Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud put on a great performance and helped the Buckeyes secure their first victory of the 2021 season over Minnesota, 45-31.
Stroud started a big shake in the first half. He was unable to throw his first collegiate touchdown pass until the second quarter when he and Chris Olave hung on for 38 yards. It was the push Stroud and the Buckeyes needed to stay in the game and really push them past Minnesota.
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Stroud had four touchdown passes in the game, including two for Olave and one for Garrett Wilson and TreVeyon Henderson. He finished 13-for-22 with 294 passing yards. He also had an interception.
“I spoke to him before I got into this game that no matter what, we’re going to keep pushing and throwing him and he missed a few early on, but we kept working on it,” he said. Ohio coach Ryan Day said. Jenny Taft immediately after the game.
“When you’re a freshman quarterback you’ve never thrown a college pass before, you know you have to pick up the pace. He did and I really think the older guys really helped him on the offense. “
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Olave finished with four catches for 117 yards and Wilson five catches for 80 yards. Henderson’s touchdown was his only catch of the game – it went for 70 yards.
Miyan Williams got things started for Ohio State early in the game. The Buckeyes running back ran for a 71-yard touchdown during the team’s first offensive practice. He finished the game with 125 yards on nine carries.
The Ohio State defense wreaked havoc for Minnesota in the second half. Haskell Garrett recovered a fumble from Tanner Morgan and executed it in the end zone for 32 yards.
Morgan and Minnesota tried to stay in the game as long as they could. This did not help Mohamed Ibrahim to get injured at the start of the third quarter. He finished with 163 rushing yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns, but not having him in the backfield hurts in the long run.
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Ohio State dominated Minnesota 21-7 in the second half as the offense crackled.
Morgan finished 14 for 25 with 205 passing yards and one touchdown pass. Daniel Jackson led Minnesota receivers with three catches for 58 yards. Dylan Wright had five catches for 57 yards and one score.
It was the first clash between Ohio State and Minnesota since 2018. The Buckeyes’ victory extended their winning streak against the Golden Gophers to 12 games. Ohio State has suffered only one loss to Minnesota since 1982.
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Ohio State, the fourth-ranked team in the country, will face No.11 Oregon next week. Minnesota will have a meeting with Miami-Ohio.