2014: a look at 15 Ohio State season openers in 15 days

Staff Writer
Buckeye Xtra

Ohio State 34, Navy 17

Aug. 30, 2014

It was one of Ohio State’s most memorable football seasons, but its beginnings were humble. Navy's run-oriented offense proved hard for the Buckeyes to contain, gaining 370 yards and with the Midshipmen only bothering to attempt four passes (they completed two for 20 yards). The Buckeyes were further exposed the following week in a loss to unranked Virginia Tech. But the offense, behind first-year starting quarterback J.T. Barrett and running back Ezekiel Elliott, began to jell and rolled to nine straight wins before disaster nearly struck in the Michigan game. What happened next became part of Buckeyes lore: With Barrett injured, backup Cardale Jones finished off the Wolverines and led the Buckeyes to three postseason wins, over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, over Alabama in a College Football Playoff semifinal, and over Oregon for the Buckeyes' first national championship since 2002

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