Ohio State's Top 10 Plays: Vonn Bell's Pick Six

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.

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No. 7

No. 6

No. 5 Vonn Bell's Pick Six (Minnesota, Nov. 7)

More than 25 minutes into its contest with Minnesota, Ohio State had not found the end zone. Luckily for the Buckeyes neither had the Golden Gophers as the teams were locked in a scoreless tie when Minnesota started a drive from its own 8-yard line.

That's when Vonn Bell took matters into his own hands.

After two Gophers rushes combined to gain four yards, Mitch Leidner dropped back to pass. As Joshua Perry got pressure up the middle, Leidner looked for his slot receiver KJ Maye. Bell closed on the inside crossing pattern and jumped in front of the pass as Perry hit Leidner.

Bell's momentum carried him towards the center of the field and he eluded one would-be tackler before finding the edge and diving from the 3-yard line into the end zone for the first points of Ohio State's 28-14 win.

"He made a great play picking the ball off, and he is one of those guys where you never know what is going to happen when he gets the ball," Perry said. "He dove into the end zone, had a little extra juice there at the end, so that was definitely cool. We had a good pressure called there, and the guy made a play."


It briefly looked as though that play wouldn't count. Perry was initially called for targeting on Leidner, a penalty that would have wiped out the touchdown and sent the linebacker to the locker room. The referees overturned the call, however, allowing the Buckeyes to begin a 21-0 run.

“I took a deep breath,” Bell said of his reaction to the initial call against Perry. “I was like, ‘I need to see this replay.’ It wasn’t targeting. I knew Josh was a smarter player than that, so it was just a relief to me.”

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