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Ex-Ohio State DB De’van Bogard dies in fire

Former Ohio State defensive back De’van Bogard died Tuesday in a fire at his apartment in Elyria, Ohio. He was 27.

Bogard played football at Glenville High School in Cleveland before joining the Buckeyes in 2012 as part of Urban Meyer’s first recruiting class at Ohio State. He most recently was a high school assistant coach in Elyria.

“With profound sadness, we are attempting to process the tremendous loss of a very beloved football coach, De’van Bogard,” Elyria City Schools posted to its Facebook page. “We can’t say enough how loved, admired and respected he was by the Elyria Schools community and most especially by the athletes, coaches and families involved in Elyria Pioneer Football.

“The team is grieving his tragic death. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. We are deeply grateful for the impact he’s had on the football program and its many athletes and students.”

The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram said the fire was reported early Tuesday and that fire officials said the cause was determined to be accidental. Bogard died at the scene.

Bogard appeared in 22 games over three seasons (2012-14) at Ohio State, with a torn ACL ending each season. He was part of the 2014 national championship team.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes running back TreVeyon Henderson (32) races into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter of a NCAA Division I football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.

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No. 7 Ohio State finding its stride, hosts Maryland

Ohio State has found its footing after an early stumble and will look for its young players to lead the way again when the No. 7 Buckeyes host Maryland on Saturday.

The Buckeyes (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) routed Rutgers 52-13 last week after a taking a 14-0 lead in the first four minutes on a 44-yard touchdown run by freshman TreVeyon Henderson and 23-yard interception return for a score from freshman cornerback Denzel Burke.

Those two symbolize Ohio State’s reliance on its youngest players, such as redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud and freshman defensive tackle Tyleik Williams, the team sacks leader with four, since a 35-28 home loss to Oregon on Sept. 11 in the second game.

“Anytime you’re at Ohio State, the expectation is to win every game,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said Tuesday. “I’m proud of the development over the last month. Been a little bumpy at times, but guys have come to work.”

Maryland (4-1, 1-1) hopes its second opportunity to show it can play with the big boys in the conference goes better than its first attempt. The Terrapins imploded at home during a 51-14 trouncing by No. 3 Iowa last Friday.

The Terrapins’ downfall began in a 53-second span of the second quarter, and the reverberations are still being felt heading into the matchup at Ohio Stadium.

Following an Iowa touchdown to take a 10-7 lead, Maryland star receiver Dontay Demus Jr., who leads the conference with 507 total receiving yards, sustained a right knee injury on the ensuing kickoff while fumbling the ball. Iowa recovered and two plays later scored to make it 17-7 en route to a 34-7 halftime lead.

Maryland coach Mike Locksley said Tuesday that Demus will require season-ending surgery. Darryl Jones is now listed on the depth chart as the starter at ‘X’ receiver.

Rakim Jarrett, tied with Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson for fourth in the conference with four receiving TDs, is a possibility for the No. 1 role.

“I don’t really think you can fill the void that he left,” Jarrett said Tuesday. “It’s going to take all the other receivers to step up, including myself, to collectively do it.”

Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa looks to rebound against a hungry Ohio State secondary, which has a pick-6 in three consecutive games. Iowa intercepted Tagovailoa five times after he had thrown one in the first four games.

“We’re not going to let one game define us,” Locksley said.

Tagovailoa will be matched against Stroud, a three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week. The team’s other two weekly winners were Henderson for his Ohio State freshman record 277 rushing yards vs. Tulsa on Sept. 18 and Kyle McCord, who started against Akron on Sept. 25 when Stroud did not play due to a sore arm.

Stroud returned against Rutgers to pass for 330 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. He has thrown for 1,293 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

“We’ve got another challenge this week,” Day said of Maryland. “They’ve got really good personnel and really good schemes so we’re going to have to play good again.”

