When the Buckeyes needed plays from their defensive line in crunch time, there was no Nick Bosa to turn to, but Chase Young filled the void.
Finishing with six total tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks, two quarterback hurries and two pass deflections, Young was one of the most dominating players on the field throughout the game, and came up huge down the stretch.
Young delivered when the Buckeyes needed him most with a critical pass breakup on an attempted fourth-down conversion late in the third quarter as well as a sack and the game-clinching tackle for loss on the game's final drive.
Penn State had a last chance to keep their final drive moving, but @OhioStateFB stuffed it.
Buckeyes win, 27-26. pic.twitter.com/ONutWAgaRg
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 30, 2018
The performance adds to a history of legendary moments from Buckeye defensive linemen against Penn State, joining Sam Hubbard, who tackled both Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley in the backfield simultaneously late in the fourth quarter of last year's game, and Joey Bosa, who iced the game in overtime with a walk off sack in overtime in 2014.
With perhaps the best player in the nation sidelined with an injury, Ohio State needed someone else to step up in the big moments and leave their mark, and I think it's safe to say Young did his part.