A basic defense certainly can reel in the spoils.

It got the Buckeyes a win, it improved their standing in the AP poll, and today it landed the head coach an award.

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer was named the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week following the Buckeyes’ 45-24 drubbing of Oklahoma on Saturday, propelling the Buckeyes to a 3-0 start. It’s the fourth time in five seasons Ohio State has been undefeated against non-conference opponents under Meyer.

The Buckeyes were dominant against Oklahoma, tallying 443 yards of offense, 291 of which came from the ground. J.T. Barrett also found Noah Brown for four touchdowns through the air.

A statement was released about Meyer receiving the award:

“Coach Meyer motivates his players in all aspects of their lives,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “His team has had an exemplary season – on and off the field – and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on the Buckeyes the rest of the year.”

Meyer joins fellow B1G head coach Paul Chryst, who was awarded the honor after Wisconsin’s Week 1 win over LSU. Former Badgers and current Arkansas coach Bret Bielema was the winner after the Razorbacks beat TCU.

Ohio State will have a bye week this Saturday before opening B1G play against Rutgers on Oct. 1.