How to avoid the ‘buckeye monster’ on the field and in the locker room
The ‘bacchus monster’ is back on the college football field.
The Buckeyes have gone and gotten it from their rivals, Texas, with the arrival of quarterback Baker Mayfield and his new teammates at Texas Tech.
Texas Tech’s offense was a joke for much of the season, averaging less than 30 points per game, but the Cowboys’ defense was a revelation, allowing just 12 points per contest.
The Aggies only allowed a touchdown in four of the first six games of the regular season.
It was a dominant performance, and Mayfield had to do a little more to keep up with the rest of the country.
The Buckeyes offense was able to turn that into an advantage, as they scored 27 points in a victory over the Horned Frogs.
Mayfield was able as a passer, but it was his passing that really made the difference.
He completed 59.2 percent of his passes, including 27 for 100 yards.
That’s good for a touchdown per game average of 4.8 yards per completion.
That ranked seventh in the nation, just behind the Longhorns’ Aaron Murray and Oklahoma’s Mason Rudolph.
Mayfield is a Heisman Trophy candidate and was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.
Mayfields ability as a runner, receiver, and quarterback was on display.
His 7.9 yards per carry average ranks sixth in the country behind only Texas’ Christian Kirksey and Oklahoma State’s Ryan West.
Texas’ defensive front had a tough time covering Mayfield, but that was no excuse for Mayfield to struggle.
His six interceptions and 10 pass breakups were a major reason why the Longhorn defense struggled, allowing only 38 points per outing.
The offense was also a big reason why Mayfield struggled.
Texas allowed 7.8 points per carry, ranking 25th nationally in that category.
The defense was even more of a liability for the Aggies, allowing a combined 54 points per matchup.
The defense allowed a combined 2.5 yards per rush, which ranked 31st nationally.
Texas will get a chance to redeem itself at Oklahoma State on Saturday night, but Mayfield’s return to the field will come at a high cost.
He is slated to miss the next five weeks with a concussion.