Brown and Stokes among the best as Team Scarlet beat Team Gray 34-26 in Spring Game

Team Scarlet defeated Team Gray 34-26 in Ohio State’s spring game on Saturday.

This year’s edition of the Spring Game pitted offense against defense, allowing the new additions to the Buckeyes’ program to compete against each other.

Ohio State operated under unique scoring rules, as takeouts and threes and outs counted as three points, sacks scored two, and punts scored one point for the defense . The offense was played by traditional scoring standards.

The three quarterbacks who saw playing time thrown for more than 100 yards, and second CJ Stroud went 14 for 22 with 120 passing yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Kyle McCord threw for 129 yards on 14 completions as he shot for multiple series each quarter.

Freshman quarterback Devin Brown led the gunslingers with 141 yards and a touchdown, going 11 for 24 and throwing an interception midway through the fourth quarter.

Sophomore running back Miyan Williams led all running backs with 101 yards. Redshirt freshman running back Evan Pryor had a touchdown alongside for 62 yards on nine carries, while second TreVeyon Henderson had three carries for 12 yards.

New defensive coordinator Jim Knowles showcased some of the new defensive schemes alongside previews of what he’s brought since joining the Oklahoma State program. Junior linebacker Tommy Eichenberg led all defensive players with 10 tackles, while freshman safety Kye Stokes impressed with nine tackles in addition to two pass breakups.

Ohio State honored former and late quarterback Dwayne Haskins by writing the initials “DH” on the field near the south end zone. Haskins was hit by a car and killed in South Florida on April 8, and a candlelight vigil took place at the Ohio Stadium Rotunda on Tuesday.

Ohio State’s offense set the tempo early, handing the ball to sophomore running back TreVeyon Henderson as sophomore quarterback CJ Stroud completed four passes for 53 yards in the first coaching. Junior wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba had a 29-yard touchdown reception to cap the first series.

Sophomore tight end Joe Royer caught an impressive 24-yard touchdown with 4:52 left in the first quarter as sophomore quarterback Kyle McCord connected with him in the middle as the receiver rushed to catch it.

Sophomore running back Evan Pryor showed his ability to carry the ball during the second quarter as the native of Cornelius, North Carolina recorded a 22-yard touchdown with 4:54 left.

Brown also performed well on his Ohio State debut, throwing a 19-yard touchdown to sophomore receiver Reis Stocksdale at 7:09 in the third quarter.

Sophomore defensive back Cameron Kittle also had the lone turnover of the game, fending off Brown and returning him for nine yards on the fourth-and-11 in the final quarter.

The Buckeyes will start the 2022 season against Notre Dame on September 3. Kick-off time is yet to be determined.

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