COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Akron Zips, 59-7, Saturday night under the lights at Ohio Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 3-1 overall, while the Zips fall to 1-3 in 2021. The OSU offense totaled 622 yards, going 7-for-7 in red zone opportunities, while the Buckeye defense dominated up front with nine total sacks.
OSU quarterback Kyle McCord made his first collegiate start and went 13-for-18 with 319 yards and two touchdowns. TreVeyon Henderson continued to shine for the Scarlet and Gray, scoring two touchdowns on eight carries for 93 rushing yards, while Master Teague also found the end zone twice on eight carries for 71 yards. Ten different Buckeyes collected a reception tonight vs. the Zips led by Garrett Wilson, who totaled 124 yards on four catches. Jaxon Smith-Njigba caught five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Akron took the early 7-0 lead following a nine-play, 55-yard scoring drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown pass by DJ Irons to Konata Mumpfield at 7:27.
Ohio State answered quickly when McCord threw his first touchdown pass of his career to even the tides, 7-7. He found Olave for a five-yard touchdown reception at 5:27. Olave’s score tied him with former Buckeye Santonio Holmes for fourth on OSU’s all-time career touchdown receptions list (25).
Henderson set up the scoring play with a strong 35-yard run down the left side, pushing the Scarlet and Gray into the red zone. Ohio State found the endzone again on a three-yard touchdown run by Henderson moments before the end of the first quarter to put the Scarlet and Gray ahead, 14-7.
McCord tossed a quick pass to Garrett Wilson, who muscled his way through the Zips defense for a 57-yard connection to set up the OSU scoring play.
Ohio State blanked the Zips, 24-0, in action-packed second quarter to take total control of the game. The Buckeyes extended their lead when McCord tossed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Smith-Njigba for the 21-7 advantage at 10:23. The 10-play, 70-yard drive took 4:22 off the clock. McCord went 5-of-6 on the OSU scoring drive.
The Silver bullet defense came up with the game’s first turnover midway through the quarter when OSU linebacker Cody Simon snagged his first career interception. Henderson then trotted into the end zone for his second touchdown of the night on a 14-yard run to push the score, 28-7, at 7:16.
Ohio State continued to put pressure on the Akron front seven and piled on more points following a 46-yard pick-six interception by Ronnie Hickman to open the game, 35-7.
The Buckeye defense held the Zips’ offense to just 112 yards of total offense in the first half, including 2-of-9 on third down conversions. Noah Ruggles tacked on three additional points moments before halftime with a 32-yard field goal.
The longest play from scrimmage came in the beginning of the second half, putting the Buckeye faithful to their feet. McCord found Emeka Egbuka open down the sideline and the OSU true freshman sprinted past the Akron secondary for an 85-yard reception, the first of his Buckeye career.
Master Teague capped off the scoring drive with a three-yard touchdown run to make it 45-7. Teague scored again later in the quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run at 4:14 to finish off an 8-play, 85-yard drive.
Freshman Evan Pryor scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter to wrap up the Buckeye home win. He found space on the left side and rushed for a 12-yard run into the end zone at 2:47.