Justin Fields breaks away for a 51-yard touchdown run to open the Ohio State season. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Justin Fields breaks away for a 51-yard touchdown run to open the Ohio State season. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
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COLUMBUS — Ohio State put up 28 points in the first quarter and secured a 45-21 victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday. The Buckeyes defense held the Owls to negative rushing yards until the third quarter.

Justin Fields had a 51-yard touchdown run down the sideline with 13:07 remaining in the opening quarter to give Ohio State the early lead. Fields proved he could no only run, but throw the ball as well.

Just 2:02 after the first score, Fields connected with Jeremy Ruckert on a 25-yard touchdown pass to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead.

Binjimen Victor was Fields’ next target with a 32-yard touchdown pass to extend Ohio State’s lead to 21-0. The onslaught continued with Fields throwing his third touchdown pass of the quarter, this time to Chris Olave on a 29-yard connection.

Florida Atlantic managed to get a field goal right before the half as the Buckeyes led 28-3 at the break. The Owls nailed another field goal in early in the third before Fields found Ruckart for a second time to make it 35-6.

Florida Atlantic finally found the endzone on a three-yard scamper by Larry McCammon in the third quarter. Ohio State responded with a seven-play, 40-yard drive that led to a 1-yard touchdown run by J.K. Dobbins.

Owl’s quarterback Chris Robison hit John Raine in the endzone to make it 42-21 with 8:16 remaining in the game. The Buckeyes tacked on a field goal with three-minutes to go and held on for a 45-21 victory.

Fields went 18-for-25 with 234 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 12 times for 61-yards and a score. Dobbins carried the ball 21 times for 91-yards and a touchdown.

“The nerves and anxiety, that’s not going to go away,” said Ohio State head coach Ryan Day affter the game. “Understanding what’s at stake every time you step on that field, that’s part of it. Doesn’t matter if it’s game one or game 300, it’s always going to be that way because there’s an expectation here - I get that. That being said, I think at night you know what to expect. You’ve walked through it before. We’ve gone through pregame. We’ve gone through Friday. We’ve gone through the skull session. We’ve gone through the pregame. We’ve run out of the tunnel. We’ve done all those things together other than a few of the freshmen.”

The Buckeyes will host Cincinnati on Sep. 7.