Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud put up a big-time efficiency and helped the Buckeyes to their first win of the 2021 season over Minnesota, 45-31.
Stroud began off a giant shaky within the first half. He wasn’t capable of throw his first collegiate landing move till the second quarter when he and Chris Olave attached for a 38-yard rating. That was the push Stroud and the Buckeyes wanted to remain within the recreation and actually push them previous Minnesota.
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Stroud had 4 landing passes within the recreation, together with two to Olave and one every to Garrett Wilson and TreVeyon Henderson. He completed 13-for-22 with 294 passing yards. He additionally had an interception.
“I talked to him earlier than went into this recreation that it doesn’t matter what occurs we’re going to maintain pushing it and preserve throwing it and he missed a pair early on however we simply stored working by that,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day advised FOX’s Jenny Taft instantly after the sport.
“While you’re a freshman quarterback, you’ve by no means thrown a university move earlier than, you already know you need to get right into a rhythm. He did and I actually thought the older guys actually helped him out within the offense.”
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Olave completed with 4 catches for 117 yards and Wilson had 5 catches for 80 yards. Henderson’s landing was his solely catch of the sport – it went for 70 yards.
Miyan Williams obtained issues began for Ohio State early within the recreation. The Buckeyes working again ran for a 71-yard landing on the workforce’s first offensive drive. He completed the sport with 125 yards on 9 carries.
Ohio State’s protection created havoc for Minnesota within the second half. Haskell Garrett recovered a Tanner Morgan fumble and ran it into the top zone for a 32-yard rating.
Morgan and Minnesota tried to remain within the recreation for so long as they might. It didn’t assist that Mohamed Ibrahim went down with an harm early within the third quarter. He completed with 163 speeding yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns, however not having him within the backfield damage in the long term.
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Ohio State outscored Minnesota 21-7 within the second half because the offense sputtered.
Morgan completed 14-for-25 with 205 passing yards and a landing move. Daniel Jackson led Minnesota receivers with three catches for 58 yards. Dylan Wright had 5 catches for 57 yards and a rating.
It was Ohio State and Minnesota’s first matchup in opposition to one another since 2018. The Buckeyes’ victory prolonged their profitable streak over the Golden Gophers to 12 video games. Ohio State has just one loss to Minnesota since 1982.
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Ohio State, the fourth-ranked workforce within the nation, will play No. 11 Oregon subsequent week. Minnesota can have a date with Miami-Ohio.