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  Miyan Williams carried the load for No. 3 Ohio State, rushing for a career-high 189 yards and five touchdowns as the Buckeyes beat Rutgers 49-10 on Saturday. Williams got the opportunity for a career-high 21 carries when TreVeyon Henderson became a late scratch because of an unspecified injury. Williams, a third-year back, exploded for a 70-yard TD romp in the third quarter and also had four short scoring plunges. A 2-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, his fifth of the game, tied an Ohio State record. He's the first back to rush for five touchdowns in a game since Keith Byars in 1984. Pete Johnson also did it in 1974. "Miyan was running hard to day," Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. "You know, he turns a 3-yard run into a 5-yard. He just keeps us on schedule. And it was tough down there in the red zone. (Rutgers) kind of dug in a few times. Miyan had a really good day for us." Williams stepped up with the best game of his Ohio State career on a day when quarterback C.J. Stroud wasn't as sharp as usual.

The Heisman Trophy favorite completed 13 of 22 passes for a career-low 154 yards with two touchdown and an interception. Rutgers jumped out a 7-0 lead after Ohio State's Emeka Egbuka fumbled a punt return after the opening drive, setting up a 14-yard TD pass from Evan Simon to Sean Ryan. It was the first time the Buckeyes (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) had trailed in a game since going down 3-0 early in the opener against Notre Dame. Ohio State tied it on the next possession when Williams' 32-yard rumble set up his 2-yard TD two plays later. - Ohio State/AP College Football


rSo/2025 RB Miyan WilliamsOhio State
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  Ohio State football may have some veteran bodies back on defense for Saturday's Homecoming game against Rutgers. Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said Thursday that cornerback Denzel Burke is "ready to roll this week and we're excited to see him back on the field." Burke did not play against Wisconsin due to a right hand injury. Day said last Saturday's game was "too close to when it occurred" for Burke to play with the injury. The 2021 Freshman All-American warmed up prior to the game with the right hand wrapped heavily - similar to the protection cornerback Damon Arnette Jr. played with throughout the 2019 season. "It may be something we have to keep an eye on here for the remainder of the season and protect it," Day said. Day said Burke, who had started his first 16 games as a Buckeye before missing last week, "had a good week of practice." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

So/2025 CB Denzel BurkeOhio State
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  There is no firm timetable on the return of Ohio State receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, NFL Draft Scout's top rated wide receiver all season. Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said Tuesday that Smith-Njigba remains day to day after suffering an injury setback that left him unavailable for last week's rout of Wisconsin. Smith-Njigba first appeared to injure his hamstring in the season-opening win over Notre Dame when he was tackled in the first quarter.

Because of the lingering issue, Smith-Njigba has been limited through the first month of this season, playing only 38 snaps over two games, five three catches for 32 net yards (includes one catch for minus one yard vs. Notre Dame). He also sat against Arkansas State in the second week before coming back against Toledo. When asked if he regretted Smith-Njigba's return against Toledo, Day said they had no second thoughts. "You got to just trust in what you see and your evaluation," Day said, "and then go from there." Day reiterated he will defer to the medical staff and Smith-Njigba to determine when he is available. - Frank Cooney, NFL Draft Scout


Jr/2024 WR Jaxon Smith-NjigbaOhio State
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  SEPT 26 BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tommy Eichenberg, Ohio State, LB - Sr. - Cleveland, Ohio - St. Ignatius,...Recorded 14 tackles to spark Ohio State's defense in its 52-21 win over Wisconsin...Helped limit the Badgers to seven points and 168 yards through the first three quarters...Registered a pair of tackles for loss for six yards, while eight of his tackles came in the first half as Ohio State took a 31-7 lead into the break...The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career...Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Tommy Togiai (Nov. 2, 2020). - Big Ten Football

rJr/2024 ILB Tommy EichenbergOhio State
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  Cade Stover and Emeka Egbuka each caught two of C.J. Stroud's five touchdown passes, Miyan Williams rushed for two more scores and No. 3 Ohio State blew by Wisconsin early and cruised to a 52-21 win on Saturday night. The Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) scored touchdowns on their first four drives and led 31-7 at the half. Wisconsin could only slow them down after that but didn't get closer than 21 points. Running backs TreVeyon Henderson and Williams both had 100-yard games; Henderson had 121 yards, and Williams averaged more than 9 yards per carry in rumbling for 101.

Stroud completed 17 of 27 attempts for 281 yards and also threw an interception for the first time this season. He has 16 touchdown passes in four games. The TD catches were the first for Stover, a tight end in his fourth year who has also played defensive end and linebacker for the Buckeyes. His first was on a 13-yard toss, two plays after after Ohio State safety Tanner McCalister picked off Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz. Later the 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight end caught a 2-yard scoring pass to put the Buckeyes up 21-0 before the end of the first quarter. Egbuka caught scoring passes of 32 and 8 yards. Julian Fleming also caught a touchdown pass for the Buckeyes. Mertz was 11 for 20 for 94 yards, rushed for a touchdown and threw for another. Braelon Allen rushed for 165 yards, including a 75-yard TD romp in the fourth quarter. - Ohio State/AP College Football


rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  SEPT 19 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, QB - So. - Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. - Rancho Cucamonga,...Completed 18 of 20 passes for 297 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone, finishing with 367 yards passing and five touchdowns in the Buckeyes' 77-21 win over Toledo..Recorded a completion percentage of more than 80 percent for the fourth time, while his 256.8 passing efficiency was the second highest of his career..Leads the nation with 11 touchdown passes, ranks second in passing efficiency (208.6) and ranks among the top 10 quarterbacks in five different categories: yards per pass attempt (4th, 11.07), points responsible for (7th, 66), points responsible for per game (7th, 22.0), completion percentage (8th, .729), passing yards per game (9th, 313.7)...Earns his third career Offensive Player of the Week award and his 10th career weekly honor...Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Nov. 22, 2021). - Big Ten Football

rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  Ohio State scored 77 points for the third time since 2016 in its 77-21 win over Toledo. The Buckeyes also hung 77 on Oregon State in 2018 and Bowling Green in 2016. The Buckeyes' 763 total yards were the most by a Bowl Subdivision team since North Carolina amassed 778 against Miami on Dec. 12, 2020. - AP College Football

rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  C.J. Stroud threw five touchdown passes and No. 3 Ohio State rolled up 762 yards on the way to a runaway 77-21 victory over Toledo on Saturday night. The Buckeyes (3-0) scored on all six of their first-half possessions, with Stroud completing 18 of 20 passes for 297 yards and a pair of touchdown passes each to Marvin Harrison Jr. and Julian Fleming on the way to a 42-14 lead. Stroud, a Heisman Trophy favorite, completed 22 of 27 passes for 367 yards before yielding to backups late in the third quarter. The Buckeyes' offensive output was the most since they gained 776 yards in a 77-10 win over another Mid-American Conference team, Bowling Green, in 2016.

TreVeyon Henderson, an AP Preseason All-American, scored on a 7-yard run to put Ohio State on the board in the first quarter, but the second-year back didn't play again because of an unspecified injury that briefly sent him to the locker room. Toledo tied it at 7 early on Dequan Finn's 50-yard TD heave on the run to Thomas Zsiros, but the Buckeyes assumed control and ran away with it. That wasn't for lack of effort on the part of Finn, who made the Rockets' offense at least look respectable. He passed for 153 yards and two TDs, while rushing for 70 and another score. Harrison is on a roll for the Buckeyes. The second-year receiver had six catches for 102 yards - all in the first half - including two acrobatic touchdown passes. That followed seven catches for 184 yards and three TDs in last week's win over Arkansas State. Emeka Egbuka had seven catches for 116yards and a TD and added another score rushing. - Ohio State/AP College Football


rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  Ohio State Coach Ryan Day expects receivers Jaxon Smith-Nijgba and Julian Fleming to both play against Toledo on Saturday night - assuming both continue on their current recovery from injury. The Ohio State coach said Smith-Njigba, the program's single-season record holder for receiving yards, is "further along than he was at this point last week" in his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury. "We'll see how this week goes," Day said. "We'll only put him in the game if we're 100% sure he's ready to roll." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Jr/2024 WR Jaxon Smith-NjigbaOhio State
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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 6. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Jr, WR, Ohio State, 6-1, 200, 1,...Smith-Njigba was held out due to his leg injury in the season opener. Previous week, No. 6: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, a potential Heisman Trophy contender, returned for a series in the second quarter but by the third quarter he was out of the game and finished with two catches for three years. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

Jr/2024 WR Jaxon Smith-NjigbaOhio State
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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 2. C.J. Stroud, rSo, QB, Ohio State, 6-3, 218, 1,...Stroud was masterful in a 45-12 thrashing of Arkansas State, hitting 16 of 24 passes for 351 yards and four touchdowns. Previous week, No. 2: Stroud threw two touchdown passes and Ohio State shut out No. 5 Notre Dame over the final 42 minutes in a gritty 21-10 victory. Stroud finished 24 of 34 for 223 yards, two touchdowns and rushed three for net one yard. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 9. Paris Johnson Jr., Jr, OT, Ohio State, 6-6, 310, 1,...Johnson performed as expected against so-so competition in a 45-12 win over Arkansas State. The Buckeyes totaled 538 yards, 370 passing. Previous week, No. 12: Green Bay Packers scouts said aloud going into the ND-OSU game that they were focused on battle between Johnson and ND defensive end Isaiah Foskey and the scouts left impressed. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

Jr/2024 OT Paris Johnson Jr.Ohio State
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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 37. Cameron Brown, rSr, CB, Ohio State, 6-0, 192, 1-2,...Brown made four tackles and an assist in the Buckeyes 45-12 win over Arkansas State. Previous week, No. 38: Brown, in his fifth season with Buckeyes, graduated in May with a degree in human development and family sciences and still has another season of eligibility. In OSU's 21-10 win over Notre Dame, Brown started at cornerback and although the stats sheet didn't show it, he made at least one key play to stop Notre Dame on a third down attempt. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

rSr/2023 CB Cameron BrownOhio State
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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 47. Ronnie Hickman, rJr, FS, Ohio State, 6-1, 207, 2,...In a 45-0 cakewalk over Arkansas State, Hickman was in on one tackle and two assists. Previous week, No. 46: In No. 2 Ohio State's dramatic, 21-10, win over No. 5 Notre Dame, Hickman collected four total tackles, including two assists. The Irish offense was ripped by fans who thought it was to unimaginative and boring, but credit goes to the Buckeyes for giving up only 253 total yards, 177 through the air and no touchdown passes. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

rJr/2024 FS Ronnie HickmanOhio State
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  SEPT 12 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State, WR - So. - Philadelphia, Pa. - St. Joseph's Prep,...Caught three touchdown passes in Ohio State's 45-12 win over Arkansas State, becoming the second wide receiver in school history to catch three touchdown passes in multiple career games (Harrison also caught three in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2022)...Had a career-best seven receptions for 184 yards, averaging 26.3 yards per reception...Registered four receptions for 137 yards, with two touchdowns (both for 42 yards), in the first half, before adding a 30-yard catch for a score in the third...Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award...Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Nov. 22, 2021). - Big Ten Football

So/2025 WR Marvin Harrison Jr.Ohio State
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