LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) -- The Buckeyes took a giant step towards the College Football Playoff.
The 5th-ranked Ohio State football team made a strong statement on Saturday night in Memorial Stadium, with a dominating 48-7 win over Nebraska.
The crowd of 89,759 watched the Buckeyes jump out to a 38 to nothing lead at halftime and never looked back.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields completed 10-of-15 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns to give the Buckeyes a big lead. He also ran for 80 yards and scored a touchdown in the first half.
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez struggled in the first half, with three interceptions. He only completed 2-of-8 passes for 10 yards in the first half.
The Buckeyes look like a playoff team as they raise their record to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten. Nebraska dropped 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in the Big Ten.
Nebraska returns home next Saturday, when they host Northwestern at 3:00p.m. and celebrate Homecoming.
Welcome everyone! This is Sports Director Ross Jernstrom. I will be in the press box for tonight's matchup between Ohio State and Nebraska.
The temperature is 64 degrees and a little drizzle at Memorial Stadium. The Cornhusker Marching Band is about come on the field.
Ohio State wins coin toss. Nebraska will receive kickoff.
Late hit penalty. First and ten at 27.
Washington has nice 9 yard run. First and Ten.
Interception for Ohio State at 50 yard line. First turnover of the game.
Dobbins gets first down at 30 yard line. Very close.
Pass interference call--terrible call.
Sets up Justin Fields and a 15-yard touchdown run. Ohio State takes the lead 7-0. Five plays-50 yards. Looked easy for Buckeyes.
OHIO STATE 7 NEBRASKA 0.
Huskers start drive on 25. Incomplete screen pass. Sack on Martinez.
Not a good start..
Ohio State takes over at 40 yard line.
Dobbins gain of 15 yards. Pass complete--way too much time for Fields to throw. Nice throw for 6 for a first down.Dobbins gains 13 yards down to 20. Stop and incomplete pass, so 3rd down and 10. WOW! Dobbins gains 14 yards and no one is there to stop him. Fields to Hill for a touchdown. 10 plays in 60 yards. Ohio State takes the lead 14-0 with 4:37 left in the first quarter.
OHIO STATE 14 NEBRASKA 0.
Huskers start on 25 yard line. Pass to Mills for ten yards--yes!Mills 12 yard run to 49. Robinson nice run for 5. Martinez gain of 8 for first down to 38. Mills with 12 yard gain. TIMEOUT OHIO STATE--Lets figure this out.
Ouch! Martinez pass is tipped to Ohio State for an interception at the 4 yard line.
Dobbins has some speed and races for 17 yards to the 25 yard line. Ugh! Fields passes 37 yards to 37 yard line.
END OF 1ST Q: OHIO STATE 14 NEBRASKA 0
Ohio State just scored again on field goal.
OHIO STATE 17 NEBRASKA 0.
Another interception for Ohio State at the 50 yard line. That is 3 interceptions by Adrian Martinez. The Buckeyes defense is looking good tonight.
Master Teague runs in for a 7 yard touchdown. 50 yards in three plays.
OHIO STATE 24 NEBRASKA 0
Teague runs for 28 yards to the 18 yard line. 26 yard run by Teague.
Teague with a one yard touchdown run. Ohio State leads 31-0 with 5:42 left in the half.
OHIO STATE 31 NEBRASKA 0
The Buckeyes are making a statement tonight.
49-yard punt by Armstrong--he is getting a lot of action tonight.
This is looking too easy for the Buckeyes. Ohio State drives 72 yards in 7 plays and scores on an 18-yard pass from Fields to Mack for a touchdown. The Buckeyes now lead 38-0 with a just a few minutes left in the half.
OHIO STATE 38 NEBRASKA 0.
HALFTIME: OHIO STATE 38 NEBRASKA 0
The Buckeyes opened the second half with a field goal. Ohio State leads 41-0 with 10:35 left in the 3rd quarter.
OHIO STATE 41 NEBRASKA 0
Here we go again. Fields passes 6 yards to Garrett Wilson for a touchdown. Ohio State drives 67 yards in 8 plays. The Buckeyes lead 48-0 with 3:51 left in the game.
OHIO STATE 48 NEBRASKA 0
Martinez finally breaks free for a 52-yard run down to the 12 of Ohio State.
Dedrick Mills scored on an 8 yard run for a touchdown. Nebraska still trails 48-to-7 with 2:07 left in the 3rd quarter.
OHIO STATE 48 NEBRASKA 7