One of the first college football games of the year pits an established, perennial Big Ten power in Ohio State against an upstart one in Minnesota.
The Buckeyes are coming off a national championship berth and their first under third-year head coach Ryan Day while the Golden Gophers are just two years removed from a Big Ten title berth and from PJ Fleck taking home Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.
The Buckeyes will be led on offense by freshman signal caller CJ Stroud while Minnesota boasts one of the nation’s top returning running backs in Mohamed Ibrahim who led the conference in both yards and touchdowns and he ranked No. 5 in touchdowns nationally.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights from the Ohio State vs. Minnesota game on Thursday. Follow for complete results from the first marquee Big Ten game of the year.
Ohio State vs. Minnesota score
Ohio State vs. Minnesota live updates, highlights
9:59 p.m: TOUCHDOWN OHIO STATE. C.J. Stroud with tons of time on the play action pass and he finds star wide receiver Chris Olave for a 38-yard touchdown, the first of Stroud’s collegiate career. Ohio State 17, Minnesota 14. Stroud was inaccurate for much of the first half but we’ll see what that score does for his confidence and accuracy as he puts Ohio State back in front.
9:58 p.m: The Buckeyes are going with a run heavy offense out of halftime and Miyan Williams again with a big gain, this time for 15 yards.
9:55 p.m: Ohio State’s first run of the second half is from CJ Stroud who takes it for five yards.
Halftime: Minnesota 14, Ohio State 10
9:39 p.m.: Some halftime stats: The rushing battle is nearly even with 127 yards for the Buckeyes and 124 for the Gophers, though Ohio State has spread the ball around much more and most of Ohio State’s ground yardage came on an early 70+-yard touchdown. Meanwhile, most of Minnesota’s yardage has come from one player rather than one play, with Mohamed Ibrahim totaling 114 yards.
Neither quarterback has played particularly well as Stroud is just 8-for-14 with 58 yards and an interception while Tanner Morgan is just 4-of-10 for 49 yards and a touchdown.
The Gophers have a pretty sizable lead in time of possesion at 18:19 compared to just over 11 minutes for the Buckeyes who trail the first down battle 10-8.
9:34 p.m.: Tanner Morgan is sacked on the Ohio State 41 to bring up fourth-down-and 17 to end the first half with the Gophers up 14-10.
9:31 p.m.: Minnesota sticks with what works and gives it to Ibrahim again, this time for 11 to the Ohio State 45-yard line with just over a minute remaining in the half. Ibrahim, who led the Big Ten in rushing a year ago is up over 100 yards already, with 114 yards on 19 carries.
9:28 p.m.: A huge stop for the Gophers who bring the pressure and force Stroud to run out of bounds at the line of scrimmage. The Buckeyes punt it away with 1:28 left in the second from their own 28. Minnesota takes over at their own 44.
9:27 p.m.: After starting 5-of-7, Stroud is just 3-of-7 since and the Buckeyes face third-and-9 with just over two minutes left in the first half.
9:23 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN MINNESOTA. The third time’s indeed the charm as the Gophers feed Ibrahim one more time and hit paydirt as he notches a 1-yard touchdown run, his first of the season. Minnesota 14, Ohio State 10. The Gophers have the momentum so far with 3:32 left in the second quarter.
9:22 p.m.: Minnesota feeds Ibrahim again, and again comes up short, this time just inside the one on third-and-goal.
9:21 p.m.: Ibrahim is swarmed and picks up no gain from the 3-yard line. Second-and-goal for the Gophers.
9:20 p.m.: Two shots into the endzone from the five-yard line come up short but the Gophers get bailed out on an Ohio State defensive pass interference call.
9:18 p.m.: The Gophers are marching right now and Ohio State doesn’t seem to have an answer as Ibrahim takes it for six yards for the first and then Morgan finds Brevyn Spann-Ford wide open for 16 yards and another first down. Minnesota ball at the Ohio State 7-yard line.
9:16 p.m: MINNESOTA INTERCEPTION. Stroud’s been inaccurate all night and has overthrown several balls. This one finally comes back to haunt him as the Gophers take over with eight minutes left at the 41.
9:11 p.m.: Ohio State is coming out aggressively after the Minnesota touchdown but a Mchigan player is down and being tended to with 8:12 left in the first half.
9:05 p.m: TOUCHDOWN MINNESOTA. Minnesota’s second play in the red zone is a big one as Tanner Morgan goes back shoulder toward the back of the end zone and finds Dyan Wright for a 13-yard score. Ohio State 10, Minnesota 7. Dylan Wright’s first touchdown as a Gopher is a huge one as Minnesota gets right back in it as the former Texas A&M wideout makes his impact felt.
9:03 p.m.: Minnesota stays on the field and goes for it on fourth-and-1 and it pays off big time. First real rush of the game from Ibrahim and the first real taste of why he was the conference’s top running back a year ago. Picks up 56 yards to put the Gophers at the Ohio State 15.
9:00 p.m.: After stopping Minnesota on the run once again, the Gophers are faced with fourth-and-1 on their own 29 with 10:39 left in the second. The Gophers originally opted to go for it but Ryan Day and Ohio State call their first timeout of the half.
8:57 p.m.: Seems as though Ohio State’s defensive line has caught on to Minnesota’s strategy of feeding Mohamed Ibrahim, as he’s swallowed up after a six yard gain, but he hasn’t gotten much separation nor many holes to run.
