Columbus, OH—-Arkansas State wish they could of had a few plays back, they were knocking at the goal line a few times but Ohio State defense turned the Red Wolves offense around.
Ohio State (2-0) cruise passed Arkansas State (1-1) 45-12 at Ohio Stadium. Marvin Harrison Jr. caught three touchdown passes while TreVeyon Henderson ran for two touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a victory.
C.J. Stroud finished the contest with four TD passes and completed 16 of 24 attempts for 351 yards. Harrison Jr. had seven receptions for 184 yards along with his three scores.
Harrison became only the second Ohio State player to have a pair of three-touchdown receiving games in his career. Joey Galloway had multiple touchdown games in 1993 and ’94.
“Marvin’s route running is very mature for his age,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “When you see somebody who has played as much as he had with the high level of route running, it’s pretty remarkable.”
With five minutes into the game, Stroud hit Harrison for 42 yards to get the party started after Ohio State’s defense forced a 3-and-out on its opening series.
The Buckeyes extended their lead to two scores, after Stroud connected with Harrison for a 45-yard strike followed by a 8-yard TD run by Henderson. He finished the game with 10 carries for 87 yards.
OSU took a commanding 24-9 lead into the break.
“We gave up too many explosive plays on the perimeter of our defense,” Red Wolves coach Butch Jones said. “I believe we gave up four plays of four or more yards for touchdowns. You can’t do that.”
The Buckeyes amassed 538 yards of offense while holding the Red Wolves to a total of 276.
On Ohio State’s growth:
“There were some good things there, but if we’re going to be the team we want to be, we need to be able to keep building and keep growing and there’s certain areas that we’re going to improve on. There were a lot of things that I would like to see done better, but there were also a lot of good things too, and what we don’t want to do is take winning for granted. It took a lot of really hard work and there were a lot of good performances, but I know there’s going to be a lot of things that we have to look at tomorrow that we have to keep building on, keep growing and making improvements.” OSU coach Ryan Day said.
The Buckeyes came out in the second half, it only took three plays and 80 seconds to score, Henderson skirted into the end zone on a 23-yard which pushed the lead to 31-9 and Ohio State never looked back.
“I think as a whole our run game is much more clean. It’s a lot of runs that we like to do. They’re more schemed up, so we’re really working with people, a lot more conversation, and then of course it starts up front. I think our O-line did a great job today. Miyan Williams and TreVeyon Henderson have been great since they stepped foot on campus. I don’t think they’re doing anything new. Just as a whole, we’re working better together and getting communication down.” OSU quarterback C.J. Stroud said.