Nebraska, this hurts me almost as much as it hurts you. Well, probably not. Because Saturday night was brutal for the Huskers and nearly 48 hours later, that score still doesn’t sound real: Ohio State 62, Nebraska 3.
The Buckeyes threw on their 1916 jerseys and then laid down a historic beatdown. About the only good news for Husker fans is that the game is over. And that quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. came back to the stadium after that frightening incident on that sideline that saw him carted off and taken away in an ambulance. Seeing him back, and walking, was an incredible relief.
But the night was all about Ohio State. Nearly 600 yards of total offense and a 59-point win against another top 10 team.
And if anyone told you they saw that coming, they’re lying. Because the Ohio State team who showed up on Saturday night was nothing like the crew that struggled against Northwestern and lost to Penn State. Urban Meyer himself said he was “a mess” leading up to the game based on what he’d seen lately.
And then that happened. J.T. Barrett looked like J.T. Barrett, throwing for nearly 300 yards and four touchdowns. Curtis Samuel looked like Curtis Samuel with 175 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. In short, Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes looked like Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes.
There was urgency and explosiveness in everything they did on both sides of the ball. And let’s not forget, it was 7-3 Ohio State halfway through the first quarter. And then the Buckeyes scored 55 unanswered points. Against a top 10 team.
Was it a statement? Maybe. Probably not.
And the Buckeyes would be the first to tell you. Not a statement game, more like a get-right game.
Just like smashing Maryland or Michigan State the next two weeks would be fine, but it won’t really matter. Because nothing the Buckeyes do or say matters until November 26th. Show up like that against the Wolverines and then we can talk about statements and national championships.