–Field Level Media

Georgia fans root on their team during the first half of an NCAA college football game between Arkansas and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

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Top 25: Alabama, Georgia still 1-2; Clemson falls out

Four teams from the Big Ten and two standout Group of Five programs sit among the Top 10 teams in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, released Sunday.

Clemson (3-2), the No. 25 team last week, fell out of the poll for the first time since 2014 after an uninspired win over Boston College.

Alabama and Georgia remained 1-2 in the poll for the fifth straight week, with the Crimson Tide capturing 53 of 62 first-place votes. Both teams are 5-0.

Iowa, which was No. 5 last week, catapulted into the No. 3 spot, leapfrogging No. 4 Penn State after pounding Maryland 51-14 on Saturday. The Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions, both 5-0, will meet next Saturday in Iowa City.

Moving into the Top 5 was Cincinnati (4-0). The Bearcats, ranked No. 7 last week, rose two places after a 24-13 win over then- No. 9 Notre Dame

The bottom half of the top 10 was jumbled by the re-entry of Ohio State, which had fallen to No. 11, and the entry of Michigan and BYU for the first time this season.

No. 6 Oklahoma (5-0) stayed put and was followed by the No. 7 Buckeyes (4-1), Oregon, the Wolverines (5-0) and BYU (5-0).

Oregon (4-1) fell from No. 3 to 8 following its overtime loss to Stanford, while Michigan moved up five places and BYU three.

Falling out of the Top 10 were Arkansas (4-1), which tumbled five spots to No. 13 following a 37-0 loss to Georgia; Notre Dame (4-1), which slipped to No. 14; and No. 20 Florida (3-2), which plunged 10 spots after a 20-13 loss to Kentucky (5-0).

The big win for Kentucky (5-0) moved the Wildcats into the Top 25, occupying the No. 16 spot.

Ole Miss (3-1), which entered play Saturday ranked No. 12, dropped to No. 17 after a 42-21 loss to Alabama.

Entering the Top 25 were No. 21 Texas (4-1), No. 22 Arizona State (4-1), No. 24 SMU (5-0) and No. 25 San Diego State (4-0). The Aztecs are 4-0 for just the second time in 40 years (2017).

Also falling out of the Top 25 were Texas A&M, Baylor, Fresno State and UCLA.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Jeremy Ruckert (88) runs into the end zone for a touchdown during the second quarter of a NCAA Division I football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.

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C.J. Stroud fires 5 TDs to lead No. 11 Ohio St. in rout

C.J. Stroud returned to pass for 330 yards and a career-high five touchdowns as No. 11 Ohio State routed host Rutgers 52-13 on Saturday.

Stroud did not play in the 59-7 win for the Buckeyes (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) over Akron on Sept. 25 to rest his sore shoulder but was sharp against the Scarlet Knights (3-2, 0-2), with four first-half TDs en route to a 45-6 lead.

Rutgers entered off a 20-13 loss at ranked Michigan in its previous game but visions of upsetting the Buckeyes faded quickly as TreVeyon Henderson and Denzel Burke scored 40 seconds apart for an early 14-0 advantage.

Henderson raced 44 yards for a TD on the Buckeyes’ second snap of the game and on Rutgers’ next possession, Burke had a 23-yard interception return for a score.

It was the third straight game that Ohio State had a pick-six.

Henderson was lifted as an injury precaution midway through the second quarter after gaining 71 yards in eight carries.

Rutgers’ highlight was a 75-yard touchdown catch by Aron Cruickshank from Noah Vedral to make it 24-6.

Stroud responded with 1-yard TD pass to Mitch Rossi for a 31-6 lead. Stroud finished 17 of 23 before departing after an 11-yard TD pass to Chris Olave early in the third quarter.

Olave earlier had a 56-yard TD among his five catches for 119 yards. His two TDs give him 27 in his career to tie Cris Carter for third on the all-time Ohio State list behind David Boston (34) and Devin Smith (30).

