Fanteractive Game Breakdown for Nebraska (FB) @ Ohio State (FB) by myles.whitmore

NCAA Football

Nebraska (FB) (V) vs. Ohio State (FB) (H)

Ohio Stadium
Columbus


Saturday Oct 24,2020 12:00 PM ET

Post Game Analysis by myles.whitmore for Ohio State (FB)

Post Game Report Card

Overall Team Grades
Overall Team Grade
B+
Overall Offense Grade
A-
Overall Defense Grade
B
Overall Special Teams
C
Overall Coaching
B
My Player of the Game
Justin Fields
Game Notes
Overall, this was a quality game for the Ohio State Buckeyes. In his first start of the season, Justin Fields shredded Nebraska's secondary for 274 yards and two scores. During this game, Fields showed huge improvement looked comfortable as a passer. As a result, his wide receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson each exploded for 100+ yards and made numerous big-time plays in a high-powered passing attack. However, while Ohio State's running game was decent but not as dominant as it has been in past seasons. Defensively, the Buckeyes were able to hold Nebraska in check during the second half. After allowing Nebraska's offense some big plays, Ohio State rebounded following some half time adjustments. Despite losing their star edge rusher Chase Young in the offseason, OSU's pass rush was productive last week. However, their coverage and run defense will need to rebound against Penn State.
Player Grades
Player
Pos
Grade
Chris Olave (17)
WR 
Garrett Wilson (5)
WR 
A+ 
Justin Fields (1)
QB 
A+ 
Justin Fields had a perfect game as a passer against Nebraska. During this game, Fields' hard work as a passer was on full display. While Fields struggled to throw deep passes in 2019, Fields was laser-accurate, targeting his wideouts deep. As a result, he quickly ran through his progressions and excelled from the pocket and on the run.
Advanced Team Grades
Offense
Run Offense (Overall)
B
Passing Offense (Overall)
A+
Moving the Chains
A
Protection
B
Big Plays
A-
Mistakes
A
Overall QB Play
A+
Game Notes on Offense
As usual, Ohio State's offense was firing on all cylinders against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. With Justin Fields at the helm, the Buckeyes consistently moved the chains down the field by shredding Nebraska's secondary. Due to Fields' enhanced mechanics and chemistry with his wideouts, Ohio State is in a great position to dominate the big ten. When it came to Ohio State's running game, the team was good but not great. On the bright side, this offense produced 236 yards on the ground and scored four touchdowns. However, the stats exaggerate how well the run blocking because there were many lapses where OSU's OL was unable to win the line of scrimmage. Still, the presence of Justin Fields took enough attention off of OSU's running backs for them to be productive.
Quarterback
A+
Running Backs
B+
Protection & Blocking
B
Receiving
A
Analysis Notes
Justin Fields had a perfect game as a passer against Nebraska. During this game, Fields' hard work as a passer was on full display. While Fields struggled to throw deep passes in 2019, Fields was laser-accurate, targeting his wideouts deep. As a result, he quickly ran through his progressions and excelled from the pocket and on the run. As mentioned earlier, OSU's run game was efficient yet underwhelming. On the one hand, OSU is stacked at the RB position with playmakers such as Master Teague and Trey Sermon. However, each of these running backs had to produce over half their yardage after contact due to lackluster run blocking from the offensive line. It's still early, but Ohio State will need to lean on their running game more to keep teams from focusing on Fields. Additionally, Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave were outstanding playmakers and dependable pass catchers. Each went off for over 100+ yards and made big plays as possession receivers and deep threats.
Defense
Passing Game Defense
B+
Stopping the Run
F
Controlling the Line of Scrimmage
C-
Forcing Turnovers
B+
Big Plays
A-
Mistakes
D
Game Notes on Defense
Despite losing multiple pass rushers in the off-season, Ohio State pressured QBs Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffery 18 total times including two sacks and a whopping 14 hurries on 25 total dropbacks. This pressure extremely benefitted OSU's secondary, which held Nebraska to just 160 yards through the air. Though, Nebraska's underdeveloped receivers made life easy for the Buckeyes defensive backs. Despite their success against Nebraska's passers, the Buckeyes were absolutely dominated by the Cornhuskers running game. As a result, Nebraska ran for over 200 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground. Considering that many Big Ten offenses are run-heavy, OSU will need to fix this issue sooner rather than later. Though this team will be explosive if they can continue to produce defensive TDs and force fumbles.
Defensive Line
B
Linebackers
C
Defensive Backs
C-
Notes
SPECIAL Teams
Kickoff/Punt Coverage
B+
Kicking
A+
Punting
A
Kickoff/Punt Returning
C
Special Teams Comments
Play of the Game
Justin Fields deep TD to Garrett Wilson in the second quarter.
Coaching Grades
Game Plan
A
Execution
B
Game Management
A-
Key Decisions
A
Play-Calling
A
Comments on Coaching
Ryan Day's play-calling heading into this game was effective. By balancing the run and pass game, Day's play-calling consistently kept the Nebraska Cornhuskers on their heels. Moreover, Day's half time adjustments in the second half spurred both his offense and defense with the momentum they needed to pull away in the second half. However, this team's OL and front seven will need to do a better job executing.