College Football Scores: Ohio State vs. TCU RECAP, score, stats (9/15/18)

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The No. 15 ranked Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (2-0), led by quarterback Shawn Robinson, meet the No. 4 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0), led by quarterback Dwayne Haskins, in an NCAA football game on September 15, 2018 (9/15/18) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Here is the AP recap of the game:

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Big defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones returned an interception thrown right at him 28 yards for one of No. 4 Ohio State’s three touchdowns in a four-minute span of the third quarter in a 40-28 victory over No. 15 TCU on Saturday night.

The Buckeyes (3-0), in their last game without suspended coach Urban Meyer on the sideline, finally went ahead to stay with that spurt that started Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw a short pass that Parris Campbell turned into a 63-yard touchdown.

Ohio State still trailed 21-19 after a 2-point try failed, but TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson was under pressure on the ensuing third down when he tried to shovel a pass to his running back — but instead it went to Jones, the 286-pound tackle who rumbled to the end zone. The next drive for the Horned Frogs (2-1) ended with a blocked punt, and two plays later Haskins threw a 24-yard TD to K.J. Hill.

The Buckeyes jumped out to a 10-0 lead after All-America defensive end Nick Bosa’s strip-sack in the end zone, a fumble that was recovered by Davon Hamilton for a touchdown.

But Bosa left the game with an apparent left groin injury when rushing after Robinson early in the third quarter. Bosa could be seen pointing at his groin area when sitting on the turf after the play, and went to the locker room with Ohio State down.

By time Bosa got back on the sideline in street clothes late in the third quarter, the Buckeyes were leading for good.

Darius Anderson had two rushing TDs for TCU, including a school record 93-yard sprint that was the longest play from scrimmage ever against the Buckeyes. Anderson added a 16-yard score when he dived to the left pylon to make it 21-13 before Ohio State’s quick scoring spurt.

The game was played at the NFL home of the Dallas Cowboys, about 20 miles from the TCU campus — and where they Buckeyes won the national championship four seasons ago. That was after Ohio State jumped past Big 12 co-champions Baylor and TCU into the fourth and final playoff spot for the inaugural College Football Playoff.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio State: The Buckeyes went undefeated without Meyer, who completed his three-game suspension for mismanaging domestic-abuse allegations and other misconduct by former assistant Zach Smith. Ohio State and Haskins, the sophomore quarterback starting his third game, passed their biggest tests. Haskins (24 of 38 for 344 yards and two TDs) was able to withstand the pressure by defensive end Ben Banogu and the Frogs.

TCU: The Horned Frogs overcame some early mistakes, including a holding call that wiped out a touchdown run before a missed field. Except for Robinson’s bad throw that Ohio State capitalized on and a late interception, TCU’s sophomore quarterback was solid. He finished 24 of 40 for 308 yards and a touchdown.

UP NEXT

Ohio State is back home Saturday to play Tulane in its final game outside of Big Ten play.

TCU opens Big 12 play at Texas next Saturday.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who: TCU vs. Ohio State

What: NCAA football

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Time: 8 p.m. Eastern

TV: ESPN

Livestream: WatchESPN

Line: OSU -12.5 (Over/under 59.5)

Week 3 picks and predictions

Ohio State has made it through two games fine without Urban Meyer. Now the No. 4 Buckeyes face their toughest test on the last Saturday before their suspended coach can return to the sideline.

No. 15 TCU (2-0) hasn’t faced a disruptive defensive front like Ohio State. But the Buckeyes (2-0), with their very accurate new starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins, also haven’t been challenged the way they will be by coach Gary Patterson’s 4-2-5 defense.

“They have all the answers. Any time a defense has been together that long, they have seen so many different things come their way,” Buckeyes acting head coach Ryan Day said. “They make quick adjustments. They know exactly how you’re trying to attack them.”

Four seasons after Ohio State jumped over Big 12 co-champions TCU and Baylor for the fourth and final spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff, the Horned Frogs get their shot against the Buckeyes in the same stadium where Meyer led them to a national title.

There has been a building buzz around the TCU campus, only about 20 minutes from AT&T Stadium, but the Frogs don’t need this as any kind of measuring stick.

TCU and Ohio State are among only five teams (Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma are the others) who have finished in the Top 10 in the final AP poll at least three times in the past four years. The Frogs played in the Big 12 championship game last season.

“Everybody that you know of that’s come from this program has put TCU where we are, and I don’t think any specific game will let you know that we deserve to be at a certain place,” senior center Niko Small said. “I think we’ve already put the tradition in and everybody knows that TCU is going to play hard regardless of who we’re playing.”

Meyer will wrap up his three-game suspension for mismanaging domestic-abuse allegations and other misconduct by former assistant Zach Smith, though the head coach has been able to take part in Ohio State practices since after the season opener.

Another person who will be nowhere nearby Saturday night is Gordon Gee, the man who gets a lot of credit for this Top 25 matchup coming together.

Gee’s “Little Sisters of the Poor” remark as Ohio State’s president nearly eight years ago came before the Frogs finished their undefeated 2010 season with a Rose Bowl victory, and before they were in the Big 12. When the athletic directors from TCU and Ohio State were at the same meeting in early 2011, they went from chatting to deciding to play each other in the future.

“I was privileged to serve as president of The Ohio State University for 14 years and I love the Buckeyes! I am also now privileged to be in the Big 12 and serve as chairman of the conference, and I have great admiration for TCU and its football program,” said Gee, now president at West Virginia. “In deference to both teams, I will be watching the WVU women’s soccer game on Saturday.”

Some other things to know when Ohio State plays TCU for the first time since 1973, and first time ever away from Columbus, Ohio:

DISRUPTIVE BOSA

As expected, Ohio State’s All-American defensive end Nick Bosa has been hard to stop. He already has five tackles for loss and three sacks among his nine tackles in two games. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said Bosa is “playing at a very high level” even while teams use multiple players to try to slow him down. “We are going to have to be aware of that because I think it will get more and more creative every week because he is such a special player,” Schiano said.

SPECIAL SCORES

TCU has had punt returns for touchdowns in its past three games, by three different players. The Horned Frogs are the only FBS school since 1996 to do that. KaVontae Turpin had a 78-yard punt return for a TD last week against SMU. Turpin’s four career punt returns for a TD are a school record, as are his five special teams touchdowns.

CONTAINING ROBINSON

Containing TCUs dual-threat quarterback Shawn Robinson will be a different challenge for Ohio State. The sophomore passed for 146 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and also rushed for 67 yards and another score in TCU’s 42-12 rain-soaked win over SMU. Schiano said a running quarterback “changes all the math” because a defender has to account for him at all times.

BACK TO JERRY WORLD

Both teams played at AT&T Stadium last December: TCU lost to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game, and Ohio State beat USC 24-7 in the Cotton Bowl. The Buckeyes’ only other game there was that CFP tile game in January 2015. TCU is 2-2 in the home stadium of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Source : https://www.nj.com/sports/index.ssf/2018/09/college_football_scores_ohio_state_vs_tcu_live_sco.html