Ryan Ginn: My Buckeye Leaf goes to Joshua Perry, who had 15 tackles for a defense that mostly played well despite being put in tough situation after tough situation by the offense. The senior linebacker was in tears during Carmen Ohio, which is more than can be said for some of his teammates who skipped the alma mater altogether. Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell looked sick when talking about how disappointed he was for some of the seniors, and Perry was at the top of his list. Ohio State will miss his play on the field and his presence off it. Hat tip to Ezekiel Elliott, who used the postgame presser to say what needed to be said – albeit in a bit of a counter culture fashion.
James Grega: Tough to give this Buckeye leaf to anyone, really. I will have to go with Joshua Perry, though, as in his final home game as a Buckeye he led Ohio State with 15 total tackles and a half a tackle for loss. Perry also handled himself well off the field in his postgame press conference where Ezekiel Elliott thrashed the Ohio State coaches, which while it may be true, is something you probably should not do with two games left in the season. Perry, however, was one player that seemed to shine in an otherwise dark night for the Ohio State football program.
Tim Moody: Despite the loss, the Ohio State defense did its part to stop Michigan State – holding the Spartans to just 17 points – and senior linebacker Joshua Perry led the way. He had 15 total tackles in just the second Ohio Stadium loss of his collegiate career, but despite that standout performance he probably won’t have fond Senior Day memories. He’s been a key leader throughout the year, and it was only fitting that he come up big when many of his teammates didn’t quite play up to the level of the game overall. For good measure, Perry even addled 0.5 tackles for loss to finish of his personal stat line.
Blake Williams: Well, there aren't a lot of options here in a very disappointing performance. While the defense gave up some key drives, it has to be someone on that side of the ball so I am going with Joshua Perry. Playing in his last home game, the captain paced Ohio State with 15 tackles, added half a tackle for loss and helped his unit hold an offense that entered the game averaging nearly 33 points per game to just 17. Unfortunately for the senior, that was still too many and his emotion showed as his eyes filled with tears when the team sang Carmen Ohio after the game. The Buckeyes final home game of the year was not a good one, but the blame for that cannot be placed on the senior linebacker who clearly left everything he had out on the field.