Columbus, Ohio ̵1; Ohio State No. 3 is set for the team’s third match of the 2020 season on Saturday when Rutgers arrives at Ohio Stadium. Buckeyes started the season 2-0 in a Big Ten eight-game season.
The Scarlet and Gray kicked off the season with an impressive 52-17 victory over Nebraska. Last week, Ohio State sailed to Penn State, which was then a top 20 match, and beat the Nittany Lions 38-25 at Beaver Stadium. Buckeyes currently leads 2-0 1/4 of the way of the 2020 season.
Rutgers follows a new regime with former Ohio State defense coordinator Greg Schiano, currently in charge for the second time at Piscataway. The term was off to a positive start with a 1-1 record to kick off in 2020. The Scarlet Knights kicked off the season with a 38-27 win over Michigan State before falling to Indiana 37-21.
Scarlet and Gray are the most beloved contenders in this competition but have to make sure to handle the business against Rutgers or derail any potential Big Ten championships and national title hopes. The game between the State of Ohio and the Scarlet Knights is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network. Follow below for updates and analysis throughout the game.
- Marcus Williamson just dropped what was supposed to be an easy 6-pick. That kind of night out of the State of Ohio.
- Steele Chambers fumbles. Rutgers recovered.
- Trey Sermon with a 36-yard run but was shot down. Looks like his head has landed.
- Second year Redshirt Kamryn Babb is in the game. He’s been through the past two years with a knee injury.
TOUCHDOWN (7:17) Ohio State 49 Rutgers 27
- Another catch and run away when Buckeyes failed to hit the easy shots left Rutgers deep within the five yard line. Then it was an easy touchdown run by Johnny Langdon.
- Problem solving at the high school level, just the high school level in general, is poor for the State of Ohio. Tyreke Johnson in particular is pretty bad.
TOUCHDOWN (11:15) Ohio 49 Rutgers 21
- Justin Fields responded, sending an absurd pass to Chris Olave in the front corner to open the scoring.
- Justin Fields held the ball for too long and fouled. Not a great way to start a drive.
TOUCHDOWN (12:46) Ohio State 42 Rutgers 21
- Rutgers used the side margin and Bo Melton took it for six. Josh Proctor blocked the two-point conversion.
- Ohio cannot get anything and be punished from its own endzone.
TOUCHDOWN (14:55) Ohio State 42 Rutgers 15
- Jovani Haskins with the beating of Shaun Wade of the State of Ohio. That won’t alleviate fears of fans about Wade after last week.
- Once again, the Scarlet Knights are looking to move the ball into this Buckeye defense.
- Ohio State then kicked the ball out of the box. This is anything but a clean game.
TOUCHDOWN (4:49) Ohio 42 Rutgers 9
- Buckeyes returned to the board with a seven-time play after an immediate kickback. Justin Fields found Jeremy Ruckert for the encounter.
- After review, it is the Ohio State ball. Gee Scott Jr. with clear recovery.
- Rutgers tried a sneak-in kick. It worked. Ryan Day has been unhappy with the special teams since last week …
- The Ohio State offense was a bit stagnant at just 20 yards in the first two drives of this second half. Buckeyes will almost certainly want to continue this after Scarlet Knights finds the endzone once again.
- Garrett Wilson got off the stationary bike and returned with the rest of the team on the bench during that last Rutgers drive. He’s flexing his knees in a good way.
TOUCHDOWN (8:08) Ohio State 35 Rutgers 9
- A direct catch to increase the score 68, followed by a throw-in pass to easily knock down an attacking striker. Rutgers is back with the procedure bag.
- Garrett Wilson was being spotted on the sidelines. He was moving around on the bench and was now on a stationary bicycle.
- Drue Chrisman pinned Rutgers at the one-yard line with his swing.
- Justin Fields was forced to use his legs over three and long but couldn’t get it. Buckeyes will play.
- Josh Myers missed a save in the second and 20 minutes after a penalty and Justin Fields had to get off the ball quickly. Incomplete to the tight end.
Thinking between breaks
- Buckeyes is handling the business with no problems in that first half. Ohio has a total of 353 yards, Rutgers has 83 yards.
- Justin Fields is doing Justin Fields things. He passed 15/17 within 232 yards and three touches of the ball, plus a quick touch of the ball. The only negative thing is that he doesn’t need to receive the ball due to holding the ball for too long.
- Eight players from the State of Ohio had the reception. The six players also have carry. Buckeyes are sprinkling balls around.
