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  11/21/20 - Master Teague IIIrSo/2023, Ohio State, 5-11, 225 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Master Teague ran a career-high 169 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Fields accounted for three scores and No. 3 Ohio State held off a comeback bid by Michael Penix Jr., Ty Fryfogle and No. 9 Indiana to win 42-35 on Saturday. The Hoosiers (4-1) rallied from a four-touchdown deficit in the second half and made it a one-score game with 10:26 left, when Penix and Fryfogle connected on a 56-yard touchdown. Penix was 27 for 51 for a career-high 491 yards and five touchdown passes for Indiana. The Buckeyes (4-0) put up 607 yards and led 35-7 early in the second half, but struggled to contain Penix and Fryfogle, who caught seven passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns.

Fields was 18 for 30 for 300 yards and two touchdown passes, but he also threw his first three interceptions of the season and was sacked five times. Garrett Wilson had seven catches for 169 yards - his fourth straight game of 100-plus yards - and two scores for the Buckeyes. The running game helped Ohio State steady maintain control when things were getting dicey. Penix passed for four touchdowns in the second half but also made a critical error, tossing an interception that Ohio State's Shaun Wade returned for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter. Indiana had climbed its highest ranking in the AP Top 25 in more than a half-century, and the Hoosiers had pumped up their confidence by beating conference rivals Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State for the first time in program history. - Ohio State/AP College Football


(DS#3 RB) rSo/2023 RB Master Teague IIIOhio State
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  11/09/20 - Trey SermonrSr/2021, Ohio State, 6-0, 215 (DS#8 RB) + More +

  Sermon got the ball six times in the first half, and it resulted in 15 yards. Meanwhile, Master Teague ran it seven times for 46 yards and added 31 yards on two catches. Sermon's production isn't what you want from half of a two-back system. Teague finished with 60 yards carries and a score on 12 carries along with three catches for 37 yards. Sermon had 68 yards on 12 carries, most of which came on a 37-yard run before he left the game with an injury. He added an 11-yard catch. Maryland blowing out Penn State shows that it might at the very least be able to put up a fight for 30 minutes before the Buckeyes' talent takes over. Rutgers was Sermon's best chance in these first four games to show why he was brought to Columbus from Oklahoma. Through three games, he has 172 yards on 36 carries. That's enough of a sample size to know whether a two-back system is worth it or if Teague has clearly separated himself. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#8 RB) rSr/2021 RB Trey SermonOhio State
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  11/07/20 - Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Justin Fields threw five touchdown passes and ran for another score to help No. 3 Ohio State beat Rutgers 49-27 on Saturday night. Fields, a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019, added to his already gaudy 2020 resume, completing 24 of 28 passes for 314 yards. Fields threw two touchdown passes to Chris Olave, with Jameson Williams, Garrett Wilson and Jeremy Ruckert also recipients of scoring passes as the Buckeyes (3-0 Big Ten) played through some sloppiness and held off a second-half push by the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers (1-2) had a promising drive early to answer Ohio's State's first score but had to settle for a 30-yard Guy Fava field goal. Trailing 35-3 at halftime, Rutgers came out and outscored the Buckeyes 24-14 in the second half. Wilson caught six passes for 104 yards for Ohio State, and Fields completed passes to eight other receivers, and his average completion went for 13 yards. Running backs Master Teague III, Steele Chambers and Trey Sermon pieced together 174 rushing yards, and Teague had a touchdown. Rutgers quarterback Noah Vedral, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma, was 22 of 33 for 168 yards. Bo Melton caught seven passes for 86 yards. Ohio State rolled up 517 yards compared with 373 by Rutgers. - AP College Football


(DS#2 QB) Jr/2022 QB Justin FieldsOhio State
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  11/07/20 - *Shaun WaderJr/2021, Ohio State, 6-0, 195 (DS#2 CB) + More +

  Shaun Wade has played two games as an outside cornerback for the Ohio State football team, and the coaching staff is pleased with what it's seen. That's even with the three catches the former five-star recruit gave up to Penn State's Jahan Dotson in the Buckeyes' 38-25 win Saturday. Dotson made great plays on the ball, which can happen when you're covering an opposing team's best wide receiver. The bulk of his yards came on those three plays leading to a 144-yard, three-touchdown day on eight catches. "Dotson made some really good plays," OSU coach Ryan Day said. "On those two long ones, I thought Shaun was right there. The kid just made two remarkable catches. That's part of playing corner. They're going to make some catches on you.

