12 Games Of Christmas: Kent State

In celebration of the holiday season as well as Ohio State’s appearance in the College Football Playoff, we’re counting down the 12 wins that made it possible. Today we look at the Kent State game, the contest that helped OSU gets its groove back after the loss to Virginia Tech.

Sept. 13: No. 22 Ohio State 66, Kent State 0
Columbus, Ohio
Box Score

Quick Recap: This was a laugher from the very beginning, as Ohio State scored on seven of eight first-half possessions, only failing to get points when a J.T. Barrett pass was picked off near the goal line after going off the hands of Mike Thomas. Barrett finished the day tying a school record with six touchdown passes, going 23 of 30 for 312 yards on the day. Ezekiel Elliott also had a big day with 117 total yards and Curtis Samuel ran for 100 yards and had 52 yards receiving. Thomas caught two TD passes, while the defense held the Golden Flashes to 126 total yards. Raekwon McMillan had a team-high seven tackles including two sacks.

Urban Said: “I want to start off like I normally do with thanking our crowd; a noon game against a MAC opponent and still every seat was filled. I keep hearing about how student bodies across the country aren't showing up for games. Ours certainly is and I want to thank them. I never want to take them for granted because one day you'll look up there and they won't be there for you.

“I think a big reason we jumped out fast was because of the environment created by our students and our fans, so I just want to make sure we show our appreciation. I thought our guys played well. Obviously a little talent advantage, but we had to have a game like this. Normally that's a first game, especially when you have a young quarterback and a young offensive line, but I'm glad we played like we did. I thought we would after the week of practice we had. We've all been in those games where you're just sloppy for the 30 minutes, and it just wasn't the case.”

Play of the Game: Thomas showed his skills with a 63-yard touchdown pass that stretched OSU’s lead to 31-0 in the second quarter. He caught a simple in-and-out route, made a juke and was off to the races, going all the way for a score.

Player of the Game: Barrett, who joined Kenny Guiton as Buckeyes to throw for six touchdown passes in a single game. He hit 11 different receivers and was so efficient that he needed just one possession in the second half to set the mark while becoming the first Buckeye to top 300 yards passing since Terrelle Pryor in 2010.

What Was Accomplished: The team started to get its swagger back in this game, especially Barrett, who seven days after a rough outing vs. Virginia Tech battled back to tie a school record for TD passes. The Buckeyes showed themselves they could be dominant when they needed to in this win against an overmatched foe.

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