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  NOV 21 BIG TEN CO-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Dallan Hayden, Ohio State, RB - Memphis, Tenn. - Christian Brothers,...Ran for a career-high 147 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-30 win over Maryland...All three of his touchdowns and 144 of his 147 yards came in the second half...Carried 13 times for 76 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter...Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career...Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Nov. 22, 2021). - Big Ten Football

Fr/2026 RB Dallan HaydenOhio State
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  One of the greatest rivalries in sports seems set up for another classic. No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan will both be undefeated for the 20th time when they meet Saturday at the Horseshoe in what's known as The Game. The winner will earn a trip to the Big Ten championship game and a probable spot in the College Football Playoff. "This is what we've been striving for all year, 11-0, and now to play The Game," Michigan receiver Ronnie Bell said. "That's all we wanted." The Wolverines are coming off a rare win in the series. Until Jim Harbaugh finally beat the Buckyes last year at home, they had won a school-record eight straight and 15 of 16 against Michigan.

What has it been like for coach Ryan Day to have a whole year to think about that loss to the Wolverines? "That has not been easy, hasn't been good," Day said. "We’ll probably talk about it more this week, but looking forward to the preparation. Our guys have been focused on it all offseason. And during the season, it’s always been in the back of our minds. "We work it every day of the year. And so, the week is officially here.” The Buckeyes have been waiting for two years to beat their rivals at home, missing out on the last opportunity in 2020 during the pandemic-shortened season when the matchup was canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the Wolverines' program. Michigan has not won at Ohio State since 2000, which is also the last year it won a second straight game in the series. The Buckeyes have not lost a game since Hassan Haskins matched a school record with five rushing touchdowns and Aidan Hutchinson had three sacks in last year's win for Michigan. - AP College Football


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  Dallan Hayden scored three touchdowns in the second half of No. 2 Ohio State's 43-30 victory over Maryland to set up a monumental matchup of unbeatens next weekend between the Buckeyes and rival Michigan. Just before Ohio State (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) and Maryland (6-5, 3-5) kicked off, third-ranked Michigan edged Illinois on a late field goal. The Buckeyes then had plenty of problems of their own against the Terrapins. Ohio State trailed 13-10 at halftime, and the Buckeyes were up just 33-30 when they turned the ball over on downs at the Maryland 42 with 6:36 remaining in the game. Ohio State forced a three-and-out, however, and Hayden helped the Buckeyes run out most of the remaining time. Noah Ruggles kicked a 45-yard field goal with 42 seconds left, and Steele Chambers added a defensive touchdown with 9 seconds to play. Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who fumbled on that play, remained down on the field for a while before walking off very slowly. Hayden finished with 146 yards on 27 carries. TreVeyon Henderson returned after missing Ohio State's previous two games while injured. He caught an early 31-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Stroud but managed only 19 yards on 11 carries.

Tagovailoa completed his first 11 passes, and although the Terps settled for a couple field goals in the red zone early on, they went ahead 13-10 on a 1-yard TD catch by CJ Dippre with 3:52 left in the half. This was a far cry from the previous two Ohio State-Maryland meetings, which the Buckeyes won 73-14 and 66-17 - although it wasn't quite as harrowing for them as their 52-51 overtime win over the Terps in 2018. That game also came the week before they faced Michigan. Down by three in the third, the Buckeyes took back the lead after Lathan Ransom blocked a punt, giving Ohio State the ball at the Maryland 14. An 8-yard touchdown run by Hayden gave the Buckeyes a 17-13 advantage. Hayden scored on a 3-yard run with 16 seconds left in the third to make it 27-13, but Maryland answered with Tagovailoa's 5-yard scoring run early in the fourth. A 2-point conversion cut the lead to six. Hayden scored again on a 13-yard run, but Jakorian Bennett returned a blocked extra point all the way for two points, making the score 33-23. - Ohio State/AP College Football