"Overall, I thought the first two games they played well. There's some things, maybe, in the last game they'd like to have back, but overall we're getting solid play out of them. If they keep growing and keep working in those spots and keep covering like that, they're going to get some balls." Defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs saw Saturday's win as a learning experience for a secondary that doesn't have a ton of experience. That took another hit when Cameron Brown went down with a season-ending torn Achilles. Coombs is happy with what Wade and Sevyn Banks have done up to this point. Playing cornerback means having a short memory, especially after a wide receiver makes a good play. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


(DS#2 CB) rJr/2021 CB *Shaun WadeOhio State
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  11/07/20 - Haskell GarrettSr/2021, Ohio State, 6-2, 299 (DS#18 DT) + More +

  Ohio State football's defense showed improvement in Week 2 in a 38-25 win over Penn State. There are still questions, but the production of the interior defensive linemen isn't one of them. Tommy Togiai put together his career-best game with seven tackles, including three sacks and two quarterback hurries. Those numbers earned him Big Ten Player of the Week honors as he continued the tradition of OSU defensive ends having breakout performances inside Beaver Stadium. Haskell Garrett has joined Togiai as a dominant force on the inside. Garrett has gone from a player not many expected be ready to play at the start of the year after being shot in the face, to a standout on the defense. In two games, he's recorded four tackles and a sack while earning Ohio State's Player of the Game honors for his play against Nebraska. The talk during the preseason focused on the depth at defensive end and how it could mirror 2017. The defensive tackles were more of a question because of the lack of depth compared to last season. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#18 DT) Sr/2021 DT Haskell GarrettOhio State
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  11/05/20 - Tommy TogiaiJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-2, 300 (DS#2 DT) + More +

  Two games in, Tommy Togiai is making a bid to emerge as the most important player on Ohio State football's defense. The 6-2, 300-pound junior nose tackle relentlessly bashed through Penn State's offensive line in Saturday's 38-25 victory. His breakthrough performance was one of many along the Buckeyes' defensive front and earned him Defensive Player of the Game honors. Togiai assembled an uncommon stat line for nose tackles. He collected seven tackles with three sacks and two quarterback hurries. His previous career high for tackles was four, and the sacks were the first of his Buckeyes career. With defensive line depth an issue to begin the season, Ohio State needed Togiai to immediately transition from his 2019 depth role to a consistent force in 2020. The pressure he is creating from the interior added an important dimension to a Buckeye defense still forming its identity. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#2 DT) Jr/2022 DT Tommy TogiaiOhio State
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  11/05/20 - Blake HaubeilSr/2021, Ohio State, 6-2, 230 (DS#3 K) + More +

  In pregame warmups ahead of Ohio State's 38-25 win over Penn State, kicker Blake Haubeil felt some groin pain. It prompted the Buckeyes' coaching staff to make a change. Backup Dominic DiMaccio would handle kickoffs, easing Haubeil's workload as he dealt with the ailment. But it did not improve during the game. Early in the second quarter, Haubeil pushed a 20-yard field goal try wide right, preventing Ohio State from taking a potential 17-3 lead after its offense had marched 72 yards down the field. It was his last attempt for the game, as DiMaccio took over all of the placekicking duties, including field goals, following Haubeil's miss. "We hopefully can get Blake healthy again and get that back in order, because that was not good," Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said. "We left points on the field there. Those are heartbreakers. It's one thing not to score a touchdown, but when you miss a field goal, that just hurts momentum. You feel it. It's real. But we were able to overcome it and we'll get it fixed." - Columbus Dispatch

(DS#3 K) Sr/2021 K Blake HaubeilOhio State
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  11/06/20 - Cameron BrownJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-0, 192 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Ohio State football's Cameron Brown will miss the rest of the season after tearing his Achilles in the Buckeyes' 38-25 win over Penn State according to Lettermen Row's Austin Ward. The junior cornerback went down with a non-contact injury in the fourth quarter and had to be carted off the field. After coming to Columbus as a four-star wide receiver in 2018, Brown had worked his way into the role as a slot cornerback in his third season. He was used primarily on third down in the first two games. Though he's also taken snaps as an outside cornerback and had replaced Sevyn Banks opposite of Shaun Wade at the time of his injury. Brown's injury is a significant hit to a defensive back room that was already short on experience outside of Wade coming into the season. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#999 SS) Jr/2022 SS Cameron BrownOhio State
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  11/02/20 - Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  NOV 2 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Justin Fields, Ohio State, Jr., QB, Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison,...Threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns while completing 28-of-34 passes as Ohio State defeated Penn State...First seven passes were all completions, giving him 16 consecutive completions over two games to tie the school record set by J.T. Barrett in 2016...Directed the Ohio State offense to 526 total yards in the contest...Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award...Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: J.K. Dobbins (Dec. 2, 2019). - Big Ten football

(DS#2 QB) Jr/2022 QB Justin FieldsOhio State
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  11/02/20 - Tommy TogiaiJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-2, 300 (DS#2 DT) + More +

  NOV 2 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tommy Togiai, Ohio State, Jr., DT, Pocatello, Idaho/Highland,...Recorded a career-best three sacks at Penn State on Saturday night...Led the team with a career-high seven tackles, including four solo stops...Anchored a defense that held the Nittany Lions to 44 yards rushing...Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor...Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Chase Young (Nov. 25, 2019). - Big Ten football

