Buckeyes Beat Gophers 37-3: Game Recap 11/18/23

November 18, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

3 Things About Buckeyes Victory Over Michigan State

1 – Henderson’s big day

TreVeyon Henderson had a big day against the Gophers, running for 146 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.

Henderson set the tone in the second half with a 75-yard touchdown to start the second half. 

2 – Second-half push

After a ho-hum first half, the Buckeyes scored 14 points in 5 plays to get the score to 27-0 and never looked back. 

3 – Harrison 

Marvin Harrison Jr. needed a big day to get himself among the Heisman favorites, but he only had three catches for 30 yards and one touchdown.


Ohio State did not come out to start the game with the right energy, but the start of the second half was much better, and they easily won this game over Minnesota.

Game Summary

TreVeyon Henderson achieved a rushing total of 146 yards and two touchdowns, while Kyle McCord orchestrated a passing game with 212 yards and two scores, propelling No. 3 Ohio State to a commanding 37-3 victory against Minnesota this Saturday.

Looking ahead, the undefeated Buckeyes (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 2) are gearing up for a significant matchup against second-ranked Michigan (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 3) in Ann Arbor next Saturday. The Wolverines secured a 31-24 win against Maryland on the same day.

Henderson showcased his prowess by turning a 13-point halftime lead into a 20-point advantage just 12 seconds into the third quarter, capitalizing on a career-best 75-yard run on the first play of the second half. Following a Minnesota (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) turnover, the Buckeyes extended their lead to 27-0 with Marvin Harrison Jr. snatching a 4-yard TD pass just 55 seconds later.

In other football news, Georgia quarterback Carson Beck delivered a stellar performance with 298 yards and 3 TDs, leading No. 1 Georgia to a 38-10 victory over No. 21 Tennessee. Additionally, Notre Dame wide receiver Jaden Greathouse showcased his skills by scoring a touchdown in a game against Wake Forest, and Hartman’s four TDs led No. 20 Notre Dame to a dominant 45-7 win over his former team Wake Forest. Appalachian State also made headlines by ending No. 18 James Madison’s unbeaten run with a thrilling 26-23 overtime victory.

Harrison contributed significantly with three catches for 30 yards and a TD in less than three quarters, while Henderson, after 15 carries, was rested midway through the third quarter. McCord completed 20 of 30 passes.

Minnesota’s Athan Kaliakmanis completed 11 of 19 passes for 89 yards with an interception and a lost fumble. The Golden Gophers managed to avoid a shutout when Dragan Kesich kicked a 54-yard field goal with 6:54 left in the game.

The Buckeyes faced challenges in the first half, securing a 13-0 lead at halftime, with Henderson’s 9-yard TD capping an 85-yard drive. Ohio State relied on Jayden Fielding’s field goals of 47 and 26 yards for the rest of the first half. Field position played a crucial role, as Minnesota punter Mark Crawford forced Ohio State to start from the 15, 3, 13, 11, and 3 in their five first-half drives.

Up Next – Ohio State vs That Team Up North Saturday, November 25th

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