Yes, a win is a win, and the Buckeyes will have a chance to get to 3-0 next week, but, sometimes those wins don’t always feel the same. This one felt like Ohio State should have won by more than the final margin, especially considering YSU’s level of talent compared to the home teams.
However, there were some very good performances, 5 stars, and some not so good, 1 star, in today’s win. Find out below who earn what distinction for Ohio State today.
5 ⭐️ - Quarterback Kyle McCord
Kyle McCord finds Marvin Harrison Jr. for their second TD connection of the first quarter.
— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) September 9, 2023
Entering this week, one of the biggest questions surrounding the team was how long the quarterback derby would last. After today, this shouldn’t be a question — Kyle McCord has earn the unquestioned starting job. He was fantastic during the first half, throwing for 253 yards on 13-of-18 attempts and three touchdowns. That stat line earned him plenty of rest during the second half.
4 ⭐️ - Running back TreVeyon Henderson
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 9, 2023
Is TreVeyon back? He very well might be. After a sluggish start last week, the junior running back looked like he did his freshman season: explosive. Henderson’s speed and agility were on display on Saturday, and it’s great to see him healthy. Anytime you average nearly 10 yards-per-carry, you are doing a great job, and Henderson was better than that Saturday: 11.2 per tote.
3 ⭐️ - Marvin Harrison Jr.
If you look just at the box score, it would seem like Harrison Jr. had a big- time game. He did. However, he left more than a few catches and yards out there. There were times when he lacked the effort we normally see from him. Harrison Jr. very well could have had 200 yards at halftime, so it’s a mixed bag for me on his performance today. But, hey, you can expect him to be there when the chips are down.
2 ⭐️ - Tackling
Poor tackling by Ohio State early
— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) September 9, 2023
Not the best effort from the Ohio State defense this weekend. The YSU offense moved the ball due to the Buckeyes missing multiple tackles, either behind the line of scrimmage or to stop extra yardage. The Penguins were slipping attempts or bouncing off them. This Buckeye defense needs to do a better job of wrapping up and bringing the ball carriers down.
⭐️ - The offensive line
Josh Simmons is a disaster so far today.
— The South Stands (@south_stands) September 9, 2023
It’s just bad on all ends. The O-line lacked the push needed to move the smaller, less talented Penguin defensive linemen. Multiple penalties negated big plays. Josh Simmons had a hold and facemask called on him (that cost Henderson a touchdown). Carson Hinzman had a hold in the first half. There was a better effort to clean some of that up in the second half, but this group should have imposed its will from the start against Youngstown Sate. It was a disappointing performance for this unit in my opinion.