Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State announces players of the game from Western Kentucky win

Andy Backstrom09/18/23
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TreVeyon Henderson by Matt Parker -- Lettermen Row --
Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson looks for a hole against Western Kentucky. (Matt Parker/Lettermen Row)

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Ohio State announces players of the game from Western Kentucky win

Ohio State rolled to a 63-10 win over Western Kentucky in Week 3. The Buckeyes thrived on both sides of the ball, forcing four turnovers on defense — two that went for defensive touchdowns — and piling up 562 yards on offense, including a season-high 204 yards on the ground.

It was a successful Notre Dame tune-up in the ‘Shoe.

As always, Ohio State recognized its players of the game Sunday: running back TreVeyon Henderson (offense), cornerback Denzel Burke (defense) and defensive end Caden Curry (special teams).

Henderson: For the second game in a row, Henderson found the end zone twice. He rushed for a season-high 88 yards on 13 carries. His touchdowns came on runs of 21 and seven yards in the first two quarters of the game.

Burke: The standout cornerback’s impressive junior season continued against WKU. A week removed from ending the Ohio State cornerback interception drought, Burke created another takeaway against the Hilltoppers, this time forcing his first career fumble. He also recorded two pass breakups.

Curry: Curry has been seeing a good bit of action at defensive end this season, but he made an impression on special teams last year. And the sophomore has built on that reputation early this season, especially this past Saturday when he earned a 71.8 Pro Football Focus special teams grade — his best mark of 2023 in that department — after logging 12 snaps in that phase of the game.

Ohio State stays put in Week 4 AP Poll after rolling past Western Kentucky

Ohio State didn’t move up or down in this week’s AP Top 25. The Buckeyes are holding steady at No. 6, despite looking their best this season in their 53-point win over Western Kentucky.

Some notable movement: Florida State dropped from No. 3 to No. 4 after getting a scare at Boston College; Alabama fell out of the top 10 for the first time since 2015, sliding to No. 13 with an underwhelming win at USF; Oregon cracked the top 10 following a beatdown of Hawaii; and Tennessee plummeted 12 spots to No. 23 after losing to now-No. 25 Florida.

Here’s a look at the top five, and Ohio State, which is on the outside looking in right now:

  1. Georgia
  2. Michigan
  3. Texas
  4. Florida State
  5. USC
  6. Ohio State

To get the complete Week 4 AP Top 25, go here.

Buckeyes already preparing for ‘matchup game’ at Notre Dame

As soon as Ohio State walked off the field after beating Western Kentucky in Week 3, the Buckeyes shifted their attention to No. 9 Notre Dame.

It’s their first “matchup game,” after all. The Fighting Irish will host Ohio State for the first time since 1996, and the stakes of the top-10 showdown are just about as high as they could be at this point of the season.

Ohio State is well aware, and that’s why preparation for the Week 4 contest in South Bend started Saturday night.

For the full story, head on over here.


True freshmen Carnell Tate, Jermaine Mathews Jr. show glimpse of Buckeyes future in blowout

Ohio State combined for three points in the fourth quarter the first two weeks of the season. Then the Buckeyes scored two touchdowns in the final frame over the weekend against Western Kentucky.

They can thank wide receiver Carnell Tate and cornerback Jermaine Mathews Jr. for that — the pair of true freshmen found the end zone in the last stages of the lopsided victory.

It was a glimpse of Ohio State’s future at two marquee skill positions.

For more on that, go here.

Counting down

Buckeyes vs. Notre Dame: 5 days
Buckeyes vs. Michigan: 68 days

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