Ohio State defeats Minnesota 30-14

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 13: Tyler Johnson #6 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers fumbles the ball as he is tackled by Shaun Wade #24 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second quarter at Ohio Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes recovered the fumble. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS — No. 3 Ohio State remains undefeated this season after defeating Minnesota 30-14.

OSU took on unranked Minnesota in the Horseshoe Saturday.

This comes after the Buckeyes averaged just 3.2 yards per carry against Indiana last week. Before Saturday’s game Quarterback Dwayne Haskins had piled up a nation-leading 25 touchdown passes.

Meanwhile, injury-riddled Minnesota was trying to rebound after dropping its first two Big Ten games.

Ohio State was first to score in Saturday’s game against the Golden Golphers. Placekicker Blake Haubeil kicked a 21-yard field goal early in the first quarter. The score was 3-0.

Then, Minnesota took the lead after running back Mohamed Ibrahim scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run. The Golden Gophers led the Buckeyes 7-3.

However, the Buckeyes took the lead back before the end of the first quarter.  Wide receiver Terry McLaurin scored a touchdown on a 41-yard pass from quarterback Dwayne Haskins.  Ohio State led Minnesota 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Minnesota was first to put up points in the second quarter when Ibrahim scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run, giving the Golden Gophers a 14-10 lead against the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes continued their pursuit, refusing to end the first half without the lead. Wide receiver K.J. Hill made the play of the game with a turn-around, one-hand grab that he turned into a touchdown in the second quarter. He had a career-high nine catches for 187 yards. Ohio State entered the second half leading Minnesota 17-14.

Ohio State was the only team to put points on the board during the third quarter. Haubeil kicked a 47-yard field goal, giving the Buckeyes a 6 point lead over the Golden Gophers.  The score was 20-14.

Haubeil put points on the board early-on in the fourth quarter.  He kicked a 27-yard field goal, raising the score 23-14.

Then, OSU raised the point gap again after Haskins’ passed to Hill for a 27-yard touchdown.  At this point the Buckeyes lead the Golden Gophers 30-14.

Ohio State defeated Minnesota by 6 points.

Dwayne Haskins threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns as No. 3 Ohio State held off persistent Minnesota.

For the second straight week, a heavy underdog came into Ohio Stadium and shut down the Buckeyes’ running game. The Gophers held tailbacks J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber to a total of 86 yards, without a single carry longer than 11.

Ohio State showed a weakness for giving up big plays. Golden Gopher’s Mohamed Ibrahim ripped off runs of 25 and 34 yards on the way to 105 yards in the first half. Minnesota had 396 total yards, with Ohio State piling up 504 behind Haskins’ passing.

However, the Buckeyes stay unbeaten despite making plenty of mistakes and Minnesota staying in the game until almost the end. Problems persist with running the ball and the defense allowing big plays.

Next week Ohio State takes on Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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