The Minnesota Gophers (3-2), led by quarterback Zack Annexstad, met the No. 3 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, led by quarterback Dwayne Haskins, in a Week 6 Big Ten NCAA football game on Saturday, October 13, 2018 (10/13/18) at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
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Here’s the AP recap:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns as No. 3 Ohio State held off persistent Minnesota to win 30-14 Saturday in a game where little went well for the Buckeyes beyond their passing game.
The Buckeyes (7-0, 4-0) needed a pair of Blake Haubiel second-half field goals and a late TD pass from Haskins to K.J. Hill to put away the Gophers (3-3, 0-3).
Hill also made the play of the game with a turn-around, one-hand grab that he turned into a touchdown in the second quarter. He had a career-high nine catches for 187 yards.
For the second straight week, a heavy underdog came into Ohio Stadium and shut down the Buckeyes’ running game. The Gophers held tailbacks J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber to a total of 86 yards, without a single carry longer than 11.
For Minnesota, Mohamed Ibrahim turned in a career day of his own, rushing 23 times for 157 yards and two scores.
Also for another week, Ohio State showed a weakness for giving up big plays. Ibrahim ripped off runs of 25 and 34 yards on the way to 105 yards in the first half. Minnesota had 396 total yards, with Ohio State piling up 504 behind Haskins’ passing.
Minnesota: The Gophers hurt themselves with three turnovers, two of which led to 10 points for the Buckeyes, a two missed field goals. True freshman walk-on quarterback Zack Annexstad threw two interceptions, but also flashed some potential.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes stay unbeaten despite making plenty of mistakes and Minnesota staying in the game until almost the end. Problems persist with running the ball and the defense allowing big plays.
Minnesota: At Nebraska on Saturday.
Ohio State: At Purdue on Saturday.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: NCAA football, Week 6
When: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus
Time: 12 p.m. Eastern
Line: OSU -29.5
Series record: Ohio State leads 44-7.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The Buckeyes look to keep scoring lots of points and rolling over opponents in the second half while avoiding a trap game that could keep them out of the College Football Playoff. Minnesota coach PJ Fleck is looking for some more growth from an injury-bitten team full of freshman and sophomore starters carrying the load.
Minnesota QB Zack Annexstad vs. Ohio State secondary. Annexstad, a fearless true freshman walk-on who taken some lumps, was decent in the loss to Iowa last week, finishing with 218 passing yards and three touchdowns. Ohio State’s defensive backs struggled in the first half against Indiana last week, getting burned for some big plays and picking up four pass-interference penalties.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Minnesota: WR Tyler Johnson. One of the team’s most experienced offensive players, the junior has 28 catches for 402 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns.
Ohio State: Dwayne Haskins Jr. Who else? With a corps of experienced receivers who get open, Haskins is on track to break a bunch of single-season school passing records. He had a career-high 455 yards and six touchdowns last week against Indiana.
FACTS & FIGURES
Ohio State LB Malik Harrison and DE Jonathan Cooper are in concussion protocol and are questionable for Saturday. … Ohio State has won nine straight games in the Minnesota series going back to 2001. … Fleck was a graduate assistant under former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel in 2006. … The Ohio State defense has recorded at least six tackles for loss in every game this season. … Buckeyes receivers K.J. Hill, Austin Mack and Parris Campbell have at least one catch in all six games. … Minnesota has allowed 13 sacks, tied for the most in the Big Ten, and is averaging 3.5 yards per carry on the ground, third-lowest in the conference. … The Gophers have the 21st best defense in the country, allowing 324 yards per game; the Buckeyes’ defense is 56th at 365 yards per game.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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