Greg Schiano of Rutgers has a warning for the remainder of the groups within the Big Ten Conference: No. 11 Ohio State is discovering its stride.
C.J. Stroud threw for 330 yards and a career-high 5 touchdowns after sitting out a recreation to relaxation a shoulder and the Buckeyes gained their twentieth straight convention recreation with a 52-13 victory over Rutgers on Saturday.
“We had a bad day and we had it against a team that is finding its stride,” Schiano mentioned after struggling his worst loss since returning for a second stint with the Scarlet Knights (3-2, 0-2). “The result was there to see.”
What everybody noticed was a dominant Ohio State (4-1, 2-0) put a whole efficiency on show, particularly on offense. The nation’s No. 2 offense scored on its first six possessions and had its protection ship a pick-6.
“Having a win like this after the last month, it’s given us a little bit of juice now as we head into the next month of October,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day mentioned. “It was some tough times here, but we grew through it, we didn’t panic, and in that we might have a good team as we head into October, November.”
Stroud related with Chris Olave on landing passes of 56 and 11 yards, discovered Garrett Wilson on a 32-yard catch-and-run, and hit tight ends Jeremy Ruckert and Mitch Rossi on scoring passes of 19 and 1 yard, respectively. The freshman, who threw 4 TD passes in opposition to Minnesota within the opener, completed 17 of 23 and didn’t throw an interception. Olave completed with 5 catches for a team-high 119 yards.
“This is this is what he’s capable of,” Day mentioned about Stroud. “And now he’s got to bring it through and be consistent.”
Ohio State has crushed Rutgers eight straight instances. The Buckeyes outgained the Scarlet Knights 541-346, flowed via a protection that had given up simply 54 factors in its first 4 video games, and intercepted Noah Vedral thrice.
Freshman TreVeyon Henderson opened the scoring with a 44-yard landing run on the Buckeyes’ second play from scrimmage. Freshman Denzel Burke scored on a 23-yard interception return 40 seconds later.
The Buckeyes prolonged the result in 24-0 on a 23-yard discipline aim by Noah Ruggles and the Wilson TD catch with 2:34 left within the opening quarter.
Rutgers’ solely main play within the recreation was a 75-yard catch-and-run by Aron Cruickshank on a brief move over the center on the following collection. The distance was a profession finest for each gamers. Vedral completed 16 of 26 for 152 yards.
Cole Snyder added a 12-yard landing move to Josh Youngblood with 7:40 to play to shut out the scoring and shut the yardage hole for the Scarlet Knights.
“Major credit to Ohio State,” Rutgers defensive finish Mike Tverdov mentioned. “They came out, they did their thing. It’s a very good football team and we cannot afford to do what we did today against a team like that. Hats off to them. They came here and took care of business.”
The consequence was a significant letdown for Rutgers following a 20-13 loss to No. 14 Michigan on the highway final weekend. They performed very properly in that recreation. They did not comply with that up this week and Schiano contributed to the issue on the opening collection, utilizing a trick play on a punt that backfired, giving the Buckeyes a brief discipline.
Ohio State has by no means scored fewer than 49 factors in opposition to Rutgers.
Ohio State: This workforce can do all of it, particularly on offense with Stroud throwing the ball to a trio of prime wideouts and Henderson operating via big holes. The protection may need performed its finest recreation this season, giving up one play early.
Rutgers: While it has made up little floor on Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State since Schiano returned final 12 months, it stays gentle years behind Ohio State within the Big Ten pecking order. The Scarlet Knights have been critically outplayed in all phases of the sport, and positively outcoached. Schiano’s determination to throw a move on fourth-and-8 from its personal 46 put Rutgers in a gap it by no means left.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes have been excellent on either side of the ball. Except for one lengthy TD within the opening half, it was a near-perfect efficiency. If anybody loses or performs a poor recreation, they’re again within the Top 10.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights have been hoping to comply with a robust displaying in a loss in opposition to Michigan with an excellent recreation in opposition to the Buckeyes. The hope was that an upset would get them a primary spot within the ballot since 2012. Obviously, they’ve a protracted technique to go.
Ohio State: Hosts Maryland on Saturday.
Rutgers: Hosts No. 17 Michigan State on Saturday.
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