After tonight's game, Ohio State junior CB Chris Gamble announced he would be leaving OSU for the NFL draft. Gamble came to Ohio State in 2001 out of Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale and made an impact in each season he played.
"I had a great time here," he said tonight. "I got to play as a freshman and then played both ways as a sophomore. Then we came out here and won the national championship game, and to come back out here and win (the Fiesta Bowl) again, it feels pretty good."
Gamble has had the draft on his mind for a while, but he waited until tonight to let the cat out of the bag.
"I have always had it in the back of my mind, but I didn't want to bring it out so soon," he said. "I didn't want it to mess with me, man. I just wanted to wait until after the game to let everybody know."
Gamble is aware of the challenge that awaits and will be continuing to take steps to prepare.
"It's going to be real hard," he said. "I just have to work hard and keep pushing myself. I just need to work on the little things."
Chris is even open to playing both ways on the next level, like he did as a sophomore.
"If it comes up to that, I wouldn't mind doing it. I had a good success at doing that," he said.
Does he see himself as an NFL corner?
"I think I'm big enough and I've got speed enough," he said. "I can just hang with those good receivers. Before the draft, I want to work out and everything so I can be ready to play against good receivers."
Gamble didn't leave without making one last huge play though as he came up big with an interception in the second quarter deep in Kansas State territory. He admitted his surprise that it even happened.
"I don't think they were on the same page on that," he said. "I was surprised he even threw that ball. As soon as I looked back it was there. Luckily it was."
Right after his interception, Ohio State scored to stretch their lead to 21-0.
"The first play, he threw it to Michael Jenkins, and that was exciting," Gamble said. "Then it was time for the defense to go back out and make another big play."