3 takeaways from Ohio State's victory over Youngstown State
Ohio State came out of Week 1 with a win over Indiana but left some fans feeling unsettled as opposed to secure in the team’s performance. Fortunately, Week 2 went much better.
Kyle McCord threw an early touchdown pass to Marvin Harrison Jr., and that set the tone for the afternoon. Both players had big games, and Ohio State was able to get a number of backups meaningful snaps with the final outcome decided early.
When the final whistle blew, the Buckeyes had capped a 35-7 win over Youngstown State to move to 2-0 on the season. Here are 3 key takeaways from the victory:
Ohio State has a clear No. 1 RB
Ohio State entered the season with a deep and talented backfield, leading some to wonder how the carries would be split up throughout the season. On Saturday, TreVeyon Henderson left no doubt about who should receive the majority of those carries moving forward.
Henderson finished the game with 5 carries for 56 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a dynamic score and one impressive hurdle from the game. Henderson even added 2 catches for 18 yards.
Behind Henderson, Miyan Williams will certainly be utilized heavily and was also impactful against the Penguins, but there is undeniably a different feel when Henderson has the ball in his hands.
As long as Henderson remains healthy, he should be leaned on in the majority of Ohio State’s big games this fall.
Kyle McCord is the definitive starter moving forward
McCord serving as the team’s starter was always the likely outcome in Columbus this fall. The management of the position in the season opener also indicated Ryan Day and his staff trust the junior more than Devin Brown, and Saturday’s performances solidified why.
During his time in the game, McCord finished 14-for-20 for 258 yards and 3 touchdowns. He managed the offense efficiently and looked in control throughout the afternoon.
That’s not to say Brown looked poorly when he did play. Brown finished 7-for-13 for 101 yards and showed that his scrambling ability adds a different element, but the comfort level between the two was noticeable.
Brown could have a package of plays within the offense this season, and that feels likely at this point. But, as for the starter, there’s no reason to doubt McCord is the guy as we hit Week 3 and beyond.
Marvin Harrison Jr. awakens — in a big way
During a Week 1 win, Harrison was limited to 2 catches for 18 yards — and one scary-looking fall that had Buckeye fans holding their breath. The wide receiver was okay, even though he had a potential touchdown called back due to a penalty.
The drought for Ohio State’s lead receiver did not last until the second drive of Week 2 with Kyle McCord hooking up with him for a 71-yard score. That was just a glimpse of things to come with the duo combining for a massive afternoon.
Harrison finished with 7 catches for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns with most of that production coming in the first half. He was eventually pulled from the game with the lead well in hand and secured a bit of history in the process.