Saturday’s Big Ten roundup: Ohio State routs Hawaii
Columbus, Ohio — Not a pretty day for No. 1 Ohio State. Mistakes here and there, but it didn’t matter much as the Buckeyes started slow, then put up a flurry of points late and beat Hawaii 38-0 on Saturday.
Ezekiel Elliott scored three touchdowns on short runs, two in the first half and one in the second, and it was more than enough against the Rainbow Warriors (1-1), who came into the game as six-touchdown underdogs.
“We did not execute well,” Ohio State Urban Meyer said.
Cardale Jones started again at quarterback for the Buckeyes (2-0). He was 6 of 9 for 82 yards in the first half and finished with 100 yards passing. He also fumbled twice in the backfield, but recovered each one. The offensive line was called for three penalties and a 46-yard field goal attempt was botched when holder Cameron Johnston mishandled the snap.
“It wasn’t a performance that I wanted,” Jones said.
Elliott scored on runs of 1- and 3-yard runs in the first half, and added a 1-yard touchdown with about nine minutes left for a 24-0 lead. He finished with 101 yards on 27 carries.
The Buckeyes added two more touchdowns after that when safety Vonn Bell scooped up a fumble and ran 14 yards less than two minutes later and Bri’onte Dunn added another score.
J.T. Barrett replaced Jones for the final three series of the second quarter, but Jones returned to start the third.
Barrett completed 8 of 15 passes for 70 yards plus one carry for seven yards.
Meyer admitted he is struggling to figure out how to best use two talented quarterbacks.
“I’m evaluating how we’re doing that and what’s the best opportunity to go down the field and score,” he said.
Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek threw for 67 and had two interceptions. Rainbow Warriors running back Paul Harris, a Columbus native, ran for 46 yards on 14 carries.
“They played their tails off,” Meyer said of Hawaii.
The Hawaii defense was stingy and disruptive in the first half and sacked Jones twice in a row in the second quarter.
Still, coach Norm Chow was not pleased with the overall performance.
“We made enough mistakes to last a season,” Chow said. “You can’t do that against good football teams.”
Bowling Green 48, (at) Maryland 27: Matt Johnson threw for a career-high six touchdowns, including two to Roger Lewis, leading Bowling Green (1-1).
Johnson also connected with Robbie Rhodes, Ryan Burbink, Derek Lee and Gehrig Dieter while throwing for 491 yards to best another career high set last week at Tennessee. Lewis’ 200 receiving yards also marked a career high.
Travis Greene added a rushing touchdown for the Falcons (1-1), who won their first road game against a Power Five conference school since 2008 and their second overall against a Big Ten foe in as many seasons.
(At) Wisconsin 58, Miami (Ohio) 0: Joel Stave threw for 236 yards and three scores, and Wisconsin’s dominating defense had three interceptions in Paul Chryst’s home debut as head coach.
Rob Wheelwright had two touchdown catches for Wisconsin (1-1), and Dare Ogunbowale had 112 yards rushing and a touchdown in place injured starter Corey Clement.
He wasn’t needed against the overmatched RedHawks (1-1).
Stave was 19 of 30 before leaving in the third quarter with Wisconsin leading 44-0.
Playing receiver and safety, Tanner McEvoy became the first Badger to record a catch and interception in the same game since 2003. McEvoy’s 41-yard interception return set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Taiwan Deal for a 27-point lead with 6:32 left in the second quarter.
Iowa 31, (at) Iowa State 17: C.J. Beathard threw three touchdown passes, including the tie-breaker to Riley McCarron with 2:14 left, lifting Iowa (2-0).
Jordan Canzeri’s fumble deep in Iowa State territory had thwarted an earlier drive by the Hawkeyes (2-0). But their defense forced the Cyclones (1-1) to punt.
Minnesota 23, (at) Colorado State 20 (OT): Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe stripped running back Dalyn Dawkins on the first play of overtime and Ryan Santoso kicked an 18-yard field goal, lifting Minnesota (1-1).
After converting just 4 of 17 third downs, the Gophers converted a fourth-and-6 pass play from their 40 on their way to the go-ahead touchdown with 55 seconds left — a 22-yard pass from Mitch Leidner to KJ Maye that put Minnesota ahead 20-17.
But two freshmen came up big for the Rams. Backup quarterback Coleman Key led CSU (1-1) quickly downfield and Wyatt Bryan calmly kicked a 37-yard field goal at the end of regulation after Minnesota coach Jerry Kill failed to ice him by calling back-to-back timeouts.
(At) Nebraska 48, South Alabama 9: Terrell Newby ran for a career-high 198 yards and scored three touchdowns,giving Mike Riley his first win as the Cornhuskers’ coach.
The Huskers (1-1) bounced back from last week’s loss to BYU on a Hail Mary with a resounding victory over their opponent from the Sun Belt Conference. South Alabama (1-1), in its third year as a Football Bowl Subdivision program, dropped to 0-7 all-time against teams from the Power Five conferences.
(At) Penn State 27, Buffalo 14: Penn State recovered from a sluggish start and outlasted Buffalo through heavy rain at Beaver Stadium.
True freshmen Brandon Polk and Saquon Barkley each ran for touchdowns for Penn State (1-1). Christian Hackenberg completed 14 of 27 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown and Joey Julius kicked a pair of field goals.
(At) Illinois 44, Western Illinois 0: Wes Lunt threw for 316 yards and a touchdown to lead Illinois to its second-straight blowout win.
Lunt had 240 yards by halftime and Illinois (2-0) took a 30-0 lead.
Geronimo Allison was Lunt’s favorite target with eight catches for 124 yards.
(At) Purdue 38, Indiana State 14: Austin Appleby threw four touchdown passes, including three of 50 yards or more during the first half, leading Purdue (1-1).
Appleby, who was intercepted four times during the Boilermakers’ season-opening loss at Marshall, redeemed himself against the Sycamores (1-1), completing 12 of 18 passes for 234 yards during the first half, helping Purdue (1-1) end a seven-game losing streak.
A Purdue quarterback had not thrown three or more touchdown passes of at least 50 yards each since Billy Dicken threw TD passes of 65, 89 and 93 yards in a 59-43 victory in 1997 against Minnesota.
(At) Northwestern 41, Eastern Illinois 0: Redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson threw his first career touchdown pass and ran one in for the second straight game to lead Northwestern (2-0).
Justin Jackson and Warren Long also rushed for scores for the Wildcats.
Washington State 37, (at) Rutgers 34: Luke Falk led a 10-play, 90-yard touchdown drive, finding River Cracraft with an 8-yard strike with 13 seconds left to lift Washington State.
Falk threw for 468 yards and four touchdowns.
Janarion Grant returned a kickoff and a punt for Rutgers (1-1) touchdowns.
(At) Indiana 36, Florida International 22: Nate Sudfeld ran for two scores and threw for another for Indiana (2-0).
The Hoosiers clinched the victory when Jameel Cook went 96 yards with an interception for a score with 3:58 left in the game.