No. 12 Oregon faces its toughest test of the season when the Ducks travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on No. 3 Ohio State — not good for a Ducks team that needed all four quarters to beat Fresno State 31-24 in Week 1.
But then, the Buckeyes face the same situation; they got Minnesota’s best shot in their season-opening game, only sealing the game with a 61-yard touchdown connection between C.J. Stroud and Chris Olave with fewer than five minutes left in the game. The Buckeyes won 45-31 but, as the score indicates, this Ohio State defense is susceptible to giving up points.
That’s good news for Oregon, fresh off a game in which it put up only 358 yards. Anthony Brown, who completed 15 of 24 passes for 172 yards against the Bulldogs, will need to have a considerably better game if Oregon wants to have a real shot at beating Ohio State. If he does improve from Week 1, he could lead the Ducks to their first series victory over the scarlet and gray in 10 tries.
Similarly, look for Stroud to clean up some small mistakes and accuracy issues against Minnesota. Whether Oregon can get pressure on him will go a long way in determining how he plays. To that end, the loss of defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux and linebacker Justin Flowe could be a huge hit to Oregon’s defense success.
With that, Sporting News has you covered on live updates and highlights from Oregon vs. Ohio State in Columbus:
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Ohio State vs. Oregon live updates, highlights
Live updates will begin around kickoff at noon ET
12:45: TOUCHDOWN OREGON. CJ Verdell rushes into the endzone for 14 yards to give the Ducks their first scoring drive. Camden Lewis makes the extra point to give Oregon the lead 7-0. The Ducks’ first drove 99 yards down the field in 10 plays.
First Quarter: Ohio State 0, Oregon 0
12:40: Brown makes another completion to CJ Verdell for a 20-yard gain, forcing a first down at the Ohio State 39-yard line.
12:38: Anthony Brown makes a 19-yard completion to Devon Williams to give the Ducks a first down at the 42-yard line.
12:33: Instead of going for the field goal from the Ducks 34-yard line, the Buckeyes punted to give Oregon the first down at their own one yard line.
12:32: Ducks’ safety Verone McKinley makes another defensive play to stop Cade Stover from making the reception on the Buckeyes on second down.
12:28: Stroud makes a 14-yard run to make the first down. He takes a hit while heading out of bounds, with a penalty called against Ducks’ Dontae Manning to force a 15-yard penalty and first down for the Buckeyes.
12:22: Miyan Williams runs the ball for a four-yard gain to give the Buckeyes the first down.
12:18: Oregon punter Tom Snee plants the ball inside the Ohio State 5 yard line.
12:16: Ronnie Hickman makes a tackle to hold the Ducks from making the first down
12:08: Stroud throws down the middle and fails to make a completion at the Ducks’ 31, forcing a turnover on downs. Stroud completed 4-of-6 passes for 25 yards on the opening drive.
12:06: C.J. Stroud throws high to Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Buckeyes going for it on 4th-and-7.
12:00: Oregon wins the coin toss and elects to defer, Ohio State will start with the ball.
Ohio State vs. Oregon start time
Kickoff for Ohio State vs. Oregon is scheduled for noon ET on Saturday, Sept 11.
How to watch Ohio State vs. Oregon
Ohio State vs. Oregon will air live on Fox, beginning at noon ET. You can stream the game online with Fox.com or on fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
Gus Johnson (play-by-play) and Joel Klatt (analysis) will call the came from the booth, with Jenny Taft acting as sideline reporter.
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