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NORMAN, Okla. -- Noah Browns circus catch summed up Ohio States victory over Oklahoma.Even when Sooners were in the right place, things went the Buckeyes way.In the closing seconds of the first half, Noah Brown reached around Michiah Quick and held onto Quick and a pass from J.T. Barrett while falling out of bounds for a 21-yard touchdown reception.I did see it when I caught it, Brown said. When I had it behind his back, I was just thinking, `Just hold on until I get to the ground and try to make this play, and I was able to do it.Brown, who entered the game with five catches and one touchdown in his career, tied a school record with four touchdown receptions as No. 3 Ohio State rolled past No. 14 Oklahoma 45-24 on Saturday night.Anytime J.T. puts the ball in the air, hes putting trust in me, and I try to come down with the ball for him, Brown said. I have my quarterbacks back. It felt good to be able to make that play and put some points on the board.Barrett passed for 152 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 74 yards for the Buckeyes (3-0), a team that lost 16 starters from last years squad and was playing in a hostile environment for the first time this season.This was the coming-of-age game, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. I just made a comment earlier about that, I took a deep breath and as I just watched our guys be on the buses, I thought, `My gosh, this is a young team. This was for a lot of them their first road experience. Im very proud of them.Mike Weber ran for 123 yards, pacing an attack that pounded out 291 yards rushing in a game that started 90 minutes late because of a storm.Our inability to stop the run ...They got us out of a lot of our stuff and made it a physical game, and we didnt react well to it, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said.Oklahoma (1-2), which lost its opener to Houston, was in desperate need of a big win to keep its hopes of returning to the College Football Playoff alive. Instead, a school-record home crowd of 87,979 watched the Sooners get dominated for most of the night. Ohio State led 35-17 at halftime.Now, the Sooners turn their focus to Big 12 play.Weve got a lot of work to do if were going to win the Big 12, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. Well keep a positive attitude. Well keep working to improve and do our best to have a better showing when we get back on the field in a couple of weeks.Oklahomas Baker Mayfield passed for 226 yards and two touchdowns, but he threw two interceptions.Ohio States Curtis Samuel broke loose for a 36-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1 to open the scoring. The Buckeyes threatened to break the game open when Jerome Baker scored on a 68-yard interception return, but Oklahomas Joe Mixon returned the kickoff 97 yards for a score.Ohio State seized momentum for good when Marshon Lattimore intercepted a pass by Mayfield, then Brown caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Barrett on the next play to give the Buckeyes a 28-10 lead.THE TAKEAWAYOHIO STATE: The Buckeyes are a threat to win the national title, and Barrett showed why hes near the top of Heisman Trophy watch lists. We know what were capable of, Brown said. Were not really worried too much about any other doubters. Were 3-0 and have a chance to go 4-0, keep it rolling.OKLAHOMA: Mayfield continues to get himself into trouble by forcing throws. His coaches criticized him for that after the loss to Houston, and he appeared to have fixed the problem against Louisiana-Monroe before regressing against the Buckeyes.POLL IMPLICATIONSOhio State strengthened its position, especially with No. 2 Florida State getting blown out by Louisville. The win gave the Buckeyes confidence. Theyre no longer inexperienced, Meyer said. We went on the road and played at Oklahoma. It has to be one of the top-five hardest places to play.Oklahoma will be fortunate to remain in the top 20. We need to look at what were trying to do and get our best 11 players on the field that gives us the best chance of winning, Mike Stoops said. I think that would be a good place to start.UP NEXTOHIO STATE: The Buckeyes have a bye week before they host Rutgers on Oct. 1.OKLAHOMA: The Sooners have a bye week before playing at TCU on Oct. 1.---AP college football website: Cliff Brunt on Twitter (at)CliffBruntAP . Jerry Rice Super Bowl Jersey . The Redskins announced Monday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as a personnel executive. Raheem Mostert Super Bowl Jersey . -- Timbers coach Caleb Porter didnt stray from his business-like approach to the season even after Portland downed the two-time defending league champion Los Angeles Galaxy to gain crucial playoff position. Dwight Clark Super Bowl Jersey . With their top three point guards and Kobe Bryant all sidelined by injury, the Lakers signed Marshall out of the D-League on Friday before their home game against Minnesota. Kwon Alexander Super Bowl Jersey . The 29-year-old Baines has established himself as one of the top attacking full backs in the country and was the subject of two bids from United during the last off-season. Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that keeping Baines at the club is a "massive boost and exciting for the future" because he brings "maturity and football knowledge in a very specialized position on the pitch" and an "infectious and positive influence to the rest of the squad. Unlike former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Laurie Hernandez will be performing for at least another week on Dancing with the Stars. The two-time Olympic medalist won an immunity challenge on Monday night -- not that she really needed any extra help or anything -- and was able to enjoy Tuesdays show without the threat of elimination.Hernandez and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, are the overwhelming front-runners this season, and if you have yet to see them perform, please watch their tango from this week to see why.Despite being the favorite, the ever-humble Hernandez seemed genuinely thrilled to haave won the challenge and have another week on the show.ddddddddddddI had fun channeling my inner quesadilla today?? all jokes aside, Im so grateful to have immunity from tonights dance and be able to have another week with @iamvalc ??? #dwtsA photo posted by Laurie Hernandez (@lauriehernandez_) onSep 26, 2016 at 8:13pm PDTNever change, Laurie.See something entertaining on social media that you think deserves to be shared? Let me know on Twitter, @darcymaine_espn. ' ' '

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