Ohio State struggled in the second quarter against Virginia Tech, but it was all about the Buckeyes in the second half, outscoring the Hokies 28-7. Ohio State would end up winning 42-24 in Blacksburg.
Braxton Miller had an impressive game in his debut at receiver, scoring two phenomenal touchdowns . One of his touchdowns was a 54-yard catch-and-run and the other was a 53-yard rushing touchdown highlighted by a marvelous spin-move. Miller would finish the game with two receptions for 78 yards and a TD and 62 yards rushing on six carries and a TD.
Cardale Jones started at quarterback for the Buckeyes and like Miller looked impressive in his season debut, throwing for 186 yards on 9-of-18 passing and two touchdowns. He looked at his best with the rock in his hand, rushing for 99 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. Ezekiel Elliott also had a big game, rushing for 122 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.
J.T. Barrett didn’t get much playing time, but I still think you will see plenty of the dual-threat QB this season. He finished the game with one completion on a 26 yard touchdown. He also had one rush for 40 yards.
Virginia Tech had their moments, but spiraled downhill after quarterback Michael Brewer left with an injury. The senior went down in the third quarter with a broken left collarbone. He was having a good game before the injury, completing 11-of-his-16 attempts for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Running back J.C. Coleman led the Hokies in rushing with 43 yards on 12 carries. Receivers Sam Rogers, Isaiah Ford and Ryan Malleck all added a receiving touchdown.
This was a big win for Ohio State, as they finally avenged their 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech last season at home. It was also the Buckeyes 14th straight win and you would have to imagine that streak is safe until November.
Ohio State will host Hawaii next week at Ohio Stadium, while Virginia Tech will face off against Furman at Lane Stadium.