COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State looks to continue their winning ways on a Homecoming Saturday in Columbus, as they match-up with a Rutgers squad that they've outscored 428-88 in their eight meetings since joining the Big Ten.
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- Final Stats:
- Dallas Hayden finds some space and picks up 15 yards to advance the ball past midfield for the Buckeyes.
- Devin Brown has entered the game at quarterback for Ohio State.
- Rutgers goes three-and-out and Ohio State takes over at their own 34 after the punt.
- Kyle McCord has checked into the game for the Buckeyes.
- Rutgers goes for it on 4th-and-9 from the OSU 31, and Evan Simon's pass is broken up by Josh Proctor. Ohio State takes over possession of the ball.
- Evan Simon throws incomplete on third down, but Caden Curry is called for Roughing the Passer and the Scarlet Knights' drive is extended.
- Rutgers sets up for their next drive at midfield after a 16-yard kickoff return.
- Drive Summary: 2 plays, 20 yards, 0:48 TOP, Touchdown.
- MIYAN WILLIAMS SCORES AGAIN! Williams punches it in from two yards out, tying the school record for rushing touchdowns in a game with his FIFTH. Buckeyes lead grows, 49-10.
- Max Melton is called for pass interference on Marvin Harrison Jr. yet again, and Ohio State gets a 1st-and-Goal from the 2.
- Third quarter stats:
- Marvin Harrison Jr. draws a pass interference penalty and the Buckeyes are down to the RUTG 10.
- Steele Chambers with an interception! Chambers drops into coverage and jumps up to pick-off Evan Simon's pass. OSU ball at the RUTG 20.
- Drive Summary: 8 plays, 55 yards, 4:04 TOP, Touchdown.
- TOUCHDOWN OHIO STATE! C.J. Stroud finds Marvin Harrison Jr. on 3rd-and-Goal to extend the Buckeye lead. 42-10, OSU.
- Marvin Harrison Jr. is held in the end zone and OSU has a fresh set of downs inside the Scarlet Knights' 5.
- Stroud drops back and patiently finds Emeka Egbuka for a gain of 18 yards down to the RUTG 8-yard line.
- Williams continues to run strong, and is up to 174 yards rushing on the day. Ohio State is down to the RUTG 37.
- STONE-WALLED. Rutgers goes for it on fourth-down from midfield with no luck, as the Buckeye defense holds firm. Ohio State football from their own 46.
- With his latest score, Miyan Williams becomes the first OSU running back with four touchdowns in a game since J.K. Dobbins in 2019.
- Drive Summary: 1 play, 70 yards, 0:11 TOP, Touchdown.
- MIYAN WILLIAMS TO THE HOUSE! Williams breaks free for a 70-yard touchdown on Ohio State's first play of the drive, scoring his FOURTH touchdown of the day! He now has 161 yards rushing (and counting). 35-10, Buckeyes.
- Rutgers scores on a 35-yard field goal attempt after the Buckeye defense stiffens in the red zone. 28-10, Ohio State.
- Steele Chambers and a host of Buckeye defenders get home on third down, forcing a throw away from Evan Simon.
- Jack Sawyer with another big stop on second down, and Rutgers is faced with a 3rd-and-10.
- Steele Chambers with another impressive TFL, wrangling Kyle Monangai down for a loss of 2 on first down from the OSU 17.
- Brown gets the carry again, converting a first down and moving the ball into the red zone for the Scarlet Knights.
- Samuel Brown V rushes forward for a gain of 8 on first down for Rutgers.
- Sean Ryan beats Denzel Burke for a gain of 26 yards on a back-shoulder throw from Evan Simon. Rutgers is at the OSU 30.
- C.J. Stroud is intercepted by Avery Young on the Buckeyes' first play of the second half. He was attempting to hit Emeka Egbuka downfield on the play.
- Ohio State will start the third quarter on offense, taking possession at the 40 after Rutgers took a penalty and then kicked the ball out of bounds to begin the half.
- First half stats:
- Drive Summary: 10 plays, 39 yards, 4:48 TOP, Touchdown.
- TOUCHDOWN BUCKEYES! After an 7 plays inside the RUTG 5-yard line, Miyan Williams finds the end zone for his third score of the first half. Buckeyes lead, 28-7.
- Rutgers calls it's final timeout of the half prior to Ohio State's fourth-down attempt.
- Ohio State calls it's second timeout of the half prior to 4th-and-Goal with 51 seconds remaining.
- After 6 offensive plays from inside the Scarlet Knights' 5-yard line, the Buckeyes attempt a quarterback sneak with C.J. Stroud and are stopped short.
- Rutgers calls it's second timeout of the half prior to 3rd-and-Goal. 1:45 remaining in the first half.
- Miyan Williams tries to punch it in on 2nd-and-Goal, but is pushed out of bounds short of the goal line. Another 3rd-and-Goal upcoming for Ohio State.
- Stroud dives for the pylon on first down, but is stopped just short of the goal line.
