October 8, 2022

Stroud’s 6 Passing Touchdowns Lead No. 3 Ohio State to 49-20 Win over Michigan State


COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 3 Ohio State (6-0, 3-0) will head into an off week undefeated after winning its first road game of the year, 49-20, at Michigan State (2-4, 0-3) on Saturday at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.

C.J. Stroud threw for six touchdowns, connecting three times with Marvin Harrison Jr., to finish the night completing 21-of-26 throws for 361 yards. Three of Ohio State’s scoring drives were for more than 90 yards.

On the ground, TreVeyon Henderson rushed for one touchdown and 118 yards on 19 carries.

Through the air, Harrison Jr. led with seven catches while Emeka Egbuka led in total yards with 143 and a touchdown.

Ohio State totaled 614 yards in offense while the Spartans put 202 on the board. The Ohio State defense held Michigan State to 7 yards on the ground.

Linebacker Tommy Eichenberg paced the defense with eight tackles, five solos.

The Buckeyes will be off next week before returning to Ohio Stadium Oct. 22 to take on Iowa (3-2). The game time and television designation will be announced in the coming days.

No. 3 Ohio State 14 | Michigan State 7

The Spartans had the first possession of the game after Ohio State won the coin flip and elected to defer to the second half. Michigan State took the first snap at its 35 after the opening kickoff went out of bounds.

MSU drove to the Ohio State 41 before taking a shot downfield that was intercepted in the endzone by OSU’s Lathan Ransom for a touchback.

Starting from its own 20, the Buckeyes benefited from four big-yardage plays to quickly move deep into Spartan territory.

Egbuka rushed for 16 yards, Henderson gained 26 yards on the ground and Egbuka added a 24-yard reception before Stroud connected with Harrison Jr. for a 19-yard touchdown pass for the first score of the game.

WATCH: Marvin Harrison Jr. touchdown reception

The drive covered 80 yards on seven plays over 2:20 to give the Buckeyes a 7-0 lead with 10:50 on the clock.

Michigan State was not able to move the ball on its next possession but pinned Ohio State at its 10 following a 57-yard punt.

Michigan State tied the game at 7-all four plays later when Stroud was intercepted by MSU’s Charles Brantley, who returned it 32 yards for a Spartan touchdown with 8:32 on the clock.

Stroud got the points right back when he found Egbuka wide open down the right side for a 69-yard touchdown catch for a 14-7 lead. The Buckeyes needed just 1:21 and three plays to regain the lead on the 75-yard drive.

WATCH: Emeka Egbuka 69-yard TD reception

Ohio State’s defense then stopped the Spartans at the OSU 31 after linebacker Tommy Eichenberg sacked MSU’s Payton Thorne to force a punt. After a boot of 36 yards, the Buckeyes were backed up to their 2-yard line to start the next possession.

The Buckeyes drove to their 42 before the end of the opening quarter.

Fans at Spartan Stadium

No. 3 Ohio State 35 | Michigan State 13

Faced with fourth down and a yard to go to open the quarter, Henderson rushed for 7 yards and a first down over the left side to set up a 51-yard touchdown pass from Stroud to Julian Fleming for a 21-7 Ohio State lead.

The drive covered 98 yards on eight plays.

WATCH: Julian Fleming TD reception

Michigan State then drove 76 yards on seven plays to cut the lead to 21-13 on a Thorne to Jayden Reed 18-yard touchdown catch. The Buckeyes were called for a pair of 15-yard personal foul penalties during the drive. MSU missed the attempt for the extra point.

Henderson gave the Buckeyes a two-touchdown cushion on the next possession after a 1-yard rush to the right corner of the endzone. The drive covered 75 yards on seven plays.

WATCH: TreVeyon Henderson TD run

The Spartans punted on their next possession, again pinning the Buckeyes deep in their own territory at the OSU 9 following a 59-yard kick.

Stroud again led a long drive for a touchdown, this time finding Harrison Jr. over the middle for a 28-yard score and a 35-13 lead. The drive covered 91 yards on nine plays.

Stroud finished the half completing 15-of-18 pass attempts for 285 yards and four touchdowns.

WATCH: Harrison Jr. 28-yard TD reception

Henderson rushed for 117 yards on 18 carries and a score.

Harrison Jr. led with two scores to go with 91 receiving yards. Egbuka and Fleming each had scoring grabs with Egbuka leading the way with 109 yards through the air.

No. 3 Ohio State 49 | Michigan State 13

For the third time in the game Stroud led a scoring drive of more than 90 yards when the Buckeyes scored on their first chance of the third quarter to increase the lead to 42-13.

This time, Stroud drove the Buckeyes 96 yards on nine plays for a touchdown, this time a 19-yard pass to Harrison Jr. in the front left corner of the endzone.

WATCH: Harrison Jr. 19-yard TD reception

Michigan State sent out the punt team after back-to-back sacks by the Buckeyes pushed the Spartans back to their 10 on the next MSU possession.

The Buckeyes had much better field position on their next offensive opportunity but the result was the same, a Stroud touchdown pass to Gee Scott Jr., a 2-yarder to the back of the endzone, for a 49-13 lead.

The drive covered 50 yards on 10 plays. It was Stroud’s sixth scoring pass of the game on 26 attempts.

WATCH: Gee Scott Jr. 2-yard TD reception

Another MSU punt gave the ball back to the Buckeyes at the Ohio State 17.

Kyle McCord came in and quarterbacked the Buckeyes for two plays on the next possession before the end of the quarter.

No. 3 Ohio State 49 | Michigan State 20

Ohio State punted for the first time early in the fourth quarter with a Jesse Mirco 53-yard effort sending the Spartans to their 29.

The Spartans punted it right back, backing McCord and the Buckeyes to the OSU 17.

Ohio State then punted before the Spartans drove 80 yards on eight plays to score on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Noah Kim to Montorie Foster to make it 49-20 Ohio State with 5:40 to play, as the final score

The Buckeyes now head into the bye week before hosting Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Ohio Stadium. The kickoff time and television broadcaster will be announced in the near future.