This meeting between top-five teams turned into a rout after three consecutive touchdown drives in the second half by the fifth-ranked Sooners.
"The term "game ready" is used quite often around here", Meyer said.
"We went through, gosh, I don't know how many players again tonight?" However, should Ohio State enter October with a still-struggling passing offense, a secondary that is easily targeted, and a coaching staff overly reliant upon quarterback runs, then you might need to get in line to hit that panic button before the Buckeyes get into the heart of their Big Ten schedule.
This result was equally surprising and perhaps more impressive.
The Sooners outgained Ohio State 222-92 in the first half, yet had to settle for a 3-3 tie thanks to their two fumbles, a dropped touchdown pass and a missed 37-yard field goal. It took OU about 35 seconds to sieze control from UTEP. It was huge in terms of time of possession, helping keep the defense fresh. The Army Black Knights ground game is averaging 417.5 yards per contest, and Bradshaw leads the way with 324 yards and three touchdowns. After all, they had just defeated the No. 2 ranked Buckeyes on their own turf. "We proved that when we are focused and have a great mentality and pull together we can beat a lot of people", Riley said. As the clock wound down, they joyously chanted "OU" as Ohio State fans headed for the exits. As for the Buckeye offense, you have to love true freshman running back J.K. Dobbins.
OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops called that play the difference in the game.
Mayfield figured he owed it to the Buckeyes, who beat up the Sooners in Norman previous year and then stuck around to embarrass them by singing the Ohio State alma mater on the field.
Junior kicker Austin Seibert missed his first field goal attempt of the night after a bad snap at a point when the game was exclusively being decided by field goals.
"We're honored to host the National Guard and play a part in helping our community and state recover from Irma", UCF AD Danny White said in a statement.
The Sooners scored 21 straight points on a trio of touchdowns to take a 31-13 lead in the middle of the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach.
Oklahoma battled physical setbacks for most of the opening half. Bradshaw has zero touchdown passes in his last four games.
"I was really proud of [Calcaterra]", Riley said.
This is simple. Sometimes we're so wrong about things.
If not for early miscues, it could have been even worse. Both teams have weapons. Defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo said Oklahoma runs a fundamentally different defense, but "we definitely liked a lot of the stuff Clemson did". Flowers finished with a team-high 98 yards receiving and a score. The next five games: at Duke, Oklahoma, at K-State, at Oklahoma State, West Virginia, with a combined record of 9-1.
Barrett was just 19-of-35 passing for 183 yards and one interception.
Kickoff for the game is 8:00 p.m. ET.
"I see a mentally tough guy", Meyer said of Barrett, who is 39-for-70 passing this season for 487 yards. "We expected to win this game".