It was absolutely not pretty by any means, but the Ohio State Buckeyes are 1-0 to start the 2014 college football season after they went on the road to Baltimore to defeat the Navy Midshipmen by a final score of 34-17 on Saturday.
This was about as scary of an opener that you could get against a solid program like Navy, with the Midshipmen taking a narrow 7-6 lead into the half.
But the Buckeyes came out in the second half and looked like a different team than they did in the first 30 minutes.
It all started very early on in the third quarter, when Darron Lee scooped up a Navy fumble and took it all the way back 61 yards for the go ahead score. Navy would regain the lead shortly thereafter on a one-yard run by Navy QB Keenan Reynolds, capping off a time-consuming 84-yard drive.
Late in that third quarter, though, J.T. Barrett would find Devin Smith for an 80-yard touchdown bomb to grab that lead back, and the Buckeyes would not look back from there.
As for Barrett, in his first start taking over for Braxton Miller, the redshirt freshman finished 12-of-15 for 225 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He got off to a slow, uncomfortable start in the first bit of game action that he’s seen in about two years, but he gradually settled in.
In the end, the Buckeyes got the win, and now they will begin their preparations for Virginia Tech.
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