- C.J. Stroud runs out of bounds for a loss of 12 on 3rd-and-Goal, but Christian Baswell is called for holding and the Buckeyes will reset with a fresh set of downs.
- Miyan Williams is stopped short of pay-dirt twice, and OSU faces 3rd-and-Goal from the 3.
- Deion Jennings is called for pass interference as Stroud looked Mitch Rossi's direction. Buckeye ball at the RUTG 4.
- Stroud finds Marvin Harrison Jr. for a gain of 6, converting the first down at the RUTG 14. Rutgers lined up offside on the play, but the penalty was declined.
- Timeout called by Ohio State prior to third down at the RUTG 20. 4:08 remaining in the half.
- Julian Fleming picks up 5 yards on second down, and the Buckeyes face 3rd-and-5.
- C.J. Stroud looks for MARVIN HARRISON Jr in the end zone, but the ball hits the back of Max Melton's head and falls incomplete.
- Miyan Williams continues his strong day, gaining 14 yards on the Buckeyes' first play of the possession.
- A poor punt leads to Ohio State taking over possession at the RUTG 38.
- Tommy Eichenberg lays out Evan Simon on an attempted quarterback draw on 3rd-and-14. Rutgers is forced to punt from their own end zone.
- After gaining no yardage on first and second down, Rutgers doesn't get a play off on third down and will face a 3rd-and-14 from their own 4.
- Ohio State punts the ball back to Rutgers, and the Scarlet Knights will start the next drive from their own 8-yard line.
- On third down, C.J. Stroud looks to Emeka Egbuka, who almost makes an incredible reception juggling the football, but the pass falls incomplete.
- Stroud's second down pass to Cade Stover is broken up. 3rd-and-10 coming up for the Buckeyes.
- C.J. Stroud extends the Ohio State first down play enough to find Gee Scott Jr. for the first time this year, but Scott is called for illegal touching on the play.
- Miyan Williams pushes forward for an OSU first down on 3rd-and-1. Buckeyes are out to the 45-yard line.
- Another quick first down for Ohio State, as Stroud connects with Fleming near the sideline to move the sticks.
- Strong running from Miyan Williams picks up 13 yards on the drive's opening play, and the Buckeyes are out past their own 20.
- Emeka Egbuka fields the punt cleanly, calling for a fair catch at the OSU 9.
- Rutgers is held the 3 yards on 3rd-and-14 and will punt the ball back to Ohio State.
- Play is stopped as Tyleik Williams is slow to exit the field of play. He has entered the medical tent, favoring his left leg.
- Steele Chambers comes up with another huge TFL, forcing a loss of 7 on second down to force a 3rd-and-14 back at the RUTG 43.
- Samuel Brown V finds some space for the Scarlet Knights, gaining 11 yards and moving the ball to the RUTG 47.
- Julian Fleming has four touchdowns in the last three games for the Buckeyes.
- Drive Summary: 3 plays, 51 yards, 0:34 TOP, Touchdown.
- TOUCHDOWN BUCKEYES! C.J. Stroud finds Julian Fleming running free up the seam for a 36-yard touchdown STRIKE! 21-7, OSU.
- First Quarter stats:
- TURNOVER! Mike Hall Jr. jumps on a Zach Harrison forced fumble, and the Buckeyes have the football at midfield!
- Tanner McCalister is down on the field for the Buckeyes.
- Drive summary: 9 plays, 74 yards, 3:29 TOP, Touchdown.
- 2 TDs for Miyan Williams in the first quarter! Williams bullies his way into the end zone from 1-yard out, and the Buckeyes lead, 14-7.
- Marvin Harrison Jr. catches a touchdown from Stroud in the corner of the end zone, but is penalized for illegal touching after running out of bounds.
- Ohio State maintains possession of the football.
- Rutgers calls timeout, giving the referees an opportunity to look further at a potential fumble by Harrison through the end zone.
- The Buckeyes get Marvin Harrison Jr. involved in the run-game, handing the football off on a reverse and gaining 14 yards down to the RUTG 1.
- Emeka Egbuka again! The receiver finds open grass over the middle of the field on a 20-yard connection to the RUTG 15.
- On 3rd-and-8, C.J. Stroud connects with Emeka Egbuka on a 27-yard completion. Egbuka lost the ball at the end of the play, but was ruled down.
- Stroud completes short to Julian Fleming on first down and Miyan Williams on second down, and the Buckeyes face a 3rd-and-8.
- Rutgers goes three-and-out again, and Ohio State will get the football back after starting the game hot during their first offensive possession. Buckeye football at the OSU 26.
- Rutgers has played 4 different players at QB in their first 6 offensive snaps.
- Drive summary: 5 plays, 48 yards, 1:38 TOP, Touchdown.
