Ohio State had a very solid first-game performance both offensively and defensively. The veteran players played well and some new faces were very impressive. The Buckeyes have areas they need to improve on, but for a new team with a new personality, they showed great balance and team chemistry
1. Solid Quarterback Performance
Todd Boeckman had an impressive outing against Youngstown State. He not only threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, he showed great touch on the deep ball. He put together four touchdown drives that were 10 plays or more. Most importantly, he proved to be an outstanding field general for the offensive unit.
2. Balanced Attacks
I am sure the coaching staff is pleased the offense was able to move the ball effectively both in the air and on the ground. Ten rushing first downs and 11 passing first downs was the balance the offense wanted to show. Nine different Buckeyes caught passes and five different players scored touchdowns.
3. Efficient Passing Game
It was exciting to see Brian Robiskie have one of the all-time great wide receiver performances in the Horseshoe. His nine receptions for 153 yards are quickly making him the go-to guy for Boeckman. Young receivers Dane Sanzenbacher, Taurian Washington and Devon Torrence proved they can catch the ball and make yards after the reception. The 270 passing yards in the opening game, along with making eight of 12 third-down conversions, proves the offense is right on track.
4. Stop YSU Tight Ends
Even though Penguins tight end Louis Irizarry was their top receiver on Saturday, he only had four receptions for 19 yards. The other Youngstown State tight end, Derrick Bush, was held to two receptions for just 12 yards. Buckeye linebackers did a tremendous job of picking up the Penguins tight ends on the read routes and crossing patterns.
5. Control Zetts
YSU quarterback Tom Zetts gave it his best shot but the Buckeyes' defensive front seven never allowed the Penguins to mount a serious attack. YSU was held to just 176 total yards and three of the Penguins' points were due to a fumble recovery deep in Ohio State territory. The stingy OSU defense recorded two quarterback sacks and five tackles for loss. The Penguins only had one play over 20 yards and it was a screen. The Ohio State pass rush never allowed Zetts to go deep.
6. Force Third and Long
The Penguins were in third-and-long situations 15 times. They were able to convert only six times, and the Silver Bullets only allowed 11 YSU first downs. Penguins punter Ben Nowicki had to punt seven times due to the inability of the YSU offense to convert third downs.
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