Game 11 Recap: Ohio State 37 – Minnesota 3
The Buckeyes were never in a position this game where the outcome was in Jeopardy, but only getting 13 points in the first half when they had 2 redzone possessions that were converted into field goals instead of touchdowns, that did give the offense some worry. All concerns though were resolved when TreVeyon Henderson ran for a 75 yard touchdown on the first play in the third quarter, and then the defense forced a fumble which led to a McCord pass to Harrison to get 14 points in 1 minute and 7 seconds of game time, and a 27-0 lead.
Stars of the Game
Emeka Egbuka. Even though he was not able to get a touchdown, he lead the team in receiving, and looked to be back to his old form with creating plays in space, and showing off his speed on the shuffle passes in the backfield that broke for long gains. It is good to have a healthy weapon going into next week.
TreVeyon Henderson. We might be seeing Henderson’s version of the Ezekial Elliott stretch in 2014, and this is the time of year the Buckeyes need a game wrecker at running back after which has been a concern since Trey Sermon exploded at the end of 2020.
Ohio State Defense. The biggest concern point going into this season was the defense after they have up too many big plays at the end of the year last season against Michigan and Georgia. This year, they have been the most consistent unit, and even without several key players, they still shut down the Minnesota offense to only 159 total yards, 1o first downs, and forced 2 turnovers. We need the defense playing at its peak next week.
The objective is to end each week 1-0, and the Buckeyes have done that 11 straight times this season, and going into next week to try and make it 12 in a row. They were knocked down 1 spot after Georgia handled Ole Miss, and after beating a ranked Tennessee team on the road, I dont see them moving from their spot. Ohio State and Michigan should stay put where they are, and the only thing that matters is winning next week. Beating Michigan would put Ohio State in a Big Ten Championship game against Iowa, who clinched the Big Ten West today, and a win in that game gives them a chance to be no lower than 2nd place. Everything this team has worked for this season is now here, and all they have to do is take it.
Ohio State (11-0) will travel to Ann Arbor, MI to battle against Michigan (11-0) at 12pm on Fox. Both Big Noon Kickoff and College GameDay will be on site for the top 3 showdown.
Minnesota (5-6) will head back home to host Wisconsin (5-5) at 3:30pm on FS1.
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