Oct. 26, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa has been named Athlon’s national defensive player of the week for his huge game against Penn State Saturday that included a game-ending quarterback sack in double overtime.

Bosa, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had six tackles in the Buckeyes 31-24 double overtime win, including 2.5 quarterback sacks for losses totaling 18 yards. His last tackle of the game was a “walk-off” sack, as described by one member of the Ohio State media; he overpowered a Penn State blocking back on a fourth-and-5 play in the second overtime, knocking him backwards and into quarterback Christian Hackenberg for the game-ending play.

Bosa’s 2.5 sacks were part of a season-high 11 tackles-for-loss by the Buckeyes, a total that positions Ohio State No. 1 in the Big Ten and 20th nationally with 52 TFLs and 7.4 per game.

Bosa is the Big Ten Conference leader with 11.5 tackles-for-loss and with 8.0 quarterback sacks, figures that rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in the nation. Going back to last season, Bosa has a TFL in 13 consecutive games, during which time he has 21 TFLs for a negative 120 yards.

Ohio State’s defense held Penn State to 240 total yards, including 16 rushing yards. The unit had four pass break-ups in addition to interceptions by Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell. Darron Lee joined Bosa with 2.5 TFLs (-13 yards) and Adolphus Washington had a sack and 1.5 TFLs. Joshua Perry had a career-high 18 tackles, including two TFLs.