Bailey Brautigan here, live blogging the Ohio State-Marshall game as we get to see whether OSU can get off to a national championship start and solidify their No. 2 ranking.
Join me for the next three hours as we talk everything from X’s and O’s to TV announcers to fans in the stands.
10:24 p.m. ET: O-H!...I-O! I love it!
Without Pryor in the game, this is getting a little slow. Jaamal Berry just gained his greatest yardage as a collegiate player, and the Buckeyes pick up another first down!
And another one! Berry is showing his skills at running back! And another huge 30 yard carry for the red shirt freshman from Florida! Look for this kid to get some more playing time!
Last minute of the game, and the "Phillips Player of the Game" is...
This is a great start toward his quest for the Heisman.
And that's the game, folks! I hope you enjoyed it!
I know I did.
Marshall 7, Ohio State 45
10:20 p.m. ET: The Buckeyes' new tailback went to the same military academy as Eddie George. George was a little before my time, but my dad is in love with the man. He became a Tennessee Titans fan for a while just because of Eddie George!
10:14 p.m. ET: Marshall can't seem to escape the penalties. This will be the Buckeyes 33rd consecutive home opener! Wow!
10:06 p.m. ET: 105,000 fans pack the Shoe tonight as the Buckeyes rest Terrelle Pryor and bring out Joe Bauserman.
The Buckeyes go for a 34 yard field goal, bringing the score to:
Marshall 7, Ohio State 45
10:00 p.m. ET: Let's take a little look across the Big Ten: Wow! Indiana seems to be having almost as good a night as Ohio State. The Hoosiers lead Towson 48-14.
Marshall has to punt deep out of their own territory, and Ohio State will start with excellent field position.
Looking at the lonely Marshall fans in the Shoe is somewhat depressing. Two years ago, I went to the Ohio University at Ohio State game wearing my Bobcats green. I feel your pain, Marshall fans!
9:54 p.m. ET: Jordan Hall will bring the Buckeyes to the 46 yard line for a 1st and 10.
3rd and 4, and I'm sorry Marshall. I know you guys tried!
4th and 4, and the Buckeyes will punt.
It looks like Pryor is getting a little tired. I know it's hot, but suck it up!
Does anybody know what the weather in Columbus is supposed to be like next weekend? Let's hope for some unseasonably cold weather so we can freeze out the Canes!
9:45 p.m. ET: Gene Smith is on the sidelines talking to Big Ten reporters. He's just a big lovable guy, isn't he folks?
You're right, Gene, we are passionate fans. And we don't want to end the game right now! We still have some butt-kicking to do tonight!
Fun fact: Terrelle Pryor and Jordan Hall went to the same high school.
Damn, Pryor is fast!
And that's the third quarter!
Marshall 7, Ohio State 42.
9:34 p.m. ET: Just watched the replay of Pryor's pass to Posey, and wow that was pretty.
Marshall is at the 36, and Tyler Moeller forces a fumble from Anderson, but it is recovered.
Martin Ward picks up about a yard for Marshall, bringing them to 3rd and 16. Quick pass from Anderson to Courtney Edmonson for a first down. Bad tackling on the part of the Buckeyes.
Buckeyes blitz and Anderson has to get rid of the ball in a hurry. 3rd and 1.
Martin Ward picks up another first down for Marshall.
2nd and 8 for Marshall, and Anderson completes to Wilson to bring the Herd inside the Buckeyes' 20 yard line.
Anderson hits Chuck Walker for another five yards. Marshall is now inside the Buckeyes' 15 with 2nd and 6.
3rd and 6 brings an incomplete pass from Anderson, but there is a flag on the play. Roughing the passer.
This brings Marshall to around the 10, but Martin Ward fumbles! Buckeyes recover the ball and end Marshall's longest drive of the game!
9:24 p.m. ET: Ohio State will start at the 19 yard line, and Pryor attempts to Posey. But it's incomplete.
1st and 10 at the 30, and Dan Herron will run 9 yards for 2nd and 1. Herron will run another 15 yards for another first down. Pryor runs about 7 yards and puts his shoulder into Marshall linebacker Mario Harvey for the extra yard.
