One of the first college football games of the year pits an established, perennial Big Ten power in Ohio State against an upstart one in Minnesota.
The Buckeyes are coming off a national championship berth and their first under third-year head coach Ryan Day while the Golden Gophers are just two years removed from a Big Ten title berth and from PJ Fleck taking home Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.
The Buckeyes will be led on offense by freshman signal caller CJ Stroud while Minnesota boasts one of the nation’s top returning running backs in Mohamed Ibrahim who led the conference in both yards and touchdowns and he ranked No. 5 in touchdowns nationally.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights from the Ohio State vs. Minnesota game on Thursday. Follow for complete results from the first marquee Big Ten game of the year.
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Ohio State vs. Minnesota live updates, highlights
9:23 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN MINNESOTA. The third time’s indeed the charm as the Gophers feed Ibrahim one more time and hit paydirt as he notches a 1-yard touchdown run, his first of the season. Minnesota 14, Ohio State 10. The Gophers have the momentum so far with 3:32 left in the second quarter.
9:22 p.m.: Minnesota feeds Ibrahim again, and again comes up short, this time just inside the one on third-and-goal.
9:21 p.m.: Ibrahim is swarmed and picks up no gain from the 3-yard line. Second-and-goal for the Gophers.
9:20 p.m.: Two shots into the endzone from the five-yard line come up short but the Gophers get bailed out on an Ohio State defensive pass interference call.
9:18 p.m.: The Gophers are marching right now and Ohio State doesn’t seem to have an answer as Ibrahim takes it for six yards for the first and then Morgan finds Brevyn Spann-Ford wide open for 16 yards and another first down. Minnesota ball at the Ohio State 7-yard line.
9:16 p.m: MINNESOTA INTERCEPTION. Stroud’s been inaccurate all night and has overthrown several balls. This one finally comes back to haunt him as the Gophers take over with eight minutes left at the 41.
9:11 p.m.: Ohio State is coming out aggressively after the Minnesota touchdown but a Mchigan player is down and being tended to with 8:12 left in the first half.
9:05 p.m: TOUCHDOWN MINNESOTA. Minnesota’s second play in the red zone is a big one as Tanner Morgan goes back shoulder toward the back of the end zone and finds Dyan Wright for a 13-yard score. Ohio State 10, Minnesota 7. Dylan Wright’s first touchdown as a Gopher is a huge one as Minnesota gets right back in it as the former Texas A&M wideout makes his impact felt.
9:03 p.m.: Minnesota stays on the field and goes for it on fourth-and-1 and it pays off big time. First real rush of the game from Ibrahim and the first real taste of why he was the conference’s top running back a year ago. Picks up 56 yards to put the Gophers at the Ohio State 15.
9:00 p.m.: After stopping Minnesota on the run once again, the Gophers are faced with fourth-and-1 on their own 29 with 10:39 left in the second. The Gophers originally opted to go for it but Ryan Day and Ohio State call their first timeout of the half.
8:57 p.m.: Seems as though Ohio State’s defensive line has caught on to Minnesota’s strategy of feeding Mohamed Ibrahim, as he’s swallowed up after a six yard gain, but he hasn’t gotten much separation nor many holes to run.
8:53 p.m.: FIELD GOAL OHIO STATE. The Buckeyes nail the 35-yard field goal as the end to their second offensive drive — a 74-yard one — with limited damage. Ohio State 10, Minnesota 0 with 12:50 left in the second.
8:52 p.m.: Make that 2-for-3 on third down as Ohio State brings out the field goal unit to attempt a 35-yarder with 12:50 left in the second to open the scoring in the second.
8:51 p.m.: After a promising start, Ohio State faces third-and-10, though the Buckeyes are 2-for-2 on third down tonight.
8:50 p.m.: Ohio State Is rolling to start the second quarter as Stroud hits Jeremy Ruckert for 15 yards to move the chains.
First quarter: Ohio State 7, Minnesota 0
8:43 p.m.: P.J. Fleck calls a timeout for the Gophers with 31 seconds left remaining in the first looking at defending second-and-7 on their own 43.
8:41 p.m.: Minnesota gets called for defensive pass interference with 1:18 left in the first with Olave the intended receiver. Gives Ohio State first-and-10 on the Minnesota 46-yard line.
