One of the first college football games of the year pits an established, perennial Big Ten power in Ohio State against an upstart one in Minnesota.
The Buckeyes are coming off a national championship berth and their first under third-year head coach Ryan Day while the Golden Gophers are just two years removed from a Big Ten title berth and from PJ Fleck taking home Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.
The Buckeyes will be led on offense by freshman signal caller CJ Stroud while Minnesota boasts one of the nation’s top returning running backs in Mohamed Ibrahim who led the conference in both yards and touchdowns and he ranked No. 5 in touchdowns nationally.
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Ohio State vs. Minnesota score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F Ohio State 7 3 21 – – Minnesota 0 14 7 – – Ohio State vs. Minnesota live updates, highlights
11:32 p.m.: Inside of a minute left and this game is all but over as the Buckeyes survive an early-game scare and will come away with a pretty comfortable victory.
11:29 p.m.: A controversial sequence there as Morgan gets a completion to Mike Brown-Stephens for 21 yards, who then fumbles it on a big hit and Ohio State recovers. There was questioning over a targeting call but ultimately it didn’t get reviewed and the play resulted in a Minnesota turnover with just over three minutes left in the game.
11:24 p.m.: A big key to Ohio State’s offense and second half rout has been big plays and lots of them with a fair bit of consistency.
Ohio State is averaging 18.2 yards per play in the second half.
— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) September 3, 2021
11:19 p.m: TOUCHDOWN OHIO STATE. The Buckeyes say “not for long” and immediately respond with a touchdown of their own, this one a 61-yard snag by Chris Olave. Ohio State 44, Minnesota 31. With 4:39 left in the game, it’s going to be tough to see a path to a comeback victory for the Gophers but they’ve been able to get quick offensive scoring bursts when needed at points.
11:15 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN MINNESOTA This time the Morgan-Jackson connection works to perfection as he found Jackson for 22 yards to the Oho State 2-yard line to set up the 2-yard touchdown run for Bryce Williams and it’s a one-score game. Ohio State 38, Minnesota 31. Minnesota refuses to go down without a fight and the Gophers make it a close game with just over five minutes left.
11:14 p.m: Morgan tries to get it all back with one throw and tries to find Daniel Jackson in stride for what would’ve been a touchdown but it falls incomplete and is third-and-8.