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WKU Football falls to Ohio St 63-10

Kayden Mulrooney
Junior wide receiver Dalvin Smith (17) runs the ball down the field during a game against Houston Christian on Sept. 9, 2023.

WKU Football’s hopes of an upset in Columbus, Ohio were ended rather harshly, as the Hilltoppers were blown out by the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes 63-10. 

This loss marks the tenth loss against a Big Ten school in program history. The Hilltoppers fall to 0-10 against the conference. 

Junior Malachi Corley was a lone bright spot for the Hilltoppers in the contest. Corley went for 88 yards on eight catches and received the only WKU touchdown.

The first quarter seemed as if it would be dominated by the Buckeyes. Ohio State opened up play with a 75 yard touchdown drive and a fourth down stop at midfield. However, WKU bounced back forcing an Ohio State fumble. The Hilltoppers capitalized on the turnover with three points and made it 7-3 to end the first. 

The second quarter was all Buckeyes. Ohio State reached the end zone five times and accumulated 294 yards, throttling the Hilltopper defense in the 15 minute period. WKU’s offense crossed the goal line once in the quarter, but also struggled with turnovers, losing the ball on a fumble and two failed fourth down attempts that led to a 42-10 Hilltopper deficit. 

The third quarter was mainly dominated by the defenses. WKU’s defense didn’t allow a score in the quarter, but a fumble in the endzone by redshirt-sophomore Davion Ervin-Poindexter resulted in the only points of the period. 

The fourth quarter was more of the same. A 28-yard receiving score and a second defensive touchdown for the Buckeyes capped off the resounding 53 point win for Ohio State. 

WKU will look to bounce back from the blowout against the Troy Trojans on Saturday, September 23 in Troy, Alabama. 


1st Quarter
Ohio State clicked early on offense, taking the ball 75 yards on eight plays to take a 7-0 lead early. 

WKU kicker Lucas Carneiro cut the Buckeye lead to four with a 43-yard field goal, 7-3. 

2ND Quarter

Ohio State running back Treyveon Henderson found the endzone early in the second quarter for his second touchdown of the game, 14-3. 

WKU responded with a seven play, 75-yard drive to bring the Buckeye lead back to four, 14-10. 

10 seconds later however, WKU’s deficit jumped back to 11 following a 75-yard Ohio State touchdown, 21-10. 

Ohio State completed back-to-back one play drives on their following possession, with a 40-yard touchdown run, 28-10. 

Ohio State added another seven to the score late in the second quarter, 35-10. 

Ohio State concluded the second quarter with yet another touchdown, 42-10. 

3rd Quarter

Ohio State added to their immense lead late in the third with a fumble recovery in the end zone for the only score of the third, 49-10. 

4th Quarter

Ohio State scored again with 13 minutes left in the fourth, 56-10. 

The Buckeyes then took a pick thrown by back-up Bronson Barron to the house to make it 63-10. 


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