GAMEDAY College Football

Oregon 35, Ohio State 28

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - C.J. Verdell ran for 161 yards and had three touchdowns as shorthanded No. 12 Oregon exploited a porous Ohio State defense to upset the No. 3 Buckeyes 35-28 for their first regular-season loss in nearly three years.

Ohio State (1-1) never led the game it was favored the win by 14 1/2 points despite gaudy numbers from freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud. Its front seven struggled to contain Verdell, control the edge and get after Ducks quarterback Anthony Brown in front.

The Buckeyes had a chance to tie it late after pulling within a touchdown with 7:55 left. But when they got the ball again, Stroud, who passed for 472 yards and three touchdowns, took his first sack of the day and then was intercepted by Verone McKinley III on a desperation sideline pass on third-and-18 at the Oregon 35 with 2:50 to go in front of a stunned crowd of more than 100,000.

Stroud, trying to show he is a worthy heir to Justin Fields, likely will be fine. It's the Ohio State defense that needs work.

Twice in the first half Verdell scurried around the left end - one of them was a pitch pass on fourth-and-1 - and went untouched into the end zone from 14 yards out. Travis Dye exploited the left side again, running from 5 yards out to give the Ducks a 28-14 third-quarter lead.

Three plays into the second half, Verdell blasted through the middle untouched and outran defensive backs for a 77-yard score. He went left again for a 7-yard gain and a first down in the fourth quarter, one play before Brown connected with Moliki Matavao for a 14-yard touchdown to give the Ducks a 35-21 lead with 12:46 left.

Stroud, in his second start, passed for the second-most yards in Ohio State history, coming up 15 short of Dwayne Haskins Jr.'s 499 against Northwestern in 2018.

Stroud's success was partly due to some brilliant catches by receivers Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson and Jaxson Smith-Njigba. He was 33 for 54 and connected for two touchdowns with Smith-Njigba and another with Wilson.

It was third-year Ohio State coach Ryan Day's first loss in the regular season. The Buckeyes' last loss in the regular season came at Purdue in October 2018 under Urban Meyer.

Oregon (2-0) without star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux and linebacker Justin Flowe.

Oregon athletics press release


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter OregonOhioSt
Oregon TD 14:27 CJ Verdell 14 yd run (Camden Lewis kick) 7 0
OhioSt TD 8:42 Garrett Wilson 27 yd pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles kick) 7 7
Oregon TD 4:51 CJ Verdell 14 yd pass from Anthony Brown (Camden Lewis kick) 14 7
Third Quarter OregonOhioSt
Oregon TD 13:38 CJ Verdell 77 yd run (Camden Lewis kick) 21 7
OhioSt TD 10:25 Jaxon Smith-Njigba 26 yd pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles kick) 21 14
Oregon TD 7:38 Travis Dye 5 yd run (Camden Lewis kick) 28 14
Fourth Quarter OregonOhioSt
OhioSt TD 12:54 TreVeyon Henderson 2 yd run (Noah Ruggles kick) 28 21
Oregon TD 10:10 Moliki Matavao 14 yd pass from Anthony Brown (Camden Lewis kick) 35 21
OhioSt TD 7:55 Jaxon Smith-Njigba 15 yd pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles kick) 35 28
Team Stats
  Oregon Ohio State
First downs 27 32
  Rushing 12 8
  Passing 13 23
  Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Efficiency 8-16, 50% 6-15, 40%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 2-5, 40%
Rushes-Yards 38-269 31-128
Passing Yards 236 484
Return Yards 38 48
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-35-0 35-54-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2--20
Punts 7 3
Punts-Average 39 43.3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 4-35 8-71
Time of Possession 29:46 30:14
Oregon Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Brown 17 35 236 2 0
Ohio State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Stroud 35 54 484 3 1
Oregon Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Verdell 20 161 8.1 2
A. Brown 10 65 6.5 0
T. Dye 8 43 5.4 1
Ohio State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Williams 14 77 5.5 0
T. Henderson 12 54 4.5 1
C. Stroud 5 -3 -0.6 0
Oregon Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Verdell 3 34 11.3 1
S. Webb 2 32 16.0 0
K. Hutson 1 30 30.0 0
D. Williams 2 28 14.0 0
J. Redd 2 27 13.5 0
T. Franklin 2 19 9.5 0
C. McCormick 1 16 16.0 0
T. Ferguson 1 15 15.0 0
M. Matavao 1 14 14.0 1
D. Johnson 1 11 11.0 0
T. Dye 1 10 10.0 0
Ohio State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Smith-Njigba 7 145 20.7 2
C. Olave 12 126 10.5 0
G. Wilson 8 117 14.6 1
M. Williams 3 38 12.7 0
J. Ruckert 3 36 12.0 0
T. Henderson 1 12 12.0 0
J. Fleming 1 10 10.0 0
Oregon Interceptions
Player Int Yards
V. McKinley III 1 0
Ohio State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Oregon Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Snee 7 273 39.0
Ohio State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Mirco 3 130 43.3
Oregon Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Ohio State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Wilson 2 -8 -4.0
Oregon Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Hutson 2 38 19.0
Ohio State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Egbuka 2 56 28.0
Oregon Missed FG
Player Length
Ohio State Missed FG
Player Length




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