Ryan Day says offense looked as expected in first half vs. Michigan State
Ryan Day was happy to have the majority of his offense back on the field in Week 11. After juggling injuries throughout the season, the offense was clicking with Kyle McCord working in harmony with Marvin Harrison Jr., TreVeyon Henderson and Cade Stover.
At halftime, the Buckeyes piled up 35 first-half points against Michigan State with every player from that key group scoring a touchdown. McCord threw 3 touchdowns and Harrison scored 3 total touchdowns in the massive performance.
Heading into the locker room, Day said that type of performance is expected anytime the offense hits the field:
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“It’s good to have everyone back and that’s what we expect. Every time we go on the field we’re expecting to score a touchdown,” said Day. “I like the way we ran the ball down in the red zone, good to see us finishing a two-minute drill. That’s how it should look.”
Asked for his halftime message to the team, Day said it would continue to be about relentless effort. The head coach said it’s imperative the team is playing its best football, so the score ultimately doesn’t matter.
“The same thing it was in the first half, just relentless effort. Going as hard as you possibly can,” Day explained. “We’ve got to be playing our best football here, so I say all the time at halftime. We’re either winning/losing or it’s tied. So right now we’re winning, so we’ve got to do the same thing in the second half.”