Ben Victor and K.J. Hill Highlight Big Night From Zone Six in Happy Valley

By Chris Lauderback on September 30, 2018 at 12:10 am
Ben Victor suggests the Beaver Stadium faithful quiet down.

“Ben Vic started that bad boy off. That comeback... He changed the dynamic of the whole game."

Those relieved words from Urban Meyer in his post game presser were about as surprising as James Franklin's fourth down play call that put a bow on Ohio State's thrilling, come-from-behind 27-26 victory in Beaver Stadium. 

Trailing by 12 with 8:00 left in the game, Victor capped a 3-play, 75-yard drive with an acrobatic 12-yard catch that he then turned into a 47-yard catch and run touchdown, assisted by some key blocks, cutting Penn State's lead to 26-21 with 6:42 left in regulation. 

The catch itself, a leaping grab of a pass thrown slightly behind him, will likely never get its due after the ensuing 35-yard zig-zag through traffic to find the end zone but in totality, it was easily Victor's finest moment as a Buckeye. 

After the Buckeye defense forced a Penn State punt, the offense went back to work and this time it was K.J. Hill's turn to take center stage as he hauled in a short pass on 3rd-and-5 near the right sideline and turned up field, catching key blocks from fellow Zone Sixers, Terry McLaurin and Austin Mack, on the way to the end zone and a 27-26 lead with 2:03 left that OSU would not surrender. 

Hill's six-catch, 59-yard effort on seven targets also included 12-yard, one-handed snag to set up a J.K. Dobbins touchdown plunge giving Ohio State a 14-13 lead early in the second quarter. 

With Victor and Hill leading the charge, Ohio State's wideouts went for 19 catches and 204 yards. Parris Campbell tallied six grabs for 60 yards and Mack added three for 25 yards. 

The best receiver in the NFL right now, Michael Thomas, came away impressed. 

What a difference a year makes for a wide receiver room that has been making plays from the jump this year with clutch efforts from Victor and Hill tonight just adding to the group's momentum. 

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