Stroud shoots 6 TDs, No. 5 Ohio Street blasts No. 7 Mich Street
Columbus, Ohio – CJ Stroud threw for nearly 400 yards and six touchdowns in the first half as No. 5 Ohio State made it look easy in the 56-7 Michigan State No. 7 blast on Saturday.
Stroud finished 32-for-35 against a meager Spartans defense, which allowed more yards in the air than any major college football field, and positioned itself as the likely top Heisman Trophy heading into the championship extension of the season.
Kenneth Walker III, who had hoped for Heisman, was turned into a passive character by Al Bucky’s, Michigan’s leading Nation Leader (9-2, 6-2, CFP No. 7). Walker had six mounts for 25 yards.
By the time Stroud took a seat late in the third quarter, he had accumulated 432 yards for the Buckeyes (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten, CFB No. 4), who had polished their Premier League resume and sent a warning to the center. Eighth in Michigan ahead of next week’s competition match that could end in determining the winner of the Big Ten East.
“You can see our ability,” said Ohio State coach Ryan Day. “We play really good football, clean football. We have a high ceiling, and we are still striving for greatness.”
All of the Buckeyes’ first three receivers crossed the 100-yard mark and caught touchdown passes. Chris Olaf had seven hits for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Garrett Wilson grabbed seven for 126 and a pair of hits, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba had 10 receptions for 105 yards and a TD.
Ohio State led 49-0 in the first inning and outplayed the Spartans 655-224.
“We were shocked,” Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said.
The Big Picture
Michigan State: The Spartans, who knocked out their Michigan top-10 rival three weeks ago, weren’t sent out of the playoff photo at the Big Ten East, they were frustrated. They’ve shown a lot of improvement this season under second year coach Mel Tucker, but they haven’t yet made their way to Ohio State.
Ohio State: Can Anyone Slow Down Pokes? The offense recorded touching all seven of the first half’s possessions, until coach Ryan Day backed away from the gas. The defense forced two first half transformations that helped bring about the avalanche.
The Buckeyes scored 50 points for the sixth time this season.
The repercussions of the opinion poll
An impressive win could lift the Buckeyes up the rankings, with another match in the spotlight next week in Ann Arbor. Michigan State, with a second loss, will falter.
Michigan State: Pennsylvania hosts the season finale.
Ohio State: Close the season with an annual clash and vine with Michigan.
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