Injury Cost Johnson Promising Start at OSU

Running back Drake Johnson's hot start at OSU was cut short due to leg injury in the third quarter. He has two touchdowns at the time of the injury.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Running back Drake Johnson gave the Buckeyes’ defense all they could handle on Saturday. But a late injury cost the U-M standout a chance of finishing the game. And ultimately hurt Michigan’s offense, as U-M fell to rival Ohio State 42-28.

Johnson, who finished with 15 carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns, was last seen barreling into a Buckeye defender for a 2-yard touchdown to tie the game at-21 with 11:02 left to play in the third quarter.

But it was at a cost, as the redshirt sophomore was never able to return due to an apparent leg injury despite attempts of him trying to walk it off on the sideline.

“I think he’ll be OK,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said of Johnson. “I don’t know enough yet. Will see how it goes from here.”

Despite the injury, it was another promising performance for Johnson, who has 55 carries for 320 yards and four touchdowns in U-M last four games. Not bad considering, he was the fourth string running back to start the season after coming off a missed season due to a torn ACL.

“He was obviously seeing things well,” Hoke said of Johnson’s play. “The vision was well. I think the offensive line in a lot ways was playing pretty well. I think they opened some things up and did a nice job with it.

“But he did an extremely good job with his vision.”

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