Ryan Day can make the tough call. Here are 4 more things we learned from the Ohio State-Tulsa game

Brian White
The Columbus Dispatch

Tulsa played Ohio State tough, and the Buckeyes needed some fourth-quarter theatrics to pull away from the Golden Hurricane.

Ohio State fans saw a new defense, a new defensive play-caller and a new superstar on offense.

Here are five things we learned from Saturday's game:

Ryan Day can make the tough decision

Every Ohio State fan outside of the Coombs family wanted a change. The national talking heads wanted a change, too. But coaches are known to not bow to public pressure, and when Ryan Day said late in the week that he wasn't sure if he was going to switch defensive play-callers, it sure felt like more of the same was coming.

But on Saturday, defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs was sent to to the upstairs coaching box while secondary coach Matt Barnes took over the defense. Coombs is said to have had a lot of input, but a change was made and Day made it clear he was not afraid to shake things up, even when it involves the demotion of a popular, loyal coach.

The next great Buckeye back is among us

We saw a glimpse of TreVeyon Henderson in one play at Minnesota. Still, Ohio State boasted a running-back-by-committee mentality. The committee was moved to second string on Saturday as the electric freshman rumbled for 277 yards and three touchdowns. He is fast, strong and fearless and looks like the next great Buckeye back.

Chris Olave is either human or was ignored

Gee Scott Jr. had more catches than Chris Olave on Saturday. So did Cade Stover and Master Teague. Your neighbor had the same amount as the future NFL star. All who have watched Olave glide through secondaries over the years never saw a catch-less day coming, especially against Tulsa. It's a good bet that won't happen again this year.

Ohio State fans have no tolerance for anything short of greatness

Is it lack of tolerance? Is it being spoiled? Or is it that the equation of high prices + COVID fears + lousy opponent all melded to present the lowest attendance since 1971? Before leaning on that equation as the answer, note that plenty of boos rained down from the Buckeyes' fans when Tulsa kept hanging around. It all makes for interesting guesses for what the crowd will be for next week's game against Akron.

The McCord/Sawyer/Ewers watch might be nearing

C.J. Stroud lit up Minnesota and Oregon, but clearly was off against Tulsa. Clunkers are allowed, especially by freshmen. But Stroud admitted afterward that he has a sore throwing shoulder. That means that all eyes will be on his arm next week (Did he wince? Is he favoring it?), and on the sideline where all those other freshmen phenoms wait.

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