While he didn’t have the biggest stat line on the day, I thought Jalyn Holmes played an unbelievably productive game at defensive end. He got constant pressure on both Michigan State quarterbacks throughout the game, and even after leaving the game with an injury, returned and appeared to play better. He finished the game with five total tackles, one of which for a loss, in the victory. Honorable mention goes to Chris Worley, who had an impressive interception in the first half in addition to making seven tackles on the day for the Buckeyes.
I have to go with Chris Worley. When the team absolutely needed a play to win the game, he came through. His interception on Michigan State’s two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter preserved a 17-16 lead and kept Ohio State’s playoff hopes alive. In addition to that, he tied for the team lead with seven tackles. An honorable mention certainly has to go to Mike Weber, though. He finished with 111 rushing yards on just 14 carries. He is now the third freshman in Ohio State history to run for 1,000 yards in a season, joining Maurice Clarett and Robert Smith.
While I'm awfully tempted to give my Buckeye Leaf to Chris Worley, Ohio State doesn't win this game without a huge day from Mike Weber. The Detroit native ran for 111 yards on just 14 carries, good for 7.9 yards per attempt, and sparked the Buckeyes' game-winning drive with a 52-yard scamper and a 4-yard touchdown. He was by far Ohio State's most explosive weapon in the win, and the Buckeye offense probably wouldn't have produced the big plays needed to get things done without him. And, what the heck, Worley gets a Leaf as well. He was stellar with seven total tackles, an interception and another pick on a 2-point conversion attempt that would've won the game for the Spartans.