Several stars emerge in annual Ohio State Spring Game as Gray (defense) beats Scarlet (offense) 40-31; QB position still not settled

Chip Trayanum, who has been moved from LB back to RB, shows why with his 65 yard TD run in the 2023 Spring Game (courtesy OSU Athletic Communications)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In front of a crowd of 75,122 football-loving, sun-splashed fans, the Ohio State Gray team (the defense) defeated the Ohio State Scarlet (offense) team, 40-31, on a lovely afternoon at Ohio Stadium. This 15th of 15 scheduled practices concludes the program’s spring work on the football field.

Fans did not get the opportunity to see the anticipated “game” showdown at quarterback between junior-to-be Kyle McCord and second-year freshman Devin Brown with the news earlier this week that Brown injured the little finger on his throwing hand and would miss the game. Head coach Ryan Day described the injury as minor and said Brown would be able to resume throwing “real soon.”

Format of the game called for a first quarter or two of “thud” tempo (no tackling to the ground) with more tackling taking place in the second half.

The Gray team utilized a manufactured system to score points via three-and-outs, sacks, etc. Five players recorded sacks: Caden CurryTy Hamilton, Kenyatta JacksonHero Kanu and Tyleik Williams.

Gabe Powers (eight tackles) and C.J. HicksSonny Styles and Reid Carrico (six tackles each) tallied the most tackles while eight Buckeyes contributed to the 10 pass break-ups, with Styles and Hicks leading the way with two apiece.

McCord, alternating quarterback series with Oregon State transfer Tristan Gebbia, was 11-for-22 for 114 yards in the first half and 18-for-34 for 184 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for the game. Gebbia finished 14-for-24 for 127 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

All-American Marvin Harrison Jr. only played a couple of first quarter series before taking a seat for the remainder of the game. He caught three passes for 62 yards. Dallan Hayden led with five catches for 27 yards and also rushed for 30 yards.

Chip Trayanum, the second-year Buckeye who played both linebacker and running back last season, led all rushers with 110 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run down the sidelines in the first half.

In addition to Trayanum’s score, McCord hit Carnell Tate with a 37-yard touchdown pass and Gebbia threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Noah Rogers. Both Tate and Rogers are true freshmen who have been on campus since January.

Head coach Ryan Day in the middle with the offense during the 2023 Spring Game (courtesy Ohio Athletic Communications)
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Archie Returns

Returning to the field 49 years after winning the first of his two Heisman Trophies was Archie Griffin, who added to his career rushing touchdown total with a 25-yard TD run.

Buckeyes found another wide receiver in Carnell Tate who had a 37-yard TD reception in 2023 Spring Football Game (courtesy Ohio State Athletic Communications)