A week after throwing 484 yards against Oregon, CJ Stroud endured some of Saturday’s growing pain against Tulsa that was expected for an inexperienced quarterback.
Stroud missed the target on several throws and only passed 185 yards in Ohio State’s 41:20 win over Tulsa.
The redshirt freshman threw an interception in triple coverage and later lost a fumble when he was fired.
“Winning is not easy, but we knew Tulsa were a good team,” he said. You drop eight every game, so it’s difficult to find windows in the passing game. “
Tulsa uses an atypical 3-3-5 defensive stance that dares to attack in order to accept modest wins instead of making big moves. The longest passing game in Ohio State was only 20 yards.
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Stroud didn’t throw a touchdown pass until he met Garrett Wilson at a 12-yarder 3 minutes from time, giving the Buckeyes a 34-20 lead.
Stroud said after the Oregon game that he played through a sore shoulder and that remains a problem.
“I was healthy enough to play,” said Stroud. “I’m definitely not 100%, but who is 100% this time?”
Stroud won the Ohio State quarterback competition in part because the coaches liked the way he handled both success and adversity. He took the game on Saturday as a study opportunity.
“I’m only 19, a Redshirt newbie,” he said. “It’s not an excuse, but I still have a lot to learn about football.
“I feel like I’m getting better and better every week. I know a lot of people may not be okay with this, but that’s fine. I have a god-given talent. Every time I go out I give my blood, sweat and tears. I believe in God and my teammates, and they believe in me. I am not worried about the negativity. I want to be positive. I feel like a great player. “
Early exit for Thayer Munford
Late in the first quarter, left guard Thayer Munford sustained an apparent leg injury and was assisted by two coaches off the field.
Munford put little weight on his right leg as he walked to the sidelines and was later carted into the locker room.
“It doesn’t look long-term,” said coach Ryan Day. “How long? I don’t know. But the pictures and everything that was made don’t look permanent.”
Matthew Jones, a Redshirt junior, stood in for the rest of the game. If Munford is out for at least the coming weeks, Jones will have some starting experience.
He started three left guard games last season, including both college football playoff games, after Harry Miller tested positive for COVID-19.
Status of Zach Harrison
Defensive end Zach Harrison, who missed Tulsa with an unknown injury, will apparently not be out for long.
“We hope to get him back next week,” said Day. “It was kind of a season decision. We thought it would be best to hold him for this game and then bring him back next week. “
During the television broadcast on FS1, announcers pointed out a potential problem Harrison was dealing with, but Day did not reveal details of Harrison’s illness.
Javontae Jean-Baptiste started in his place at the spot across from Tyreke Smith and ended with a tackle.
Cody Simon starts at the linebacker
Second year Cody Simon made his first career start with the linebacker instead of Teradja Mitchell, who didn’t play.
Mitchell warmed up and stayed in uniform on the sidelines but had previously been a game decision due to an undisclosed injury.
Simon finished with three tackles, including one for loss.
Cornerback Sevyn Banks made his season debut when he stepped in in the middle of the second quarter. … Three days after he lost his black stripe, Tyleik Williams suffered his first career failure in the first year. … Tight Ends Gee Scott Jr. and Cade Stover got their first career passes.
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