Buckeyes explains how the offensive rolls at an unstoppable pace

Ohio State senior wide receiver Chris Olave (2) celebrates with redshirt freshman quarterback CJ Stroud (7) after a touchdown during the Ohio State-Maryland game on October 9. Ohio State won 66-17. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo editor

In the last two games of the conference, the No.6 Ohio State outscored opponents by an impressive 118-30.

Against Maryland alone last Saturday, the Buckeyes scored on every record they held aside from their last records of each half. They were 9 for 9 to concede points on full practices, which looks flawless – and senior wide receiver Chris Olave thinks so too.

“We started quickly. We continue to build. Last week and this week we’re pretty darn close to perfect, ”said Olave. “We just have to keep building and having fun with it.”

Ohio State’s total offense ranks first in the Power Five programs and second in the NCAA overall with an average of over 563 yards per game. The wheels of the Buckeyes’ offense train were largely turned by the rise of red-shirted first-year quarterback CJ Stroud.

Stroud said he got past most of his worries about his throwing shoulder, which harassed him for the first month of the season. The California native took home co-offensive player of the week honors for his 406-yard performance against the Terrapins, featuring his second straight week of five passing touchdowns.

“I just feel more comfortable,” Stroud said. “On top of that, God blessed me with supernatural healing of my shoulder. My shoulder is much better.

Stroud said he can feel he and the offense are finally merging, and after three straight games with over 52 points, the gunslinger believes it will only continue.

“It’s just a matter of balance,” Stroud said. “I think the better we can keep riding, keep that momentum, the better balance we’ll have.”

The Buckeyes have achieved stability on the ground and in the air in recent weeks, including producing more than 208 yards each face against Akron and Rutgers, although they fell below the 200-yard threshold in the running game against the Maryland. Ohio State still scored three touchdowns.

Running back TreVeyon Henderson continued his goal streak in every game of his career with the Buckeyes, rushing for 100 yards for the second time this season with two more goals against the Terrapins. He also showed an increased presence in the passing game, as he netted 26 yards among his four catches, having had no more than one in any previous game.

The Ohio State receiving corps also ranks among the Big Ten, with Olave and junior wide receiver Garrett Wilson both tucked in the top four in the conference. Second-year winger Jaxon Smith-Njigba has proven to be a hidden threat in the slot machine, posting his second 100-yard game of the season last week.

“It’s funny. The three guys, we all compete throughout the week trying to get better every day,” said Olave. “We all want the other to get the ball and have fun, make games. We are all happy for each other. We must continue. “

Head coach Ryan Day is involved in much of the planning for the offensive game each week, dating back to his previous two seasons as the Ohio State offensive coordinator in 2017 and 2018.

There are plenty more involved, however, according to Day. The third-year skipper said the rest of his staff, including offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, running backs coach Tony Alford and wide receivers coach Brian Hartline, have all come together to define the call and the execution of the game.

“All the guys in this whole room are helping put this plan in place every week,” Day said. “The most important thing is definitely a clean plan, but to train well and perform at a high level during the week so that when you get to the game you put it back on the pitch. You can’t just show up. on Saturday and expect that to happen. “

Challenges lie ahead, however, and can pose challenges for the Ohio State bulldozer offensive. While they are goodbye this week, the Buckeyes travel to Indiana on October 23 to face a Hoosiers team that scared them in a 42-35 game in 2020.

Beyond the Hoosiers, Ohio State still has three games on the agenda against Big Ten teams ranked in the AP Top 10 alone.

“We still have a lot of football left. We haven’t done anything yet, ”Day said. “The competition will intensify. The games are going to get bigger and bigger. I think we are in a better position than six games ago.

The Ohio State scoring offense has ranked first in the Big Ten for the past four seasons and is poised to continue that streak by placing first by more than 10 points, as they stand today. things.

Day said practice is where keeping that mark it all starts, and Stroud said the Buckeyes train “harder than anyone.” As good as the offense has played, Ohio State still believes the best is yet to come.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” Stroud said. “I really think we’re putting the numbers together and doing the right things. I think this is definitely something we can achieve. If we keep our same momentum and continue to train well, then I think we will get there.

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