Pryor needs to watch himself. This is Marshall. We need you for Miami.
Dan Herron picks up yet another first down! Ohio State is at the Marshall 31.
Pryor throws a laser to Stanzenbacher to bring the Bucks to the Marshall 10 yard line.
Another completion to Posey for another Ohio State TOUCHDOWN!!! Extra point is good.
Marshall 7, Ohio State 42
Well, we all pretty much knew that Ohio State wouldn't face much competition from Marshall, but 35 points at the half?
What the Buckeyes need to work on: Special teams and a third option for Pryor to target.
Marshall's single touchdown resulted from a blocked field goal attempt. That shouldn't happen. Especially to the No. 2 ranked team.
Pryor has Sanzenbacher and his favorite target, DeVier Posey, but a third option isn't as obvious as it should be.
And for critics that knock OSU's running game, have you met Brandon Saine?
Feels good to see a double Script Ohio at the Shoe. I just wish I was watching it in person.
8:56 p.m. ET: Lee Smith tries to rally his troops, and the tight end gets his wish. First down for Marshall at the 31.
Heyward has the longest arms I've ever seen. Just saying.
3rd and 5 with less than a minute left in the half.
I'm starting to feel a little bad for Marshall...
4th and 5, and Marshall will punt.
Buckeyes will take control at their 30 yard line with 25 seconds to go in the half.
Pryor will take a knee, and that's the half!
Marshall 7, Ohio State 35
8:50 p.m. ET: Marshall at their own 16 yard line with 1st and 10, and they'll pick up about a yard for 2nc and 9.
Fun fact: Zach Smith of Marshall's coaching staff is the grandson of Buckeye Hall-of-Famer, Earle Bruce.
Interception by Ohio State's senior Brian Rolle! Another Ohio State TOUCHDOWN!!! Extra point is good. This is the second touchdown in the past 63 seconds.
Marshall 7, Ohio state 35.
8:41 p.m. ET: Can I just say one thing? I've missed college football so much!
Ohio State first down with a completion to tight end, Jake Stoneburner. Buckeyes at the 26.
Incomplete pass intended for Washington.
2nd and 10. Pryor definitely needs a more reliable third option...and I don't mean his own legs.
3rd and 9. I mean, if Pryor wants to run the ball 9 yards for a first down, I'm not going to tell him "no."
1st and 10 at the 36. Completion for 19 yards to Posey. These two should just get married already.
And Pryor hands it off to Saine...oh yeah...and another Ohio State TOUCHDOWN!! Brandon Saine is unstoppable! Extra point is good.
Brandon Saine has run 103 yards so far this game. Amazing.
8:34 p.m. ET: Marshall at their 25 with a 3rd and 6. Pass interference by Devon Torrence, and the Thundering Herd will get 15 yards and a fresh set of downs. Martin Ward will break through the tough Ohio State line for another first down.
C.J. Wood called for a holding penalty, and Marshall will lose some yards. 1st and 19.
Antavius Wilson will pick up two yards for 2nd and 17. Another 3 yards for Wilson before he is tackled by Moore.
Marshall will punt.
Ohio State will start at their 9 yard line.
8:21 p.m. ET: Marshall fails to pick up the first down, and Marshall will punt on 4th and 1.
And there's a flag on the play. Illegal formation on Marshall. Five men in the backfield. Add 5 yards, and give it to the Buckeyes.
Herron will pick up a couple yards for a 2nd and 8.
Pryor is sacked by Vinny Curry of Marshall.
And there's a penalty! Unsportsmanlike conduct by the defense. That's 15 yards, Marshall. Was it worth it?
Pryor takes his first and 10 and targets Posey, but it's almost intercepted. We all know Posey is Pryor's favorite target, but he had white jerseys all over him!
Pryor tries to run in the first down, but he gets denied big time. 4th and 6, and Ohio State will punt.
Fair catch at the 35, but there's a flag on the field. Roughing the kicker. Ohio State will punt again.
