COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Buckeyes ran for over 250 yards against the Rutgers Scarlett Knights in a 49-10 win late Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
Running back Miyan Williams rushed for a career-high 189 yards and five touchdowns, including a 70-yarder in the third quarter.
Quarterback C.J. Stroud went 13 of 22 for a career-low 154 yards and two touchdowns.
Ohio State improves to 5-0 overall, 2-0 in the Big 10 play.
The Buckeyes played this game without 14 players, including wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, according to our news partner WBNS TV.
Smith-Njigba suffered a leg injury during the first quarter against Notre Dame and missed games against Arkansas State and Wisconsin.
The Scarlett Knights caught a break to start the game when Emeka Egbuka muffed a punt and Max Melton recovered the fumble at the Buckeye 21-yard line. Three plays later, Evan Simon threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Sean Ryan to put Rutgers ahead, 7-0.
Rutgers went with the onside kick but Ohio State recovered and returned it to the Knights 48-yard line. They took advantage of a short field going to the two-yard line where Williams scored his first touchdown the game to tie it at 7-7.
After forcing Rutgers to a three and out, the Buckeyes drove 74-yards in nine plays capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Williams that put Ohio State up, 14-7, after one quarter.
In the second quarter, Stroud hit Julian Fleming for a 36-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 21-7. The teams exchanged punts and Ohio State drove to the Rutgers one-yard line where Williams scored for his third touchdown of half with 48 seconds left until halftime to expand the lead to 28-7 at the break.
Stroud was intercepted by Avery Young to start the third quarter and Rutgers got a 35-yard field by Jude McAtamney to cut it to 28-10.
On the Buckeyes’ next play from scrimmage, WIlilams rushed right up middle and went 70-yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 35-10. After stopping Rutgers on fourth down, Ohio State took over at their own 45-yard line and drove to the Knights’ four-yard line. Stroud threw a four-yard touchdown to Marvin Harrison, Jr. to put the Buckeyes up, 42-10, after three quarters.
Williams capped the scoring in the opening moments of the fourth quarter with a two-yard touchdown run.
Ohio State will be on the road Saturday, October 8, to play Michigan State at 4:00 p.m. in East Lansing, Michigan.
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