PISCATAWAY, NJ (WNN) — CJ Stroud threw 330 yards and five career-high touchdowns after sitting out a game to rest his shoulder as No. 11 Ohio State finished its 20th with a 52-13 win at Rutgers. Won the 10th straight Big Ten game. on Saturday.
Stroud, who joined Chris Olev on touchdown passes for 56 and 11 yards, found Garrett Wilson on a 32-yard catch and runs and hit Jeremy Ruckert and Mitch Rossi at the tight end on scoring passes of 19 and 1 yard respectively. The freshman, who threw four TD passes against Minnesota in the opener, scored 17 of 23 and did not throw an interception. Olev finished with five catches for a team-high 119 yards.
Ohio State (4-1, 2-0) has defeated Rutgers (3-2, 0-2) eight times in as many games. The Buckeyes thrashed the Scarlet Knights 541-346, flown through a defense that lost 54 points in their first four games and blocked Noah Vedral three times.
Freshman Trevian Henderson opened the scoring with a 44-yard touchdown run on Bucky’s second play from scrimmage. Freshman Denzel Burke scored 40 seconds later on a 23-yard interception return and the route was on.
The Buckeyes extended the lead to 24-0 on a 23-yard field goal by Noah Ruggles and Wilson TD dropped 2:34 in the opening quarter.
Rutgers’ only major play in the game was a 75-yard catch and in the next series was run over by Aaron Cruikshank on a short pass in the middle. The distance was career best for both the players. Vedral finished 16 of 26 for 152 yards.
Cole Snyder added a 12-yard touchdown pass to Josh Youngblood with 7:40 to play to close the scoring and close the yardage gap for the Scarlet Knights.
The result was a major disappointment for Rutgers after a 20-13 loss to No. 14 Michigan on the road last weekend. He played very well in that game. He did not follow through this week and coach Greg Schiano contributed to the problem early in the series, using a trick play on a punt that was giving a small field to backfire.
Ohio State has never scored fewer than 49 points against Rutgers.
Ohio State: This team can do it all, especially with Stroud throwing the ball over a trio of top wide outs and running Henderson through a huge hole. The defense may have played its best game this season, dropping a game early.
Rutgers: While it has made little ground on Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State since Schiano’s return last year, it is light-years behind Ohio State in the Big Ten pecking order. They were severely outplayed at all stages of the game, and were definitely outcoached. Schiano’s decision to throw a pass on the fourth and -8 of Rutgers’ own 46 putts never survived.
Ohio State: Bucky was excellent on either side of the ball. Expect a long TD in the opening half, it was an almost perfect performance. If someone loses or plays poorly, he or she is back in the top 10.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights were hoping to follow up on a strong showing in a loss against Michigan, with a decent game against the Buckeyes. It was expected that he would get the first position in the elections since 2012. Obviously, they still have a long way to go.
Ohio State: hosts Maryland on Saturday.
Rutgers: Host No. 17 Michigan State on Saturday.
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