NCG: Ohio State 42, Oregon 20

Passing
QB Tm Db Att Comp Comp% AY/Att Yds Yds/Att Pres TD Int Dp TA Sk Ht Hur
Marcus Mariota ORE 41 37 24 64.9% 10.4 331 8.9 12 2 1 2 0 1 3 9
Cardale Jones OSU 31 23 16 69.6% 11.6 238 10.3 16 1 1 0 2 0 8 7
Jeff Lockie ORE 1 1 0 0.0% 11.0 0 0.0 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 1

Marcus Mariota certainly didn’t play poorly, but he was overshadowed by Cardale Jones.

Jones was pressured on 16 of his 31 dropbacks, including 11 of his 23 pass attempts, but he consistently took what the Oregon defense gave him.

Mariota’s struggles were at least partially due to his receivers, who dropped four of his 37 pass attempts, including three would-be first downs on third-down attempts.

Rushing
RB
Tm
Att
Yds
Yds/Att
YAC
YAC/Att
1D
TD
MT
Stuff
Fm
Fm Lst
Ezekiel Elliott
OSU
36
246
6.8
101
2.8
13
4
7
1
0
0
Cardale Jones
OSU
19
65
3.4
38
2
3
2
3
2
1
1
Thomas Tyner
ORE
12
60
5
12
1
5
0
1
1
1
0
Royce Freeman
ORE
10
22
2.2
4
0.4
1
0
0
2
0
0
Marcus Mariota
ORE
9
44
4.9
19
2.1
1
0
5
1
0
0
Jalin Marshall
OSU
2
3
1.5
3
1.5
0
0
0
1
0
0
Byron Marshall
ORE
1
9
9
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
Corey Smith
OSU
1
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Curtis Samuel
OSU
1
6
6
4
4
0
0
0
0
0
0

It was the Ezekiel Elliott show for Ohio State and Oregon had no response. 26 of Elliott’s 36 attempts went for at least three yards, as he averaged nearly seven yards per carry and forced seven missed tackles along the way. Only once did the Oregon defense stop him at or behind the line scrimmage.

Oregon simply could not establish the power running game with Royce Freeman, as he was held to 22 yards on just 10 carries (Elliott had three separate runs of at least 22 yards).

Thomas Tyner’s final stats were respectable for the Ducks, but 21 of his 60 yards came on two carries (runs of 10 and 11 yards).

Receiving
Receiver Tm Tgt Rec Cont. Air Yds/Tgt Yds Yds/Rec YAC MT Dp 1D TD Fum
Byron Marshall ORE 10 8 3 12.2 168 21 71 0 0 4 1 0
Corey Smith OSU 2 2 0 23.5 73 36.5 26 0 0 1 0 1
Dwayne Stanford ORE 8 4 4 13.1 61 15.3 17 0 2 2 0 0
Keanon Lowe ORE 6 3 1 15 55 18.3 29 0 1 2 0 0
Michael Thomas OSU 5 4 1 12 53 13.3 40 3 0 3 0 0
Jalin Marshall OSU 6 5 4 7.5 52 10.4 10 1 1 3 0 0
Devin Smith OSU 2 1 1 42 44 44 0 0 0 1 0 0
Evan Baylis ORE 8 6 1 4.6 25 4.2 13 0 0 1 0 0
Charles Nelson ORE 4 2 1 9.5 21 10.5 9 1 1 2 0 0
Nick Vannett OSU 3 2 0 4.7 9 4.5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Curtis Samuel OSU 2 1 0 12.5 8 8 3 0 0 0 0 0
Thomas Tyner ORE 2 2 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ezekiel Elliot OSU 2 1 0 -4 -1 -1 5 0 0 0 0 0

The story from the receivers was Oregon’s drops. Of their four drops as a team, three came on third down (two from Dwayne Stanford and one from Charles Nelson).

For all the hype about Devin Smith as Ohio State’s deep threat, he was only targeted twice. He was mostly used as a decoy, attracting the attention of Oregon cornerback Troy Hill.

Blocking
Player
Tm
Snaps
PB
RB
Hur
Ht
Sk
PB %
Pen
P. Yds
Billy Price
OSU
87
31
56
3
1
0
87.1%
0
0
Daryl Baldwin
OSU
87
31
56
2
3
0
83.9%
0
0
Pat Elflein
OSU
87
31
56
0
1
0
96.8%
0
0
Taylor Decker
OSU
87
31
56
2
0
0
93.5%
0
0
Jacoby Boren
OSU
87
31
56
0
0
0
100.0%
0
0
Hroniss Grassu
ORE
76
45
31
1
0
0
97.8%
0
0
Jake Fisher
ORE
76
45
31
2
0
0
95.6%
2
21
Tyrell Crosby
ORE
76
45
31
3
0
0
93.3%
2
12
Hamani Stevens
ORE
72
42
30
2
2
0
90.5%
1
5
Cameron Hunt
ORE
71
44
27
1
0
1
95.5%
0
0
Jeff Heuerman
OSU
40
35
5
0
0
0
100.0%
0
0
Ezekiel Elliott
OSU
30
12
18
0
1
0
91.7%
0
0
Evan Baylis
ORE
27
1
26
1
0
0
0.0%
0
0
Nick Vannett
OSU
26
2
24
0
1
0
50.0%
0
0
Royce Freeman
ORE
16
6
10
0
0
0
100.0%
0
0
Thomas Tyner
ORE
13
8
5
0
0
0
100.0%
1
5
Jake Pisarcik
ORE
5
1
4
0
0
0
100.0%
0
0
Matt Pierson
ORE
4
3
1
1
0
0
66.7%
0
0

Both offensive lines struggled at times, but the real meltdown came from Oregon tackles Jake Fisher and Tyrell Crosby who combined to allow four hurries and commit three penalties for 23 yards in the fourth quarter alone.

