# 9 Ohio State overcomes mistakes and hangs on to beat Tulsa 41-20


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – It wasn’t pretty, but the Ohio State No. 9 held on to beat Tulsa 41-20 at Ohio Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The defense allowed over 400 passing yards and battled a below-par Tulsa offense while TreVeyon Henderson broke the Archie Griffin one-game running record by a freshman with 270 yards.

The 21-point difference is certainly misleading after Tulsa moved closer to seven points at the start of the fourth quarter. The Buckeyes got some separation after a touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson followed by a six pick from Cam Martinez.

The Buckeyes played without starting defensive end Zach Harrison and center Harry Miller and lost left guard Thayer Munford who left with a leg injury in the first quarter.

Ohio State is forced to kick on its first record. Tulsa covered 81 yards on 16 plays taking over six minutes, but the Buckeyes are holding the Golden Hurricane to a field goal. Tulsa leads 3-0 with 5:40 left in the first quarter.

Offensive lineman Thayer Munford falls with an injury and is helped on the sidelines where medics attend to him.

Matt Jones enters left guard for injured Munford. Ohio State practice stalls and the Buckeyes are content with a 43-yard basket from Noah Ruggles. Buckeyes drew 3-3 with Tulsa after the first quarter.

Tulsa has another long haul by converting several 3rd downs but settles for another basket. The Buckeyes follow Tulsa 6-3 with 10:48 left in the second quarter.

Ohio State is finally setting up full training. The Buckeyes reclaimed the ball for 64 yards in six plays, capped off by a five-yard touchdown by real freshman TreVeyon Henderson. The Buckeyes lead Tulsa 10-6 with 8:44 left in the second quarter.

Ohio State forces Tulsa to kick for the first time with just under seven minutes left in the first half. Cam Martinez and Denzel Burke had some nice breakouts as senior cornerback Sevyn Banks made his first appearance this season.

CJ Stroud is intercepted by Travon Fuller of Tulsa. Stroud tied to force the throw in double cover instead of checking towards Henderson for a shorter payoff. Tulsa takes over on his own 25-yard line with 4:40 left in the first half.

Ohio State responds by forcing a turnover. Real freshman Denzel Burke offers an interception to give the ball back to the Buckeyes at the Tulsa 33-yard line with 3:50 left in the half. The interception was called off after officials reviewed the play and concluded that the Tulsa receiver caught the ball first before Burke took possession.

The defense finally got their turnover just before half-time when Ronnie Hickman knocked out Brin near midfield as the Golden Hurricane tried to score before half-time. Ohio State leads 13-6 at the break.

TreVeyon Henderson goes wild for a 48-yard touchdown to extend Ohio State’s 20-6 lead early in the third quarter.

Tulsa forces a strip sack and collects the fumble. Golden Hurricane capitalizes and scores on a 21-yard pass from Brin to Cannon Montgomery. The Buckeyes lead 20-13 with less than a minute left in the third quarter.

But Ohio State comes right back and scores on a 52-yard rushing touchdown from Henderson who just broke Archie Griffin’s one-game running record by a freshman with 243 yards and counting.

Tulsa and Ohio State trade touchdowns and the Buckeyes lead 34-20 with a Stroud touchdown to Garrett Wilson. The Buckeyes add up to a six-pick from former quarterback-turned-defensive back Cameron Martinez.

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