Star of the game

J.K. Dobbins not only became just the second true freshman running back to start a season opener for Ohio State, but he kept the Buckeyes in the game early. He had 181 yards rushing and 24 receiving.

Turning point

Hybrid back Parris Campbell had dropped a long would-be touchdown pass early in the third quarter. He made up for it with a 74-yard TD reception that gave OSU the lead for good 27-21 later in the quarter. It buoyed J.T. Barrett toward 304 yards and three TD passes.

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Repercussions

The slow start was countered with a blistering finish in a tough season, and Big Ten, opener on the road. In the end the score was about as expected. More important, the Buckeyes used big plays to get it done while also finding a star running back headed toward the game Sept. 9 with Oklahoma.