Ohio State is 1-0 in Big Ten play after crushing Wisconsin in Week 4 and improving to 4-0 in the 2022 college football season.
But the stretch of five straight home games to start the 2022 season is coming to a close as the No. 3-ranked Buckeyes host Rutgers (3-1, 0-1 in Big Ten) today before playing their next three of four games on the road. Ohio State will play Michigan State in East Lansing next week.
What channel is the Ohio State game on?OSU football vs. Rutgers information
Ohio State vs. Rutgers predictions:Expert Ohio State football predictions for Rutgers game
Rutgers lost to Iowa last week at home 27-10 for its first defeat of the season. If the Scarlet Knights hope to rebound, they need to make program history. Not only is Rutgers a 40-plus point underdog entering the OSU game, the program has never beaten Ohio State and has allowed more than 50 points in six of the eight games against the Buckeyes.
That may not bode well for Rutgers as Ohio State has scored 129 points in its past two games, including 77 against Toledo.
Will Ohio State get by Rutgers before heading to East Lansing next week? Will the Buckeyes cover? Or will former Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, in his second stint as the Scarlet Knights’ coach, lead his team to an upset? Follow the action live with news and updates from The Columbus Dispatch staff.
Ohio State Buckeyes:These underrated Ohio State football players don’t get respect they deserve | Rob Oller
Miyan Williams:Power play: Miyan ‘Pork Chop’ Williams brings toughness to the OSU football running attack
OSU’s C.J. Stroud records his 2nd TD of the day, score: Ohio State 42, Rutgers 10
Ohio State’s defense, currently paced by its linebackers Steele Chambers and Tommy Eichenberg, stopped Rutgers on fourth down to give the Buckeyes a short field to work with.
Starting at their own 45-yard line, a combo of Miyan Williams’ runs and C.J. Stroud dink and dunk passing got OSU close enough that Stroud could score on a four-yard toss to Marvin Harrison Jr.
Career day for Ohio State’s Miyan Williams
OSU’s Miyan Williams just rushed for the second-longest run of his career on his 70-yard touchdown. (He had a 71-yarder against Minnesota last season.) He has established new career bests in carries with 16 (previous high of 12), yards with 161 (previous high 125) and touchdowns with four (previous high of two).
He is the 19th Buckeyes player to rush for four scores in a game.
OSU’s Miyan Williams scores his fourth TD, score Ohio State 35, Rutgers 10
Ohio State’s Miyan Williams has found his way into the end zone for the fourth time this afternoon. However, this time it was a long run. In fact, he rumbled 70 yards to give him 161 on the day.
Lots of fans will be running into traffic hoping to avoid postgame traffic
Ohio State has announced attendance as 104,245. Maybe half of them are still here in the third quarter.
Rutgers opens second half with a field goal, score: Ohio State 28-Rutgers 10
Jude McAtamney made OSU pay for its turnover with a 35-yard field goal.
OSU’s C.J. Stroud throws an interception
Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud attempted to throw to Emeka Egbuka, who was streaking up the left hash marks. However, Stroud ended up throwing into triple coverage, and Avery Johnson came up with the ball.
Ohio State halftime stats:
|Sack-Adj Rush Yd(Avg)||52 (3.1)||105 (6.2)|
|Time of Poss||16:07||13:53|
|Turnovers (Def Pts Off)||1 (7)||1 (0)|
|Sacks (Def Yds)||1 (1)||0 (0)|
|TFL (Def Yds)||3 (4)||3 (11)|
OSU’s Miyan Williams rushes for a third TD, score: Ohio State 28, Rutgers 7
No TreVeyon Henderson? No problem for Ohio State. Miyan Williams bounced outside and found a hole to score a one-yard touchdown. It’s his third of the afternoon, and he has 91 yards on the day.
Ohio State might owe the Rutgers’ defense a thank you letter, though. The Buckeyes benefitted twice on Scarlet Knights penalties during that drive. Deion Jennings committed pass interference against Mitch Rossi. Even more notable, on a third-down and three play on which C.J. Stroud was forced out of bounds 12 yards behind the line of scrimmage, Christian Braswell was called for holding.
Injury updates from Ohio Stadium
According to the Big Ten Network, Ohio State safety Tanner McCalister suffered a head injury and Buckeyes defensive lineman Tyleik Williams went out after hurting his ankle.
Ohio State’s Tyleik Williams latest Buckeyes player hurt
Trainers looked at his knee and lower leg before helping OSU’s Tyleik Williams off the field.