The Buckeyes totaled 406 yards of offense in the first half (273 passing, 133 rushing) and had 17 first downs.

Vedral finished 16 of 26 for 152 yards and three interceptions as the Scarlet Knights fell to 0-8 vs. the Buckeyes since joining the Big Ten in 2014.

Ohio State scored at least 50 points in six of them and had 49 in the other two.

–Field Level Media

Senior K'Vaughan Pope could play strongside linebacker if Ohio State continues to predominantly use a 4-3 formation.

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Report: Ex-Ohio State LB K’Vaughan Pope enters transfer portal

Senior linebacker K’Vaughan Pope, dismissed from Ohio State on Sunday, entered the NCAA transfer portal Monday, ESPN reported.

He was booted from the program after an incident in the second quarter of Sunday’s 59-7 win over Akron. Pope tried to enter the game but was waved off by a teammate. Instead of simply returning to the sideline, Pope headed toward the Ohio State locker room before a member of the coaching staff intercepted him and brought him back.

Ohio State-focused website Lettermen Row reported that Pope removed his gloves, threw them into the stands and tried to remove his jersey while on the sideline as well. A few coaches spoke with Pope before someone led him to the locker room.

Before the game ended, Pope tweeted “f– Ohio State” but then deleted the tweet. He tweeted a separate message, saying, “good lucc to my teammates.”

“K’Vaughan will continue to have the use of programs that benefit our student-athletes, such as our Student-Athlete Support Services Office, and we will support him with his progress toward graduation,” head coach Ryan Day said in a news release. “He will remain on scholarship through the duration of this semester.”

Pope tweeted an apology on Sunday, saying he needed to “take this time to reflect and work on my mental well-being.”

Pope has 19 tackles and two interceptions in 34 games with Ohio State over parts of four seasons. He has three stops this season.

–Field Level Media

Senior K'Vaughan Pope could play strongside linebacker if Ohio State continues to predominantly use a 4-3 formation.

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Ohio State dismisses LB K’Vaughan Pope after blowup

The Ohio State football program dismissed senior linebacker K’Vaughan Pope from the team Sunday, one day after Pope was involved in a bizarre incident with coaches on the sideline of a game.

With the Buckeyes on defense in the second quarter of a 59-7 win over Akron, Pope tried to enter the game but was waved off by a teammate. Instead of simply returning to the sideline, Pope headed toward the Ohio State locker room before a member of the coaching staff intercepted him and brought him back.

The Ohio State blog Lettermen Row reported that Pope removed his gloves, threw them into the stands and tried to remove his jersey while on the sideline as well. A few coaches spoke with Pope before someone led him to the locker room.

Before the game ended, Pope tweeted “f– Ohio State” but then deleted the tweet. He tweeted a separate message, saying, “good lucc to my teammates.”

“K’Vaughan will continue to have the use of programs that benefit our student-athletes, such as our Student-Athlete Support Services Office, and we will support him with his progress toward graduation,” head coach Ryan Day said in a news release. “He will remain on scholarship through the duration of this semester.”

Pope tweeted an apology on Sunday.

“Last night I let my emotions get the best of me. For that I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and Buckeye Nation,” he said. “I made a mistake and know that I need to be better and do better. I’m going to take this time to reflect and work on my mental well-being.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back TreVeyon Henderson (32) runs in the touchdown over Akron Zips safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell (8)during the first quarter at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Freshman QB Kyle McCord helps No. 10 Ohio State rout Akron

Ohio State spotted Akron an early lead before freshman quarterback Kyle McCord, in his first collegiate action, helped the No. 10 Buckeyes to a 59-7 rout of the Zips in Columbus on Saturday.

Akron (1-3, 0-0 MAC) led 7-0 before the Buckeyes (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) took a 38-7 halftime lead on two McCord touchdown passes, a pair of rushing touchdowns by TreVeyon Henderson and a 46-yard pick-six by Ronnie Hickman.

