Ohio State didn't suffer many setbacks in its 67-point cremation of Bowling Green, but the game-ending knee injury to redshirt junior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle was one.
Head coach Urban Meyer clarified Sprinkle's status after the game seemed to confirm Buckeye fans' worst fears.
"Patella tendon injury is what they're telling me, which is not good," Meyer told reporters.
"It's a surgery and a season-ending is what I've been told. We'll update further as we know more. And that's the worst part of this darned game is when a guy gets hurt, especially a guy like that who has committed so much to this team and program. Our prayers are with Tracy."
Meyer and defensive line coach Larry Johnson tabbed Sprinkle for big things in 2016 as the Elyria product entered his first year starting.
Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Dre'mont Jones is the next man up on the depth chart.