OSU’s Julian Fleming streaks into the end zone, score: Ohio State 21, Rutgers 7
Simply outrunning the Rutgers defense, Julian Fleming received a pass from C.J. Stroud and sprinted the rest of the way for a 36-yard touchdown. Stroud’s numbers after that drive, 7-for-10 passing for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Zach Harrison forces fumble, Mike Hall recovers for Ohio State
Rutgers quarterback Evan Simon stepped up through the pocket, where Zach Harrison was there to meet him and strip the ball. Mike Hall fell on it to even up the turnover battle at Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State’s Tanner McCalister hurt
He was able to walk off the field, Buckeyes safety Tanner McCalister has been taken into the medical tent. He appeared woozy, but there has been no official word from OSU.
OSU takes the lead on another Miyan Williams touchdown, score: Ohio State 14, Rutgers 7
Ohio State scored using their bison package and handing the ball off to Miyan Williams. He just barrelled ahead one yard like a tank without breaks. Emeka Egbuka made catches of 27 and 20 yards during the drive.
A note: Although OSU announced that running back TreVeyon Henderson was a game-time decision, from the press box, it seems unlikely he will play, as it seems he has sneakers on, rather than cleats.
Who are the officials for today’s Ohio State, Rutgers game?
Here’s the crew Greg Schiano will be screaming at all day.
|Line Judge:||Jeff Szink|
|Back Judge:||Jake Kemp|
|Field Judge:||Lamont Simpson|
|Side Judge:||Frank Steratore|
|Center Judge:||Gregory Nelson|
OSU’s Miyan Williams rushes for a touchdown, score: Ohio State 7, Rutgers 7
Starting at the Rutgers’ 48-yard line, Ohio State only needed five plays to score with Miyan Williams capping the Buckeyes’ 1:38 drive with a two-yard touchdown.
The trickeration beings at Ohio Stadium
Rutgers, known for trick plays and unconventional play calling, decided on an onside kick following their touchdown, but Jayden Ballard grabbed it out of the air for Ohio State to give them a short field to work with.
Jayden Rutgers strikes first, Evan Simon finds Sean Ryan for 14-yard score: Rutgers 7, Ohio State 0
Rutgers secured its first ever lead against Ohio State in the first quarter Saturday.
After Emeka Egbuka muffed his first punt return attempt of the day, allowing the Scarlet Knights to keep possession, quarterback Evan Simon found Sean Ryan for a 14-yard score to take a 7-0 lead against Ohio State with 11 minutes to go in the first quarter.
Two plays, two Rutgers quarterbacks
After missing each of Rutgers first four games with an injury, Noah Vedral was the first quarterback to take the field for the Scarlet Knights Saturday afternoon. However, Evan Simon immediately replaced Vedral after one one-yard rush to begin the game.
Ohio State RB TreVeyon Henderson listed as game-time decision
Right before kickoff, Ohio State announced running back TreVeyon Henderson has become a “game-time decision.” Wide receiver Emeka Egbuka was also added as a game-time decision Saturday.
Ohio State loses coin toss, starts on defense
Tommy Eichenberg, C.J. Stroud, Kamryn Babb and Kourt Williams served as Ohio State’s captains. The Buckeyes lost the toss and will start on defense.
The Big Ten West is wide open
The Big Ten West is seemingly wide open through the first two weeks of the conference schedule.
Coming in as seven-point underdogs, Illinois beat Wisconsin on the road 34-10, earning its first conference win of the season, while Minnesota lost its matchup against Purdue 20-10.
Four of the Big Ten West’s seven teams are tied at 1-1. Wisconsin is the only team in the conference with two losses in conference play.
Ohio State WR Emeka Egbuka is in uniform warming up
Emeka Egbuka seems to be on track for playing against Rutgers.
Listed as a game-time decision, the Ohio State wide receiver is on the field warming up in uniform 30 minutes before kickoff against the Scarlet Knights.
Egbuka was a late addition to Ohio State’s injury report, being added as a game-time decision.
Ohio State football vs. Rutgers spread remains large
Ohio State’s recent domination of the Scarlet Knights has led to a pretty extensive spread.
The Buckeyes are 39-point favorites according to Draft Kings and 39.5-point favorites according to BetMGM.
Ohio State is 2-2 against the spread and has covered in each of its last two games against Toledo and Wisconsin.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba warmed up before Rutgers game
Jaxon Smith-Njigba was already listed as unavailable for Ohio State against Rutgers. But the junior wide receiver continues to work his way back.
Smith-Njigba worked out at Ohio Stadium as the rest of the team was at the pregame Skull Session and had a brief discussion with offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson before returning to the locker room.
Ohio State could be without two of its top wide receivers against the Scarlet Knights. Emeka Egbuka comes in as a game-time decision.
How has Ohio State football done against Rutgers historically?
Ever since Rutgers joined the Big Ten in 2014, Ohio State has dominated the Scarlet Knights.
