COLUMBUS, Ohio — The goal was simple enough, and Ohio State made it look even easier to accomplish.
Maybe Urban Meyer should have asked for more than a fast start out of the blocks as “The Chase” officially started on Saturday afternoon.
Even with a shorthanded roster, the Buckeyes looked every bit the contender they’re expected to be in Meyer’s second season leading them in the early stages of the opener against Buffalo at Ohio Stadium. The offense was brutally efficient, the rebuilt defense was pitching a shutout and the biggest question was how long Meyer would keep his foot on the pedal.
But while the Buckeyes got a look at just how quickly they can get to full speed against overmatched Buffalo, they didn’t have enough gas to stay there long enough, leaving plenty for Meyer to fine-tune after a 40-20 win that leaves some questions still to be answered.
“First quarter was script, and you can’t play much better than our guys did,” Meyer said. “ … I like the fact they jumped out early and they like to play. That’s a positive.
“The negative is that you need to sustain consistent effort and intensity.”
Whether it was the heat and humidity that sapped the energy, maybe the suspensions that knocked out two of their best players before the game even started, or perhaps just rust after not playing a game since November, the Buckeyes certainly didn’t look like the same team from the first quarter much after it was over.
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