Ohio State's Top 10 Plays: Joey Bosa Nails Jake Rudock

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. 3 Bosa Blindsides Rudock (Michigan, Nov. 28)

In Ohio State's best game of the season, the Buckeyes best player had his best game.

Joey Bosa dealt with double and sometimes triple teams throughout the season, not allowed the 2014 consensus All-American to replicate his sophomore year stats in 2015. The frustration from all of that pressure came out against the Wolverines and quarterback Jake Rudock got the brunt of it.

The Buckeyes had already turned a close game into a 35-13 game when Bosa abused offensive lineman Mason Cole, blowing pass the sophomore and toward Rudock. The quarterback never saw him coming as he kept his eyes down field. Bosa made contact with Rudock's chest and drove him into the ground.


Bosa and Rudock were high school teammates and the week after the Buckeyes win Bosa made assurances that he took no pleasure in the fact that the 6-yard sack knocked Rudock out for the rest of the game.

"I actually texted him after the game to make sure he was okay," Bosa said. "Just made sure he was okay. We messed around a little bit about the rivalry and all the comments I got on my Instagram about how classless and how much of a dirt bag I am. We both had a laugh and he is doing fine."

Rudock was replaced by Wilton Speight and Bosa had a highlight play at the reserves expense as well.

Bosa came free once again later in the fourth quarter and tipped Speight's pass to himself, returning it 28 yards inside the Michigan 10-yard line.


"Pretty much all that went through my head was, run," Bosa said of the interception. "When I saw him behind me, I was like, do I cut back? Do I stiff arm? I have no idea what to do, I have never really had the ball in my hand."

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