James Grega: There are about four or five players that would be deserving of the Buckeye Leaf today, but anytime you break a school record you are probably going to get the nod. J.T. Barrett bounced back in a big way after throwing a pick-six on the first drive of the season, tossing six touchdown passes and running in another, breaking his own school record for most touchdowns accounted for in a game. Honorable mention goes to Curtis Samuel, who totaled 261 yards on 22 touches offensively. He scored three touchdowns, two through the air and one on the ground.
Tim Moody: How do you single out one player from arguably the best offensive performance in a program’s history? Well, it gets easier when one player – a player who has been touted as a superstar for two years – finally shows the world what he can do. Curtis Samuel accounted for 261 yards of total offense himself and scored three touchdowns, generally proving why Urban Meyer anointed him the No. 1 playmaker on the team before the season started. Samuel’s always been a talent, now everyone watching knows exactly how good he can be – and already is. There has to be a shoutout to Malik Hooker mixed in here, too, just for the ridiculous athleticism he displayed on his two interceptions.
What We Learned
1. Ed Warinner Belongs In The Box
Even after losing eight starters on offense, the Buckeyes didn't seem to miss a beat with Barrett at quarterback and offensive coordinator Ed Warinner up in the booth. After a slight hiccup on Barrett's pick-six, Ohio State punted just once on the day and put up a program record 776 yards of total offense. The Buckeye offense moved fast and ran 94 plays before the game was finally over.
2. OSU Is Loaded At Receiver
The Ohio State coaching staff has been saying all offseason that the wide receiving group they have is just as talented as they are inexperienced, and so far they seem to be right. Ten Ohio State receivers saw an offensive snap in the first quarter alone and in all, nine Buckeyes caught at least one pass. While Michael Thomas and Braxton Miller watched from the sideline, it appears at least for now, that OSU has more than enough talent and depth at the wide receiver position.
3. Defensive Depth
Coaches and players said there was going to be a constant rotation at both defensive line and cornerback, and they held true to their word. While Marshon Lattimore got the start at corner opposite Gareon Conley, Denzel Ward saw plenty of time with the first team defense as well. Lattimore broke up a pair of passes, and Ward added two tackles and a pass deflection as well. Damon Arnette also saw extensive minutes as the starting nickel back and recorded a tackle. Along the defensive line, the Buckeyes played 10 players as both Nick Bosa and Jonathan Cooper made their Ohio State debuts. The loss of Tracy Sprinkle for the season hurts however, as the starter suffered what Urban Meyer called a patella tendon tear which is likely to keep him out the entire season.