Three Ezekiel Elliot touchdown runs and a severe lack of a response from the Hawaii offense was the story in Saturday's UH-OSU game in Columbus.
Hawaii turned the ball over four times and gained just 156 total yards in the loss on Saturday, gaining just 80 yards on the ground and 85 through the air. Max Wittek threw two picks for 65 yards. Warriors averaged 2.3 yards per carry on the day. UH didn't run a play in OSU territory till the end of the second quarter.
Considering the Rainbow Warriors were playing the number one team in the country, and the spread was Buckeyes by 40, it could've (and should've) been much worse. This was an opportunity for the 'Bows to work through some of the mistakes made the week before against Colorado, and work toward an improved outing against UC Davis.
Ohio State's offense wasn't as explosive as expected early, but Ezekiel Elliot punched in two touchdowns from inside the five to put the Buckeyes up 14-0 going into the break. Going into the final quarter, Hawaii only trailed 17-0. There was still hope.
Then OSU woke up.
The Buckeyes scored twice in a span of two minutes. OSU drove down the field and had Ezekiel Elliot punch it in from the one to make it 24-0. Then, on the ensuing 'Bows drive, Max Wittek fumbles the ball and it's picked up by Vonn Bell for another score.
1-1 is certainly better than 0-2 if you're in Norm Chow shoes. Winning over Colorado put this team on the right track, and while the loss to Ohio State hurts, there is still time to continue pushing toward improvement with UC Davis visiting Honolulu next week.