September 24, 2022

Stroud Climbs the Record Books as Buckeyes Top Wisconsin, 52-21


COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 3 Ohio State (4-0, 1-0) built a 31-7 first-half lead on its way to a 52-21 win over Wisconsin (2-2, 0-1) Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

The Buckeyes amassed 539 yards of total offense while holding Wisconsin to 296. Quarterback C.J. Stroud completed 17-of-27 passes for 281 yards and five touchdowns. Ohio State’s rushing attack was equally successful with a pair or 100-yard rushers.

TreVeyon Henderson led the ground game with 121 yards on 21 carries. Miyan Williams scored twice and carried the ball 11 times for 101 yards.

Stroud spread the ball around through the air, connecting with four receivers while none had more than six grabs. Emeka Egbuka lead with 118 yards on six catches and two scores. Julian Fleming had four grabs for 67 yards and a touchdown. Cade Stover scored twice with four catches for 51 yards, all in the first half.

Defensively, linebacker Tommy Eichenberg led the way with 14 tackles, seven solos and two tackles-for-loss.

Up next, the Buckeyes face Rutgers in the fifth-consecutive home game for Ohio State next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium on the Big Ten Network.

No. 3 Ohio State 21 | Wisconsin 0

Wisconsin won the toss and elected to defer as the Buckeyes received and started from the 12-yard line.

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud threw for three first downs while running back TreVeyon Henderson ran for another before back Miyan Williams muscled a run up the middle for a 2-yard score to put the Buckeyes up 7-0.

The drive covered 88 yards on six plays and used 2:41. Stroud connected on all three pass attempts for 73 yards, the longest being a 33-yard reception by Emeka Egbuka down to the Badger 2, which eventually set up the Williams touchdown.

WATCH: Miyan Williams Opens the Scoring

After a touchback on the ensuing kickoff, the Badgers drove to the WIS 36 before Tanner McCalister intercepted Wisconsin’s Graham Mertz and returned the ball to the Wisconsin 16.

Two plays later, Stroud found a wide-open Cade Stover for a 13-yard touchdown to the right corner of the end zone for the 14-0 lead. The Buckeyes needed just 41 seconds and two plays to cover the 16 yards for the touchdown.

WATCH: Cade Stover Goes Full-Extension

The Badgers went three-and-out on their next possession and Ohio State took over on its 30 after a 42-yard Wisconsin punt.

Stroud went right to work completing three passes for 11-or-more yards with a couple Henderson rushes for first downs before Stover caught his second touchdown of the quarter, this time a 2-yarder for the 21-0 lead. The drive covered 70 yards on seven plays while eating up 3:24.

Over the three scoring drives, Stroud completed all eight pass attempts for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Stover caught four passes for 51 yards.

WATCH: Cade Stover AGAIN

Wisconsin started on its 35 after the Buckeyes were penalized for the kickoff going out of bounds.

Ohio State’s defense forced the second Badger punt of the quarter, giving Stroud the Buckeyes the ball on the Ohio State 33 after a 23-yard Wisconsin boot.

Ohio State drove to the Wisconsin 31 before the end of the opening quarter.

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No. 3 Ohio State 31 | Wisconsin 7

Williams scored for the second time four plays into the second quarter on a 3-yard run to end an eight-play, 67-yard drive to give the Buckeyes a 28-0 lead. Williams ran for 31 yards on the final three plays of the drive.

WATCH: Miyan Williams 3-yard Rushing TD

The Badgers got the ball on their 28 after a 26-yard kickoff return.

Wisconsin then drove 72 yards on 10 plays to make it 28-7 Buckeyes after a Graham Mertz 1-yard scoring run with 8:31 left in the half.

After a touchback, the Buckeyes used the ground game to move the ball inside the Badger 10 with the long gain coming on a 25-yard Williams jaunt early in the drive. Ohio State improved the lead to 31-7 after stalling at the Wisconsin 7 before a Noah Ruggles 25-yard field goal with 2:20 on the clock.

The Buckeyes rushed 10 times on the 14-play, 68-yard scoring drive.

Wisconsin had to punt on its next possession, giving the Buckeyes the ball on OSU 10 after an Ohio State personal foul penalty.

Stroud was then intercepted, his first of the season, at the OSU 48 with 38 seconds left. Wisconsin drove to the OSU 41 but could not convert on fourth down. Ohio State took over and took a knee to end the half.

After scoring on its first six drives, all touchdowns, last week against Toledo, Ohio State put points on the board on the first five first-half drives (four TDs, FG) against the Badgers to take a 31-7 lead into the locker room.

Ohio State posted 328 yards of offense over the first 30 minutes while holding Wisconsin to 96. The Buckeyes had 17 first downs over the first two quarters.

Stroud passed for 147 yards on 10-of 15 accuracy for two scores. Williams posted 101 yards rushing on 11 carries with two touchdowns. Stover led the receiving corps with four grabs for 51 yards and two touchdowns.

No. 3 Ohio State 45 | Wisconsin 7

The Badgers started the second half at their 25 after a touchback but punted after moving 3 yards to the 28. The Buckeyes took over at their 28 after a 44-yard kick.

Stroud completed passes of 18 yards to Egbuka and another for 31 yards to Julian Fleming before hooking up with Fleming again for a 12-yard touchdown pass to end an eight-play, 72-yard scoring drive to make it 38-7 Buckeyes.

WATCH: Julian Fleming Scores Third TD in Last Two Games

Wisconsin’s next drive was hampered by a Badger 15-yard personal foul penalty and stalled at the Wisconsin 31.

After a short punt, the Buckeyes took over at the Wisconsin 49 but punted the ball right back to the Badgers at their 2-yard line following a 48-yard Jesse Mirco punt and Wisconsin holding penalty.

Ohio State’s defense allowed the Badgers just 2 yards, forcing another Wisconsin punt, this time from its own endzone.

The Buckeyes took over at the Wisconsin 38 after a 44-yard punt and 10-yard Egbuka return.

Four plays later, Stroud hit Egbuka for an 8-yard score over the middle to make it 45-7 Buckeyes. Egbuka also had a 19-yard catch in the drive.

Wisconsin started from its 20 after an 18-yard kickoff return and moved to the Ohio State 44 to end the quarter.

WATCH: Emeka Egbuka with an Impressive Snag

Touchdown celebration between C.J. Stroud and Emeka Egbuka

No. 3 Ohio State 52 | Wisconsin 21

The Badgers finished off the drive started at the end of the third with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Graham Mertz to Jackson Acker to end a 14-play, 80-yard drive making it 45-14 Buckeyes.

Ohio State countered with a five-play, 75-yard scoring drive of its owns. Egbuka gave the Buckeyes a 52-14 lead on a 32-yard touchdown grab from Stroud with 7:21 remaining.

Wisconsin scored on its first play from scrimmage on its next possession, a 75-yard rushing touchdown by Braelon Allen to make it 52-21 Wisconsin with 7:11 to go.

The Buckeyes kept the ball on the ground with Kyle McCord under center on the next possession with Dallan Hayden carrying eight times in nine plays before Ohio State punted with a minute left.

Wisconsin ran two plays on the final possession to end the game.

WATCH: C.J. Stroud to Emeka Egbuka, Again..

Up next, the Buckeyes close out the five-game homestand with a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff vs. Rutgers as part of Homecoming.

Light show during Ohio State vs. Wisconsin