Nick and Joey Bosa Combine for Five Sacks, Interception on Dominant Weekend for Current and Former Ohio State Defensive Ends

By Dan Hope on October 27, 2019 at 7:27 pm
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Larry Johnson's recruiting pitch has never been stronger.

After Chase Young had six tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles in Ohio State's 38-7 win over Wisconsin on Saturday, solidifying his standing as college football's best defensive player and as perhaps the top prospect in the 2020 NFL draft, former Ohio State defensive ends Nick and Joey Bosa had dominant performances of their own in the NFL on Sunday.

Starting with the younger brother, Nick Bosa had three sacks in the first half – among four total tackles – and recorded the first interception of his NFL career in the second half of the San Francisco 49ers' 51-13 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

For the season, Bosa has now recorded seven sacks, and has emerged not only as the frontrunner for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, but even a potential candidate for Defensive Player of the Year honors as the star of a 49ers team that is now 7-0 on the season.

Bosa became the just third rookie to record three sacks and an interception in an NFL game since sacks became an official statistic in 1982, per the NFL's communications department.

Young was among those watching his former teammate's performance against the Panthers:

Not to be outdone, Joey Bosa also had a big day on Sunday, recording seven total tackles with four tackles for loss and two sacks against in the Los Angeles Chargers' 17-16 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, including a crucial sack that took the Bears out of field goal range late in the fourth quarter with the Chargers ahead by just one.

The Bosas are the first pair of brothers to each record two sacks on the same weekend of NFL games since Toby and Jimmy Williams in 1985.

To recap: Young, Bosa and Bosa combined for 17 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception this weekend, all in victories for their respective teams.

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