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Series history: Ohio State leads 2-1.

The two teams played past year in Norman, and the Buckeyes dominated to the tune of a 45-24 score in front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 90,000 people.

Next week, the Sooners will return home to face the Tulane Green Wave. Oklahoma hasn't lost a game since, reeling off 11 straight victories.

Ohio State 10, Oklahoma 3: The Sooners are trailing Ohio State 10-3 after a 6-yard rush from J.K. Dobbins at the beginning of the third quarter. While Mayfield and his teammates downplay the revenge factor, they haven't forgotten the humiliation of last year's meeting.

Kick-off time for this contest is set for 7:30 pm ET, with live online streaming and television coverage. Sermon caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Mayfield and, after a Parnell Motley interception, Jordan Smallwood scored his first career touchdown on a 3-yard run.

"I think it was a huge learning curve for me, losing that game and watching the film and realizing I didn't play well at all", he said. "He's one of the best competitors to play against".

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"We'll be disappointed if this is the highlight of our season", Riley said. "We proved when we are focused and have a great mentality and play together, we can beat a lot of people".

A sea of red surrounded the giant stadium, and Bob Stoops stood on the sideline before kickoff, surveying the Oklahoma football team warming up. For the game, the fifth-year senior passed 386 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-of-35 passing performance that will likely vault Mayfield to near the top of the very short list of legitimate 2017 Heisman contenders. In the receiving end, Mark Andrews posted 134 yards and a touchdown in seven receptions while Jeff Badet added 91 yards in four catches. The game effectively ended any chances for Oklahoma to make the College Football Playoff and served as a play-in game for Ohio State who got into the playoff despite not winning the Big Ten.

Weber was slowed by a hamstring injury throughout preseason camp. Barrett also ran for 66 yards on 18 carries. The Buckeyes won 45-24 last season in Norman, en route to a College Football Playoff appearance. That should pay dividends in Saturday's much more challenging matchup with Oklahoma, he said. The Buckeyes had a 13-10 lead.

Instead of coming out in man coverage to start the second half, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano switched to a more zone-based coverage, allowing Ward and Arnette much needed help in coverage while simultaneously forcing Lagow to make more accurate passes. Oklahoma won 56-7 at home against UTEP.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.