COLUMBUS, Oh -- The Ohio State Buckeyes simply proved far too good for the Kent State Golden Flashes Saturday as the hosts shutout KSU 66-0 before 104, 404 fans at Ohio Stadium.
Kent State (0-3), now off to its worst start since 2000, was simply dominated in every facet of the game right from the opening kickoff.
“We knew we had to play our best football, and we didn’t.” KSU head coach Paul Haynes said after the game. “We will go back, look at what we did right, and prepare for our next game.”
It was the second consecutive year Kent State got blanked by a Big Ten opponent; the Flashes fell 34-0 last year at Penn State. It was also the most points they had given up since 1995 when they surrendered 77 at South Carolina.
“I thought our guys played well.” OSU head coach Urban Meyer said afterward. “We had to have a game like this (after losing last Saturday at home to Virginia Tech, ending their 25-game regular season winning streak) Normally this game is a first game when you have a young quarterback and a young offensive line.”
Ohio State redshirt freshman J. T. Barrett completed 23-of-30 passes for 312 yards and six touchdowns in two and a half quarters tying a school record while reserve freshman RB Curtis Samuel rushed for 100 yards and two scores.
How bad was it for the Flashes defense? It allowed two scoring drives of 90 or more yards, three possessions of 10 or more plays, and did not register one three-and-out the entire afternoon.
Sophomore FS Nate Holley led the defense with 14 total tackles (12 solo) coming into the game, He was tied for the lead in the MAC with 28 total stops.
The KSU offense, meanwhile, simply could not move the football all afternoon as it was held to 126 total yards. The Flashes registered eight three-and-outs and punted the ball away 10 times. Their longest play from scrimmage was a 20-yard run, and their deepest penetration in the entire game was the Ohio State 41 yard line on their final possession of the game.
Sophomore RB Nick Holley, brother of Nate, was the lone bright spot with 34 yards on six carries, along with six catches for an additional 37 yards. Sophomore QB Colin Reardon completed 14-of-27 passes for only 76 yards. KSU's two biggest threats in the passing game also struggled. TE Casey Pierce had just three receptions for 22 yards and senior WR Chris Humphrey was held without a catch, ending his streak of 22 consecutive games with at least one interception.
Kent State has some time to regroup as the Flashes have a week off before returning to action at Virginia on September 27.