- On defense, there isn’t much to say. Scarlet and Gray are working on highly anticipated plays about them and there is nothing Rutgers can do. It was a very solid first half for Baron Browning.
TOUCHDOWN (1:22) Ohio State 35 Rutgers 3
- Buckeyes blew this up. The state of Ohio moves quickly down the pitch and into the final area again, this is the Master Teague with a nine-meter run.
- Justin Fields did a bit wrong in this game. He’s held the ball for too long a few times. He just got fired in the last play.
- It was the 50th touch pass of Justin Fields’s Ohio career in just his 17th match.
TOUCHDOWN (5:42) Ohio State 28 Rutgers 3
- Justin Fields hit the ball six times with an eight-yard pass to Garrett Wilson in the back of the end area. It sounds easy again but it’s a hard, well-done game.
- Justin Hilliard with forced recovery and fumbling in that play. Ohio received the ball at Rutgers’ 32-yard line.
TOUCHDOWN (9:30) Ohio State 21 Rutgers 3
- Justin Fields rolled to the right and hit Chris Olave in stride. That looks easy. It’s not.
- Buckeyes line up to play punt but it’s fake. Steele Chambers goes up 38 meters into the middle.
- Three of the four Ohio State freshmen received it in that final broadcast. A penalty of negation completes Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
- The State of Ohio uses tight ends as a full-back tonight. Going to old school.
TOUCHDOWN (14:54) Ohio 14 Rutgers 3
- Justin Fields with a seven-meter run easily got out. Buckeyes with an easy score.
- Justin Fields picked Garrett Wilson in a reception at 34 yards. Chris Olave and Jeremy Ruckert were both wide open
- Ryan Day just played from Rutgers’ 39-meter line. That is not special.
- Justin Fields is fired. Josh Myers misses the left post. A Rutgers defender comes down.
AREA GOAL (6:11) Ohio State 7 Rutgers 3
- The 30-yard goal-scoring effort comes from Rutgers … and it’s good.
- Rutgers were involved in the endzone but the holding was called. Touchdown is disabled and Scarlet Knights is backed up.
- Some tricks from Greg Schiano early on with the opposite. It was about the third creative play they used.
- Justin Hilliard made his first appearance in the linebacker position at the start of the game’s second Ohio State drive.
- Jakes Seibert tried and got the first point of his career after that match.
TOUCHDOWN (10:05) Ohio State 7 Rutgers 0
- Justin Fields has Jameson Williams open wide and touches the receiver in the bottom area to touch the ball 38 yards.
- In addition to the pistol, Luke Farrell lined up alongside Justin Fields as a full-back. Ohio ran away from it, but it was a new Buckeyes squad.
- Master Teague with one big run to get the game started. He picked 25 yards in his opening game for the State of Ohio.
- Five-and-out for Rutgers. Pete Werner ends Rutgers’s opening wave.
- Dominic DiMaccio will launch for the State of Ohio.
- Tuf Borland is the Ohio State game captain. Brendon White is the captain for Rutgers. Buckeyes won the game and decided to postpone it. Scarlet Knights will accept to open the game.
- Both teams are out and the national anthem is playing.
- Both teams have returned to the locker room ready for the upcoming match about 20 minutes.
- The teams are on the field and ready to start fighting.
Here are some of our coverage from the week leading up to the game:
10 urgent questions for Ohio State vs. Rutgers
Buckeye’s defense continued to improve
Staff predictions for the State of Ohio vs. Rutgers
Scarlet and Gray don’t have 10 players who receive a scholarship against Scarlet Knights
Everything you need to know about Buckeyes and Rutgers
There is more Harry Miller than football
Ohio State’s trailer for Rutgers will be hyped by fans
Big Ten is tackling its rule regarding false positive COVID-19 tests
Update from Ryan Day’s last comments to the media ahead of Rutgers
Tommy Togiai broke with a three-bag game
How to watch the State of Ohio against Rutgers
Buckeyes are using more safety looks this year
Greg Schiano fondly recalled his time in the State of Ohio
Ryan Day wants to make sure Scarlet and Gray are playing at their level
Kerry Coombs need players to rank up in the side Buckeye
Ryan Day said Cam Burrow’s injury was “very costly”
Jonathon Coopers’ performance against Penn State was “what is it supposed to be”
What happened in the second second for defense Buckeye?
First look when Greg Schiano returns to Ohio State