Fr/2026 RB Dallan HaydenOhio State
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  Ohio State has been at or near the top of the national scoring chart seven years in a row, and the Buckeyes have been especially prolific at home. Their 56-14 win over Indiana on Saturday made them the first Big Ten team since the 1903 Michigan Wolverines to score at least 45 points in six straight home games in the same season, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Buckeyes' streak started after they managed just 21 against Notre Dame in the opener. They set a national season high with 77 against Toledo two weeks later. Ohio State is scoring 50.6 points per home game this season, and it's averaging a Bowl Subdivision-high 48.4 points over 45 games at Ohio Stadium since 2016, according to Sportradar. Tennessee is the 2022 season leader in home scoring, at 55.3 points per game. - AP College Football

rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  NOV 14 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, QB - So. - Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. - Rancho Cucamonga,...Threw for 297 yards on 17-of-28 efficiency and five touchdowns in Ohio State's 56-14 win over Indiana...Recorded his ninth career game, and fourth this season, with at least five touchdown passes to become the first player in Big Ten history to have consecutive seasons with 30 touchdown passes...His 297 yards put him over 7,000 passing yards for his career, only the fourth Buckeye signal-caller to reach that mark (Bobby Hoying, Art Schlichter, J.T. Barrett)...Earns his fifth career Offensive Player of the Week award and his 12th career weekly honor...Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Oct. 10, 2022). - Big Ten Football

rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  Miyan Williams rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an injury late in the first half, C.J Stroud threw five TD passes and No. 2 Ohio State buried Indiana 56-14 on Saturday. Williams went down awkwardly on his right ankle and had to be helped to a cart and taken to the locker room with 2:17 left in the half. That came after the Buckeyes had pushed the score to 28-7 on Williams' 48-yard scoring run. Williams has carried the load of the Ohio State running game the last two games with TreVeyon Williams out with injury. Ohio State hasn't disclosed a timetable for Henderson's return but could certainly run into some difficulty if both experienced backs are still on the shelf for the showdown with No. 3 Michigan in two weeks.

Freshman Dallen Hayden moved up to be the No. 1 back, rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Xavier Johnson lined up as a back and ran for a 71-yard TD in the fourth quarter. The Buckeyes (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) had piled up 377 yards by the time Williams left the game and seemed to be back on track after struggling to beat Northwestern on a windy day the previous week. They finished with 662. Stroud, who passed for a season-low 76 yards against Northwestern, was 17 for 28 for 297 yards against the Hoosiers (3-7, 1-6), throwing two touchdown passes to tight end Cade Stover and one each to Emeka Egbuka, Marvin Harrison Jr. and Kamryn Babb. Indiana's starting quarterback Connor Bazelak, who returned after sitting out last week's loss to Penn State with an injury, didn't last long. After the Hoosiers went three-and-out on their first three possessions, Bazelak was benched in favor of Dexter Williams II, who threw for two touchdowns, their only scores of the day. - Ohio State/AP College Football


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  Ohio State running back Miyan Williams injured his right leg and had to be carted the locker room in the first half of Saturday's game against Indiana. Williams already had rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown when he went down awkwardly on his ankle after a 4-yard gain with 2:17 left in the first half and the No. 2 Buckeyes leading Indiana 28-7. Williams has carried the load the last two games with TreVeyon Henderson sidelined with an injury. Ohio State hasn't disclosed details of Henderson's injury, but it could be problematic if both experienced backs are on the shelf for the matchup with No. 3 Michigan in two weeks. Williams broke away for a 48-yard touchdown run earlier in the second quarter, recording his fourth 100-yard game of the season. True freshman Dallen Hayden, who also had a first-half touchdown run, is the primary backup to Williams. - AP College Football

rSo/2025 RB Miyan WilliamsOhio State
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  Miyan Williams ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 2 Ohio State got all it could handle from Northwestern in a 21-7 victory on a rainy and windy Saturday. The Buckeyes (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) came in tied with Tennessee in the AP poll and trailing only the Volunteers in the season's first College Football Playoff rankings. But what figured to be an easy win turned into a struggle. Ohio State didn't score until the closing minutes of the first half, when Emeka Egbuka ran it in from the 15, with the rain and whipping wind not to mention Northwestern's physical play creating havoc. Williams gave Ohio State the lead with a 27-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He made it 21-7 when he scored from the 2 with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the game after C.J. Stroud broke a 44-yard run, and the Buckeyes came away with a tougher-than-expected win.

