New kicker: Sophomore Blake Haubeil filled in for starting kicker Sean Nuernberger, who was sidelined with a minor muscle strain, and kicked field goals of 47 yards and 27 yards in the second half.
“Going out there for the first time and hitting that first field goal, a little bit of nerves but full confidence,” Haubeil said.
Opposing viewpoint: Minnesota freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad completed 13 of 23 passes for 218 yards with two interceptions. He kept the Golden Gophers into the game into the fourth quarter.
“I thought he played outstanding,” Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said. “To do what he did in this environment as a true freshman, forget it. I’m not sure what we were expecting, but everybody else picked us 12th out of 14 in the Big Ten, and they played outstanding. We had plenty of opportunities.”
Perfect start: Ohio State improved to 7-0 for the first time since 2015 and for the third time Urban Meyer's seven seasons.
“The saying right now that I’m using is enhance our strengths and let’s fix our weaknesses,” Meyer said. “We’re going to have to get some things fixed. What we’re going to do is enjoy our win. Not many teams are 7-0. Get some things fixed and get ready for the trip to Purdue.”
Looking ahead: The Buckeyes play at Purdue (2-3, 1-1) at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday. The Boilermakers played at Illinois on Saturday. They beat Iowa 28-17 and Nebraska 41-24 in their last two games.
Odds and ends: Ohio State free safety Jordan Fuller set a career high with 12 tackles. Strong safety Isaiah Pryor (five tackles) and linebacker Pete Werner (eight tackles) also set career bests. Pryor also had his first career interception. … Terry McLaurin caught his seventh touchdown pass. He's tied with Parris Campbell for the team lead.
The Buckeyes improved to 7-0, but some issues that have bothered them persisted.
Ohio State Dwayne Haskins threw for over 400 yards again on Saturday.