OSU really needs to work on their special teams. Marshall should not be blocking (or coming close to blocking) so many punts. Fair catch at the 25 for Marshall.
8:16 p.m. ET: Marshall at their 44 yard line with a fresh set of downs, but they lose 2 yards.
And that's the end of the first quarter.
8:10 p.m. ET: Jordan Hall returns kickoff to the 32 yard line. Pryor looks to throw, but he will run the ball for 8 yards for 2nd and 2.
False start Ohio State resulting in a 5 yard penalty. 2nd and 7 for Ohio State.
Pryor makes one hell of a throw to Sanzenbacher for another Ohio State touchdown! Extra point is good!
Marshall 7, Ohio State 21
8:04 p.m. ET: Pryor to Grant Schwartz for a first down, and Brandon Saine will pick up 3 yards to bring the Bucks to 2nd and 7. Completion to Schwartz for another 4 yards.
3rd and 3. Pryor fumbles the snap, picks it up, and nearly misses an interception.
It looks like Ohio State will attempt a long field goal. Drew Basil's field goal is blocked by Johnny Jones, and Marshall's Ahmed Shakoor will run it back for a touchdown.
Marshall 7, Ohio State 14
8:00 p.m. ET: Marshall's quarterback Brian Anderson runs it out 7 yards for Marshall's first first down of the game.
3rd and 10 at Marshall's 32 yard line. Anderson attempts to Lee Smith, but it's incomplete. Marshall will punt.
Jordan Hall returns it to their 40 yard line, but there is a flag on the play. Illegal formation offense. That puts Ohio State at their 45 yard line.
7:48 p.m. ET: Marshall's Andre Booker returns the Buckeye's third kickoff of the night 62 yards. 3rd and 10 at the Ohio State 29 yard line.
4th and 4, and Marshall's field goal unit takes the field for a field goal attempt. No good!
Marshall 0, Ohio State 14.
The Buckeyes now have the ball at their 27 yard line. Pryor had plenty of time and makes a 21 yard completion to Dane Sanzenbacher from the fine city of Toledo, Ohio!
Dan Herron picks up a couple yards, and it is now 3rd and 5. Pryor tries for a long pass to Posey in the corner of the end zone, but Posey slows down too soon. Buckeyes will punt.
7:43 p.m. ET: Second possession of the game for the Buckeyes, and Brandon Saine is "In-Saine"! Buckeyes score again! It took Saine two plays to move the ball from the 50 yard line to the end zone. Extra point is good!
7:37 p.m. ET: Marshall at the 25 and comes just a yard short of a first down. 3rd and one for Marshall at the 29 yard line. Three and out! Not a good start for Marshall.
7:32 p.m. ET: Marshall will receive, but it makes no difference. Dorian Bell forced a fumble at the 22 yard line, and the Buckeyes have picked up a first down. This is too easy.
2nd and 10: Brandon Saine picks up four yards for a 3rd and six. Pryor throws to Posey in the corner of the end zone and TOUCHDOWN!!! Marshall tries to block extra point, but it's still good!
7:31 p.m. ET: The Shoe is packed, and it's only Marshall! Kickoff in a minute!
7:23 p.m. ET: The best thing about HDTV: Being able to see the glitter on Ohio State's helmets. O-H-I-O!
7:01 p.m. ET: Cameron Heyward's decision to come back for his senior season means good things for Ohio State's defense. His father was a star running back at Pitt, and he later went onto play for 11 years in the NFL. The Big Ten Network has a touching segment on Cameron Heyward's father and his battle with cancer.
Heyward is using his father's memory as motivation for this season. I'm trying not to get choked up.
6:53 p.m. ET: "Wise Guys" debating whether the new Big Ten title game should be played inside or outside. I think that Big Ten fans are used to the elements, so they can suck it up and attend an outside game.
6:40 p.m ET: Even though it was a close call last time Ohio State played Marshall (the Buckeyes squeezing out a 24-21 victory), it comes as no surprise that the No. 2 ranked Buckeyes are favored to win in their season opener.
Interesting fact: Ohio State has not lost a home opener since 1978.