Stroud, the Big Ten leader in yards passing, set a career low with 76. He completed just 10 of 26 passes in his only game this year without a touchdown throw. Stroud, who came in with minus-4 yards rushing, ran for 79, helping the Buckeyes pick up their 10th straight win against Northwestern and 34th in the past 35 meetings. The Wildcats (1-8, 1-5) dropped their eighth straight, matching their worst skid since the 1998 team lost eight in a row. They are 5-17 since falling to Ohio State in the 2020 conference championship game. Evan Hull ran for 122 yards and a touchdown. Brendan Sullivan threw for 79, completing 10 of 14 passes, and the Wildcats remained winless since beating Nebraska in Ireland to start the season. Ohio State came came in averaging 48.9 points - second only to Tennessee - and hadn't scored fewer than 44 in a Big Ten game. But the ugly conditions and Northwestern's physical play in the trenches made for a tough time. - AP College Football


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  OCT 31 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: J.T. Tuimoloau, Ohio State, DE - So. - Edgewood, Wash. - Eastside Catholic,...Recorded six tackles, three solos, two sacks, three tackles-for-loss, two interceptions and a forced fumble in Ohio State's 44-31 win against Penn State...Was in on four turnovers that directly led to 21 Ohio State points...Returned an interception 86 yards for a touchdown, giving the Buckeyes a 44-24 lead with less than three minutes to play...Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career...Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Tommy Eichenberg (Sept. 26, 2022). - Big Ten Football

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  OCT 30 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: J.T. TUIMOLOAU, OHIO STATE, Sophomore, Defensive End, Edgewood, WA/Eastside Catholic,...J.T. Tuimoloau recorded six tackles (3 for losses), including two quarterback sacks, forced and recovered a fumble and intercepted two passes (one of which he returned 14 yards for a touchdown) as second-ranked Ohio State improved to 8-0 with a 44-31 victory over 13th-ranked Penn State. Tuimoloau also broke up one pass in the victory. Notes: J.T. Tuimoloau is the 14th Ohio State player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors (since 2004), and the first since current Buckeye quarterback C.J. Stroud (November 20, 2021). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

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  J.T. Tuimoloau had a strip sack to set up No. 2 Ohio State for a separation-score in the fourth quarter and then a pick-6 to cap a spectacular performance by the defensive end as the Buckeyes erased a fourth-quarter deficit to beat No. 13 Penn State 44-31 Saturday. C.J. Stroud found his groove for Ohio State in the fourth quarter and finished with 354 yards passing as the Buckeyes (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) ran their winning streak in the rivalry to six in a row - none by more than 13 points. As has often been the case when these teams get together lately, the Buckeyes were a double-digit favorite and the Nittany Lions (6-2, 3-2) played them tough. In this case, though, Penn State didn't just hang around. The Nittany Lions went up 21-16 with 9:26 remaining in the fourth quarter on a tough 1-yard touchdown run by Kaytron Allen on fourth down.

Ohio State outscored Penn State 28-3 the rest of the way, with Tuimoloau providing the key play after the Buckeyes went up 23-21. Tuimoloau also recovered the fumble after swiping the ball from Sean Clifford with 8:26 left in the fourth quarter. One play later, Stroud connected with Cade Stover, who rumbled through the Penn State defense for a 24-yard touchdown to make it 30-21. Tuimoloau also had his first career interception in the first quarter, a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage that resulted in Ohio State's first interception of the game and another sack. For his final act, Tuimoloau beat his block, reached up and grabbed Clifford's short pass attempt at the 14-yard line and cruised into the end zone to make it 44-24. Clifford threw for 371 yards and three touchdowns, but committed four turnovers. TreVeyon Henderson scored twice in Ohio State's fourth-quarter outburst, including a 41-yard run 35 seconds after Penn State took the lead. He added a 7-yard touchdown run with 2:52 left to make it 37-24. - Ohio State/AP College Football


