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Ohio State Football Notebook: ‘He would never do anything like that’

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Out In the Cold

Lincoln, Nebraska is a long way to go for work, but it’s easy enough to find if you know where to look.

If you’re an Ohio State punter, however, don’t bother.

Drue Chrisman didn’t punt at all Saturday night, though he did hold on eight extra points. Of course, that’s like asking an architect to paint a bedroom wall. Yeah, it’s work, but it’s not what he went to college for.

“I did talk to Drue toward the end of the game and he was like, ‘it’s cold out here on the sideline, huh?'” quarterback J.T. Barrett said after Saturday’s game. “And I said, ‘yeah, you’re right.’ And he was like, ‘yeah, I didn’t punt tonight.’ I almost wanted to say, ‘I apologize’ but I didn’t.”

Just One of Six

The Buckeye receivers have had their ups and downs this season.  The ups are now outnumbering the downs, but the memories of what happened earlier in the season still weigh heavy.

Drops have been a problem this season, but they sure weren’t on Saturday night.

Terry McLaurin — who himself has had some issues reeling in deep passes — hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass from J.T. Barrett.

Asked if he would have caught that pass earlier in the season, McLaurin had no doubts.

“I feel like I would have,” he said after the game. “It’s just more so you’ve got to be ready whenever your number’s called. I have confidence in myself. The offense has confidence in me as a leader to make those plays.”

The confidence is there for all of the receivers now as well.

“It’s just a matter of running the route as we drew it up early in the week and just executing,” he said. “I feel like any of the six receivers could have made that play, but my number was called and I just had to come down with it.”

Not a Flag Planter

Following Oklahoma’s week two win at Ohio State, Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield attempted to plant an OU flag at midfield.

Following Iowa State’s win at Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago, a Cyclone player attempted to plant an ISU flag at midfield.

Would Buckeye quarterback J.T. Barrett ever plant an Ohio State flag after a big win at a place like Nebraska?

“No, he’s not like that at all,” McLaurin said. “Coach Meyer really harps on respect and J.T.’s a respectable guy. He would never do anything like that.”

And anyway, there’s no need to plant a flag for a business trip.

“We just knew what we were coming into,” he said. “We didn’t want to take this team lightly, especially with all the tradition, and I have to believe they haven’t lost a lot of night games the last 20 years. We slipped up last year in October and we just wanted to come in here focused and worried about today.”