Ohio State re-established its running game in dominating fashion Saturday in a 48-3 victory over Michigan State.

Behind an offensive line that shut down the Spartans defense, Mike Weber busted loose for a career-high 162 yards, including touchdown runs of 82 and 47 yards, and J.K. Dobbins gained 124 yards to become the fourth freshman at Ohio State to top 1,000 yards in a season.

Opening the door was the line, led by left tackle Jamarco Jones and center Billy Price, against a defense that hadn’t given up a 100-yard game to a back all year. The Buckeyes gained 335, with two running backs topping 100 yards.

“We had to prove something,” Jones said of the line, the thought of a 55-24 loss at Iowa the week before still lingering. “They (the coaches) told us they were going to lean on us and we executed. … And to be able to go out there and perform against a team like that just shows what we can do when we have the opportunity.”

Much like the 2015 team got back to the running game in a dominant win over Michigan a week after a crushing, offense-less loss to Michigan State, this team did the same. The resolve, Dobbins said, started forming soon after the Iowa game.

“Like the first day of practice,” Dobbins said. “We told ourselves that we needed to be more physical, come out and run the ball. So that’s what we did.”

After getting just six carries against Iowa, Dobbins had 18 against Michigan State. Weber went from five a week ago to nine.

Dobbins was more the tenderizer early on, and Weber stabbed like a fork after the line sliced open a hole for the first-quarter 47-yard TD run. It was the same on Weber's 82-yarder in the second quarter.

It wasn’t just one one lineman dominating, “It was all five — Michael Jordan, Isaiah Prince, Billy Price, Demetrius Knox and Jamarco Jones,” Weber said.

While Dobbins had proved to be what coach Urban Meyer calls a home-run hitter, Meyer never saw that finishing ability in Weber last season even as he ran for 1,096 yards.

Weber vowed to deliver it and worked on his top-end speed in the offseason, getting timed in the 4.3-second range over 40 yards, before a torn hamstring before preseason camp put him on the rebound.

“I’ve been through a lot with the injury, it’s been nagging me all season,” Weber said. “I’m finally 100 percent healthy and I showed it today.”