So/2025 DE J.T. TuimoloauOhio State
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  OCT 24 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Noah Ruggles, Ohio State, K - Gr. - Odessa, Fla. - Steinbrenner,...Kicked four field goals early against Iowa's top-five defense to help Ohio State build a 26-10 lead on the way to a 54-10 victory...Converted on four field goals (46, 41, 35, 26) and six PATs for a career-high 18-point day...His four first-half field goals tie for the second most in a game in pro-gram history, matching eight other Buckeye placekickers...Garners the second Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career...Last Ohio State Special Teams Player of the Week: Noah Ruggles (Nov. 1, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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  Everybody can't turn themselves in three years into a top-five pick the same way Chase Young and Nick and Joey Bosa did, yet they are the measuring stick for success. Those three are the outliers as generational talents in college football who just so happened to all be stacked back-to-back-to-back in Columbus. It took a while for Harrison to come to terms with that and stop pressuring himself to be something he's not. He doesn't have to be like any of those three to be an elite edge rusher for OSU. Now that he's figured that out, he's starting to tap into that which is helping elevate the defense. "It's definitely a process," Harrison said. "I definitely feel like I've come into myself more as a man, as a person and as a player. I've definitely matured a bunch and that's just part of realizing that everybody's journey is different. Not everybody comes into college is three-and-out (and) goes No. 2 overall. That's not common. I just put one foot in front of the other and just keep playing. "This year, I've learned this is how I rush, and these are the things I can do well," Harrison said. "I stopped trying to be somebody else and just play how I play." Harrison's performance against Iowa feels like a turning point in a career that has been underrated at times because his sack numbers haven't been eye-popping the way we've grown accustomed to seeing.

Both of his tackles resulted in a loss of yardage, and one of them was a strip sack. Then he tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage, which paved the way for Tanner McCalister's second interception of the afternoon. He's taken the long road to maximize his natural talent, but it seems as if Harrison has finally tapped into the best version of himself. He may be turning himself into a first-round NFL Draft pick in the process while leading a unit that's getting back to dictating the line of scrimmage in a way it hasn't consistently done since 2019. "Zach's playing some of his best football right now, and our defensive line, they're playing with an edge," Day said. "You can feel it out there. You can feel how fast they're playing, but Zach has really come along. He's practiced really well, his leadership's been good, and I think you guys would agree is by playing his best football right now." - Cleveland Plain Dealer


Sr/2023 DE Zach HarrisonOhio State
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  C.J. Stroud overcame a slow start to throw four second-half touchdown passes, Ohio State's defense took advantage of six Iowa turnovers and the second-ranked Buckeyes pulled away for a 54-10 rout of the Hawkeyes on Saturday. Tanner McCallister had two interceptions and Tommy Eichenberg had a pick-6 as Ohio State took advantage of an inept Iowa offense to consistently start drives with good field position. Miyan Williams rushed for a first-half touchdown, and Stroud threw to Marvin Harrison, Emeka Egbuka, Julian Fleming and Mitch Rossi for second-half touchdowns. Noah Ruggles contributed four field goals after kicking just two in the previous six games.

The game wasn't pretty early for the Buckeyes (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten), who struggled to finish drives against Iowa's top-10 defense before Stroud and Co. caught fire late. On Iowa's first play from scrimmage, Spencer Petras threw right into the arms of McCallister. Ohio State took over at the Iowa 32 but had to settle for a 46-yard field goal. Later in the first, on Ohio State's first play after an Iowa punt, defensive end Joe Evans came through the middle untouched and smashed into Stroud, who fumbled at his own 11. Evans scooped it and trotted in for what would be Iowa's only touchdown. Linebacker Eichenberg's pick-6 gave Ohio State a 26-10 lead at halftime. Backup quarterback Alex Padilla took over for Petras in the third quarter and on the second play was picked off by McCallister at the Iowa 15. Four plays later, Stroud roped a 6-yard TD pass to Harrison and extended the lead late in the third with a 13-yard pass to Egbuka. Stroud hit Fleming in stride tearing down the middle for a 79-yard TD, and then tossed a short scoring pass to Rossi. - Ohio State/AP College Football


rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  OCT 10 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, QB - So. - Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. - Rancho Cucamonga,...Became the first quarterback in Big Ten history to throw at least six touchdown passes three times, doing it for his third time Saturday in Ohio State's 49-20 win over Michigan State in East Lansing...In the first half alone, he went 15 for 18 for 285 yards with four touchdowns and directed scoring drives of 80, 75, 98, 75 and 91 yards...Moved into second place all-time among Ohio State quarterbacks with 68 touchdown passes, passing Justin Fields' 63 set in 2019-20...Earns his fourth career Offensive Player of the Week award and his 11th career weekly honor...Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Miyan Williams (Oct. 3, 2022). - Big Ten Football

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