Indianapolis, IN — Ohio State’s quest to secure a College Football Playoff spot has been less than convincing as the No. 4 ranked Buckeyes looked out of sync and trail No. 14 Northwestern 10-6 at halftime.
Fields and Ohio State Need A Spark
Justin Fields and Ohio State are hoping for a standout performance in the Big Ten championship game, but the Buckeyes, who are missing several key players today, are struggling to navigate past Northwestern’s defense.
Ohio State is known for scoring touchdowns, especially in the first half, but Ryan Day’s team only has a pair of Blake Haubeil’s field goals to show for its efforts in the opening 30 minutes of the contest.
Cam Porter nine-yard rush completed a 7 play, 75 yard drive to give Northwestern a 7-3 lead to end the first quarter and then Charlie Kuhbander made a 47 yarder to extend the advantage for the Wildcats to 10-3.
Haubeil, who hit a 41 yard field goal to give Ohio State the lead in the game’s opening drive, made a 43 yard attempt as well.
Fields has so far gone 9-of-20 on completed passes for 101 yards and an interception for the Buckeyes, who are missing leading wide receiver Chris Olave and several other key players.
Trey Sermon has rushed seven times for 60 yards, while Justin Fleming has four catches for 53 yards for Ohio State, which had 12 first downs and 195 total yards in the first half.
Peyton Ramsey is 12-of-14 on completed passes for 90 yards to go with 43 yards rushing in the first half.