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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

Ohio State vs. Nebraska, 10/14/17

Ohio State safety Damon Webb (7) trips up Nebraska running back Devine Ozigbo (22) in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium, on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.

KAYLA WOLF, Journal Star

Nebraska football writer Parker Gabriel offers his extra points from Nebraska's 56-14 loss to Ohio State on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Turning point: Well, the holding call on Nick Gates on NU’s third possession didn’t help matters. Down 14-0 late in the first quarter, Devine Ozigbo ripped off a 17-yard run down to the OSU 25, but had it negated by the penalty.

Would it have changed the outcome? Highly unlikely. But it was the Huskers’ best scoring opportunity of the first half.

It was over when: For all intents and purposes, when the Buckeyes made 93 yards look like a walk in the park on their opening drive. It was clear they came to play. It was clear NU didn’t have the horses to keep up.

Quotable: Quarterback Tanner Lee on seeing the Buckeyes up close and personal.

“It’s a big-time learning experience. That’s what we want to be. Before the season, we wanted to be what Ohio State just was.”

Game ball: Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett hardly made a mistake the entire night. He finished with 373 total yards of offense (325 passing) and accounted for seven touchdowns (five passing) without a turnover. He converted four first-half third downs with his legs, including a 6-yard touchdown run that put the visitors up 14-0.

Notable performance: Redshirt freshman JD Spielman’s school-record 200 receiving yards of course jump off the page. His continued ascension in key situations — third downs in particular — are a product of the trust he’s built with Lee to win in one-on-one situations. Playing against one of the nation’s elite programs didn’t change that.

Deep connection: Spielman’s 77-yard touchdown was almost all after the catch. He was targeted 16 times overall —15 by Lee and once by Patrick O’Brien — while no other receiver was targeted more than five times.

Numbers for the road

101: Points margin between these programs the past two games.

3:48: The longest time of possession on the Buckeyes’ first seven touchdown drives. The final drive lasted 6:24 over 15 plays.

8:02: Longer than normal OSU had the ball. The Buckeyes entered play last in the Big Ten in time of possession, but ran 86 plays over 35:15 against the Huskers.

811: Passing yards for Lee in the past three games. He has seven touchdowns and one interception in that span after throwing nine picks over three previous games.

vs. outclassed Huskers

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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