Nov 12, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Miyan Williams (3) runs in a touchdown in the first quarter of their NCAA Division I football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch-USA TODAY NETWORK

Ohio State RB Miyan Williams (illness) expected to play in Peach Bowl

Ohio State running back Miyan Williams is expected to play Saturday in the College Football Playoff semifinal, despite an illness that has kept him out of practice this week.

Coach Ryan Day said Williams is ready to return to the practice field.

“He’s got a stomach bug, and we expect him at practice today,” Day said Thursday. “We just gotta take it as we go.”

Day said the Buckeyes largely are in good physical shape heading into the semifinal, to be played at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

On the season, Williams leads Ohio State in rushing with 817 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has assumed the role of lead running back in the absence of TreVeyon Henderson, who had surgery earlier this month to treat an ongoing foot injury and is out for the season.

“That was the right thing for Trey,” Day added. “… All these guys have been preparing hard, and we have some good options.”

Limited to eight games because of injury, Henderson ran for 571 yards and six touchdowns. Dallan Hayen was third on the Buckeyes with 510 yards and five touchdowns.

Either Ohio State (11-1) or top-ranked Georgia (13-0) will meet the winner of the other semifinal game. Michigan (13-0) and TCU (12-1) are meeting Saturday in the Fiesta Bowl.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2021; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum (2) rushes chased by Ohio State Buckeyes safety Ronnie Hickman (14) and ornerback Denzel Burke (29) at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Miyan Williams, Blake Corum expected to play in Michigan-Ohio State tilt

Both No. 3 Michigan and No. 2 Ohio State expect to have their respective leading rushers for their all-important heavyweight showdown on Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio.

The Buckeyes (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten) will see the return of junior Miyan Williams after he missed last week’s game against Maryland.

ESPN reported that Wolverines junior Blake Corum is expected to attempt play after injuring his knee last week against Illinois.

Per the ESPN report, Corum would not likely play the full game and is not yet completely healthy.

Corum’s status in particular will be watched closely as he has put up one of the best seasons of any running back in college football this year. He ranks sixth in the country in rushing with 1,457 yards and tied for second with 18 rushing touchdowns on 245 carries while powering the Wolverines (11-0, 8-0).

But Corum, a likely Heisman Trophy candidate, went down in the second quarter last Saturday with a left knee injury. The effects were felt on the Wolverines offense in the near upset, with Michigan surviving on a last-second field goal.

Corum has scored a rushing touchdown in every game this season for Michigan’s run-heavy offense, and has reeled off eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games. He was the anchor in the Wolverines’ fourth-ranked rushing attack this season, with the team averaging 243.8 rushing yards per game.

Williams (117 carries) has had less than half as many carries this season as Corum, but the 5-foot-9, 225-pound back ranks among the nation’s top 10 in yards per carry at 6.7. His 783 rushing yards and 13 scores on the ground.

Williams’ health remains even more important for Ohio State with sophomore TreVeyon Henderson expected to be sidelined because of an injured foot.

The winner of the Michigan-Ohio State game will have an inside track to securing a bid in the College Football Playoff. The Wolverines snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Buckeyes last season, winning at home 42-27.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) runs for the first down during the third quarter against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 Ohio State crushes Indiana; RB Miyan Williams injured

C.J. Stroud threw for five touchdowns and Miyan Williams ran for 147 yards before becoming the latest running back casualty when No. 2 Ohio State defeated Indiana 56-14 in Columbus on Saturday.

Stroud was 17 of 28 for 297 yards as the Buckeyes (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) defeated Indiana (3-7, 1-6) for the 27th straight time.

The victory came at a cost for the Buckeyes as Williams suffered a right foot or ankle injury and was helped off the field, leaving the Buckeyes with one scholarship running back, Dallan Hayden. TreVeyon Henderson, who has split starting roles with Williams, is injured as are backups Chip Trayanum and T.C. Caffey.

However, wide receiver Xavier Johnson took a handoff and raced 71 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter to make it 49-7.

The Buckeyes led 21-7 after the first quarter, the same score as the final of their previous game at Northwestern.

Stroud had touchdown passes of 6 yards to Emeka Egbuka and 58 to Marvin Harrison Jr., augmented by a 14-yard run by Hayden for the three-score lead.

Harrison made seven catches for 131 yards and Hayden rushed for 102.

Indiana backup quarterback Dexter Williams II replaced ineffective starter Conor Bazelak and led the Hoosiers to within 21-7 on his first series, with the help of his 16-yard run and a 49-yard catch by Andison Coby before tossing a 7-yard TD to AJ Barner.

Dexter Williams was 6 for 19 for 107 yards and two TD passes for the Hoosiers, losers of seven straight.

Miyan Williams extended the lead to 28-7 less than five minutes into the second quarter on a 48-yard run.

A blocked punt by Lathan Ransom in the third quarter set the Buckeyes up at the Indiana 2 and Stroud had a 1-yard pass to Cade Stover to make it 35-7 and Stover’s 12-yard reception made it 42-7 two minutes later.

Stroud’s last touchdown was to fifth-year senior Kamryn Babb, for the oft-injured receiver’s first career catch in his first game of the season to make it 56-14. His teammates poured onto the field to celebrate with him, drawing a delay of game penalty.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes safety Ronnie Hickman (14) tackles Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Noah Vedral (0) for a loss during the first quarter at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Miyan Williams’ five rushing TDs help No. 3 Ohio State rout Rutgers

Miyan Williams tied an Ohio State record with five rushing touchdowns as he No. 3 Buckeyes overcame an early deficit to roll past visiting Rutgers 49-10 in Columbus on Saturday.

With injured starting running back TreVeyon Henderson unavailable, Williams took over. He scored twice from the 1-yard line and another from the 2 to give the Buckeyes (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) a 28-7 halftime lead.

Williams who had a career high 189 yards on 21 carries, added a 70-yard TD in the third quarter and tied the mark from the 2 early in the fourth quarter. He joined Pete Johnson (1974 vs. North Carolina) and Keith Byars (1984 vs. Illinois).

Rutgers (3-2, 0-2) went ahead 7-0 on 14-yard pass from Evan Simon to Sean Ryan after Emeka Egbuka muffed a punt, giving the Scarlet Knights the ball at the Ohio State 18.

It was the first time in the nine meetings that Rutgers held a lead. The Buckeyes have won every game.

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was 13 for 22 for 154 yards with two TDs and an interception. His 36-yard TD to Julian Fleming made it 21-7 in the second quarter but the offense was lethargic at times.

On the Buckeyes’ next possession, a defensive pass interference put the ball on the Scarlet Knights’ 4 but Ohio State needed seven plays and a defensive holding to punch it in on Williams’ 1-yarder. The 39-yard drive took 10 plays and ran 4:48 off the clock.

After a Stroud interception by Avery Young on the first play of the third quarter led to a field goal, Williams on the Buckeyes’ next snap went 70 yards to make it 35-10.
Rutgers’ Evan Simon was 10 for 19 for 74 yards, a TD and a pick.

The game turned heated midway through the fourth quarter when Ohio State punter Jesse Mirco ran for 22 yards and was belted out of bounds by Aron Cruickshank, who was ejected. Rutgers coach
Greg Schiano raced across the field to confront Ohio State coach Ryan Day. They jawed face-to-face before being separated but they hugged and shook hands after the game.

— Field Level Media