Ohio State Football Postgame Notes, Notre Dame Game

Ryan Day
OSU 21 Notre Dame 10 9 3 2022 Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day Postgame Press Conference.mp3

#2 Ohio State 21, #5 Notre Dame 10
September 3, 2022
Ohio Stadium —

  • With the win, Ohio State moves to 5-2 all-time vs. Notre Dame, including wins in the last five contests dating back to 1995.
  • Ohio State has won 23 consecutive season openers dating back to 1999.
  • Overall, the Buckeyes have won 43 of their last 45 season openers.
  • Ohio State has the third-best home winning percentage nationally over the last 10+ seasons. Alabama is first (67-3/.957), followed by Clemson (65-3/.955) and Ohio State (65-4/.942).
  • Attendance for the game was 106,594, the highest at Ohio Stadium since the Buckeyes’ 48-3 win over Michigan State on Nov. 11, 2017.
  • Emeka Egbuka scored his first career touchdown, a 31-yard strike from CJ Stroud in the first quarter that gave the Buckeyes an early 7-3 lead.
  • Xavier Johnson’s 24-yard touchdown reception from CJ Stroud late in the third quarter was the first of his career; Johnson then proceeded to make the solo tackle on the ensuing kickoff. The catch gave the Buckeyes a 14-10 lead.
  • CJ Stroud’s 2 TD passes give him 46 for his career, putting him four away from Art Schlichter’s 50 and ninth place on the Ohio State career list.
  • Cade Stover made his first career start at tight end.
  • Emeka Egbuka made his first career start at wide receiver.
  • Egbuka caught a career-high nine passes for 90 yards.
  • Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s streak of five-consecutive 100-yard games came to an end with his injury in the first quarter.
  • Noah Ruggles missed only his second field goal as a Buckeye, a 39-yarder with 31 seconds left in the first half. It was his only attempt of the game. Last season, Ruggles connected on 20 of his 21 field goal attempts.