COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Quick analysis from the first half at Ohio Stadium, where Ohio State leads Akron 21-0 at intermission:
Stat of the half: Ohio State has 267 total yards to 100 by Akron, and the Zips got a third of their total on a 33-yard pass in the final minute of the half. Akron had just one first down until its final possession of the first half. This game is totally one-sided, even though it's just a three-touchdown lead.
Best player in the half: Ohio State quarterback Joe Bauserman. While the senior was expected to split reps with Braxton Miller, he played all but three snaps in the first half. And Bauserman showed he deserves the job by completing 10 of 14 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a 15-yard score on a broken play. Ohio State should have scored on all five possessions with Bauserman at the reins, but Rod Smith fumbled inside the Akron 5 and Drew Basil missed a 40-yard field goal.
Best call: Luke Fickell decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the Akron 16 in the second quarter. Smith converted it, and Bauserman delivered a touchdown pass two snaps later for a 14-0 lead. The Buckeyes later had another fourth-and-1 before Basil's missed field goal but decided not to go for it. Wonder if that will make Fickell even more aggressive on those decisions moving forward.