Brigham Young moved the ball down the field with ease to begin the game, suggesting that Ohio State's secondary under Dom Capers was simply not accustomed to seeing a team with an offensive scheme like Lavell Edwards employed in Provo. Likewise, after Brigham Young missed the field goal to end that first drive, it became clear that Brigham Young was simply not accustomed to seeing a team as overly physical as Ohio State was. Ohio State raced down the field on their first drive and got a field goal. Steve Young, probably the best player on the field that night of any team, responded by finding Neil Balholm for 6 and a 7-3 lead. 3 plays later, Tim Spencer broke free for a 61 yard touchdown. Ohio State never looked back. Ohio State's offensive line dictated the tempo of the game, allowing Tim Spencer to power forward for 167 yards, 2 TDs on 21 carries en route to MVP honors. Jimmy Gayle contributed another 2 touchdowns in his 17 carry, 80 yard performance. With Brigham Young focused on stopping the run up the middle, the passing game opened up when Ohio State wanted it. Gary Williams had 5 catches for 83 yards in his final game as a Buckeye. Tomczak, so maligned in the 3 game losing streak, made no mistakes (11/19, 132 yards) and contributed a touchdown on a designed bootleg rollout. At the end of the game, Lavell Edwards said Ohio State was the most physical team he had seen in his (then) 12 years as a head coach. Meanwhile, Ohio State 345 yard, 47 point assault qualified as the best offensive night in Buckeye bowl history to that point. Ohio State has had games with more yards since, but the 47 points stands as most in Ohio State bowl history.