- TOUCHDOWN BUCKEYES! Ohio State answers Rutgers' early score with one of their own, as Miyan Williams punches it in from 2 yards out after his 32-yard run earlier in the drive set the Buckeyes up in position to score. Tie ball game, 7-7
- Miyan Williams breaks a HUGE run, bursting free for 32 yards down to the RUTG 2!
- C.J. Stroud finds Cade Stover on his first attempt of the day, converting a first down at the RUTG 34.
- Rutgers tried an onside kick, but Ohio State recovers and now has great field position to begin their first drive. Buckeye football from the RUTG 48.
- Touchdown Rutgers. Evan Simon finds Sean Ryan, who beats Denzel Burke to the football on a jump-ball in the end zone. The Scarlet Knights lead, 7-0.
- Emeka Egbuka muffed Rutgers' punt, and the ball is recovered by the Knights' Max Melton at the OSU 18.
- Rutgers started the game with Noah Vedral at quarterback, then shifted to Evan Simon for second and third down. Rutgers goes three-and-out in their first possession.
- Kickoff in Columbus! Rutgers won the coin toss and elected to receive the football. They will start from their own 25.
- Ohio State has announced that TreVeyon Henderson is a game-time decision.
- Emeka Egbuka is dressed and it appears he will play today after being added to the availability report as a game-time decision earlier this afternoon.
- Ohio State corner Denzel Burke will return to the lineup today after missing last week's win over Wisconsin with a hand injury. He will be wearing no. 10, rather than the no. 5 he wore to start the year.
- The officials for today's game:
- Referee: Ron Snodgrass
- Umpire: Brad Hudak
- Linesman: Ric Hinkamper
- Line Judge: Jeff Szink
- Back Judge: Jake Kemp
- Field Judge: Lamont Simpson
- Side Judge: Frank Steratore
- Center Judge: Gregory Nelson
- Emeka Egbuka is a game-time decision for today's match-up with Rutgers, and will likely not be in action this afternoon.
- Ohio State released a promotional trailer prior to their Homecoming game against Rutgers, titled, "The Fight."
Game Preview: Ohio State Must Fight Complacency Against Rutgers On Homecoming
The Buckeyes have outscored the Scarlet Knights 428-88 in eight meetings since they joined the Big Ten.
Ohio State’s offense is firing on all cylinders right now, having scored a touchdown on 18 of its last 21 possessions, not including a kneel down to end the 77-21 win over Toledo and a one-play drive before halftime in the 52-21 win over Wisconsin.
That success will likely continue in Saturday’s Homecoming matchup with Rutgers (3:30 p.m. on BTN), as the Buckeyes are nearly a six-touchdown favorite against the Scarlet Knights. So perhaps the biggest threat this weekend is complacency, something that head coach Ryan Day and his players are fighting back against.
“I think, even when you go up 21-0 in the first quarter, you turn on the film and there’s still stuff on there,” sixth-year senior fullback/tight end Mitch Rossi. “I think that’s something that Coach Day really harps on. Even if you have a great game where you beat a tough Big Ten opponent, you turn on the tape and there’s still things that we can be better at.
“I think every week we take a fresh mentality and we don’t take anybody lightly. We don’t really have an issue being complacent because we want to be the best. We don’t really care about who it is. It’s always about us. Whoever we’re playing, we just want to be the best version of the offense we can be.”
The win over the Badgers served as a test of Ohio State’s toughness and physicality on the defensive side of the ball, meanwhile. The Buckeyes aced that exam, limiting running back Braelon Allen to just 67 yards on 15 carries before giving way to the second-stringers.
The unit also held quarterback Graham Mertz to 94 passing yards and one touchdown with one interception, which turned into seven points just two plays later. All in all, was the perfect example of how far the Buckeyes’ defense has come in four games under coordinator Jim Knowles.
“I thought you could see a lot of guys playing with an edge, and that’s what our expectation is,” Day said. “Now, we’ve got to do it again and find out if this is just something we’ve done in a couple of games or if this is our identity moving forward. I think we’ve shown that we can do it.”
Date: Oct. 1, 2022
Where: Ohio Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Expected Weather: 68 degrees, mostly cloudy
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Current Betting Numbers
Spread: Ohio State (-39.5)
O/U Total: 58
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How to Watch/Listen
Streaming: fuboTV (get a 7-day free trial)
Announcers: Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play), Joshua Perry (analyst) and Rick Pizzo (sideline)
Local Radio: Ohio State Sports Network from Learfield IMG College
Flagship: WBNS 97.1 The Fan
Announcers: Paul Keels (play-by-play), Jim Lachey (analyst), Matt Andrews (sideline reporter), Skip Mosic (pregame/halftime/postgame host and producer)
Ohio State leads Rutgers, 8-0
* OSU record at home: 4-0
LAST TIME THEY MET
2021: Ohio State 52, Rutgers 13
* Ryan Day
* At Ohio State: 4th Season, Record: 38-4
* Overall: Same
* Greg Schiano
* At Rutgers: 14th Season (two stints), Record: 79-82
* Overall: Same
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