Top 10 Plays: Jalin Marshall Catch Against Michigan

Over the final 10 days before the Buckeyes take on Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1 we're taking a look at the top 10 plays from Ohio State's regular season.

Ohio State's regular season has come and gone and a date with Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl is fast approaching.

While that Jan. 1 game is sure to be a great one, we're taking a look back at the season that was. While the Buckeyes didn't live up to the hype that came with the first-ever unanimous No. 1 ranking in the preseason Associated Press poll, Urban Meyer's team still made its fair share of spectacular plays on the way to an 11-1 record.

We're counting down the top 10 Ohio State plays from the regular season.

No. 10

No. 9 Jalin Marshall Gets Up (Michigan, Nov. 28)

The Buckeyes didn't make too many plays in the passing game against archrival Michigan, they didn't need to. When they did, however, they were pretty spectacular.

Ohio State finished with just 113 passing yards against the Wolverines on Nov. 28 against 369 yards rushing, but 25 of the yards through the air came in spectacular fashion.

While the Buckeyes blew the Wolverines out 42-13 when it was all said and done, the game was still in doubt when Jalin Marshall made his best catch of the season.

Ohio State was leading just 14-10 at halftime, but got the ball to start the third quarter. J.T. Barrett and Ezekiel Elliott accounted for all 57 yards on the first seven plays of that drive to get the Buckeyes to the Michigan 25.

That's when Barrett went to the air. The quarterback faked the hand off to Elliott before throwing a nice jump ball to Marshall at Wolverines goal line near the right hash mark. The receiver elevated and snared the ball away from Michigan cornerback Jeremy Clark, coming down with a 25-yard touchdown to put the Buckeyes up two scores for the first time that afternoon.

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Marshall said the touchdown, which kick-started a 28-point second half from Ohio State, wasn't designed to go to him but was a good read by Barrett.

“That play wasn’t designed to go to me,” Marshall said after the game. “It was designed that if I beat my man he can throw it, but it wasn’t designed to go to me. It was one-on-one the whole game, and they had one of their corners on me that I didn’t feel could guard me. I just beat him deep and didn’t see anyone back there. I saw J.T. step up in the pocket and he threw it up, and I did everything I could to go get it.”

 


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