STATE COLLEGE – It was a game full of ups and downs, good and bad plays, questionable calls, and back and forth play.
In Ohio State’s comeback 27-26 win over Penn State on Saturday, there were costly mistakes made on both sides of the ball for the Buckeyes.
But one constant contributor, major factor, and consistent player on the field for the Buckeyes was sophomore defensive end Chase Young.
“He was outstanding,” head coach Urban Meyer said of Young following the game on Saturday.
Young stepped up in a game where the defense needed him most; a big game, and a game without their star player in junior defensive end Nick Bosa.
Young showed up hungry to play on Saturday, and he was the difference maker in the game.
But Young not only contributed to the success of Ohio State’s defense, he was the reason the Buckeyes stayed close to Penn State in the first half. It was then that it was Ohio State’s defense carrying the team.
With the struggles Ohio State’s offense faced in the first half, it was the defense that kept the Buckeyes only a few points behind Penn State.
“Hats off to the defense,” Meyer said. “They kept us in this game, as bad as the offense was in that first half.”
As the major contributor on defense, Young finished the game with six total tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, two hurries, and two pass break ups. His numbers against the No. 9 team in the country speak for themselves, but it was the impact of these tackles that changed the game.
Penn State’s senior quarterback Trace McSorley was the star on the field on Saturday, but it appeared that Young was the only one who could get in his way. The Buckeyes needed a playmaker, and Young stepped up in the critical moments in the second half.
Young prevented the Buckeyes from giving up a first down play by tipping a third-down pass from McSorely, forcing the Nittany Lions to have to punt with around nine minutes to go in the third quarter.
As time was expiring in the third quarter, Young had another pass break up on fourth and one that led to a turnover on downs. That drive later turned into a touchdown for the Buckeyes, shifting the momentum in the second half.
In the fourth quarter, with the game on the line, Young came through with the stop of junior running back Miles Sanders on fourth and five.
His efforts and play was certainly recognized by his teammates.
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His play was not without penalties, however, but his aggressive attack was exactly what the Scarlet and Gray needed in the close battle with the Nittany Lions. Young was arguably the best Buckeye on the field on Saturday, and he surely proved himself as a high level player in big games.