October 1, 2022

Williams Ties Program Record in 49-10 Win over Rutgers


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Behind the running of Miyan Williams, No. 3 Ohio State (5-0, 2-0) scored 28 first-half points and added 21 in the second to defeat Rutgers (3-2, 0-2) 49-10 Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

Williams rushed for 189 yards on 21 carries. He became the third Buckeye all-time to score five rushing touchdowns in a game, matching Pete Johnson in 1974 vs. North Carolina and Keith Byars in 1984 vs. Illinois. Johnson rushed for 148 yards on 26 carries vs. the Tar Heels. Byars carried it 39 times for 274 yards vs. the Illini.

The Buckeyes struggled early in each half, giving the Scarlet Knights the ball deep in Ohio State’s territory on a muffed punt in the first half and then started the second with an interception. The turnovers led to all of Rutgers’ 10 points in the game.

C.J. Stroud finished with 154 yards passing, completing 13-of-22 attempts with two touchdowns.

Emeka Egbuka and Julian Fleming each had four catches to lead the receivers. Egbuka led with 70 yards while Fleming had 51 with a score. Marvin Harrison Jr. had three grabs for 18 yards and a touchdown.

Steele Chambers led the defense with 11 tackles, including eight solos, two tackles-for-loss and an interception.

The Buckeyes take to the road for the first time this season next Saturday at Michigan State. The game will be televised by ABC with a 4 p.m. kickoff.

No. 3 Ohio State 14 | Rutgers 7

Rutgers opened the game with the ball but was forced to punt from its own 34 on a fourth-and-1 situation. The Scarlet Knights got the ball right back after Ohio State muffed the punt at its 21.

Rutgers took advantage of the miscue three plays later and scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Evan Simon to Sean Ryan to give the Scarlet Knights a 7-0 lead.

The Buckeyes tied the game at 7-all on their first possession after Rutgers attempted an onside kick that was recovered and returned by the Buckeyes to their 48.

Miyan Williams then went to work from the running back position for the Buckeyes, rushing three times during the drive for 36 yards, the final yardage coming on a 2-yard rush for the score to tie the game.

WATCH: Miyan Williams 2-yard TD run

The Ohio State defense forced another punt on the next Scarlet Knights possession. Ohio State took over on its 26 after a 51-yard kick.

C.J. Stroud then orchestrated a nine-play, 74-yard scoring drive to take a 14-7 lead with 4:05 left in the quarter. Williams ended the drive with a 1-yard rush up the middle.

Over Ohio State’s two scoring drives, Stroud found five receivers while connecting on 6-of-8 attempts through the air for 69 yards.

WATCH: Miyan Williams goes back-to-back to give OSU the lead

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No. 3 Ohio State 28 | Rutgers 7

The Buckeyes wasted little time getting back in the endzone at the start of the quarter when Stroud connected with Julian Fleming for a 36-yard scoring pass after just nine seconds. The touchdown gave the Buckeyes a 21-7 lead.

Ohio State’s drive covered 51 yards on three plays.

WATCH: Julian Fleming 36-yd TD reception

Rutgers drove to their 46 before giving the ball back to the Buckeyes after a 45-yard punt to the Ohio State 9.

The Buckeyes were stopped for the first time on their next possession. Jesse Mirco pinned the Scarlet Knights at their 8 after a 47-yard punt.

Ohio State had scored on its first three possessions before Mirco’s first effort of the game.

The Buckeyes defense pushed the Scarlet Knights back to their 4-yard line before a 34-yard Rutgers punt gave Ohio State the ball on the Scarlet Knights 39.

Ten plays later, Williams scored for the third time on a 1-yard rush to give Ohio State a 28-7 lead with 48 seconds left in the half.

WATCH: Miyan Williams scores his third TD

Stroud threw for 127 yards in the first half on 10-of-16 accuracy. Williams rushed 15 times for 91 yards and three scores. Fleming led the receivers with four catches for 51 yards.

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No. 3 Ohio State 42 | Rutgers 10

Ohio State started the second half with the ball but turned it over when Stroud was intercepted by Avery Young.

The Scarlet Knights took control on its 41 and drove to the Ohio State 17 before a 35-yard Jude McAtamney field goal made it 28-10 Buckeyes with 10:12 on the clock.

Ohio State needed just one play and 11 seconds to get back in the endzone when Williams scampered 70-yards on a run up the middle to extend the Buckeyes lead to 35-10 with 10:01 left in the quarter.

WATCH: Miyan Williams records FOURTH rushing TD

Rutgers gave the ball back on its next possession when it turned the ball over on downs at the Ohio State 46.

Williams again carried the load for most of the eight-play drive before Stroud found Marvin Harrison Jr. over the middle for a 4-yard touchdown pass to make it 42-10 Ohio State.

WATCH: Marvin Harrison Jr. TD reception

Ohio State had one last chance in the quarter to put points on the board after Steele Chambers intercepted Simon at the Rutgers 20. An interference penalty on Rutgers moved the ball to the 10 before the quarter ended after a Williams run to the Rutgers 8.

Celebrating yet another Miyan Williams TD vs. Rutgers

No. 3 Ohio State 49 | Rutgers 10

Williams tied an Ohio State record with his fifth rushing touchdown of the game on the second play of the quarter when he scored on a 2-yard rush to put Ohio State up 49-10. It was his 21st carry of the contest.

WATCH: Miyan Williams Ties Single-Game Rushing TD Record

Rutgers gave Ohio State the ball right back on downs but could not move the ball. The Buckeyes lined up to punt before Mirco took the snap and rushed right for the first down after a 22-yard gain and a first down.

Rutgers was flagged for a late hit out of bounds on the play and both head coaches were penalized as well.

Ohio State then started with the ball at its 31. Ohio State was again forced to punt. This time, Mirco pinned the Scarlet Knights at their 3 after a 34-yard kick.

The Buckeyes closed things out as they now get ready to travel to East Lansing to face Michigan State on Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. ET (ABC, 97.1 FM).

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