November 28, 2022

Ohio State Coasts to Victory Over Arkansas State

Week two was much more comfortable for the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes cruised to victory in their second game over Arkansas State, winning 45-12. For those who wanted to see the offense take a big step forward after a difficult performance against Notre Dame, you should be leaving a bit happier. The Buckeyes rarely struggled to move the ball as fireworks were on display for a majority of the game.

Among those who had an enormous day was none other than second-year receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. Marvin looked quite reminiscent of his Hall of Fame father, collecting seven receptions for 184 yards and three touchdowns. The emergence of Harrison and Egbuka have been enormous for the Buckeyes with star wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba sidelined again.

The offense has also been missing third-year receiver Julian Fleming. A scary thought for defenses who face this receiving core once those to do return.

 

The offensive line and running back TreVeyon Henderson also continued their strong play. For a unit that often did not look physical enough a year ago, these first two games have provided some comfort. Henderson ran for 87 yards on just 10 carries while taking it into the end zone two times. The running game as a whole averaged a respectable 6.5 yards per carry and a total of 168 yards.

As previously mentioned, the passing game moved with ease. C.J. Stroud and his receivers moved the ball with ease, as seen in the above highlights. Stroud strengthened his potential Heisman resume with a great performance. Gathering 351 yards, four touchdowns, zero turnovers and completing 66% of his passes.

Defense shows signs of improvement but must find consistency.

It may be picking a little bit and it is hard to expect defenses to play perfectly when considering how the game is played and officiated today. While the defense does appear to be much improved from the one we witnessed a year ago, this was not as strong of a performance as the one we saw against Notre Dame.

The defense allowed 276 yards and most of those came through the air. Arkansas State’s receiver Champ Flemings had a decent afternoon against the Buckeyes, collecting 125 total yards. At times the defense was prone to beating themselves. Ohio State had nine penalty’s on the day, often bailing out Arkansas State when they could have got off the field. Among those who were guilty were sophomore corner Denzel Burke who had multiple interference calls called against him. But overall the defense did play well, especially against the run. The defense only allowed 53 yards on the ground on a 1.6 average. The defense also didn’t allow a single touchdown.

The season isn’t over and it would be impossible to ignore what appears to be a major improvement on the defensive side of the football. If this can continue and improve as the season progresses, the Buckeyes’ ceiling should be sky-high. The offense looked much more dynamic and explosive and should only become more so once Jaxon Smith-Njigba returns. The Buckeyes move to 2-0. And the best part about being 2-0 is the chance to go 3-0.

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