We have been waiting for the Ohio State football team to play a complete game this year. They have had moments where the defense looks good and when the offense looks good, but they haven’t quite been able to put it all together for 60 minutes.
That changed on Saturday afternoon in West Lafayette. The Ohio State football team looked like a true juggernaut against Purdue. They destroyed the Boilermakers 41-7 and looked dominant in doing so. They finally looked like they could run the ball well too.
That was despite the fact that the Buckeyes once again couldn’t keep their backs healthy. Chip Trayanum left the game with what looked like a concussion. They were already without TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams for the game. Dallan Hayden was called upon and he stepped up.
Hayden had 76 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries. It’s great to see that if the Buckeyes lose running backs like they did last year, Hayden is still available to step up and play well. They might need him next week against Penn State, although Henderson should be back.
Kyle McCord played what I thought was his best game. His throws were on the money all game long even though he had to make a bunch of them off his back foot because of poor blocking. His stat line should’ve been even better, but his receivers had a bunch of drops.
The defense shut Purdue down all game long too. The only phase that didn’t look good was special teams because of penalties. That’s become the norm under Parker Fleming though. As long as the offense and defense play like they did against Purdue, those penalties shouldn’t matter that much against Penn State.
This is another tough test for the Buckeyes. Penn State is a really good team. It’s good that they were able to avoid the trap at Purdue, take care of business, and have all of their focus on a good Nittany Lions team now.