Replay: Ohio State Buckeyes lose to the Oregon Ducks in the 2021 home opener

Has it really been almost seven years?

Ohio State football will host the Oregon Ducks at noon on Sept. 11 at Ohio Stadium as the two programs meet for the first time since the Buckeyes won their most recent College Football Playoff championship in January 2015. 

The Buckeyes and the Ducks were supposed to play a pair of games with OSU traveling to Eugene, Oregon, in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the game.

Ohio State will play Oregon again in 2032 and 2033. 

Ohio State, ranked No. 3 in both the coaches and AP polls, is coming off a 45-31 win in which the Buckeyes trailed at halftime against Minnesota. Meanwhile Oregon, ranked No. 12 in the AP poll and No. 11 in the coaches poll, survived a 31-24 scare from Fresno State as one of the best players in the country, Kayvon Thibodeaux, suffered an injury. 

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He is not playing today against the Buckeyes. 

"FOX's Big Noon Kickoff" show is on campus. The eyes of the college football world are on Columbus and the Horseshoe is full for the first time since 2019. 

And you can follow the action live with insights from Columbus Dispatch's team of reporters Bill Rabinowitz,Joey Kaufman, Adam Jardy and Lori Schmidt as well as columnist Rob Oller.

Buckeyes suffer loss

For the first time in Ryan Day's coaching tenure in Columbus, the Buckeyes lost a game in the regular season as Oregon held on for a 35-28 win.

They had won their previous 18 regular-season games under Day, spanning to his first full season leading the program in 2019. He also led them to three wins in 2018 as the acting head coach.

With 2:50 to play, C.J. Stroud picked off

The Ducks have taken over after intercepting C.J. Stroud. Verone McKinley grabbed the overthrown pass.

Noah Sewell, Chris Olave: a huge collision

As Buckeyes receiver Chris Olave was headed to the ground, Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell lowered himself and hit Olave, helmet first, in in the middle of the back. Olave seemed stung. Sewell stayed down for an extended period of time before being helped off. With no penalty being called on the play, Ohio State was forced to punt. 

Jaxson Smith-Njigba makes a second touchdown grab, Ducks 35-Buckeyes 28

When the season started, everyone knew Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson were poised to have remarkable seasons. That certainly continues to be the case this afternoon. Olave has 124 yards and Wilson  117. There was a lot of hype surrounding OSU's incoming freshman at the receiver position as well. Today, though, it's sophomore Jaxson Smith-Njigba who seems to have established a special rapport with quarterback C.J. Stroud. The so has two touchdown catches, the latest a 15-yard reception, and has 111 yards on the day.

Oregon makes it look easy, Ducks 35-Buckeyes 21

Thanks to their success in the run game, Oregon was able to use play action to set up a Moliki Matavao touchdown catch. The 14-yard reception was the first today for the tight end. It was Anthony Brown's second passing TD> 

TreVeyon Henderson scores his first collegiate rushing TD, Ducks 28-Buckeyes 21

Ohio State has their first rushing touchdown of the day as TreVeyon Henderson charged ahead for a two-yard score. It is also the first time Henderson has run for a touchdown in a college game. His 77-yard TD against Minnesota came on a pass from C.J. Stroud.

Oregon stops the Buckeyes on fourth down

Ohio State's Chris Olave lobbied vehemently for pass interference in the end zone, but there was no call and the Buckeyes are now unsuccessful on all three of the team's fourth down tries this afternoon. 

Ohio State's defense loses leverage again, Ducks 28-Ohio State 14

The Ducks bounced it outside to score another touchdown. Travis Dye ran it five yards into the end zone. OSU has now given up 223 rushing yards this afternoon. 

Ohio State's Josh Proctor hurt

Buckeyes safety Josh Proctor, who injured his shoulder against Minnesota, was just carted off against Oregon. He was visited on the field by head coach Ryan Day as his right leg was placed in an air cast. Proctor did, however, raise a hand to salute fans as he was driven into the locker room.

Jaxson Smith-Njigba catches a 26-yard touchdown pass, Ducks 21-Buckeyes 14

Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud has some decent numbers today. He's 20-for-26 passing for 261 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His latest score came on a 26-yard pass to Jaxson Smith-Njibga.

Marcus Crowley, Cam Brown hurt and C.J. Verdell scores, Ducks 21-Buckeyes 7

Running back Marcus Crowley was injured on the opening kickoff of the second half and was carted off, holding a towel to try to mask his distraught expression. Shortly after, Oregon's C.J. Verdell scored his third touchdown of the afternoon to give the Ducks a two-touchdown edge. This came on a 77-yard run. The Buckeyes defender with the last chance to stop Verdell, Cam Brown, visited with the OSU trainers.

