Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ohio State Beats Navy in Opener

Ohio State's J.T. Barrett was effective for the Buckeyes in replacing an injured Braxton Miller

September 2, 2014
 by Boxer Journal
Baltimore, MD - On Saturday, Navy took a 7-6 halftime lead into the locker room at M&T Bank Stadium. Unfortunately for the Mids (0-1) they later departed the same locker room with a 34-17 loss to the #5 Ohio State Buckeyes.

Navy, behind junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds, kept the game close through three quarters. A trio of mistakes, one offensive, one defensive, and one on special teams, were all seized upon by the Buckeyes (1-0) and helped the large number of OSU fans in attendance leave a much happier group for the long return drive to Columbus.

Ohio State took the first lead of the game on a 46-yard field goal by kicker Sean Nuernberger. Navy came back to take the lead on a DeBrandon Sanders 1-yard touchdown plunge early in the second quarter. Nuernberger hit a second field goal in the second to make it 7-6, Navy.

With just five ticks left in the first half, Navy's Nick Sloan missed a short 36-yard field goal that would have lifted the Mids going into the locker room and given them a four-point advantage.

Early in the third the Buckeyes' Darron Lee returned a fumble off an errant Navy option pitch 61 yards for a score to put the game at 13-7, OSU. Two minutes later Keenan Reynolds and the Mids responded when the Tennessee native plunged over from one-yard to reclaim the lead, 14-13.

The defensive secondary of Navy next yielded the third and ultimately final strike of the game. Buckeye quarterback J.T. Barrett hit Devin Smith on an 80-yard bomb when Smith drifted several yards past his nearest Navy defender.

Despite Sloan later hitting a 32-yarder, Ohio State tacked on two fourth quarter scores to ensure the Buckeyes victory.

Ohio State returns to the field this Saturday to face Virginia Tech (1-0) in the Buckeyes' home opener on Saturday. Navy heads to Philadelphia to face Temple (1-0).

The Mids and Buckeyes stand together post-game for the Navy alma mater

(Note: the above photos are used with permission of Getty Images through their free online service)