8:39: With three minutes left and counting, Ohio State faces third-and-4 and Master Teague has his offensive line to thank as they create a nice hole for him on a 10 yard rush for a first down.
8:37 p.m.: Ohio State’s second offensive drive of the game begins with 4:37 left in the first quarter at the Buckeyes’ own 9 yard line.
8:33 p.m.: On third-and-2 from their own 46, the Gophers opt to run the wildcat again but Ibrahim is swallowed up for a loss and Minnesota punts it inside the 10-yard line.
8:31 p.m.: Morgan’s first completion of the night is good for a first time after hitting Dylan Wright for 13 yards.
8:29 p.m.: After the Ohio State touchdown to open the scoring, Tanner Morgan and the Golden Gopher offense takes over at their 25-yard line.
8:22 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN OHIO STATE. Miyan Williams takes it 72 yards for the score to cap off a 92-yard opening drive for the Buckeyes. Ohio State 7, Minnesota 0 with 7:22 left in the first quarter.
8:21 p.m.: Stroud’s first attempt to really air it out downfield comes up just short as the ball is just out of reach of Garrett Wilson to bring up second down.
8:19 p.m.: Stroud’s first pass attempt of the season is completed to Garrett Wilson but Chris Olave gets called for the offensive false start to bring up second-and-8.
8:16 p.m.: Minnesota punts from its own 44-yard line and the Buckeyes take over on their own 8 yard line as fans get to see redshirt freshman quarterback CJ Stroud for the first time.
8:15 p.m.: Minnesota’s first pass atempt comes on second and 13 in Ohio State territory and Morgan’s lucky to be back under center for third down as that was nearly picked.
8:14 p.m: The Golden Gophers are 2-for-2 on third down so far tonight, both conversions thanks to Mohamed Ibrahim with a nice gain to help Minnesota march down the field.
8:12 p.m.: Buckeye linebacker Teradja Mitchell gets flagged for targeting on Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan, but upon further review the penalty is waved off and keeps a key Ohio State defender on the field.
8:09 p.m.: After lining up in the wildcat from the 45-yard line, Minnesota gets its first third down conversion of the game.
8:07 p.m.: No surprise and Minnesota goes with star running back Mohamed Ibrahim on its first play from scrimmage for minimal game before Tanner Morgan scrambles and takes it for a first down.
8:03 p.m.: Minnesota wins the toss and opts to receive the football on a 68 degree and rainy night in Minneapolis but they’ll do so without one of their top receivers in Chris Autman-Bell.
How to watch Ohio State vs. Minnesota
- Time: 8 p.m.
- TV channel: Fox
- Live streams: Fox Sports App,
The Ohio State vs. Minnesota game is scheduled at start at 8 p.m. ET as the first marquee matchup of the 2021 college football season. It will be broadcast nationally on Fox with Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt on the call along with sideline reporter Jenny Taft.
You can also stream Ohio State vs. Minnesota on the Fox Sports App or with fuboTV,.
Ohio State football schedule 2021
|1||at Minnesota||Sept. 2|
|2||vs. Oregon||Sept. 11|
|3||vs. Tulsa||Sept. 18|
|4||vs. Akron||Sept. 25|
|5||at Rutgers||Oct. 2|
|6||vs. Maryland||Oct. 9|
|7||at Indiana||Oct. 23|
|8||vs. Penn State||Oct. 30|
|9||at Nebraska||Nov. 6|
|10||vs. Purdue||Nov. 13|
|11||vs. Michigan State||Nov. 20|
|12||at Michigan||Nov. 27|
Minnesota football schedule 2021
|1||vs. Ohio State||Sept. 2|
|2||vs. Miami (OH)||Sept. 11|
|3||at Colorado||Sept. 18|
|4||vs. Bowling Green||Sept. 25|
|5||at Purdue||Oct. 2|
|6||vs. Nebraska||Oct. 16|
|7||vs. Maryland||Oct. 23|
|8||at Northwestern||Oct. 30|
|9||vs. Illinois||Nov. 6|
|10||at Iowa||Nov. 13|
|11||at Indiana||Nov. 20|
|12||vs. Wisconsin||Nov. 27|