As for Wilson, the former IN coach who joined the Buckeyes after last season - which ended with a 31-0 loss to Clemson IN a College Football Playoff semifinal - Meyer said the coordinator has been tasked to enhance and improve the Ohio State offense. It held up fine against Ohio State senior quarterback J.T. Barrett, who completed 54 percent of his passes and lost just his fifth game as a collegiate starter. He often resorted to pulling the ball down and taking off himself. "We got to get the damn thing fixed, and we will".
"And quite frankly, that's all that matters".
Riley avenged Stoops' loss from a year ago, and continued a trend: Road teams are 4-0 in all four meetings between two of college football's bluest bloods.
This result was equally surprising and perhaps more impressive. It seemed only a matter of time before OU took control. It capped a four-play, 92-yard march.
"'Bake' deserves a ton of credit", Riley said of his quarterback. And clearly, I was wrong about my preseason No. 1 team Ohio State. I really don't think J.T. Barrett is an upper echelon quarterback. He was sharp again against Ohio State, hitting 27 of 35 passes and tossing TD passes to Dimitri Flowers, Lee Morris and Trey Sermon.
The Sooners' defense needed to come out strong this game, and they did. He was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio so you know he grew up a Buckeye fan. It was the largest crowd to ever witness an OU football game. The Cardinal have won seven of nine against USC, which owns a 61-32-3 lead in the series.
Oklahoma and Ohio State will play for the fourth time, and the first at the Horseshoe since the Sooners' only visit in 1977. "We got to do the same".
Oklahoma battled physical setbacks for most of the opening half. Mayfield was the best player on the field, and that was clear from the offset. The two storied programs are 1-2 in the AP's Top 100. The beating he took on social media was even worse. Chris Worley leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 17 tackles, Tyquan Lewis has two sacks and Jordan Fuller has one interception.
Both teams picked up the scoring after intermission. Oklahoma threw for 386 yards; IN threw for 420 IN the opener vs. OSU.
The Buckeyes (1-1) couldn't keep pace.
Saturday's win at Ohio State only added to the hype.
Last year, Clemson's ability to pressure without blitzing forced Barrett to thread passes through a tangle of defensive backs.
There is still a lot of football ahead of the Buckeyes, and the 31-16 defeat at the hands of Oklahoma won't impact their chances of winning the Big Ten in any way.
"I see a mentally tough guy", Meyer said of Barrett, who is 39-for-70 passing this season for 487 yards.
"There will not be radical changes, but we do have to play in rhythm", offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said. We've still got a long ways to go.