November 20, 2021

Stroud’s Six First Half TDs Carry Buckeyes to Impressive Win over Michigan State


COLUMBUS, OhioC.J. Stroud passed for six first-half touchdowns en route to a 49-0 advantage heading into halftime as No. 4 Ohio State never looked back recording win No. 10 on the season, a 56-7 defeat of No. 7 Michigan State (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) Saturday in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes, now 10-1 and 8-0 in the B1G, play for the East Division title next week at Michigan (Noon/FOX).

Stroud found Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson for a pair of first half TDs and also connected with Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming for scores. Miyan Williams added a rushing score for Ohio State in the first half and Master Teague a fourth quarter touchdown as part of a 21-carry, 95-yard day.

Stroud finished the day 32-35 for 432 yards and the six touchdowns. At one point he completed 17 passes in a row, setting an Ohio State record. Olave (7-140-2), Wilson (7-126-2) and Njigba (10-105-1) all topped 100 yards receiving with Olave and Wilson recording all their stats in the first 30 minutes of play.

Defensively, Ohio State limited Michigan State to 224 total yards and just 66 on the ground. The Buckeyes did not give up a score until early in the fourth quarter. Ohio State recorded nine tackles for loss in the game.

🎥 Game Highlights

Ohio State 21 | Michigan State 0

Ohio State received the opening kickoff after the Spartans won the toss and deferred. The Buckeyes then proceeded to drive 86 yards on 12 plays to score on a 23-yard touchdown toss from Stroud to Olave for the 7-0 lead.

The scoring catch was the 34th of Olave’s career, tying him with David Boston for the Ohio State career lead.

🎥 Olave opens scoring, ties Ohio State receiving TD record

The Buckeye defense forced the Spartans to punt on their first possession and the Ohio State quick-strike offense wasted little time to find the endzone again after Stroud connected with Wilson on a 77-yard touchdown pass down the right side for the 14-0 lead. The drive covered 88 yards on four plays.

🎥 Stroud to Wilson for 77-yard score

The Spartans took their second possession to the Ohio State 29 but a 46-yard field goal attempt went wide right giving the Buckeyes the ball going the other way still on top 14-0

In similar fashion to Ohio State’s second possession, Stroud needed just four plays to find the endzone, this time to Olave for 43 yards and a 21-0 lead. The drive covered 71 yards and took just a minute and 24 seconds.

The scoring grab gave Olave the Ohio State record for career touchdown receptions outright with 35.

🎥 Olave sets Ohio State TD receptions record

The Spartans fumbled on its next possession at their 44. The fumble was caused by Ronnie Hickman and recovered by Ty Hamilton with just under a minute to play in the opening 15 minutes. The quarter ended with Ohio State in possession at the MSU 16-yard line.

Stroud finished the quarter completing 16-of-17 pass attempts for 241 yards and three scores.

Olave caught four passes for 82 yards and two scores. Wilson had five receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown.



Ohio State 49 | Michigan State 0

The fourth Ohio State score of the game came via the pass, again, this time to Fleming on a 4-yard toss from Stroud with less than a minute gone in the second quarter. The drive covered 44 yards on six plays. It was the third-consecutive Ohio State scoring drive of less than two minutes.

🎥 Fleming for 6

The Spartans were forced to punt on their next possession giving the ball to the Buckeyes on their 30.

Ohio State’s next touchdown was set up by Olave with an over-the-shoulder 27-yard catch to the MSU 1-yard line to set up a rush over the left side by Williams to make it 35-0 Buckeyes.

🎥 Williams puts the Buckeyes up 35-0

Another MSU punt gave the Buckeyes the ball on their 43.

Wilson recorded his second touchdown reception of the game on a 12-yarder from Stroud to make it 42-0 with just over seven minutes left in the half. The drive covered 57 yards on six plays.

🎥 Wilson hauls in sixth TD grab in the last two weeks

After a 61-yard Spartan punt, Ohio State took over at its 15 following a Smith-Njigba 4-yard return. Smith-Njigba then ended the ensuing drive with a 5-yard touchdown reception to culminate an 85-yard, 10 play drive to make the score 49-0 with 97 seconds left in the half.

🎥 JSN pulls in Stroud’s sixth TD toss of the day

Ohio State finished with 501 yards of offense, 393 through the air with Stroud completing 29-of-31 passes and six scores over the first 30 minutes.

Both Olave (140) and Wilson (126) caught seven passes to go over 100 yards receiving. Each also had a pair of scoring catches.


The Spartans took the kickoff to start the third quarter and drove to the Ohio State 38 before electing to punt to give the Buckeyes the ball on their 12.

Ohio State drove to the MSU 21 but missed a 38-yard field goal to hand the ball back to the Spartans.

The Spartans punted for the seventh time but got the ball back when Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord was intercepted to give MSU the ball on its 49.

The quarter ended with neither team adding to the 49-0 score.


Ohio State 56 | Michigan State 7

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