McCord was 13-of-18 for 319 yards with the two TDs and an interception before being replaced midway through the third quarter.

He got the nod after coach Ryan Day decided to rest C.J. Stroud, who struggled in his first three career starts this season with a sore shoulder.

McCord was the fourth true freshman to start at QB for Ohio State.

Along with running back Henderson (93 yards on eight carries), it was the first time Ohio State started two true freshmen in the backfield.

After incompletions on his first two attempts, McCord completed 11 of his next 13 for 229 yards through halftime, including a 5-yard TD to Chris Olave and a 34-yard strike to Jaxon Smith-Njigba to make it 21-7.

Akron surprised the Buckeyes when, on their second possession of the game, the Zips went 55 yards on nine plays, capped by a DJ Irons pass of 4 yards to Konata Mumpfield to go ahead 7-0.

Irons was 14-of-29 for 115 yards and was sacked seven times.

During the second quarter, Ohio State senior linebacker K’Vaughan Pope had a heated exchange with the coaches after being waved off the field while trying to go in for a defensive package. He was told to leave the sidelines and was escorted to the locker room by a staff member as he threw some of his equipment into the stands.

On Twitter shortly after that he posted, “good lucc [sic] to my teammates,” then “f– ohio state,” before deleting the latter.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) throws the ball against Oregon Ducks during the fourth quarter in their NCAA Division I game on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

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No. 9 Ohio State seeks redemption at home vs. Tulsa

Ohio State looks to restart its quest for a national title when the No. 9 Buckeyes host Tulsa on Saturday.

The Buckeyes (1-1) were ranked third last week before then-No. 12 Oregon handed them a 35-28 loss in Ohio Stadium, ending the third-longest active FBS home winning streak.

It was also the first regular-season loss for Ryan Day since becoming head coach before the 2019 season.

“You find out a lot about people, find out about their true character,” Day said. “A great opportunity for our guys to learn about that and grow.”

Tulsa (0-2) gave Oklahoma State all it could handle before losing 28-23 on Saturday.

Tulsa’s tough loss last week was a better performance than the season opener when UC Davis stung the host Golden Hurricane 19-17 for their first loss to a lower-level Football Championship Subdivision team in more than 30 years.

Seventh-year Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery looks forward to the challenge of facing what should be a motivated Ohio State team.

“The good part about our football team is we played in front of a lot of big crowds and in a lot of big stadiums since I’ve been here,” he said. “It’s a special place, obviously, with all the tradition and the history that goes along with it.

“We’ve been in loud stadiums before and now it’s just about us going in and handling the environment in between the lines and executing plays.”

All the pressure is on the Buckeyes to replicate the 2014 season when they also lost the second game, at home to Virginia Teach, but went undefeated the rest of the way to win their most recent title with a victory over Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff championship game.

Ohio State’s turnaround must start with an improved defense that has put defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs on the hot seat.

In their first two games, the Buckeyes allowed Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim to run for 163 yards, while Oregon’s CJ Verdell had 161 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown.

Day said changes in roles for the defensive staff have been discussed.

“We are looking at all those types of things,” he said. “No hard decisions have been made.”

Deneric Prince has rushed for 180 yards and two TDs in two Tulsa games and the Golden Hurricane are averaging 5.0 yards per carry.

The Buckeyes allowed Oregon’s rushers a 7.1-yard average per carry and did not have a sack for the first time since 2018, stats that give Tulsa’s Montgomery hope.

“It’s about us going up and finding ways to move the football, being unique in that part of it,” he said. “You’ve got to continue to find chain movers if you will.”

There’s no question Ohio State can move the ball. The 612 total yards vs. Oregon were its most ever in a loss. C.J. Stroud threw for 488 yards, second-most in program history, but the Buckeyes failed to score four times in the first half when they had the ball inside the Ducks’ 40.

