No. 10 Buckeyes break loose with 59-7 rout of Akron

Sep 25, 2021, 8:40 AM | Updated: 9:29 pm
Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson, top, celebrates his touchdown against Akron during the ...

Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson, top, celebrates his touchdown against Akron during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After three tough games — including an upset by Oregon two weeks ago — No. 10 Ohio State got a chance to break in another freshman quarterback and restore some confidence before heading into the teeth of the conference schedule.

The 59-7 rout of Akron on Saturday night likely won’t impress poll voters much, but with so many freshmen on the field the Buckeyes (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) benefited from the extra reps and wide margin for error.

“You can certainly see there’s a lot of guys out there who desperately need these snaps and this experience to keep building,” coach Ryan Day said.

True freshman quarterback Kyle McCord overcame early jitters to throw for 319 yards and two touchdowns, and true freshman TreVeyon Henderson ran for 93 yards and two scores in the first half before being done for the day.

McCord got the nod in place of C.J. Stroud, a freshman who started the first three games but has a sore shoulder and got a breather against the seven-touchdown underdog. McCord was 13 for 18 and got credit for the first touchdown pass of his career when Chris Olave turned a jet sweep toss into a 5-yard score in the first quarter.

Henderson, who broke the school’s single-game freshman rushing record last week — and in the following days picked up endorsement deals with a fast-food restaurant and a Columbus car dealer that netted him a used Camaro — continued to blossom as the next potential Ohio State star.

He averaged 11.6 yards per carry before leaving with the Buckeyes leading 38-7 at the half. He’s averaging 9.5 yards per carry and has six touchdowns in the first four games.

Master Teague III rushed for two second-half touchdowns, and Evan Pryor added another one late.

Ohio State (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) has struggled defensively in the first three weeks, and Akron quarterback DJ Irons exploited some holes to give the Zips (1-4) an early lead. But that didn’t last long. Irons was sacked four times and intercepted twice in the first half, including a 46-yard pick-six by Buckeyes safety Ronnie Hickman.

“I do feel a little bit like in that first series on both sides we were kind of feeling our way around,” Day said. “And then all of a sudden we kick-started and kind of got rolling and played with confidence the rest of the game.”

Haskell Garrett had three of Ohio’s State’s eight sacks in the game.

“We didn’t hone in on our opponent, we honed in on looking at us as a unit, as a whole team,” Garrett said. “Just really focusing on ourselves and making the best of ourselves.”


Akron: The Zips show early signs of being able to make it game, but the talent deficit was too much as the Buckeyes adjusted.

“Our guys went out there and fought hard,” Akron coach Tom Arth said. “They got banged up a little bit, and they just kept fighting. Unfortunately, we just gave up too many explosive plays.”

Ohio State: The Buckeyes get what amounted to a scrimmage before the bigger games resume.


Ohio State senior linebacker K’Vaughan Pope walked off and apparently quit the team during the second quarter, then posted a derogatory tweet about the school that has since been taken down. Day said he didn’t know the details of what happened.

“One of the hard things is you have to play certain guys, and you have to make some decisions on who is playing in those games, and you just really count on the guys to still be great teammates if they’re not getting on the field,” Day said.


With a couple of Top 10 teams losing, the Buckeyes could move up slightly.


Akron: Irons started a second straight game in place of quarterback Kato Nelson, who has a foot injury.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes’ best offensive lineman, Thayer Munford, was out with an ankle injury. … Nose guard Taron Vincent, and defensive ends Tyreke Smith and Javontae Jean-Baptiste were listed as unavailable for unspecified reasons.


Akron: Opens conference schedule on Saturday with a home game against the the Ohio Bobcats, who were routed by Northwestern 35-6.

Ohio State. Resumes Big Ten play Saturday at Rutgers, which lost to No. 19 Michigan 20-13.


Follow Mitch Stacy at


More AP college football: and Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter:

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Australia's Lauren Jackson poses for a selfie with a young fan following their win over Japan at th...
Associated Press

Lauren Jackson, Aussie fans enjoying her World Cup finale

SYDNEY (AP) — Thirty minutes after Australia knocked off Canada in the preliminary round of the women’s basketball World Cup, Lauren Jackson was back on the court signing autographs and posing for selfies with hundreds of adoring fans. They couldn’t get enough of the Australian star and she reciprocated the love, not wanting to leave […]
1 day ago
Germany's head coach Hans-Dieter Flick, left, shakes hands with England's head coach Gareth Southga...
Associated Press

World Cup Watch: European giants showing flaws before Qatar

LONDON (AP) — All roads now lead to Qatar. With the conclusion of the group stage of the Nations League, Europe’s top soccer countries have played their final competitive games ahead of the World Cup. Here’s how things are shaping up for a continent that has provided the last four winners of the World Cup. […]
1 day ago
Two Nepali sherpa guides, second right and fourth right, who survived an avalanche at a lower eleva...
Associated Press

Body of missing famed U.S. extreme skier recovered in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The body of a famed U.S. extreme skier who went missing this week after falling from the world’s eighth-highest mountain was recovered Wednesday and transported to Nepal’s capital. Hilaree Nelson, 49, was skiing down from the 8,163-meter (26,775-foot) summit of Mount Manaslu with her partner, Jim Morrison, on Monday when she […]
1 day ago
El relevista de los Padres de San Diego Nick Martínez reacciona durante el sexto inning del juego ...
Associated Press

Padres beat Dodgers 4-3 in 10 to reduce magic number to 4

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jorge Alfaro is used to being in position to walk off games. Just not with a walk-off walk. Alfaro drew a bases-loaded free pass from Craig Kimbrel with two outs in the 10th inning and the San Diego Padres beat the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Tuesday night […]
1 day ago
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Robbie Raywals walks through the dugout after he was pulled from ...
Associated Press

Mariners’ late slide continues with 5-0 loss to Rangers

SEATTLE (AP) — Robbie Ray has an idea for how to get the Seattle Mariners refocused and hopefully out of their late-season slide. Stop worrying about what is happening elsewhere. “For me, we’ve just got to stop looking at the scoreboard. If it was my choice, we turn that thing off. Because we need to […]
1 day ago
Los Angeles Angels' Matt Duffy (5) scores ahead of a throw to Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy...
Associated Press

Jo Adell’s 8th-inning RBI sends Angels past Athletics, 4-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jo Adell drove in Matt Duffy with a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, Shohei Ohtani extended his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games, and the Los Angeles Angels opened their final homestand of the season with a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. A.J. Puk […]
1 day ago
No. 10 Buckeyes break loose with 59-7 rout of Akron