Ohio State tore apart Nebraska in a 56-14 win on Saturday, October 14, 2017.
Find live updates and analysis from the big Buckeyes win below.
Ohio State-Nebraska football score, live updates
Ohio State 56, Nebraska 14 (Final): The fourth quarter was played because it had to be, but that was about its only value tonight.
Ohio State 56, Nebraska 14 (Q4, 14:20): The Buckeyes just scored again, but the concern is that several starters have exited with injuries of an unknown severity. Why were they even in the game at this point?
Ohio State 49, Nebraska 14 (Q3, 5:52): Credit to Nebraska for showing some life here with a pair of second-half scores. It would have been a complete embarrassment to go down without even fighting.
Ohio State 42, Nebraska 0 (Q3, 11:29): BREAKING: The Buckeyes are still the superior team.
Ohio State 35, Nebraska 0 (Q2, 1:10): Another drive, another touchdown for Ohio State.
Ohio State 28, Nebraska 0 (Q2, 4:00): Nebraska fans traditionally release red balloons after the first touchdown of the game, but a bunch of frustrated Huskers fans released theirs after Nebraska recorded a first down late in the second quarter. The atmosphere here is an angry one.
Ohio State 28, Nebraska 0 (Q2, 8:20): J.T. Barrett unleashed a great (though slightly late) throw for a touchdown to Terry McLaurin. It’s getting ugly here in Lincoln. For the Buckeyes, though, it’s another sign that Barrett has been making progress since the Oklahoma game.
Ohio State 21, Nebraska 0 (Q2, 13:32): A wide-open K.J. Hill waltzes into the end zone and the rout is on.
Ohio State 14, Nebraska 0 (Q2, 15:00): One quarter in, it honestly feels like it should be a lot worse than 14-0. The Buckeyes are in complete control and moving the ball again.
Ohio State 14, Nebraska 0 (Q1, 5:39): The Buckeyes didn’t even look that good on their second offensive possession and still scored with relative ease. Nebraska can’t tackle. It’s looking like it will be a long night for the Blackshirts.
Ohio State 7, Nebraska 0 (Q1, 10:47): Well that’s not a great sign for Nebraska. Ohio State moved the ball pretty well on its first drive, capped off by a 52-yard touchdown run from freshman J.K. Dobbins. The Buckeyes clearly have better athletes than Nebraska’s defense, so expect plenty of points.
Ohio State 0, Nebraska 0 (Q1, 11:15): Parris Campbell is down after a hit that looked like targeting. That’s not a great development for the Buckeyes if he’ll be out, because he’s one of the best offensive weapons on the team.
Ohio State-Nebraska pregame updates
7:01 p.m.: In warmups, it appeared as though Demetrius Knox was warming up with the first team offensive line.
Based on warmups, looks as if Demetrius Knox is in line for the start at right guard for Ohio State.
— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) October 14, 2017
Ohio State-Nebraska football preview, picks
The line: Ohio State -24
Over/under: 58 points
Ohio State-Nebraska preview
Ohio State drummed Nebraska 62-3 last year in Columbus, and the Buckeyes enter this game as a 24-point favorite over the Cornhuskers. Nebraska has struggled at times this season, barely fending off Arkansas State and losing to Northern Illinois at home. Additionally, the Huskers’ two Big Ten wins are against conference bottom feeders Illinois and Rutgers.
Still, the Cornhuskers hung with Wisconsin last week until the Badgers pulled away with three consecutive second-half touchdowns. Here are three keys that will help determine the outcome of this matchup.
1. The weather
It looks as though thunderstorms will be present at some point Saturday, which wouldn’t be ideal for Ohio State. It may not impact the Buckeyes’ ability to win going away, given that they dominated Tulsa and Oklahoma despite rain delays last season. But it could affect their style of play, forcing both teams to run the ball more. That would be true even if the rain comes earlier in the day, because 20-mph winds are forecast to follow the storms. While Ohio State would be just fine in a ground battle, the Buckeyes likely would enjoy one last opportunity to work on its passing attack and pass defense before Penn State comes to town. Would that happen in bad weather? It’s not likely. The good news, though, is that if it rains before the teams play or if lightning forces a delay until the rain is done, Memorial Stadium has artificial turf so the game wouldn’t be played in a mud pit.
2. Turnover battle
Quarterback Tanner Lee was supposed to be a game-changing addition for Nebraska — at least based on reports of his play in the offseason — but it hasn’t quite turned out that way. Instead, he’s been a human JUGS machine for opposing defenses, throwing 10 interceptions along with his 11 touchdowns. Obviously, he can’t play against Ohio State the way he did against Oregon and Northern Illinois, when he tossed seven interceptions in a pair of losses. If he does that, the Cornhuskers are toast.
It will also be imperative for the Buckeyes to avoid turnovers. As Michigan showed against Michigan State, turning the ball over repeatedly in bad weather is a great way to get upset against a lesser team. As long as Ohio State takes care of the ball, everything should be fine in Lincoln.
3. Filling holes
For Ohio State, the biggest issue is what will happen on the offensive line. The Buckeyes lost Branden Bowen to a broken leg, and he will likely be replaced by Matthew Burrell or Demetrius Knox. Ohio State cannot afford to have a liability on that side of the ball, especially with Isaiah Prince’s inconsistency at right tackle.
It’s also worth monitoring the interior of the defensive line, where Michael Hill will be playing for the first time this season after serving a six-game suspension. It’s likely that Ohio State will work him back in slowly, but he could be needed against Penn State. Likewise, this will be the first game back for defensive tackle Dre’mont Jones after missing two games due to a laceration on his leg.
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