Ohio State’s offensive line had their issues, specifically on the right side. Right tackle Darryl Baldwin struggled to control Arik Armstead, allowing three hits and two hurries. Left guard Billy Price held his own in matchups with DeForest Buckner, but was a weak link when pulling to the right side, which was the scenario which led to all three of his hurries allowed.

Buckeyes center Jacoby Boren was the only starting lineman on either side with an unblemished record in pass protection.

Pass Rush & Tackling
Defender
Tm
Tackle
MT
Stuff
Hurry
Hit
Sack
FF
FumR
BatPass
Reggie Daniels
ORE
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Arik Armstead
ORE
9
0
0
0
2
0
0
1
0
Darron Lee
OSU
9
1
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
DeForest Buckner
ORE
9
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
Tyvis Powell
OSU
9
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Rodney Hardrick
ORE
8
2
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
Doran Grant
OSU
6
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
Eli Apple
OSU
6
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Joshua Perry
OSU
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Alex Balducci
ORE
5
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
Chris Seisay
ORE
5
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Curtis Grant
OSU
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Tony Washington
ORE
5
2
1
1
2
0
0
0
0
Vonn Bell
OSU
5
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Derrick Malone
ORE
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Joey Bosa
OSU
4
0
1
3
1
0
0
0
0
Raekwon McMillan
OSU
4
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
Troy Hill
ORE
4
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
Adolphus Washington
OSU
3
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
Erick Dargan
ORE
3
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Joe Walker
ORE
3
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Tyson Coleman
ORE
3
2
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
Danny Mattingly
ORE
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Michael Bennett
OSU
2
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
Sam Kamp
ORE
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Armani Reeves
OSU
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Christian French
ORE
1
1
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
Rashad Frazier
OSU
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Steve Miller
OSU
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Tommy Schutt
OSU
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
Tyree Robinson
ORE
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Jaylyn Holmes
OSU
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Torrodney Prevot
ORE
0
1
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
Tyquan Lewis
OSU
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0

Joey Bosa was his usual unstoppable self, giving Oregon right tackle Tyrell Crosby a miserable time and causing three hits and getting one hit in on Mariota. But it was a really a team effort for Ohio State, especially against the run. Six different Buckeyes recorded a defensive stuff (a tackle zero or negative yards).

The Ducks defense was helpless against the Buckeyes, combining to miss 17 tackles (Ohio State had just seven). Safety Erick Dargan and cornerback Chris Seisay were the primary culprits with three apiece.

Coverage
Defender
Tm
Tgt
Comp
ContTgt
ContCat
PD
Int
TD
Air Yds/Tgt
Yds
Yds/Comp
1D
Pen
Tyvis Powell
OSU
8
4
2
0
1
0
1
9.9
108
27
1
0
Eli Apple
OSU
7
4
2
0
0
1
1
16.7
54
13.5
3
0
Doran Grant
OSU
6
3
3
1
0
0
0
15.5
56
18.7
2
0
Reggie Daniels
ORE
5
5
3
3
0
0
0
17.8
101
20.2
4
0
Joshua Perry
OSU
4
3
0
0
0
0
0
2.3
21
7
1
0
Chris Seisay
ORE
3
2
1
0
0
0
0
21.7
40
20
2
0
Darron Lee
OSU
3
2
1
0
1
0
0
4
9
4.5
1
0
Armani Reeves
OSU
2
1
2
1
0
0
0
18.5
28
28
1
0
Raekwon McMillan
OSU
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
8
9
9
0
0
Rodney Hardrick
ORE
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
6.5
16
8
0
0
Steve Miller
OSU
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
5.5
15
7.5
0
0
Tyson Coleman
ORE
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
-2
0
0
0
0
Chris Worley
OSU
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
20
23
23
1
0
Danny Mattingly
ORE
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
3
0
0
0
Derrick Malone
ORE
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
Erick Dargan
ORE
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
26
26
26
1
0
Torrodney Prevot
ORE
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
Troy Hill
ORE
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1

Ohio State avoided Oregon’s top cornerback, Troy Hill, only targeting him once on a pass to Devin Smith in the end zone which drew a pass interference penalty.

The Buckeyes defensive backs did a far better job forcing Oregon’s receiver to work for their receptions. They contested 10 of Mariota’s passes, allowing just two receptions on those contested targets. Senior corner Doran Grant led the way with three contested targets.

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