Ohio State offensive player-by-player PFF grades for Rutgers win

Ohio State moved to 9-0 on the season with a 35-16 win on the road over Rutgers on Saturday.

The Buckeyes went into the halftime break trailing for the first time all season, but outscored the Scarlet Knights 28-7 in the second half to come away with a multiple score victory.

TreVeyon Henderson was the star of the game and showed why he’s one of the best running backs in college football when healthy. After a 207 yard performance last week after returning from injury, Henderson accounted for 208 of the Buckeyes’ 328 total yards on Saturday against Rutgers.

In this article we break down Henderson and the rest of the offense’s performance using Pro Football Focus grades. Though not the ultimate measuring stick, PFF is a good tool because it grades every player on every play.


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Starter: Kyle McCord

PFF Grade | 68.1 (54 snaps)
Stats |
19-of-28 (73.1%), 189 Yards, 3 TD, 1 INT

What It Means

McCord didn’t push the ball downfield much in this game as his 7.6 ADOT was the lowest of the season so far.

Running Backs


Starter: TreVeyon Henderson

PFF Grade | 87.9 (47 snaps)
Stats | 22 attempts for 128 Yards (5.8 avg.), 1 TD, 5 Receptions for 80 Yards

Other: Chip Trayanum

PFF Grade | 50.5 (10 snaps)
Stats | 2 attempts for 6 Yards (3 avg.), 0 TD

What It Means

Treveyon Henderson was the star of the game, rushing for over 200 total yards for the second consecutive game. He made one of the biggest plays of the game on a third down in the fourth quarter when he turned a checkdown into an electrifying 65-yard completion.

Wide Receivers


Starter: Marvin Harrison Jr.

PFF Grade | 69.2 (53 snaps)
Stats | 7 targets, 4 receptions, 25 Yards, 2 TD

Starter: Emeka Egbuka

PFF Grade | 63.3 (33 snaps)
Stats | 5 targets, 4 receptions, 29 Yards, 0 TD, 1 Attempt for 4 Yards

Starter: Julian Fleming

PFF Grade | 48.9 (30 snaps)
Stats | 1 target, 0 receptions

Other: Carnell Tate

PFF Grade | 76.8 (23 snaps)
Stats | 2 targets, 2 receptions, 31 Yards

Other: Xavier Johnson

PFF Grade | 53.0 (10 snaps)
Stats | 1 target, 1 reception, 0 Yards, 1 Attempt for 5 Yards

What It Means

The Buckeyes didn’t utilize the downfield passing attack in this game with McCord attempted just one throw of 20+ yards downfield.

Tight Ends


Starter: Gee Scott Jr.

PFF Grade | 59.5 (48 snaps)
Stats | 4 targets, 3 receptions, 24 Yards, 1 TD

Other: Patrick Gurd

PFF Grade | 51.6 (14 snaps)
Stats | 0 targets

What It Means

With Cade Stover out with injury, Gee Scott Jr. was utilized more as a receiver and he got the Buckeyes on the board with an impressive 14-yard touchdown grab.

Offensive Line

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Left Tackle: Josh Simmons

PFF Grade | 79.1 (54 snaps)
Stats | 83.1 run block grade, 58.4 pass block grade, 2 pressures allowed on 27 pass block snaps

Left Guard: Donovan Jackson

PFF Grade | 88.1 (54 snaps)
Stats | 89.3 run block grade, 86.2 pass block grade, 0 pressures allowed on 27 pass block snaps

Center: Carson Hinzman

PFF Grade | 57.1 (54 snaps)
Stats | 58.7 run block grade, 42.8 pass block grade, 3 pressures allowed on 27 pass block snaps

Right Guard: Matthew Jones

PFF Grade | 67.2 (54 snaps)
Stats | 64.7 run block grade, 79.7 pass block grade, 0 pressures allowed on 27 pass block snaps

Right Tackle: Josh Fryar

PFF Grade | 71.9 (54 snaps)
Stats | 72.0 run block grade, 63.4 pass block grade, 1 pressure allowed on 27 pass block snaps

Other: Luke Montgomery

PFF Grade | 60.0 (2 snaps)
Stats | 59.5 run block grade

What It Means

Donovan Jackson had his best performance of the season. He allowed zero pressures in pass protection and received an 89.0 run blocking grade.

Story originally appeared on Buckeye Wire