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. 7 Thomas Burns Fuller (Virginia Tech, Sept. 7)
Michael Thomas finished the regular season as Ohio State's leading receiver for the second straight season. In 12 games this year the junior hauled in 49 passes for 709 yards and eight touchdowns.
He was the most consistent receiver for the Buckeyes all season and though he had just two catches for 46 yards in the win, Thomas had one of the best plays of the season.
“He’s definitely at the top,” Thomas said when asked where Fuller ranks among DBs he's gone against. “He has a great bloodline, comes from a great family of DBs and he’s just an athlete. I love competition so I can’t wait to go against him.”
When he did, Thomas left with perhaps his best play of the season.
The game was in hand with Ohio State leading 35-17 in the fourth quarter and the Buckeyes had the ball on the Virginia Tech 26 yard-line. Thomas lined up in one-on-one coverage with Fuller and used a devastating stutter step to freeze the cornerback and get behind everyone on the Hokies defense to haul in a wide open touchdown pass from J.T. Barrett.
"We tried to assess matchups," offensive coordinator Ed Warinner said after the game. "If their best corner is on Mike then where’s their third, fourth, fifth-best cover guy. They are playing straight-up man coverage so we tried to find out who their fourth- or fifth-best coverage guy was and maybe attack him a little bit. Mike’s a great player, you saw the plays he did make."