Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Rapid Reaction: Second Half
It was more of the same for the Ohio State offense in the second half of The Game. The Buckeyes ran for an even 200 yards in the second half and continued to play like a team that had a lot to prove after getting beaten down by Michigan State last week. For a team that needed to prove not just to itself but to the Playoff Committee, the Buckeyes performed as well as they could to stay in the hunt for the postseason.
Elliott was able to use the frustration from last week to hit a couple of milestones in the second half. He tied former Ohio State running back Eddie George for second all time in Buckeye’s history with five 200-yard performances with 214 rushing yards. He also took sole possession of second place all time in career rushing yards, passing George and sitting now behind only two-time Heisman Trophy wining running back Archie Griffin.
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Even if ‘Zeke jumps to the NFL, his place in Ohio State history has been safely secured as perhaps one of the best runners in school history.
Defensive end Joey Bosa earned himself some NFL money today. His sack-fumble of Rudock showed the combination of speed and power that has him atop draft boards everywhere. Yet, it was his tip pass interception of backup quarterback Wilton Spaight that showed the type of athleticism to play on Sundays. That might have been the best defensive play all year for the Buckeyes.
The unit as a whole showed up in a big way in Ann Arbor as well. After getting pushed around by Michigan State, the Buckeyes took care of business by giving up only 13 points and yielding only 57 rushing yards. Sure, Michigan threw for 307, but that was more a factor of game flow as the Ohio State offense put up 42 points and controlled the entire second half.
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