Day doesn’t blame Stroud.

“For me to do what I need to do on offense, I need the defense to be on point,” the coach said.

— Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day reacts to a play during Saturday's NCAA Division I football game against the Oregon Ducks at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on September 11, 2021.

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Ryan Day promises changes to Ohio St. defense after loss

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day on Tuesday vowed changes to the defense following the Buckeyes’ home loss to Oregon this past Saturday.

Day didn’t give specifics but also was non-committal about whether defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs would continue to call defensive plays after Ohio State lost its first game at home since 2017.

“No hard decisions have been made that way,” Day told reporters.

“It’s not just a single game, it’s a little bit of a pattern,” Day said. “We took a long, hard look the last 48 hours at everything that’s going on, and certainly going to make some adjustments here, not only of how we’re attacking other offenses, but also just structurally, how we’re doing our day-to-day operations.”

The Buckeyes dropped six spots to No. 9 after giving up 35 points and 269 rushing yards — 505 overall — to the Ducks. The Buckeyes gave up 203 rushing yards in their season-opening win at Minnesota.

OSU has given up 118 points in its last three games, including the loss to Alabama in January’s CFP national championship game.

“When you look at the results over the last couple games and then coming off last year, it’s not what we expect here,” Day said, adding he’s had “honest” conversations with his coaches.

“I wouldn’t say they’re uncomfortable. They’re real. … I have no problem having those kinds of conversations. It’s pretty simple, to see what needs to get fixed,” Day said.

Coombs is in the second season of his second stint at Ohio State. He took over solo DC duties after the retirement of Greg Mattison in 2020. He also was the cornerbacks coach and assistant defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer from 2012-17.

Ohio State hosts Tulsa in a nonconference game Saturday.

–Field Level Media

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C.J. Stroud’s 4 TD passes lead No. 4 Ohio State past Minnesota

In his first career start, C.J. Stroud threw for 294 yards and four second-half touchdowns as No. 4 Ohio State rallied to defeat host Minnesota 45-31 on Thursday in the season opener for each team.

Stroud, who had never thrown a collegiate pass, was 13-for-22 with one interception for the Buckeyes, who trailed 14-10 at halftime and 21-17 in the third quarter.

Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 163 yards and two TDs, but 14 unanswered points by Ohio State proved the difference.

First, Stroud hit Garrett Wilson for a 56-yard TD. Then Zach Harrison had a strip sack of Tanner Morgan, and nose tackle Haskell Garrett scooped up the ball and went 32 yards for a TD. That gave Ohio State a 31-21 lead with 2:18 left in the third quarter.

A 46-yard field goal by Matthew Trickett early in the fourth pulled Minnesota to within 31-24, but TreVeyon Henderson took a screen pass 70 yards for the Buckeyes to make it 38-24 with 9:43 left.

After the Gophers got a 2-yard TD run from Bryce Williams, Chris Olave scored on a 61-yard catch-and-run to extend the lead to 45-31 with 4:39 left. Olave caught four passes for 117 yards and two TDs.

Minnesota trailed 10-0 before Ibrahim had a 56-yard run on fourth-and-1 from the Minnesota 29. Tanner Morgan (14-for-25, 205 yards, one TD) then threw a 13-yard pass to Dylan Wright to make it 10-7.

Stroud was intercepted by Terrell Smith on Ohio State’s next drive, and Ibrahim capped the 37-yard drive with 1-yard run on third down for a 14-10 lead with 3:32 left before halftime.

Stroud threw a 38-yard TD pass to Olave to open the second half, but the Golden Gophers quickly regained a 21-17 lead.

Morgan had an interception nullified because of a roughing-the-passer penalty and, two plays later, Ibrahim rushed for a 19-yard touchdown.

The Buckeyes’ home opener is Sept. 11 vs. No. 11 Oregon. Minnesota is home the same day against Miami (Ohio).

–Field Level Media