No. 5 Ohio State opened the 2018 season with a convincing 77-31 dismantling of Oregon State.

The game was close for the first 5 minutes. The two teams were tied 7-7. From that point on, the Buckeyes dominated.

J.T. Barrett’s replacement, Dwayne Haskins, completed 22-of-30 passes for 313 yards and 5 TD. Mike Weber added 186 yards and 3 TD on the ground, while J.K. Dobbins garnered 74 yards of his own.

Ohio State had 35 first downs. Oregon State had 15. The Buckeyes amassed 721 total yards. The Beavers totaled 392.

The game wasn’t all that close, despite one Power 5 teams playing another.

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After the 46-point loss, first-year coach Jonathan Smith talked with the media about his debut against the Buckeyes.

What Jonathan Smith said

“We weren’t happy with giving up that many points, but on both sides, there are a lot of things to learn from and to be encouraged by. We didn’t tackle all that well, but we were in position to make some tackles,” Smith said.

More Smith:

On the mood after the game: “There was disappointment. We should have played better. There were plays to be made that we’re capable of making, and we didn’t.”

On Ohio State being a national championship contender: “It’s hard to say off one game. I know they’re around the conversation all the time. It wouldn’t surprise me (if they make the playoffs).”

Aside from Smith, Oregon State players talked about Ohio State as well:

“They’re top five in the country for a reason,” Oregon State linebacker Andrzej Hughes-Murray said. “They’re a big-time team. They just kept pounding at us. We had some good plays, but not enough in the end.”

“To put up 31 points against a defense like that says something about what we can accomplish the rest of the year.”