#4 Buckeyes put game away early with 6 First Half TD’s in 56-7 rout of #7 Michigan State; Stroud, Olave, Wilson star

COLUMBUS, Ohio – C.J. Stroud passed for six first-half touchdowns en route to a 49-0 advantage heading into halftime as No. 4 Ohio State never looked back recording win No. 10 on the season, a 56-7 defeat of No. 7 Michigan State (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) Saturday in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes, now 10-1 and 8-0 in the B1G, play for the East Division title next week at Michigan (Noon/FOX).

Stroud found Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson for a pair of first half TDs and also connected with Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming for scores. Miyan Williams added a rushing score for Ohio State in the first half and Master Teague a fourth quarter touchdown as part of a 21-carry, 95-yard day.

Stroud finished the day 32-35 for 432 yards and the six touchdowns. At one point he completed 17 passes in a row, setting an Ohio State record. Olave (7-140-2), Wilson (7-126-2) and Njigba (10-105-1) all topped 100 yards receiving with Olave and Wilson recording all their stats in the first 30 minutes of play.

Defensively, Ohio State limited Michigan State to 224 total yards and just 66 on the ground. The Buckeyes did not give up a score until early in the fourth quarter. Ohio State recorded nine tackles for loss in the game.

Ohio State received the opening kickoff after the Spartans won the toss and deferred. The Buckeyes then proceeded to drive 86 yards on 12 plays to score on a 23-yard touchdown toss from Stroud to Olave for the 7-0 lead.

The scoring catch was the 34th of Olave’s career, tying him with David Boston for the Ohio State career lead.

In similar fashion to Ohio State’s second possession, Stroud needed just four plays to find the endzone, this time to Olave for 43 yards and a 21-0 lead. The drive covered 71 yards and took just a minute and 24 seconds.

The scoring grab gave Olave the Ohio State record for career touchdown receptions outright with 35.

COURTESY OSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

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