Shaun Wade of Ohio State forces a fumble by Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder in Saturday's game. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Shaun Wade of Ohio State forces a fumble by Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder in Saturday's game. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
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COLUMBUS — A much improved Ohio State football team took the field on Saturday led by quarterback Justin Fields, who threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more. The Buckeyes defense held Cincinnati scoreless in their 42-0 win over their in state rivals.

Fields finished the game going 20-for-25 with 224 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also ran nine times for 42 yards and a pair of scores.

J.K. Dobbins had 17 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half. Binjimen Victor had five receptions for 69 yards to lead Ohio State in the receiving department.

Fields put the Buckeyes on the board on a seven-yard touchdown run to give his team a 7-0 lead. The touchdown capped off a five play 41-yard drive that took just 1:31 off the clock.

Ohio State scored three times in the second quarter with two touchdowns from Dobbins, a four-yard and a 60-yard run to make it 28-0, Buckeyes.

Fields found Garrett Wilson on a nine-yard pass to give Ohio State a 35-0 advantage at the half. Fields had his second rushing touchdown of the day with 3:32 remaining in the third quarter on a four-yard scramble.

K.J. Hill had the final touchdown for the Buckeyes when Fields found him wide-open in the endzone to make it 42-0, Ohio State.

“We came from the skull session and had a ton of people in there cheering us on,” said Ohio State head coach Ryan Day. “We felt it throughout the game and I know that for any team coming in here that can be overwhelming. Buckeye Nation again was really important for us. I couldn’t be more thankful for the students and for everybody who showed up today. I think it really got us going early in the game. We started fast and I think we were able to sustain it in the second half.”

The Buckeyes improve to 2-0 on the year and will travel to Indiana on Saturday for a noon kickoff.