Scoring summary

OSU: Mack 9 pass from Barrett (Nuernberger kick), 7:01. Drive: Nine plays, 70 yards, 3:00. Key plays: Victor 16 pass from Barrett for first down at OSU 46; Campbell 9 pass from Barrett on third-and-4 from Army 48; Dobbins runs of 17, 1 yards for first down at Army 30; McLaurin 20 pass from Barrett for first-and-goal at the 9; on the next play, Barrett threw a strike to Mack in the front-left corner of the end zone. Ohio State 38, Army 7

Analysis: Finishing the job

Ohio State was losing the time of possession in a big way after three quarters – 29 minutes, 33 seconds for Army to 15:27 for OSU – but that was a stat only a wonk could appreciate. The Buckeyes were winning big on the scoreboard, and that continued to the end. Army ran the first eight plays and ate nearly five minutes to start the fourth quarter but Army misfired on a fourth-down pass play from the OSU 30 and the Buckeyes took over with 10:01 remaining. Three minutes and 70 yards later, they were in the end zone again on J.T. Barrett’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Austin Mack, which gave the senior quarterback the Big Ten record by accounting for his 107th career touchdown. Another three-and-out gave OSU the ball back with 4:36 remaining, and backup QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. guided the offense 72 yards before the time arrived for victory formation. – Ray Stein


Scoring summary

OSU: Dobbins 52 run (Nuernberger kick), 8:23. Drive: Two plays, 74 yards, :27. Key plays: Missed field goal gave OSU possession at its 26; Dobbins 22 run for first down at its 48; on the next play, Dobbins took a handoff and headed to the left edge, faked Reynolds out of his socks and sailed down the left sideline. Ohio State 24, Army 7

OSU: McLaurin 20 pass from Barrett (Nuernberger kick), 5:12. Drive: Four plays, 64 yards, 1:07. Key plays: Sheffield recovery of Bradshaw fumble gave OSU first down at its 36; Campbell 11 pass from Barrett for first down at OSU 47; Baugh 31 pass from Barrett for first down at Army 22; two plays later, Barrett took a snap and fired a strike to McLaurin, who had run a streak route. Ohio State 31, Army 7

Analysis: Quick-strike attack

Patience was paramount for Ohio State, which had only one possession in the second quarter, then had to kick off to begin the third. It was more of the same to open the second half as Army started the quarter with an 11-play drive that ended when Blake Wilson missed a 43-yard field-goal attempt. Finally getting the ball back, the Buckeyes wasted little time taking it to the end zone. J.K. Dobbins ripped off a 22-yard run on first down from the 26, then went 52 yards on a run around left end, a play in which the freshman juked Army cornerback Mike Reynolds almost into the ground. That made the score 24-7, and after Kendall Sheffield recovered a fumbled snap on Army’s next drive, OSU went to the air to increase its lead. J.T. Barrett completed all three of his passes on the next drive, including a 31-yarder across the middle to tight end Marcus Baugh to move the ball to the 22. Two plays later, Barrett threw a fastball strike to Terry McLaurin, who had downfield until he found an open spot in the end zone. With a 31-7 lead, the Buckeyes forced a three-and-out but couldn’t put the game away and punted from inside Army territory late in the quarter. – Ray Stein


Scoring summary

ARMY: Woolfolk 3 run (Wilson kick), 6:26. Drive: Eighteen plays, 99 yards, 9:37. Key plays: Walker 25 run for first down at the Army 30; Woolfolk 2 run on fourth-and-1 from the Army 39; Saum 9 pass from Bradshaw for first down at the OSU 48; Bradshaw 8 run on third-and-7 from the 33; Walker 11 run on third-and-7 from the 22; on second-and-2 from the 3, Woolfolk burrowed in for the score. Ohio State 14, Army 7

OSU: FG Nuernberger 33, 3:06. Drive: Twelve plays, 59 yards, 3:13. Key plays: Dobbins 5 run on third-and-1 from the OSU 34; Campbell 25 run for first down at at Army 44 (59-yard TD run negated by penalty); Hill 13 pass from Barrett for first down at the 15; the drive stalled there after two incompletions and a 1-yard loss by Barrett. Ohio State 17, Army 7

Analysis: Playing keepaway

Army came into its game against Ohio State having not beaten a team ranked in the top 10 since 1963, so the Black Knights knew they would have to shorten the game to have any shot against the Buckeyes and their superior athletes. Mission accomplished in the second quarter. Army limited the Buckeyes to one possession in the quarter and outscored OSU to draw to 17-7. The Knights began the quarter at its 30-yard line after two runs moved them from the shadow of their goalposts. They proceeded to march the remaining 70 yards in 16 plays, all but two running plays. Army once converted on fourth-and-1 from its 39 and twice converted on third down in OSU territory to move to the 3, from where Darnell Woolfolk bulled in for a touchdown to make it 14-7. Ohio State took over and appeared to score a quick-strike touchdown on Parris Campbell’s 59-yard run, but the TD was called back because of a downfield holding penalty. The Buckeyes still drove to the Army 15 before J.T. Barrett missed on two passes and then scrambled for a 1-yard loss, forcing a field goal by Sean Nuernberger for a 17-7 lead. Army ate the final three minutes-plus of the half and was set to receive the second-half kickoff, intent to chew up yards and clock. – Ray Stein


Scoring summary

OSU: Barrett 5 run (Nuernberger kick), 12:23. Drive: Eight plays, 75 yards, 2:37. Key plays: Barrett 11 run for first down at OSU 48; Dobbins 36 run for first down at Army 16; on first-and-goal from the 5, Barrett faked a handoff to Dobbins and swept into the end zone ahead of McClinton. Ohio State 7, Army 0

OSU: Dobbins 2 run (Nuernberger kick), 4:11. Drive: Thirteen plays, 94 yards, 4:12. Key plays: Barrett 9 run for first down at OSU 17; Hill 18 pass from Barrett for first down at 32; Hill 14 pass from Barrett for first down at Army 41; Mack 11 pass for first down at the 11; on second-and-1 from the 2, Barrett perfectly timed his option to Dobbins, who waltzed into the end zone. Ohio State 14, Army 0

Analysis: Military precision

A week after seemingly nothing went right in a prime-time loss to Oklahoma, Ohio State couldn’t have scripted a better start in its bounce-back attempt against Army. The Buckeyes purred on their first two drives, covering 75 and then 94 yards, to race to a 14-0 lead. OSU finished the quarter with 204 total yards, and with the desired balance – 104 yards passing and 100 rushing. The first drive was mostly a ground effort as the Buckeyes went 75 yards on eight plays, six of them runs, and scoring on J.T. Barrett’s keeper around left end. J.K. Dobbins had the big play on the drive, a 36-yard run. Army picked up two first downs and 38 yards on its first drive before punting, pinning Ohio State back at its 6. But Barrett completed 7 of 8 passes on the ensuing drive for 82 yards, and OSU made it 14-0 when Dobbins strolled in from 2 yards out after a well-timed option pitch by Barrett. Ohio State then forced a three-and-out but stalled on its next possession but even that worked out well for the Buckeyes when Drue Chrisman’s punt was caught by teammate Denzel Ward at the Army 1-yard line, putting the Black Knights in a hole to start their third drive. – Ray Stein