The Ohio State Buckeyes ran and passed all over the Marshall Thundering Herd Thursday night on their way to a convincing 45-7 victory.
Terrell Pryor, usually more reliant on his legs than his arms to make plays, changed things up going 17 of 25 for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns while adding only 17 yards on the ground. It was a nice encore to his Rose Bowl performance and could be a sign that the junior QB is finally developing into a pocket passer.
“Every game is about maturity,” said Pryor following the victory. “It’s 12 weeks in a [season]. Let’s see what happens next. I’m excited to play Miami.”
The Buckeyes got off to a fast start after forcing and recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff, giving Pryor and the offense a short field. four plays later, Pryor found De Vier Posey in the endzone for a 6 yard touchdown pass.
Following a three and out for Marshall, Ohio State took over and moved the length of the field in only 3 plays including a 40 yard scamper by Brandon Saine to take the 14-0 lead. The Buckeyes never looked back.
“It’s a hell of a way to have your first game, isn’t it? Against a team like that?” Marshall coach DocHolliday said. “They’re No. 1 or No. 2 in America, picked by everybody, and they showed it tonight. They have a hell of a player at every position.”
The mismatch was clear on the final box score with the Buckeyes racking up 529 yards of total offense while their defense held the Thundering Herd to a paltry 199 yards. Marshall’s only points came on a 61 blocked field goal attempt that Ahmed Shakoor returned the distance.
For the Buckeyes, Marshall was just a tune up for their second game against the Miami Hurricanes, the team Ohio State defeated in 2002 in the national title game.
“It’ll be wild to be in that game,” wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “It’s a relief that finally we can talk about Miami.”