COLUMBUS — It wasn’t the debut Chase Farris dreamed about a year ago.
The Elyria High grad, who red-shirted last season, came to Ohio State as a highly recruited defensive end, but made his Buckeyes debut in Saturday’s 56-10 win over Miami (Ohio) as an offensive lineman.
“At first I didn’t really want to do it,” Farris said when he was asked to switch from defense to offense. “But there are times when God has a plan for you, so I went with it and it worked out good.”
Farris has worked his way into the No. 2 spot at right guard on the depth chart, and finally was inserted into the game during the fourth quarter.
“It felt really good when the coach called my number,” Farris said. “It’s nice to see all that hard work you put in finally pay off. I just went in there and did what I had to do.”
The 14-play drive was run-oriented, and Farris blew off the line and blocked one or two defenders on each play. He held a solid block on a Miami defensive tackle on the final play, and Buckeyes running back Bri’onte Dunn ran behind Farris and into the end zone for a touchdown.
“Anytime I can contribute to the team it’s a good thing,” Farris said. “To have the running back run off me, that feels good, too. It means he trusts me.
“I just want to keep working my way up the ladder right now. I haven’t been at this position long (he still has DE#57 in his Twitter description), but I need to learn the playbook like the back of my hand.”
It was the second season opener for Miami coach Don Treadwell, and he surely would have liked things to go a little smoother against Ohio State.
“They’re a very good team and there are a lot of good teams in the Big Ten,” the Oberlin High School grad said. “They have a lot of depth, and that’s what you’re trying to build in a program. They’re a very good team and you saw a lot of that out on the field today.”
Treadwell starred for Miami from 1978-81, and still is the RedHawks’ record holder in reception average for a season and career. The veteran college assistant drops to 4-9 in his first stint as a head coach.
He’s looking to even his record and knows star quarterback Zac Dysert will be the key.
“He’s got some great internal qualities and intangibles,” Treadwell said. “He’s one of those quarterbacks, he’s got a great demeanor. He seems comfortable and has more latitude.”
Urban Meyer improved to 105-23 in his Ohio State debut. He has coached at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida, where he won a pair of national championships.
• The last 22 Buckeyes coaches are 21-0-1 in their debuts. The last Ohio State coach to lose his debut was Jack Ryder, who suffered a 40-4 loss to Oberlin in 1892.
• The last 23 Ohio State coaches are 22-0-1 in their home debuts. The last Buckeyes coach to lose his home opener was Alexander Lilley in 1890.
Ohio State improves to 5-0 all-time against Miami, with the last win coming Sept. 3, 2005, at Ohio Stadium — a 34-14 victory.
• This is the 123rd football season for Ohio State, the 100th in the Big Ten.
• Ohio State improved to 180-48-15 all time against Ohio schools. The Buckeyes have won 38 straight since a 7-6 loss to Oberlin in 1921.
• The Buckeyes improved to 111-8-4 in home openers, and have not lost a home opener since a 19-0 loss to No. 5 Penn State on Sept. 16, 1978 — Woody Hayes’ final season as Ohio State’s coach.
• The Buckeyes are 107-12-4 in season openers. Their last opening loss was a 23-12 defeat to Miami (Fla.) during the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium in 1999.
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan visited the RedHawks locker room before the game and spoke to the players for a few minutes. Ryan is a 1992 Miami grad.
• The 56 points allowed are the most by Miami since a 58-7 loss to Dartmouth on Oct. 3, 1942.
• The Ohio Stadium crowd topped 100,000 for the 71st straight game, dating back to 2001. It was the 44th time the Buckeyes have played in front of 105,000.
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