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WATCH: TreVeyon Henderson runs for 277 yards as No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes beat Tulsa

Ohio State Buckeyes running back TreVeyon Henderson (32) runs the ball during the second quarter of a NCAA Division I football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

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Ohio State Buckeyes running back TreVeyon Henderson (32) runs the ball during the second quarter of a NCAA Division I football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Cfb Tulsa Golden Hurricane At Ohio State Buckeyes

TreVeyon Henderson broke two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin’s Ohio State freshman single-game rushing record with 277 yards and added three touchdowns as the No. 9 Buckeyes pulled away late from visiting Tulsa 41-20 on Saturday.

Henderson’s 52-yard score to make it 27-13 on the last play of the third quarter gave him 243 yards, four more than Griffin had against North Carolina on Sept. 30, 1972.

The Buckeyes (2-1) needed Henderson. He ran for a 48-yard TD on Ohio State’s fifth snap of the third quarter for a 20-6 lead. He also had 5-yard TD among his 24 carries.

For Tulsa (0-3), quarterback Davis Brin had a 22-yard TD to Josh Johnson with 12:07 to play to make it 27-20. Davis threw for 428 yards against an embattled Ohio State defense.

Ohio State extended the lead to 34-20 with 3:07 left on a C.J. Stroud 22-yard pass to Garrett Wilson on a drive that included a 31-yard run by Henderson. Stroud was 15 of 25 for 185 yards, a TD and an interception.

Cameron Martinez had a 61-yard interception return with 1:50 left for the final score.

Ohio Stadium was less than three-fourths filled with 76,540 fans even though the full capacity of 102,780 was permitted.

Excluding last season when spectators were banned because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the smallest home crowd since Ohio State’s season opener against Iowa in 1971 (75,596).

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The Buckeyes were expected to rebound in a big way from a 35-28 loss to No. 4 Oregon in Ohio Stadium on Sept. 11.

They were 25-point favorites over the Golden Hurricane but found themselves in a tussle, needing field goals of 43 and 44 yards by Noah Ruggles and a 5-yard run by Henderson for a 13-6 halftime lead.

Tulsa led 6-3 early in the second quarter after Zack Long made field goals from 22 and 31 yards. The Buckeyes took their first lead, 10-6, at 8:44 of the second quarter on Henderson’s first TD.

–Field Level Media