(DS#2 DT) Jr/2022 DT Tommy TogiaiOhio State
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  10/31/20 - Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Justin Fields doesn't need the energy of 110,000 people mostly rooting against him in a stadium to put on a show. The Ohio State quarterback is just fine shredding defenses in front of a more intimate gathering. Justin Fields passed for 318 yards and four touchdowns, two to Chris Olave, and No. 3 Ohio State beat No. 18 Penn State 38-25 on an eerily quiet Saturday night at what is usually one of the most raucous settings in college football. Jeremy Ruckert also caught a pair of touchdowns, Master Teague II ran for another and the Buckeyes generated 526 yards of offense in their 15th straight Big Ten win and 10th straight on the road against a ranked opponent. Ohio State (2-0) didn't take long to break the game open and hand Penn State (0-2) its first 0-2 start since 2013. - Ohio State/AP College Football

(DS#2 QB) Jr/2022 QB Justin FieldsOhio State
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  10/28/20 - Haskell GarrettSr/2021, Ohio State, 6-2, 299 (DS#18 DT) + More +

  It was already impressive that Haskell Garrett was able to play in Ohio State football's 52-17 win over Nebraska less than two months after being shot in the face. Having an impact, being the best player on the defensive line, and earning Player of the Game honors is something you could call miraculous. "I hugged Haskell in the locker room after the game and said, 'This is a miracle,'" defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs said after the game. "It's a miracle. This kid was shot in the face. I don't know how many days ago it was, but it wasn't that long ago, and he just never gave up...He's in there working with Larry (Johnson) with stitches learning and preparing without being able to do anything physically. "For him to do that and be able to play...I know having him on the field was a difference-maker for the Buckeyes." Garrett's efforts in the win - two tackles, one tackle for loss and a sack - were not only an inspirational story but a much-needed boost from a spot that the Buckeyes were thought to be lacking depth. His absence, and the uncertainty surrounding Taron Vincent's status, left questions for how OSU would make up for losing three veterans from 2019. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#18 DT) Sr/2021 DT Haskell GarrettOhio State
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  10/28/20 - Chris OlaveJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-1, 188 (DS#2 WR) + More +

  There must be an injury bug going around college football directed at the best wide receiver from the 2018 recruiting classes of the country's best programs. Chris Olave took some hits in the Buckeyes' win over Nebraska, and the final one in the second half sidelined him for the rest of the game with no further update on his status. "He seemed good," OSU coach Ryan Day said after the game. "He was in good spirits, had a good look in his eye. That's all I really know at this point. We'll see what happens (Sunday) morning." As long as he's healthy, Ohio State is going to rely heavily on Olave and Wilson as Jameson Williams and the true freshmen gain experience - though Jaxon Smith-Njigba has already shown how effective he might be in the slot.

Against Nebraska, 14 of Fields' 21 targets went to those Olave and Wilson, including the first five of the game. That means those two have to perform. Catching all but one of those targets - which was only dropped because Olave was flipped on his head - isn't a bad start. Olave is trying to solidify himself as a first-round draft pick in 2021, while Wilson is showing that he already is one in 2022. Moving him into the slot makes him a mismatch nightmare while also giving him experience all over the field. Ohio State's passing attack is at the top of the list of things you didn't have to worry about coming into the season. Saturday confirmed that. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


(DS#2 WR) Jr/2022 WR Chris OlaveOhio State
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  10/25/20 - Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  What's up with Ohio State moving past Notre Dame after the Fighting Irish had their most impressive victory of the season, against Pittsburgh? Remember, the Buckeyes were No. 2 in the preseason and a close second to No. 1 Clemson. When the Big Ten postponed its fall season, Ohio State and the rest of the conference's teams became ineligible for inclusion in the rankings. Then the Big Ten decided to play in the fall after all and those teams became eligible again. But some voters decided they would wait until teams played before being considered for inclusion. That held back the Buckeyes and some other Big Ten teams for a few weeks. Now that all the voters are including Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, et al., those teams got an extra boost this week. Wisconsin moved up five spots to No. 9, appearing on every ballot for the first time since returning to the rankings three polls ago. No. 13 Michigan also moved up five spots, though the Wolverines got a bounce from an impressive victory at Minnesota. - AP College Football

(DS#2 QB) Jr/2022 QB Justin FieldsOhio State
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  10/24/20 - Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Justin Fields completed 20 of 21 passes for two touchdowns and ran for another, Master Teague III rushed for a pair of scores and Ohio State rolled over Nebraska 52-17 Saturday on the opening day of the Big Ten's pandemic-delayed season. Fields, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, completed his first 12 passes and threw for 276 yards. He ran for another 52 - including a stunning 17-yard third-quarter touchdown scramble around the left side that saw him spin past a defender into the end zone. The Ohio State defense took most of the first half to figure out a way to contain quarterback Adrian Martinez, who marched the Huskers down for a touchdown in the opening 2 minutes of the game. Nebraska (0-1, 0-1 Big Ten) tied the score at 14 in the second quarter, but an Ohio State (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) field goal, a defensive stop and Teague's second TD run gave the Buckeyes a 24-14 lead at the half. Then came Fields' nifty touchdown run and a 55-yard scoop and score by Buckeyes cornerback Sevyn Banks, and Ohio State had it under control. - Ohio State/AP College Football

(DS#2 QB) Jr/2022 QB Justin FieldsOhio State
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