COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 3 Ohio State (2-0) found the end zone six times with an added field goal to down visiting Arkansas State (1-1) 45-12 Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
Stroud finished with four TD passes and completed 16 of 24 attempts for 351 yards. Harrison Jr. had seven receptions for 184 yards and three TDs.
The Buckeyes put up 538 yards of offense while holding the Red Wolves to a total of 276.
Steele Chambers led Ohio State with six tackles, four solos, a sack and tackle-for-loss.
Ohio State will next meet Toledo at Ohio Stadium next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Fox.
Arkansas State went three and out on its first possession but pinned the Buckeyes deep in Ohio State territory after a 68-yard punt to the OSU 4.
TreVeyon Henderson quickly gave the Ohio State offense room to work after runs of 3 and 41 yards to move the Buckeyes to their 48.
After another first down, the Buckeyes put the first points on the board after C.J. Stroud found Marvin Harrison Jr. over the middle for a 42-yard score and the 7-0 lead. The drive covered 96 yards, 50 through the air and 46 on the ground, on eight plays while taking 3:30 off the clock.
The Red Wolves returned the ensuing kickoff 21 yards to their 32. The drive stalled but Arkansas State retained possession after the Buckeyes were assessed a 15-yard penalty for leaping over the punt shield.
After an interference penalty against the Buckeyes and a 16-yard pass play, the Red Wolves settled for a 29-yard field goal to make it 7-3 Buckeyes with 5:56 left in the quarter. The 11-play drive covered 56 yard and took 4:03 off the clock.
The Buckeyes took possession on their 25 after a touchback and in short order put another seven points on the board, this time on an 8-yard Henderson scoring run. The big play of the drive was a 45-yard Stroud to Harrison Jr. completion. Ohio State went 75 yards on just four plays to take a 14-3 lead.
The Red Wolves were not able to move the ball on their third possession. The ASU punt went 46 yards and was fair caught at the OSU 23.
Stroud completed back-to-back passes for first downs before Arkansas State was flagged for pass interference to give Ohio State possession on the ASU 14. A Red Wolves personal foul for a late hit out of bounds on Miyan Williams, moved the ball to the ASU 8.
The Buckeyes were pushed back 5 yards by an illegal formation penalty to the ASU 13. Williams carried the next snap to the ASU 6.
The quarter ended with the Buckeyes facing a fourth down situation on the ASU 6 with a 14-3 lead.
Ohio State improved its lead on the first play of the second quarter to 17-3 on a 24-yard Noah Ruggles field goal.
The Red Wolves countered quickly, connecting on a 58-yard pass play to the OSU 12 after a 30-yard kickoff return.
The Ohio State defense dug in, pushing ASU back to the OSU 20 and the Red Wolves had to settle for a 38-yard field goal to cut Ohio State’s lead to 17-6.
Arkansas State got the ball back after an Ohio State three-and-out followed by a Jesse Mirco 52-yard punt to the ASU 25.
Faced with a fourth down and 1 yard to gain situation on the OSU 30, the Red Wolves converted after a 15-yard rush to the OSU 15. The Ohio State defense again responded to force another ASU field goal attempt, this time a 34-yarder that was converted to make the score 17-9 Buckeyes with 5:22 left in the half. The drive consisted of 15 plays and covered 58 yards while eating 6:53.
Williams started Ohio State’s next drive with a 25-yard rush down the right side. Two plays later, Stroud and Harrison Jr. hooked up for the second time in the half for a 42-yard touchdown pass to make it 24-9 Buckeyes with 4:24 on the clock. The quick drive covered 75 yards on three plays while taking just 58 seconds off the clock.
Facing another fourth-and-1 situation on the Ohio State 40, Arkansas State again went for it but Mike Hall Jr. sacked ASU’s James Blackman for a loss of 8 to turn the ball over to the Buckeyes on their 48.
Ohio State’s next drive resulted in a 47-yard Mirco punt down to the ASU 3 with 21 seconds left in the half. ASU ran one play for a game of 2 before the half ended with Ohio State leading 24-9.
The Buckeyes amassed 302 yards of total offense. Stroud completed 10 of 15 pass attempts for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Henderson rushed seven times for 53 yards and a score. Harrison Jr. had four grabs for 137 yards and two scores.
The Buckeyes opened the second half with the ball and three plays and 80 seconds later found the endzone on a 23-yard Henderson scoring run down the right side. The score was precipitated by a 44-yard pass from Stroud to Emeka Egbuka to open the quarter and an 8-yard Henderson rush. The score pushed the Ohio State lead to 31-9.
Arkansas State started its first possession of the second half from its 16 and were push back to the 11 after a Steele Chambers third-down sack of Blackman for a loss of 7 yards. The Red Wolves then punted to the OSU 41, a 48-yard boot.
The Ohio State offense again struck quickly needing just two plays to take a 38-9 lead on a Stroud to Egbuka 51-yard score right down the middle of the field for the touchdown.
The Buckeyes scored 14 points on just five plays using 2:02 to open the third.
Ohio State got the ball right back after the Red Wolves were unable to generate any offense on its next possession.
The teams exchanged punts before the Red Wolves drove to the Ohio State 28 before making a 45-yard field goal to make it 38-12 Buckeyes. The scoring drive covered 43 yards on 10 plays.
After a touchback, the Ohio State offense drove to the ASU 30 before Stroud and Harrison Jr. connected again for a 30-yard score down the left side.
Ohio State increased its lead to 45-12 after a 7-play, 75-yard drive.
Neither team mounted much offense on respective opening possessions to start the fourth quarter.
Arkansas State again punted on its second possession giving Ohio State the ball on the OSU 27.
Kyle McCord then came in at quarterback for the Buckeyes to finish out the game. He orchestrated a drive to the ASU 41 before Mirco pinned the Red Wolves at their own 6 after a punt of 35 yards.
The Red Wolves had to punt but retained possession after the ball hit an Ohio State player at the OSU 44 after a 41-yard kick.
ASU drove to the OSU 6 before the game clock ran out to end the game.