantage.
The Sooners would give up another field goal, but that’s it as Oklahoma wins 31-16. Baker Mayfield had an incredible game passing for 386 yards on 27 of 35 passing with 3 touchdowns.