COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 2 Ohio State (1-0) scored a third-quarter touchdown to take the lead and added another score in the fourth to defeat No. 5 Notre Dame (0-1) 21-10 in an early-season battle at Ohio Stadium.
After the Buckeyes took the lead in the third, Notre Dame punted on its fifth-consecutive possession early in the fourth quarter, giving the Buckeyes the ball on its 5-yard line.
Behind the running of Miyan Williams, the Buckeyes went 95 yards on 14 plays to put the game away on a 2-yard Williams touchdown rush to give Ohio State a 21-10 lead. Williams finished the game with 84 yards on 14 carries and a score. TreVeyon Henderson led the running backs with 91 yards on 15 carries.
Defensively, linebacker Tommy Eichenberg paced the Buckeyes with nine tackles, three for loss and a pair of sacks.
Ohio State will continue its stretch of five consecutive home games to start the season against Arkansas State at noon next Saturday at Ohio Stadium, which is celebrating its 100th year as the home of the Buckeyes in 2022. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
Starting from its 15 after the opening kickoff, Notre Dame struck first with a 54-yard pass play on their first play from scrimmage. The chains moved an additional 15 yards to the OSU 16 after Ohio State was called for a personal foul. The Buckeye defense then dug in and held the Fighting Irish to a 33-yard field goal to take the early 3-0 lead with 12:13 on the clock.
Ohio State took the ensuing kickoff to its 25. TreVeyon Henderson ran it 4 yards and a Notre Dame personal foul moved the ball to the OSU 44. The drive then stalled forcing an Ohio State punt.
The Irish took the ball on its 5-yard line after a 48-yard Jesse Mirco boot. Notre Dame could not muster a first down from deep in its territory. An Irish 40-yard punt gave Ohio State control at its 46.
Taking advantage of the quality field position, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud got the Buckeyes on the board with a 31-yard pass and catch to Emeka Egbuka for the touchdown with 5:32 left.
Stroud needed just four plays and 1:34 to cover 54 yards for the score.
On the next possession, Tommy Eichenberg sacked Notre Dame’ s Tyler Buchner for a loss of 7 on third-and-four. The Irish punted to give the Buckeyes the ball back at its 28. Ohio State managed just 9 yards and punted to the Irish 13.
The Irish drove to their 35 when the quarter ended.
The Irish used another long pass, this time a 31-yarder and an acrobatic catch by Matt Salerno to start the second quarter. Buchner then completed his next attempt for 22 yards and after a pair of short gains via the ground game, completed a 3-yard pass to the OSU 1.
The Buckeyes called timeout before the Irish punched in a 1-yard rush by Audric Estime to take the 10-7 lead with 11:56 on the clock. The drive covered 87 yards on 10 plays over a span of 5:10.
Following a touchback, Ohio State started from its 25 and moved back 5 yards after a false start. Henderson got the call on next two plays and covered 12 yards setting up a 21-yard reception from Stroud to Marvin Harrison Jr., to the ND 47.
The Irish defense settled and forced an Ohio State punt following a 5-yard delay of game penalty from the ND 40.
Notre Dame took the ball at its 5-yard line after a 35-yard Mirco punt.
After taking the ball to their 28, the Irish brought out the punt team. The Buckeyes took possession on the OSU 24 after a 52-yard Irish punt and 4-yard Egbuka return.
Stroud then orchestrated a drive to the Notre Dame 21, the last 20 yards coming on runs of 16 and 4 yards by Henderson. Ohio State called timeout faced with a 3rd-and-6 with 45 second left in the half.
After an incompletion, the Buckeyes missed a 39-yard field goal attempt and entered the locker room trailing the Irish, 10-7.
Stroud finished the half 11-of-17 for 99 yards and a touchdown. Henderson rushed for 36 yards on five carries and Egbuka led the receiving corps with five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Ohio State started the second half with the ball on its 25 after a touchback. The Buckeye offense was stopped at its 29 forcing a punt.
The Irish took over on their 29 and drove to the 50 before giving the ball back to the Buckeyes on their 7-yard line following a 29-yard punt.
After a couple first downs, Ohio State drove to its 38 where Mirco connected on a 50-yard punt to the Notre Dame 12.
Another Notre Dame punt, a 35-yarder, after an Irish drive to its 35 gave the Buckeyes the ball on its 30.
Stroud started the drive with a scrambling 16-yard connection with Egbuka to the OSU 46. After a 5-yard false start penalty, Harrison Jr. collected an 11-yard strike before a Henderson 5-yard run gave the Buckeyes a first down at the Notre Dame 43.
The Buckeyes stayed on the ground with Henderson the next two plays for a total of 10 yards and another first down at the ND 33.
After an incompletion, Stroud found Jayden Ballard over the middle for 10 yards and another first down to the ND 23.
Ohio State was then called for a chop block after a 4-yard gain moving the ball back to the ND 34. Stroud then hit Xavier Johnson for a 10-yard gain before a 34-yard strike over the middle to Johnson for the touchdown and a 14-10 lead.
The drive covered 70 yards on 10 plays while taking 4:43 off the clock.
The Buckeyes pinned Notre Dame on its 13 after the ensuing kickoff but the Irish connected on a 32-yard pass to end the quarter with the ball on their 45.
Up 14-10 heading into the fourth, long drives capped by a 2-yard TD run by third-year running back Miyan Williams with 4:51 remaining helped seal the victory for the Scarlet & Gray.
Ohio State’s total time of possession in the fourth was 10:48, highlighted by 85 rushing yards.
The Buckeyes return on Saturday, September 10 to host Arkansas State at noon at Ohio Stadium (BTN, 97.1 FM).