Fields, No. 5 Ohio State dominate Nebraska
Quarterback and Heisman Trophy front-runner Justin Fields completed 20 of 21 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns when No. 5 Ohio State pulled away from Nebraska for a 52-17 win at a nearly empty Ohio Stadium on Saturday in the season opener for the Big Ten schools.
Fields also ran for 54 yards on 15 carries and had a 17-yard TD run in the third quarter that was quickly followed by a 55-yard fumble recovery and return for a score by cornerback Sevyn Banks to make it 38-14 to cap 24 straight points by the Buckeyes to snap a 14-14 tie.
Garrett Wilson was Fields’ favorite receiver with seven catches for 129 yards and a TD; Chris Olave added six grabs for 104 yards while Master Teague had 41 yards and two TDs on the ground.
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was 12 of 15 for 105 yards and rushed 13 times for 85 yards and a touchdown. Backup QB Luke McCaffrey led the Cornhuskers with 80 rushing yards.
Instead of more than 102,000 fans there were approximately 1,600 people, mainly relatives of the players, at the game due to the Big Ten’s mandate of not allowing the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which threatened the conference’s season.
Ohio State led 24-14 at the half despite falling behind 7-0 when Nebraska went 75 yards in four plays on the first possession of the game. McCaffrey lined up at tailback and had a 47-yard run before Martinez ran in from the 10.
Ohio State took a 14-7 lead on a 1-yard run by Teague and a 42-yard TD pass to Wilson. Dedrick Mills rushed for a 3-yard to tie the score at 14, but a 34-yard field by Blake Haubeil and Teague’s 6-yard run gave the Buckeyes the 10-point margin.
Both teams play ranked opponents on Oct. 31 when Ohio State is at No. 8 Penn State. Nebraska hosts No. 14 Wisconsin.
–Field Level Media