The Ohio State Buckeyes visited the Rutgers Scarlet Knights this past Saturday after demolishing the Akron Zips. Rutgers, on the other hand, were handed their first loss of the season in a tough battle to the Michigan Wolverines. Ohio State had their starting quarterback C.J. Stroud return to action, as he missed a game due to a shoulder injury.
Rutgers received the ball first and they were able to move the ball down the field in part to running back Isaih Pacheco. On a fourth and eight play, Rutgers faked the snap and tried to throw a quick pass to move the chains. The pass should have been intercepted from Cameron Martinez, though he was unable to haul it in. If one blinked, one probably missed when running back TreVeyon Henderson found a huge hole on the left side and bolted into the end zone for a 44 – yard touchdown run to open up the scoring.
Rutgers next possession abruptly ended, when Rutgers quarterback Noah Vedral overthrew a pass intended for wide receiver Bo Melton, Ohio State cornerback Denzel Burke was there to intercept the pass and returned it for a touchdown. The Buckeyes young quarterback C.J. Stroud got into a groove early and moved his team down the field to set up a short field goal for Noah Ruggles to push the lead to 17-0. Stroud then connected with receiver Chris Olave on a short slant route, who turned down the sideline and scored, as the route was on. Rutgers responded as Noah Vedral faked a hand-off and hit an open receiver in Aron Cruickshank who zoomed his way past defenders and scored a touchdown. Ohio State charged down the field, Stroud faked the hand-off to his running back, rolled out to his right and on the run connected on a pass to his tight end Mitch Rossi for his first touchdown on the year. Ohio State defense continued to dominate as they stuffed Rutgers quarterback Johnny Langan on a short 4th down play.
C.J. Stroud showed his toughness, as he stayed in the pocket and released a nice spiral pass to tight end Jeremy Ruckert before getting drilled by a Rutgers defender. Prior to the end of the second quarter, Stroud already threw for over 200 yards in the air. Stroud continued to show off his skills, as he dipped and dodged defenders and tossed a pass to Chris Olave who kept his balance near the sideline and escaped multiple defenders to score a 56- yard touchdown.
Ohio State poured it on, as Stroud looked invincible finding Olave in the back of the end zone for his fifth touchdown pass of the game. The Ohio State defense did not release on the gas pedal, as Buckeyes linebacker Tommy Eichenberg picked off a wobbly pass from Vedral who was hit as he threw. Vedral, who was forcing the ball at this juncture in the game, was intercepted yet again by cornerback Ryan Watts. Cole Snyder replaced Vedral and hit on a short pass to Joshua Youngblood for a touchdown.
Ohio State did whatever they wanted against Rutgers, as TreVeyon Henderson rushed for 71 yards, on eight carries, for an average of 8.9 yards. Olave had a spectacular game, as he had five receptions, 119 yards, two touchdowns and an average of 23.8 average yards. Stroud had a phenomenal game as he not only showed he is an exceptional talent; he also showed he is healthy as he made 17 out of 23 passing attempts, threw for 330 yards and five touchdowns. The defense has responded in a big way after having some early-season struggles. Ohio State will look to continue to their winning ways, as they host the Maryland Terrapins next Saturday.