Credit: Florida A&M Sports Information
COLUMBUS, Ohio. (Sept. 21) – Ohio State scored in bunches as they defeated the Florida A&M Football team 76-0, here Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium
Seventy-points is the most points given up by a FAMU team, since the 2011 season, when the Rattlers gave up 70 points against the University of South Florida.
OSU would go into the break with 55-0 lead as the Buckeyes scored eight first half touchdowns, fueled by Kenny Guiton’s record-setting six touchdown tosses. Fifty-five was the most first-half points given by a Rattler team against an FBS opponent, since the 2004 season, when Virginia Tech went into the break with a 48-0 lead.
The Buckeyes scored their first three TDs of the game as they started their drives from inside the FAMU 25-yard line.
A Colby Blanton punt would sail out of bounds as the Buckeyes started their opening drive from the FAMU 30-yard line.
OSU would then drive to the FAMU three-yard line as a Guiton pass was intercepted by Patrick Aiken in the Buckeye end zone. In his interception return, Aiken would fumble with the OSU recovering the ball at the FAMU three-yard line, setting up the Buckeyes’ first TD of the game.
On the very next play, the Buckeyes would score on a three-yard run by Jordan Hall with 12:57 remaining in the first quarter, giving Ohio State, a 7-0 lead after the Drew Basil PAT.
Just one minute later OSU would score their second TD of the game setup by a Corey Brown 65-yard punt return, giving the Buckeyes the ball at the Rattlers 25-yard line. Two plays later, Guiton would throw his first TD pass of the game as he connected with Jeff Heuerman from 11-yards out, increasing the Buckeyes’ lead to 13-0, after the OSU failed two-point conversion.
OSU increased their lead on an eight-yard pass completion to Even Spencer from Guiton with 9:25 remaining in the first quarter, making the score 20-0 in favor of the Buckeyes, after the Basil PAT.
The Buckeyes would score their final two TDs of the first quarter on a Carlos Hyde one-yard TD reception from Guiton with 32 seconds left in the first, capping a 16-play, 75 –yard drive by the Buckeyes, followed by a Devin Smith five-yard TD reception from Hall with 13 seconds left in the half, giving OSU a 34-0 lead going into the second quarter. The most first quarter points given up by a FAMU Team against an FBS opponent.
Lemond Buice would pick up the Rattlers’ only first down of the first half with 5:13 remaining in the second on a six yard rush.
In the second quarter, Guiton would throw three more TD pass from 18-yards out to Hall, 15-yards out to Chris Fields and 15-yards out to Even Spencer, giving OSU a 55-0 lead going into the break.
OSU would open the second half with a nine-play, 65 yard drive, as Ezekiel Elliott scored from 16 yards out with 9:53 to go in the third quarter. Elliott would then score his second TD of the game on a 13-yard run with 2:26 to go in the third, increasing the Buckeyes’ lead 69-0, after the Kyle Clinton made PATs.
Damien Fleming would pick up the Rattlers’ second first down of the game on a nine-yard scamper at the mid-point of the third quarter.
OSU would score the final TD of the game on a Cardale Jones 10-yard run with 1:15 left in the contest, for the 76-0 finale, after the Clinton made PAT.
Albert led the Rattlers’ ground attack as he rushed for 19 yards on 10 carries, followed by Al-Terek McBurse, who rushed for 18 yards on four carries.
Damien Fleming recorded a career low 30 yards passing as he completed 10 passes in 16 attempts with one interception on the day, while McBurse led the Rattler receivers with 12 receiving yards on three catches.
John Ojo led the Rattler defense with eight total takedowns, followed by Akil Blount with six tackles.
The Buckeyes were led by Elliott, who rushed for a team high 162 yards on 14 carries with two TDs, followed by Jones with 52 yards on eight carries with one TD.
Guiton set a new FAMU opponent record as he passed for six TDs, against the Rattlers defense by completing 24 passes in 34 attempts with one interception for 215 yards. The previous recorded was held by Howard’s Ted White, who passed for five TDs against FAMU in their 1998 meeting.
Jamal Marcus led the Buckeyes’ defense as he garnered five tackles, followed by Curtis Grant, who finished the contest with four tackles.
FAMU will return to action on Oct. 5 as they will travel to Baltimore, Md., to take on Morgan State in their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener at Hughes Stadium.