Tulsa at Ohio State

Ohio State overcomes sluggish start to beat Tulsa 48-3

By MITCH STACY
AP Sports Writer
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State's stout defense hasn't allowed a touchdown in two games against overmatched Bowling Green and Tulsa. Urban Meyer knows the first real test will come at No. 14 Oklahoma next week.

The Buckeyes intercepted four of Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans' passes Saturday - including pick-sixes by safety Malik Hooker and cornerback Marshon Lattimore - in in a 48-3 victory.

''Our defense is playing so well right now,'' Meyer said. ''Obviously, the challenge will come next week against a very good team, and we're going to jump on that one early and get ready to go.''

The offense, on the other hand, was a little slow to get going Saturday.

After piling up a school-record 776 yards last week against Bowling Green, Ohio State (2-0) didn't score an offensive touchdown against until quarterback J.T. Barrett ran in from 11 yards with 9:42 left in the third quarter.

Tailback Mike Weber, Barrett and H-backs Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson added scoring runs later in the second half to put the game out of reach.

Wilson said Ohio State must come out gunning next week in Norman.

''It will be tough, it will be tough,'' Wilson said. ''That's the plan not to start that way, and I don't think we'll start that way. We've got to establish the running game. Once the running game pops we can start doing better.''

Tulsa (1-1) managed only Redford Jones' 37-yard field goal in the first quarter and was limited to 188 total yards on offense.

''We got some things going but just didn't finish when we got in the red zone,'' Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said. ''We just made too many crucial mistakes at bad times.''

Barrett was a pedestrian 14 for 22 for 149 yards and no touchdowns after throwing for six last week.

Weber gained 92 yards on 17 carries and scored his first touchdown as a Buckeye.

Lightning in the area extended halftime to about 70 minutes and driving rain fell throughout the second half, chasing away many of the 104,410 fans.

THE TAKEAWAY

TULSA: The Golden Hurricane played tough against Barrett and the Ohio State offense in the first half, but Tulsa's offense made too many mistakes to stay in the game.

''Right before the half, the picks were a tough pill to swallow,'' Montgomery said.

OHIO STATE: Ohio State again flexed its defensive muscle and showed its secondary could be among the best in the country. The Buckeyes managed just 158 yards of offense in the first half against a four-touchdown underdog, but the harder the rain fell in the second half, the more they scored. They finished with 417 yards.

KEY NUMBERS:

Samuel again put together a solid game, catching five passes for 62 yards and rushing for 78 yards on 8 carries....The Ohio State defense limited Tulsa to 77 rushing yards on 36 carries for a 2.1 yards-per-carry average....Hooker's second-quarter interception was his third of the season. He returned it 26 yards for a touchdown, marking the second-consecutive game an Ohio State defensive back has a pick-six. Later in the second quarter, Lattimore returned an interception 40 yards for a score....Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard tallied a career-high six tackles. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan led the Buckeyes with nine.

MAKING ADJUSTMENTS

Barrett said Ohio State was confounded by the Tulsa defense in the first half, but halftime adjustments kick-started the attack in the rainy second half.

''That was a hard thing in the first half,'' he said. ''They threw the kitchen sink at us. It was a really good defense. With that being said, trying to adjust to that on the sideline was kind of rough in the first half. Once we got to halftime we made better adjustments.''

He said the driving rain wasn't a factor.

POLL IMPLICATIONS:

No. 4 Ohio State walloped a weaker opponent as expected. No. 2 Clemson struggled with an underdog so could possibly lose some votes.

UP NEXT

TULSA: A home game against FCS team North Carolina A&T next week.

OHIO STATE: The real season starts as the Buckeyes travel to Oklahoma to take on the Sooners. Oklahoma slipped to No. 14 in the polls after an opening loss to Houston.

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Scoreboard
Tulsa  (1-1)30003
Ohio State #4  (2-0) «317141448
Players of the Game
Buckeyes

M. Weber
Rush 17
Yds 92
Avg 5.4
TD 1
Golden Hurricane

K. Lucas
Rec 6
Yds 53
Avg 8.8
TD 0
Scoring Summary
OHIOSTTyler Durbin 29 yd FG
TULSARedford Jones 37 yd FG
OHIOSTTyler Durbin 22 yd FG
OHIOSTMalik Hooker 26 yd interception return (Tyler Durbin kick)
OHIOSTMarshon Lattimore 40 yd interception return (Tyler Durbin kick)
OHIOSTJ.T. Barrett 11 yd run (Tyler Durbin kick)
OHIOSTMike Weber 1 yd run (Tyler Durbin kick)
OHIOSTJ.T. Barrett 5 yd run (Tyler Durbin kick)
OHIOSTDontre Wilson 5 yd run (Tyler Durbin kick)
 
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First Downs1420
Third Down Efficiency4-165-14
Fourth Down Efficiency0-11-2
Plays-Net Yards69-18870-417
Rushes-Yds37-6148-268
Passing Yds127149
Kick Return Yds10025
Punt Return Yds1845
Passes15-32-414-22-0
Punts7-2765-256
Fumbles-Lost4-21-1
Penalties-Yds5-469-67
Time of Poss.26:733:53
 
Individual Stats
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TULSA: D'Angelo Brewer 15-58, James Flanders 15-43, Keevan Lucas 2--5, Team 1--15, Dane Evans 4--20
OHIOST: Mike Weber 17-92, Curtis Samuel 8-78, J.T. Barrett 16-55, Dontre Wilson 3-30, Joe Burrow 1-10, Demario McCall 2-5, Team 1--2
PASSING
TULSA: Dane Evans 15-32-127-4
OHIOST: J.T. Barrett 14-22-149-0
RECEIVING
TULSA: Keevan Lucas 6-53, Josh Atkinson 4-38, Justin Hobbs 3-33, Nigel Carter 1-7, D'Angelo Brewer 1--4
OHIOST: Curtis Samuel 5-62, Dontre Wilson 3-38, Terry McLaurin 3-28, Noah Brown 1-16, Parris Campbell 1-5, Mike Weber 1-0
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Tulsa2nd American Athletic West6-210-3
Ohio State1st Big Ten East8-111-2

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