MINNEAPOLIS — — C.J. Stroud handed for 294 yards and 4 touchdowns in his debut because the Ohio State starter and the fourth-ranked Buckeyes stored coach Ryan Day unbeaten in Massive Ten play with a 45-31 victory over Minnesota on Thursday night time.
The Buckeyes flashed their five-star pace with two 70-plus-yard scores within the opener, one early on a run off proper finish by Miyan Williams and one late on a third-down display to true freshman TreVeyon Henderson. Day, beginning his third full 12 months on the job, is 24-2 total and 16-0 in convention video games.
Chris Olave had landing 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 halfway by way of the third quarter. Lower 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 landing.
Extra painful for the Gophers than their fade down the stretch was the lack of star operating again Mo Ibrahim, who damage his decrease proper leg late within the third quarter, limped off and didn’t return. The second group preseason Related Press All-American had 30 carries for 163 yards and two scores, each giving the Gophers the lead.
Ohio State trailed at halftime (14-10) for the primary time in an everyday season recreation underneath Day, who took over for City Meyer. The Buckeyes have gained 12 straight video games over the Gophers and 28 of 29.
The Gophers had been most likely by no means going to have a greater alternative to topple the mighty Buckeyes than this, fielding one of the crucial skilled groups within the nation at residence — and at night time — to open the season in opposition to a beginner quarterback.
With followers allowed again within the seats at what’s now called Huntington Bank Stadium, after the virus emptied them out for an abbreviated 2020 schedule, Minnesota loved its third straight sellout courting to the Penn State and Wisconsin video games in November 2019.
Already a time-of-possession group, the Gophers wanted to play keep-away greater than ever to make this a recreation. They had been tentative at instances however daring at others, together with a fourth-and-1 play from deep in their very own territory when Ibrahim ripped off a 56-yard run.
That arrange a landing throw by Morgan to Texas A&M switch Dylan Wright, who had 5 catches for 57 yards.
Ohio State will certainly at the least keep put at No. 4 however possible would solely transfer up if a top-three group stumbled badly on opening weekend.
Ohio State: For all their expertise at vast receiver, measurement on the offensive line and depth at operating again, the Buckeyes had been nonetheless turning over their offense to a participant who’d by no means tried a move in a school recreation. Stroud delivered some robust throws and was shaky with some others, simply as any freshman typically would in his first Massive Ten highway recreation, however the succession from NFL first-round draft choose Justin Fields went about as easy as may moderately be anticipated.
Minnesota: Whatever the end result, this was exactly the kind of efficiency the Gophers had been looking for of their try to get again on monitor after a irritating 2020 season.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes return residence to face No. 11 Oregon on Sept. 11.
Minnesota: The Gophers host Miami of Ohio on Sept. 11.
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