Ohio State's Top 10 Plays: Ezekiel Elliott Takes Over

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. 4 Elliott's Take Over (Indiana, Oct. 3)

Ezekiel Elliott had such a dominant performance against Indiana on Oct. 3 that it's nearly impossible to pick just one play. The junior running back finished with 274 rushing yards to match Keith Byars for the second most in a single game in Ohio State history.

"It's an honor to be able to be mentioned with those guys," Elliott said of his record-setting performance. "There's a great running back pedigree at Ohio State, and I'm honored to be able to continue that legacy."

The running back scored the day’s first touchdown, a 55-yard score midway through the third quarter, and only got better from there. That first score, one in which Elliott was untouched until he dove for the end zone from about five yards out, gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the game, 13-10, but the Hoosiers answered back with a score.

Elliott then lit up the Hoosiers defense for a 65-yard score that gave the Buckeyes aa 20-17 lead that they wouldn't relinquish.

"It jump started us," head coach Urban Meyer said of the running back's second score. "We were getting a lot of movement to disrupt zone plays and went to gap blocking and our offensive line came punching off the ball. Zeke's just such a good second-level runner. I think he ran for 240, someone just said, in the second half. Three big hits. It's great to see him get to the second level."

The last of the big hits was the longest, a 75-yard score with 10:24 remaining in the fourth quarter. That run saw Elliott bounce off a would-be tackler that was engaged with left tackle Taylor Decker, cut to his right and leave the entire Hoosier defense chasing.

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"Within the confines of the game, that's a huge momentum shirt for us," Decker said of the big plays. "It's a huge confidence boost, I think, for the offensive line and for him because we haven't gotten those big hits (this season).

"I think it gave us confidence in our ability to execute. If we get him to the second level, he's going to make guys miss and score."


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