No. 13 Wisconsin vs. No. 2 Ohio State • Saturday, Dec. 7 • When: 8 p.m. • Where: Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind. • TV: FOX • Play by Play: Gus Johnson • Analyst: Joel Klatt • Sidelines: Jenny Taft
As the national awards season continues, two Ohio State Buckeyes – quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young – are finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced today.
Fields and Young are among five finalists, joining Joe Burrow of LSU, Chuba Hubbard of Oklahoma State and Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin. The winner, who is voted on by the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 12 during the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter.
As the national awards season continues, a Buckeye longsnapper added honors to their resume recently. Liam McCullough, a senior from Worthington who has already graduated with a degree in finance, is a finalist for the Patrick Mannelly Award.
McCullough is one of three finalists for Mannelly Award, which honors the nation’s top long snapper. John Shannon of Notre Dame and Steven Wirtel of Iowa State are the other two. It is named after Patrick Mannelly, who was a longsnapper at Duke University and had a 16-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears. McCullough has played in 52 of Ohio State’s 53 games over the past four years with 558 consecutive “good” snaps on field goals, punts and extra points. The Buckeyes are 48-5 in that span and seeking a third consecutive Big Ten title on Saturday evening vs. Wisconsin.
In the midst of one of the greatest statistical seasons by a quarterback in Ohio State and Big Ten history, sophomore quarterback Justin Fields was named the Big Ten Conference’s Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and the league’s Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year on Wednesday night.
Fields is among 10 Buckeyes on offense who made either a first, second or third All-Big Ten team. Ohio State, champions of the East Division, brings the nation’s No. 1-ranked scoring offense and No. 5 total offense into Saturday night’s Big Ten championship game versus No. 8 Wisconsin.
LT Jonah Jackson and RT Wyatt Davis led a well-represented group on the offensive line as all five Buckeyes were either first or second team All-Big Ten selections. RT Branden Bowen, C Josh Myers and LT Thayer Munford made the second team.
The player who runs through the holes created by that offensive line – J.K. Dobbins – was also named to the All-Big Ten First Team. Dobbins is fourth nationally with 1,657 yards, fifth with 19 touchdowns and eighth with a 6.63 yards-per-carry average. The four-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week ranks second all-time in rushing at Ohio State with 4,113 yards. He has run for 100 or more yards eight times this year despite having four games where he didn’t register a second-half carry.
RB Master Teague, WR Chris Olave and TE Luke Farrell were third team All-Big Ten picks. Teague ranks seventh in the conference with 780 yards and his 6.1 yards-per-carry average is fourth. Olave has a league-best 11 touchdown passes and a team-high 705 yards on 41 receptions. Farrell has started five games, played in all 12 and has a pair of touchdown receptions.
On his emotions after beating TTUN:
I don’t know if I would call it a relief. It was certainly very emotional after the game. A game like that is what you dream about. A game like that is why you want to coach college football. It’s probably the biggest that I’ve been around at any level in any stadium. Emotional after, for sure, very happy. Beyond happy. I get it now…to be part of that and get the first pair of gold pants and to experience it, that’s a special moment.
On facing Jonathan Taylor and Wisconsin’s offense again:
I think Jonathan Taylor is a really good player and if you watch the film after he’s played really well. Their offense in general has, their offensive line has. We’ll do the best we can. Our d-line played really well in that game. It’s going to take a great effort. It’s going to take a great plan, and our guys are going to have to play really hard.
The last time Ohio State had a coach recognized as Big Ten Coach of the Year was the same year Ryan Day was born: 1979. Earle Bruce won the only such award the Big Ten gave out at the time – the Dave McClain Coach of the Year Award – after an 11-0 regular season in his first year as Ohio State’s coach. Even with the addition of a second coaching award, the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year Award as chosen by the league’s head coaches, Ohio State still did not have a coach honored … for the past 40 years.
That drought is over as Day was named the Dave McLain Coach of the Year as recognized by the voting media.
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Posted by Ohio State Buckeyes on Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Big Ten East Division Champion Ohio State, 12-0 on the season and winners of 18 straight games dating back to last season, will look to win its 38th Big Ten Conference title when it meets West Division Champion Wisconsin (10-2) on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The Buckeyes completed an undefeated regular season last Saturday with its eighth straight victory over Michigan. Ohio State is powered the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense (49.9 points/game) and No. 4 scoring defense (11.8 points/game).
The game features two of the best running backs in the country, as Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor is second nationally in rushing yards (1,761) while Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins is fourth (1,657).
• J.K. Dobbins has 19 rushing touchdowns this year, seventh most in single-season history. He needs seven more to surpass Pete Johnson’s record of 25 in 1975.
• Over the last 11 meetings, six games have been decided by seven points or less, including one overtime game
• Ohio State is the first team to qualify for three consecutive Big Ten title games.
• Over the last eight seasons (2012-present), Ohio State owns a 44-6 record in “road” games (true road and neutral site games).
• J.K. Dobbins, despite just 71 second half carries all season and four games with zero second half carries, is No. 4 nationally with 138.1 yards per game and No. 4 in rushing yards with 1,657.
On the strength of his career-high 211 yards and four touchdowns at Michigan, running back J.K. Dobbins is the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced today. It is the second such honor for Dobbins in as many weeks.
A junior from La Grange, Texas, Dobbins carried the ball 31 times on Saturday against a Michigan rush defense that entered the game ranked No. 13 nationally. His 211 yards were the most by a Buckeye versus the Wolverines since Carlos Hyde has 226 in 2013. His four rushing touchdowns tied him with Bob Ferguson (1961) and Jim Otis (1968) for the most in series history.