Ryan Ginn: My choice for Buckeye Leaf is a bit of an obvious one, but J.T. Barrett’s impressive performance certainly merits it. The sophomore quarterback once again helped Ohio State to a 6 for 6 performance in the red zone – although one of those was a field goal – and he gave Ohio State the performance it needed against one of the best defenses in the conference. His passing yardage (30) won’t blow anyone away, but two of his four completions were for touchdowns, and he even got a signature moment with the jump pass.
James Grega: There are plenty of options for this week’s Buckeye Leaf. My initial thought was to give it to Joey Bosa, who had the breakout game every one seemed to be waiting for. However, J.T. Barrett’s performance off the bench was very impressive and he earns my leaf this week. To not prepare as the starting quarterback all week and yet to perform the way he did, especially running the football, was impressive. I know Penn State took away the passing game, really limiting Cardale Jones, but to score four touchdowns off the bench just when it looked like the Nittany Lions were going to hang around was key in the Buckeye win.
Tim Moody: It would be hard to pick one player from the offense, so I’ll stick with defense for Ohio State’s player of the game against the Nittany Lions. Giving up 194 yards to Saquon Barkley isn’t a great look for the Buckeye defense, but the team came up big on a number of occasions and limited Penn State to just 10 points. Among a few standouts, junior end Joey Bosa shined the brightest with 3.0 tackles for loss and a sack to go with seven total tackles. Bosa generally manhandled any blocker who stood in his way and was once again just as responsible for the Buckeyes’ win as any other individual player.
Blake Williams: As you would expect, there are plenty of options in a 28-point win, but I am going to use this space to recognize the elite effort of Joey Bosa against the Nittany Lions. The junior pass rusher was dominant against Penn State. He routinely blew up offensive linemen and on at least one occasion pushed an offensive tackle into Christian Hackenberg’s face. Bosa finished with a team-high seven tackles, including three for loss, and one sack. He was constantly in the Penn State backfield, adding a quarterback hurry to his take down, and was a big part of the reason why the Nittany Lions were only able to attempt 13 passes.