Jeremy Ruckert climbs in Ohio State football record book


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –Jeremy Ruckert comes very close to Ohio State’s all-time list for touchdowns.

Scoring two 54-7 wins in Indiana on Saturday night, his career tally climbed to 11, leaving him close to matching Jake Stoneburner for most in program history.

His first touchdown came late in the second quarter on a 2-yard catch, followed by a 14-yard jump in the third quarter as he passed Indiana linebacker Aaron Casey in the end zone.

“I’ve always said since I’ve been here, some days it’s in the running game, some games it’s in the passing game,” Ruckert said of his impact. “Whatever it is, doing plays when your name is called out is just the culture.”

Ruckert’s five receptions for 47 yards were also a season high.

Ohio State Defensive Line Grouping

The Buckeyes had a reworked starting combination on the defensive line in Indiana with Jerron Cage making his first start of the season on a defensive tackle.

Cage’s only previous start came in last season’s college football playoff final loss to Alabama when he replaced Tommy Togiai, who was sidelined following a COVID test -19 positive.

Seeing a bigger role, Cage finished with three total tackles, including one for a four-yard loss.

Javontae Jean-Baptiste also made his second straight start on defense despite the return of Tyreke Smith, who had missed the previous three games. He had a tackle, just like Smith.

Protection of OSU passes

After allowing five sacks in last season’s game against Indiana, the Buckeyes saw better pass protection in their rematch.

Quarterback CJ Stroud has only been knocked down once on Memorial Stadium turf. It was a play made in the third quarterback by Indiana linebacker and All-American contestant Micah McFadden.

Otherwise, the Hoosiers exerted minimal pressure on Stroud, who was also never officially in a hurry.

Ohio state has not allowed multiple sacks in a game since a Sept. 25 win over Akron and has only allowed nine in seven games in 2021.

No Quinn Ewers for the trip

First-year quarterback Quinn Ewers did not travel with the Buckeyes for Saturday’s game in Indiana after taking part in the previous road trip to Rutgers on October 2.

The walk-on JP Andrade took his place as the fourth quarterback on the travel list, although Kyle McCord and Jack Miller were the only substitutes to take the field against the Hoosiers.

Ewers, a top prospect who graduated from high school a year earlier to enroll at Ohio State in August, has not been in a game this season.

Coach Ryan Day said earlier in the week that Ewers was “not quite ready” to make his college debut.

Etc.

After seeing a limited role to start the season, super senior Marcus Williamson made his second straight start to the slots corner. … Cornerback Sevyn Banks was credited with his first assist of the season. … Freshman wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. caught two passes for 34 yards, giving him the first multi-reception game of his career. … After a second quarter safety, rookie Emeka Egbuka returned a 42-yard kickoff, the second week in a row he had a long throwback.

Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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