8:53 p.m.: FIELD GOAL OHIO STATE. The Buckeyes nail the 35-yard field goal as the end to their second offensive drive — a 74-yard one — with limited damage. Ohio State 10, Minnesota 0 with 12:50 left in the second.
8:52 p.m.: Make that 2-for-3 on third down as Ohio State brings out the field goal unit to attempt a 35-yarder with 12:50 left in the second to open the scoring in the second.
8:51 p.m.: After a promising start, Ohio State faces third-and-10, though the Buckeyes are 2-for-2 on third down tonight.
8:50 p.m.: Ohio State Is rolling to start the second quarter as Stroud hits Jeremy Ruckert for 15 yards to move the chains.
First quarter: Ohio State 7, Minnesota 0
8:43 p.m.: P.J. Fleck calls a timeout for the Gophers with 31 seconds left remaining in the first looking at defending second-and-7 on their own 43.
8:41 p.m.: Minnesota gets called for defensive pass interference with 1:18 left in the first with Olave the intended receiver. Gives Ohio State first-and-10 on the Minnesota 46-yard line.
8:39: With three minutes left and counting, Ohio State faces third-and-4 and Master Teague has his offensive line to thank as they create a nice hole for him on a 10 yard rush for a first down.
8:37 p.m.: Ohio State’s second offensive drive of the game begins with 4:37 left in the first quarter at the Buckeyes’ own 9 yard line.
8:33 p.m.: On third-and-2 from their own 46, the Gophers opt to run the wildcat again but Ibrahim is swallowed up for a loss and Minnesota punts it inside the 10-yard line.
8:31 p.m.: Morgan’s first completion of the night is good for a first time after hitting Dylan Wright for 13 yards.
8:29 p.m.: After the Ohio State touchdown to open the scoring, Tanner Morgan and the Golden Gopher offense takes over at their 25-yard line.
8:22 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN OHIO STATE. Miyan Williams takes it 72 yards for the score to cap off a 92-yard opening drive for the Buckeyes. Ohio State 7, Minnesota 0 with 7:22 left in the first quarter.
8:21 p.m.: Stroud’s first attempt to really air it out downfield comes up just short as the ball is just out of reach of Garrett Wilson to bring up second down.
8:19 p.m.: Stroud’s first pass attempt of the season is completed to Garrett Wilson but Chris Olave gets called for the offensive false start to bring up second-and-8.
8:16 p.m.: Minnesota punts from its own 44-yard line and the Buckeyes take over on their own 8 yard line as fans get to see redshirt freshman quarterback CJ Stroud for the first time.
8:15 p.m.: Minnesota’s first pass atempt comes on second and 13 in Ohio State territory and Morgan’s lucky to be back under center for third down as that was nearly picked.
8:14 p.m: The Golden Gophers are 2-for-2 on third down so far tonight, both conversions thanks to Mohamed Ibrahim with a nice gain to help Minnesota march down the field.
8:12 p.m.: Buckeye linebacker Teradja Mitchell gets flagged for targeting on Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan, but upon further review the penalty is waved off and keeps a key Ohio State defender on the field.
8:09 p.m.: After lining up in the wildcat from the 45-yard line, Minnesota gets its first third down conversion of the game.
8:07 p.m.: No surprise and Minnesota goes with star running back Mohamed Ibrahim on its first play from scrimmage for minimal game before Tanner Morgan scrambles and takes it for a first down.
8:03 p.m.: Minnesota wins the toss and opts to receive the football on a 68 degree and rainy night in Minneapolis but they’ll do so without one of their top receivers in Chris Autman-Bell.
How to watch Ohio State vs. Minnesota
- Time: 8 p.m.
- TV channel: Fox
- Live streams: Fox Sports App, fuboTV
The Ohio State vs. Minnesota game is scheduled at start at 8 p.m. ET as the first marquee matchup of the 2021 college football season. It will be broadcast nationally on Fox with Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt on the call along with sideline reporter Jenny Taft.
You can also stream Ohio State vs. Minnesota on the Fox Sports App or with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
Ohio State football schedule 2021
|1||at Minnesota||Sept. 2|
|2||vs. Oregon||Sept. 11|
|3||vs. Tulsa||Sept. 18|
|4||vs. Akron||Sept. 25|
|5||at Rutgers||Oct. 2|
|6||vs. Maryland||Oct. 9|
|7||at Indiana||Oct. 23|
|8||vs. Penn State||Oct. 30|
|9||at Nebraska||Nov. 6|
|10||vs. Purdue||Nov. 13|
|11||vs. Michigan State||Nov. 20|
|12||at Michigan||Nov. 27|
Minnesota football schedule 2021
|1||vs. Ohio State||Sept. 2|
|2||vs. Miami (OH)||Sept. 11|
|3||at Colorado||Sept. 18|
|4||vs. Bowling Green||Sept. 25|
|5||at Purdue||Oct. 2|
|6||vs. Nebraska||Oct. 16|
|7||vs. Maryland||Oct. 23|
|8||at Northwestern||Oct. 30|
|9||vs. Illinois||Nov. 6|
|10||at Iowa||Nov. 13|
|11||at Indiana||Nov. 20|
|12||vs. Wisconsin||Nov. 27|
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