Columbus, Ohio – A crowd of 61,102 fans in Ohio Stadium witnessed the Gray defeat the Scarlet, 35-17, as the Ryan Day era of Ohio State football debuted Saturday inside Ohio Stadium during the LifeSports Spring Game presented by Nationwide.
Quarterbacks Justin Fields and Matthew Baldwin both threw touchdown passes while Jaelen Gill made a game-high seven receptions for 95 yards. On the ground, true freshman Marcus Crowley carried the ball 10 times for 50 yards and scored a second-half touchdown while Master Teague found the end zone twice, finishing with 75 yards on seven carries.
Baldwin (20-36, 246 yards) tossed two TD passes – one to freshman and high-school teammate Garrett Wilson and another to CJ Saunders. Fields’ scoring strike went for 98 yards to Binjimen Victor. Fields (4-13, 131 yards) also ran for 38 yards on six carries, including a five-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
The gray team, which was comprised primarily of the No. 1 offensive players, led the Scarlet, 28-10, at half. Victor had two catches in the half for 107 yards and the score. Defensively, Jahsen Wint had two interceptions for the gray team and Amir Riep also had an INT.
Day, the 25th head coach in the 130-year history of Ohio State football, took over on Jan. 2. He quickly assembled a coaching staff that included five holdovers from last year’s Big Ten Conference and Rose Bowl championship team: offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, running back’s coach Tony Alford, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, wide receiver’s coach Brian Hartline and defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Making their Ohio Stadium debut as an Ohio State coach are co-defensive coordinators Jeff Hafley and Greg Mattison, quarterback’s coach Mike Yurcich, special team’s coordinator Matt Barnes and linebacker’s coach Al Washington.
Note: Much of C-Deck in Ohio Stadium is under construction and limited the capacity for today’s spring game by approximately 30,000 seats.