Halftime: Ducks 14-Buckeyes 7, Kerry Coombs' defense gives up 245 first-half yards

Ohio State trails Oregon at the half, 14-7. The Buckeyes' offense doesn't look nearly as explosive as it did against Minnesota. Right now OSU's longest pass play and its longest rush are both 27 yards. The Buckeyes are also 0-for-2 on fourth down. Just as big of an issue is Ohio State allowing the Ducks offense to average 6.6 yards per play, including 5.7 yards per rush. They have yet to sack quarterback Anthony Brown, and C.J. Verdell has proven to be a versatile weapon: He has 49 yards rushing, 34 receiving and has a touchdown doing each. 

C.J. Verdell scores another 14-yard touchdown, Ducks 14-Buckeyes 7

Ohio State lost containment allowing Oregon's C.J. Verdell to find the edge and score. It was, again, a 14-yard touchdown.  Adding to Ohio State's frustrations? As you can see Haskell Garrett indicating, the play came on fourth down.

C.J. Stroud connects with Garrett Wilson, Buckeyes 7-Ducks 7

Ohio State finally got on the board when quarterback C.J. Stroud, who is 10-for-15 passing so far, hit receiver Garrett Wilson on a 27-yard throw. After relying on the short game early, Stroud has now completed three straight, and the shortest of those went for 15 yards. He has 111 yards total. 

Linebacker Palaie Gaoteote checks in

USC transfer linebacker Palaie Gaoteote made his debut for Ohio State on Oregon’s third offensive series. 

It was only one day after the NCAA determined Gaoteote was eligible to play for the Buckeyes this season.

--Joey Kaufman

Ohio State's MVP so far: punter Jesse Mirco

Jesse Mirco has two punts for the Buckeyes for 95 yards, a 47.5-yard average. He's a big part of the reason that the Ducks have started two of their drives within their own five-yard 

Oregon is the first on the board, Ducks 7-Buckeyes 0

C.J. Verdell ran it 14 yards for a second quarter score and the first points of today's game. That capped a 10-play, 99-yard drive. 

Not much air

Ohio State’s explosive passing game has been slow to arrive against Oregon.

Over the first two drives, quarterback C.J. Stroud completed seven of 10 passes, but only one of them w longer than 10 yards. It was Stroud’s second pass that went 11 yards to wide receiver Garrett Wilson.

-- Joey Kaufman

Still scoreless at Ohio Stadium

There's 3:24 remaining in the first quarter. But the offenses are still having a better day than this guy: 

Treven Ma'ae leaves the game

Already playing without Kayvon Thibodeaux, Justin Flowe and Dru Mathis, Oregon's defense has at least temporarily lost the services of linebacker Treven Ma'ae. The redshirt freshman had to be helped off the field after suffering an apparent lower leg injury. 

C.J. Stroud overshoots early targets to end drive

After a couple high passes by quarterback C.J. Stroud, Ohio State's opening drive ends after the Buckeyes fail to convert on fourth and seven. It was not a bad drive for the freshman overall, however. He has started the game completing 4-of-6 passes for 25 yards.

NFL scouts scheduled to attend today's game

Ohio State has seats reserved today for the Chargers, Titans, Dolphins, Browns, Falcons, 49ers, Eagles (2), Giants, Packers, Texans, Bills (2), Bengals, Panthers (3), Bears, Colts, (2), Vikings, Steelers, Kansas City and Washington. Note that just because an NFL team requested a seat does not mean they end up using it. 

— Lori Schmidt

How did the secondary warm up?

Ohio State’s first-team defense in warmups started out with Bryson Shaw as the single-high safety and Cameron Brown and Denzel Burke as the two outside cornerbacks.

Josh Proctor followed Shaw with the second-team defense, and Sevyn Banks and Lejond Cavazos also warmed up at cornerback with the second team.

While listed as a game-time decision on the Buckeyes’ availability report, Proctor looked like he’d be available. He appeared to injure his shoulder last week in the season opener at Minnesota.

-- Joey Kaufman

Sevyn Banks, Cameron Brown back for Buckeyes

Ohio State will have a pair of potential starters back in its secondary for Saturday’s game against Oregon.

Cornerbacks Sevyn Banks and Cameron Brown, who were sidelined last week in the Buckeyes’ season opener at Minnesota, will be back against the Ducks.

Neither was listed as unavailable on the team’s weekly status report released three hours before kickoff at Ohio Stadium.

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