GAMEDAY College Football

Ohio State 45, Minnesota 31

(AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

By DAVE CAMPBELL
AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS - C.J. Stroud passed for 294 yards and four touchdowns in his debut as the Ohio State starter and the fourth-ranked Buckeyes kept coach Ryan Day unbeaten in Big Ten play with a 45-31 victory over Minnesota on Thursday night.

The Buckeyes flashed their five-star speed with two 70-plus-yard scores in the opener, one early on a run off right end by Miyan Williams and one late on a third-down screen to true freshman TreVeyon Henderson. Day, starting his third full year on the job, is 24-2 overall and 16-0 in conference games.

Chris Olave had touchdown catches of 38 and 61 yards, and Garrett Wilson scored on a 56-yard reception that gave Ohio State the lead for good at 24-21 midway through the third quarter. Less than three minutes later, Haskell Garrett grabbed a fumble from a strip-sack that Zach Harrison delivered on Tanner Morgan and ran it in for a 32-yard touchdown.

More painful for the Gophers than their fade down the stretch was the loss of star running back Mo Ibrahim, who hurt his lower right leg late in the third quarter, limped off and did not return. The second team preseason Associated Press All-American had 30 carries for 163 yards and two scores, both giving the Gophers the lead.

Ohio State trailed at halftime (14-10) for the first time in a regular season game under Day, who took over for Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes have won 12 straight games over the Gophers and 28 of 29.

The Gophers were probably never going to have a better opportunity to topple the mighty Buckeyes than this, fielding one of the most experienced teams in the country at home - and at night - to open the season against a newbie quarterback.

With fans allowed back in the seats at what's now called Huntington Bank Stadium, after the virus emptied them out for an abbreviated 2020 schedule, Minnesota enjoyed its third straight sellout dating to the Penn State and Wisconsin games in November 2019.

Already a time-of-possession team, the Gophers needed to play keep-away more than ever to make this a game. They were tentative at times but bold at others, including a fourth-and-1 play from deep in their own territory when Ibrahim ripped off a 56-yard run.

That set up a touchdown throw by Morgan to Texas A&M transfer Dylan Wright, who had five catches for 57 yards.

Ohio State athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter OhioStMinn
OhioSt TD 7:22 Miyan Williams 71 yard TD run (Noah Ruggles Extra Point) 7 0
Second Quarter OhioStMinn
OhioSt FG 12:50 Noah Ruggles 35 yard field goal 10 0
Minn TD 9:11 Dylan Wright 13 yard TD pass from Tanner Morgan (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 10 7
Minn TD 3:32 Mohamed Ibrahim 1 yard TD run (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 10 14
Third Quarter OhioStMinn
OhioSt TD 12:43 Chris Olave 38 yard TD pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles Extra Point) 17 14
Minn TD 10:03 Mohamed Ibrahim 19 yard TD run (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 17 21
OhioSt TD 5:12 Garrett Wilson 56 yard TD pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles Extra Point) 24 21
OhioSt TD 2:18 Haskell Garrett 32 yard fumble return for TD (Noah Ruggles Extra Point) 31 21
Fourth Quarter OhioStMinn
Minn FG 10:39 Matthew Trickett 46 yard field goal 31 24
OhioSt TD 9:43 TreVeyon Henderson 70 yard TD pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles Extra Point) 38 24
Minn TD 5:31 Bryce Williams 2 yard TD run (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 38 31
OhioSt TD 4:39 Chris Olave 61 yard TD pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles Extra Point) 45 31
Team Stats
  Ohio State Minnesota
First downs 17 25
  Rushing 8 9
  Passing 8 13
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 4-8, 50% 8-14, 57%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 26-201 50-203
Passing Yards 294 205
Return Yards 20 49
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-22-1 14-25-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2-18
Punts 2 3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties - Yards 5-48 5-50
Ohio State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Stroud 13 22 294 4 1
Minnesota Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Morgan 14 25 205 1 0
Ohio State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Williams 9 125 13.9 1
M. Teague III 6 29 4.8 0
M. Crowley 6 19 3.2 0
T. Henderson 2 15 7.5 0
C. Stroud 3 13 4.3 0
Minnesota Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Ibrahim 30 163 5.4 2
T. Potts 10 34 3.4 0
C. Wiley 3 4 1.3 0
B. Williams 1 2 2.0 1
T. Morgan 6 0 0.0 0
Ohio State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Olave 4 117 29.3 2
G. Wilson 5 80 16.0 1
T. Henderson 1 70 70.0 1
J. Ruckert 1 15 15.0 0
J. Smith-Njigba 2 12 6.0 0
Minnesota Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Jackson 3 58 19.3 0
D. Wright 5 57 11.4 1
B. Spann-Ford 3 44 14.7 0
M. Brown-Stephens 2 34 17.0 0
T. Potts 1 12 12.0 0
Ohio State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Minnesota Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Smith 1 23
Ohio State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Mirco 2 86 43.0
Minnesota Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Crawford 3 116 38.7
Ohio State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Wilson 1 1 1.0
Minnesota Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Potts 1 9 9.0
Ohio State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Henderson 1 19 19.0
Minnesota Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Potts 1 17 17.0
Ohio State Missed FG
Player Length
Minnesota Missed FG
Player Length




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