Ohio State RB TreVeyon Henderson held out of second half at Rutgers as precaution
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Running back TreVeyon Henderson was held out of the second half of Ohio State’s 52-13 win over Rutgers on Saturday night as a precaution.
In his postgame news conference, Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said Henderson was “ready to go” after being sidelined due to a big hit, but he opted to rest the freshman phenom.
“I just felt like I didn’t want to take a chance,” Day said.
Making his third consecutive start, Henderson took his first carry for a 44-yard touchdown on the Buckeyes’ opening drive and would finish with 71 rushing yards on eight carries, all of them coming during the first quarter.
“He’s still young, he’s still learning,” Day said, “but he has a ton of home-run ability.”
Day did not provide specifics on what prompted Henderson to leave the game. Trainers spent most of the second quarter evaluating him. They mostly sat on a bench on the visiting sideline at SHI Stadium before moving into a medical tent for a few minutes. It was not clear what might have been hobbling Henderson.
Reserve running backs Marcus Crowley, Evan Pryor and Master Teague all spelled Henderson over the final three quarters.
Day singled out Crowley and Teague for “running hard.” Teague had 52 rushing yards on 11 carries, while Crowley picked up 47 yards on six carries.
Milestone for Mitch Rossi
Tight end Mitch Rossi, a senior and former walk-on who was put on scholarship before this season, caught his first career touchdown early in the second quarter.
On second-and-goal at the 1-yard line, Rossi was lined up as a fullback out of the I-formation and ran toward the flats when quarterback C.J. Stroud flicked a pass in his direction.
Day later gushed about Rossi’s dedication to the program, feeling it was a deserved moment.
“Mitch has done everything we’ve asked him to do,” he said. “He’s a very tough young man. He works really, really hard. He deserves everything that he’s getting, because he’s the quarterback of the punt team, he plays fullback on goal line, all those thankless jobs. And I’m glad we have him. He’s one of the more reliable guys on our team.”
Return of Thayer Munford
Thayer Munford regained his starting spot at left guard in his return from injury.
Munford hurt his right ankle or leg against Tulsa on Sept. 18 and missed last week’s game against Akron.
But the Buckeyes also shuffled the offensive line a bit against the Scarlet Knights.
To start the second half, Munford lined up at left tackle to allow Matt Jones to see playing time at left guard. Jones also filled in at right guard during the first half for Paris Johnson.
Chris Olave has moved into a tie with Chris Carter for third on Ohio State’s career touchdown receptions list with 27.
“That’s a lot, he said. “I just got to keep getting better and keep climbing.”
Olave twice reached the end zone against the Scarlet Knights.
Travel roster additions
Five true freshmen, including quarterback Quinn Ewers, made the travel roster for the first time at Rutgers.
The others included long snapper Mason Arnold, safety Jantzen Dunn, offensive lineman Toby Wilson and Pryor. Both Arnold and Wilson are walk-ons.
Big Ten teams are allowed to bring 75 players on the road.
Sevyn Banks made his second consecutive start at the outside corner spot opposite true freshman Denzel Burke.
He got off to a slow start when he was flagged for pass interference on the first play.
Safety Ronnie Hickman led the Buckeyes in tackles for the third time in five times. He had 11 on Saturday. … The Buckeyes had only four available scholarship linebackers available against Rutgers after Palaei Gaoteote, who was listed as a game-time decision on the pregame availability report, was ruled out during warmups.