Ohio State vs. Notre Dame football score, takeaways, reactions for Week 1

Ohio State beat Notre Dame after trailing early.

The vaunted Ohio State offense was supposed to make a statement against Notre Dame in Week 1.

The Buckeyes had to come from behind in the first half after an apparent injury to Jaxon Smith-Njigba and offensive struggles.

The Columbus game is explained.

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame football score, takeaways, reactions for Week 1

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame score, Week 1 reactions

21-10 Ohio State

Ohio State was ranked second in the AP Top 25 College Football Poll and Notre Dame was fifth.

The Buckeyes will remain second after Alabama’s win over Utah State, but the Irish will fall.

Ohio State strikes first

A first-quarter touchdown pass from C.J. Stroud to Emeka Egbuka put Ohio State up 7-3.

Luck of the Irish

Audric Estime dove over the pile to cap an 87-yard Notre Dame drive in the second quarter.

Matt Solerno’s catch saved the Irish drive.

Notre Dame was in control early

First-half reviews favored the Irish offense, especially quarterback Tyler Buchner.

Notre Dame’s defense stopped college football’s No. 1 offense on the road.

Buckeyes’ offense struggled

Stroud’s receivers had trouble creating consistent throwing lanes against the Irish pass rush.

And then it came right back

Ohio State needed a statement play in the 3rd quarter, and Stroud connected with Xavier Johnson to regain the lead.

And finished the job

Miyan Williams’ touchdown run gave Ohio State a 21-10 lead over Notre Dame after 14 plays and 7 minutes and 6 seconds.

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