COLUMBUS, Ohio – For their efforts in Saturday’s 42-0 victory over Cincinnati, 23 players – 11 on defense, 11 on offense and one specialist – were named champions by the Ohio State coaching staff. Additionally, the Buckeyes’ Players of the Game were DE Chase Young, RB J.K. Dobbins and P Drue Chrisman.
For the second time in as many weeks, all five members of the starting offense line graded out as champions. With help from that unit, Dobbins rushed for 141 yards on 17 carries and had a 60-yard touchdown run in the second quarter – the longest TD run of his career. Dobbins’ 141 first-half rushing yards were the most that he’s ran for in a single half in his 30-game career. In the second quarter alone, Dobbins had 117 yards – 11.7 yard per carry – and scored two touchdowns.
Other offensive champions included QB Justin Fields (20-25, 224 yards and four total TD – two passing, two rushing) and wide receivers K.J. Hill, Chris Olave and Austin Mack.
Young is the team’s Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight week after totaling three tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss. Young also blocked a Cincinnati field goal in the second quarter. Young’s 3.0 sacks through two games is tied for sixth best nationally. Ohio State’s defense held the Bearcats to just 273 yards of total offense and registered its first shutout since 2017.
Chrisman, the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week, punted three times vs. the Bearcats, placing two of them inside the 20 yard line. He averaged 43.0 yards per punt and his unit did not allow a punt return yard. Chrisman’s first punt of the game was downed by Olave at the UC one yard line.
Ohio State Champions vs. Cincinnati
Offense: QB Justin Fields, TE Luke Farrell, WR Chris Olave, WR Austin Mack, WR K.J. Hill, LT Thayer Munford, LG Jonah Jackson, C Josh Myers, RG Wyatt Davis, RT Branden Bowen
Player of the Game: RB J.K. Dobbins
Defense: DT Davon Hamilton, DE Tyreke Smith, LB Tuf Borland, LB Baron Browning, LB Malik Harrison, SAF Brendan White, CB Damon Arnette, CB Jeff Okudah, SAF Jordan Fuller, SAF Shaun Wade
Player of the Game: DE Chase Young
Special Teams Players of the Game: P Drue Chrisman
Scout Team Players of the Week: OL Dawand Jones, OL Nathan Brock, OL Jack Jamieson, OL Enokk Vimahi, OL Max Wray, OL Chris Kuhn, OL Ryan Jacoby, OL Brandon Pahl, OL Zach Stevenson, OL Ryan Smith, WR Sam Wiglusz, CB Lloyd McFarquhar and LB Craig Young