Nov 14, 2015; Champaign, IL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) hold up the Illibuck trophy after the game at Memorial Stadium. Ohio State defats Illinois 28-3. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Player of the Game: Ezekiel Elliot
181 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, including 134 in the 2nd half alone, showed why Ezekiel Elliot is the most important player for the Ohio State attack. He easily was the best player on the field all day and was the main reason for the Buckeye victory.
Play of the Game: Michael Thomas 24-yard Touchdown Catch
With an Illinois defender in good position, Thomas still reached around him to bring in a great pass from J.T. Barrett for a touchdown. Thomas showed why he is so high on draft boards with a play like that.
Under the Radar Player of the Game: TyQaun Lewis
Lewis is the starting defensive end opposite of Joey Bosa.
Bosa faced multiple triple teams against the Illini. With that kind of attention, Lewis stepped up on his side of the line was had a great game himself, recording at least one sack and leading the charge that harassed Wes Lunt to a 9-21 first half and limited Illinois to 261 total yards.
When you have a guy like Bosa occupying an entire blocking scheme, someone has to step up. Today, it was Lewis (with some help from Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt), that took advantage.
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