Freshman operating again TreVeyon Henderson’s huge day put him amid elite firm within the Ohio State document ebook, and it could not have come at a greater time for his decidedly off-kilter workforce.
Henderson, in his third recreation, broke Archie Griffin’s 49-year-old freshman speeding document, romping for 277 yards and three touchdowns as No. 9 Ohio State struggled with Tulsa after which managed to drag away late for a 41-20 win on Saturday.
Henderson ran for scores of 5, 48 and 52 yards, which managed to paper over a few of the similar weaknesses Ohio State confirmed within the 32-25 upset by Oregon final week that sent the Buckeyes tumbling in the AP Top 25 poll.
Ohio State was alleged to be getting a break within the schedule, the primary of two video games towards lesser opponents that may enable the ironing out of some obtrusive points, significantly with the protection. As an alternative, it acquired a very good tussle.
The Buckeyes (2-1) weren’t sharp, however Tulsa (0-3) simply could not match them blow for blow and Henderson, who ran for 69 yards within the first two video games mixed, broke by with big performs at vital occasions. A late interception that Cameron Martinez returned for a 61-yard landing made the rating look worse than it was for the persistent Golden Hurricane.
Henderson broke a freshman speeding document that has stood since Griffin ran for 239 yards on Sept. 30, 1972, in an Ohio State win over North Carolina. Griffin went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1974 and ’75, the one two-time winner in historical past.
“I wasn’t anticipating one thing like this, however I’ve some huge targets for myself,” Henderson stated. “I acquired a lot extra, so I acquired to maintain working.”
The Ohio State protection, whereas holding Tulsa to 73 yards on the bottom, allowed quarterback Davis Brin to throw for a career-high 428 yards and the workforce’s first two landing passes this season. Josh Johnson caught eight passes for a career-high 149 yards.
“We simply went toe-to-toe with an distinctive sort of workforce that’s explosive on either side of the ball,” Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery stated.
Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane took benefit of a still-disheveled Ohio State squad and went on the Buckeyes onerous. They put up 501 yards of offense and stopped practically everyone besides Henderson.
“I assumed our receivers did a pleasant job at looking for separation and discover holes to sit down in and work in, and our offensive line once more giving (Brin) time,” Montgomery stated. “We have been getting a ton of strain. I assumed these guys did a pleasant job with every little thing they have been getting.”
Ohio State: Defensive points are nonetheless distinguished. The offensive line was higher, and coach Ryan Day might have discovered a bell cow after splitting carries amongst Henderson and a pair others within the first two video games.
Henderson’s first huge run got here within the third quarter with Ohio State hanging on to a 13-6 lead. He bounced proper and blew past defensive backs for the 48-yard touchdown. Then on the finish of the quarter, after Tulsa had pulled to 20-13, he broke by a gap within the center and headed for the left sideline and the 52-yard score.
“He is someone that may hit dwelling runs, and that’s particular,” Day stated. “He has that particular expertise. You give it to him, he will get to the second degree and makes a man miss, and it could possibly be a house run. And that’s a complete completely different dynamic. What an thrilling begin to his freshman yr.”
C.J.’s GROWING PAINS
Freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud, beginning his third recreation, missed some receivers, tossed an interception and misplaced a fumble. He threw for 185 yards and a late landing to Garrett Wilson that gave the Buckeyes some respiratory room. He revealed after the sport that he’s been coping with a sore arm.
“Profitable is not straightforward, particularly when everyone has a giant goal on their backs,” Stroud stated. “Undoubtedly should get higher.”
Ohio State G Thayer Munford left the sport with an harm to his proper leg late within the first quarter. S Josh Proctor, essentially the most skilled participant on the protection, was out after struggling a leg harm suffered in final week’s recreation. DE Zach Harrison additionally was out with an unspecified ailment.
Scuffling with a 25 1/2-point underdog at dwelling seemingly will not get the Buckeyes many additional votes, particularly with final week’s loss nonetheless contemporary.
Tulsa: Hosts Arkansas State subsequent Saturday. Ohio State: Hosts Akron subsequent Saturday in a prime-time contest.