For the second week in a row, Ohio State junior defensive end Chase Young has been named the Buckeyes’ defensive player of the game following a stellar performance in the opposing backfield.
Just like last week against Florida Atlantic, Young tallied 1.5 sacks in Saturday’s 42-0 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Joining Young on the Players of the Game dais are junior running back JK Dobbins and junior punter Drue Chrisman.
Dobbins rushed for 141 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns — all of which came in the first half of Saturday’s game. He also added a 60-yard run, which was the second longest of his career and the longest since the 2017 Big Ten Championship Game against the Wisconsin Badgers.
Chrisman, the special teams player of the game, punted three times, putting two of them inside the 5-yard line. Both times, the Buckeyes held the Bearcats to a three-and-out and then scored touchdowns on the ensuing change of possession.
Champions were also named and once again the entire starting offensive line earned the grade. They helped pave the way for 270 yards rushing and gave up just one sack — which was actually a coverage sack and the ball should have been thrown away.
Sophomore quarterback Justin Fields again graded out a Champion, making him 2-for-2 on the season in that regard. Senior receiver Austin Mack and sophomore receiver Chris Olave also earned their second Champions’ grades this season.
Joining the two-timers were junior tight end Luke Farrell and senior receiver KJ Hill.
Defensively, joining Chase Young in earning the award for a second week in a row were senior defensive tackle Davon Hamilton, senior linebacker Malik Harrison, senior safety Jordan Fuller, and junior cornerback Jeff Okudah.
Also earning the grade were sophomore defensive end Tyreke Smith, linebackers Tuf Borland and Baron Browning, and defensive backs Brendon White, Shaun Wade, and Damon Arnette.
The Scout Team players of the week were OL Dawand Jones, OL Nathan Brock, OL Jack Jamieson, OL Enokk Vimahi, OL Max Wray, OL Chris Kuhn, OL Ryan Jacoby, OL Brandon Pahl, OL Zach Stevenson, OL Ryan Smith, WR Sam Wiglusz, CB Lloyd McFarquhar, and LB Craig Young.