The Buckeyes currently hold an eight-game win streak, never scoring less than 49 points and never allowing more than 27 points against Rutgers.
In eight games, Ohio State has out-scored the Scarlet Knights 428-88.
Ohio State adds Emeka Egbuka to injury report
The Buckeyes had 14 players listed on its initial injury report before Saturday afternoon’ bout with Rutgers. Right before game time, Ohio State added one more.
Ohio State listed Emeka Egbuka as a game-time decision, adding another wide receiver that could miss the matchup with the Scarlet Knights along with Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who will miss his second-straight game.
Multiple NFL teams at Ohio Stadium for Ohio State football vs. Rutgers
Three representatives from the Tennessee Titans, two representatives from the Washington Commanders and representatives from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts and the Miami Dolphins are all in Columbus for Ohio State’s game against Rutgers.
The Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Elks also have a seat in the press box for Saturday afternoon’s game.
The New York Red Bulls, who play the Columbus Crew Saturday night, also have two seats at the Rutgers game.
Ryan Day calls for Ohio State football to ‘play the best game we’ve played to date’ vs. Rutgers
Before Ohio State played its fifth-straight home game Saturday afternoon, Ryan Day and the rest of the Ohio State football team stopped at the pregame Skull Session at St. John Arena.
And Day had one message to share with the crowd: They hadn’t seen the best of the Buckeyes yet.
“As we’ve gone on this journey,” Day said at Ohio State’s pregame Skull Session, “we’ve learned more this week about nothing is guaranteed. We’re not guaranteed what’s coming tomorrow. We’re not guaranteed another game. All we’re guaranteed is playing in the Horseshoe in game number five in about two hours.
“So here’s what we’re going to do: we’re going to try and play the best game we’ve played to date. We’re going to try and play as hard as we possibly can. And the warriors who are standing right here, that put it on the line every single game, need your support.”
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Cameron Brown remain out against Rutgers
Ohio State will be without two starters for the second-straight week Saturday afternoon.
Wide receiverJaxon Smith-Njigba and cornerback Cameron Brown were both listed on the Buckeyes’ pregame injury report along with defensive lineman Omari Abor, wide receiver Kamryn Babb, safety Jantzen Dunn, defensive lineman Tyler Friday, linebacker Palaie Gaoteote, cornerback Jordan Hancock, safety Cameron Martinez, cornerback Lloyd McFarquhar, linebacker Mitchell Melton, linebacker Teradja Mitchell, running back Evan Pryor and tight end Joe Royer.
Cornerback Denzel Burke, who missed last week after warming up with a cast on his right hand, was not listed on the Buckeyes’ injury report along with safety Lathan Ransom.
What time is the Ohio State game vs. Rutgers?
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m., Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
What channel is the Ohio State game on vs. Rutgers University?
For the second time this season Ohio State will play on the Big Ten Network.
The Buckeyes played Arkansas State in Week 2 on the conference’s network. Ohio State is not scheduled to play any more games on the network, but that doesn’t mean it won’t have any more games on Big Ten Network this season.
Five of Ohio State’s remaining games have no TV information yet.
The Buckeyes will play Michigan State on ABC in Week 6 and will end the regular season against Michigan on Fox.
Listen to Ohio State football: OSU radio station information
The Ohio State game will broadcast in Columbus on 97.1 FM/1460 AM.
Here are the announcers:
- Paul Keels (play-by-play)
- Jim Lachey (analysis)
- Matt Andrews (sideline)
What is the Ohio State spread against Rutgers?
Ohio State is favored by 40.5 points, according to Tipico.
What’s the Ohio State parking situation like?
Here’s an Ohio State parking map:
Ohio State football’s 2022 schedule
- Week 1: Ohio State 21, Notre Dame 10
- Week 2: Ohio State 45, Arkansas State 12
- Week 3: Ohio State 77, Toledo 21
- Week 4: Ohio State 52, Wisconsin 21
- Week 5: Ohio State vs. Rutgers, Oct. 1, Columbus Ohio
- Week 6:Ohio State vs. Michigan State, Oct. 8, East Lansing, Mich.
- Week 7:Ohio State vs. Iowa, Oct. 22, Columbus, Ohio
- Week 8:Ohio State vs. Penn State, Oct. 29, State College, Pa.
- Week 9: Ohio State vs. Northwestern, Nov. 5, Evanston, Ill.
- Week 10:Ohio State vs Indiana, Nov. 12, Columbus, Ohio
- Week 11: Ohio State vs. Maryland, Nov. 19, College Park, MD.
- Week 12: Ohio State vs. Michigan, at noon Nov. 26, Columbus, Ohio