College football scores, schedule 2017: Ohio State rebounds to rout Indiana
The No. 2 Buckeyes and No. 10 Cowboys ran through their competition on Thursday night
Our long national nightmare is over. Week Zero provided a small taste of what's to come, but Thursday was the beginning of a five-day stretch marking the first full weekend of the college football season. No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Oklahoma State were tested early but won their games in routs. And while the other games on the schedule were not as exciting going in, they provided plenty of memorable highlights, too.
Check out scores, recaps and highlights from Thursday's action below.
Scores and stats
Florida International Golden Panthers
17 -- FINAL -- Box score
Utah Utes 37, North Dakota 16 -- FINAL -- Box score
No. 10 Oklahoma State Cowboys 59, Tulsa 24 -- FINAL -- Box score
Arkansas Razorbacks 49, Florida A&M 7-- FINAL -- Box score
No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes 49, Indiana Hoosiers 12 -- FINAL -- Box score
More: Scores from Thursday night
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Ohio State survives upset scare in Bloomington
Ohio State has one of the two most talented rosters in the entire country in 2017. You can hope to catch those talented players out of position, hit a few big plays and get your squad some confidence but if given enough snaps the Buckeyes' raw ability will almost always win.
That's the most dramatic takeaway from Thursday night's 49-21 win at Indiana, a game that the Hoosiers led both early and late. Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow was in rhythm with Simmie Cobbs and the rest of his receivers, picking apart Ohio State's secondary on the sideline in the first half. But once adjustments were made, the one-dimensional attack was not sustainable against a team that goes deep on the depth chart with top talent and has superstars like J.K. Dobbins that are just beginning to introduce themselves to the college football world.
Dobbins, a true freshman, got the nod as the starting running back and broke Maurice Clarett's school record for rushing yards in an Ohio State debut (175) with 181 yards on 29 carries. He showed incredible vision and agility cutting through traffic, and it was his play that really got the offense rolling in the second half as Ohio State pulled away for the win.
J.T. Barrett and Dobbins give Ohio State a dangerous combination in the backfield, and the attention they draw allows Barrett to deliver the ball to playmakers like Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon in space for explosive plays that can happen at any time when you're playing the Buckeyes. Ohio State doesn't do anything particularly complicated from a schematic standpoint, but when the first downs start following each other at an up-tempo pace, it just seems like a matter of time before one of these all-galaxy skill position players break free for a big play.
And that's not even touching on the Buckeyes' defensive line, which started to get better as the game went on and will continue to use that depth as a strength later in the season. Ohio State wasn't perfect and showed a lot of the same offensive issues that plagued them in losses and close games in 2016, but there's not many teams in the country that can match their team talent and athleticism. Up next is Oklahoma in Columbus in a potential playoff preview.
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UConn went 3-9 last year, so opportunities to get into victory formation were few and far between.
It looked like a long shot early against Holy Cross on Thursday when the Huskies fell behind 20-7 at the half. But a second-half surge capped off with two fourth quarter touchdowns helped Randy Edsall's crew earn a 27-20 victory. When it was time to put it away, UConn made sure to rehearse a bit before dropping down to a knee.
It's been awhile for UCONN pic.twitter.com/ndQD013k61— Chris Hassel (@Hassel_Chris) September 1, 2017
Oklahoma State rolls
The Cowboys are being mentioned as Big 12 title contenders and in the conversation for the College Football Playoff, and quarterback Mason Rudolph showed the world why. The star senior completed 20-of-24 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns in the 59-24 win, announcing his presence in the Heisman Trophy race in the process, especially on passes like this.
Don't worry about the official
SEC Network sideline analyst Cole Cubelic lives and breathes line play, so much so that he spends countless hours on Twitter examining the techniques of the big men in the trenches. That translated to his sideline work on SEC Network during Thursday's Florida A&M-Arkansas game, but he nearly got flagged. While explaining and demonstrating defensive line technique, an official backed into him and gave him quite the stare down. Cubelic seemed unfazed.
"Don't worry about the official." 😂 pic.twitter.com/qjcRZn1yBG— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 1, 2017
Minnesota's offense started hot
The boat is being rowed, folks. Minnesota's offense showed signs of life under first-year coach P.J. Fleck. On the Golden Gophers' second possession of the game, quarterback Conor Rhoda hit Tyler Johnson for a 61-yard score with Johnson getting most of it on yards after the catch. Yes, it's just one play and it's just Buffalo Bulls -- Johnson outran a handful of defenders -- but a new era of excitement for Minnesota is certainly off to a good start.
Fleck became the first coach since 1986 to win in his debut at Minnesota when the Gophers finished off Buffalo 17-7.
FIU and UCF were in an early shootout
The Butch Davis era at FIU began as as the Panthers traveled north to Orlando to take on Scott Frost and UCF. After the Knights scored on their first drive, the Panthers answered back with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Alex McGough to Thomas Owens .
UCF responded right away with a 50-yard touchdown from McKenzie Milton to Tre'Quan Smith to give the Knights a 14-7 lead. Frost's offense against a new-look tempo based offense from Davis is providing plenty of early-season fireworks. UCF finished things off in a hurry, smashing the Panthers 61-17.
Bloomington, turn up
Bloomington, Indiana, doesn't get to be the center of the college football world often, but that will change tonight when the Hoosiers host the Buckeyes. What was the atmosphere be like? Well, let's just say there was plenty of "prep time" for the home crowd.
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