It's official, Ohio State has won eight straight in the rivalry. Let's take a look at the contributions made by the Buckeyes' seven true freshmen who played in the historic 56-27 beat-down of Harbaugh and his band of ordinary men.
A year ago, Garrett Wilson was watching true freshman Chris Olave and Ohio State drop 62 points on Michigan in Columbus. While watching the beating, he tweeted the message above.
Yesterday, Wilson came through with his own great plays. The talented Texan receiver led the the Buckeyes with 3 catches for 118 yards and a 30-yard touchdown. Wilson was the receiver that Justin Fields found in the corner of the end zone on his first play back in the game after suffering the scary knee injury.
Wilson's first catch of the game set up Ohio State's third score of the day. Early in the second quarter, the Buckeyes were facing a 2nd and 18 after a holding penalty. Wilson blew past the Wolverine's secondary for a 41-yard gain that put the ball on the five-yard line. Three snaps later, Dobbins rushed in for his second score of the game.
The great one's second catch of the game came just before halftime. Ohio State retained possession of the ball after Michigan jumped offside on a punt. On the very next play, Fields connected with Wilson for a 47-yard gain. One play later, Dobbins rushed five yards to the left and walked into the end zone. The path was made easier because of Wilson's fantastic seal block on his defensive back.
With all of the great things Wilson did, Ryan Day and the staff will easily be able to keep the young receiver grounded after his muffed punt led to three points for the Wolverines.
With senior defensive end Jonathan Cooper playing in what his likely his final game of the 2019 season, Zach Harrison played in a season-low six snaps. The playing time wasn't there for Harrison as Cooper accounted for season-high 51 plays and Chase Young was on the field for a season-high 67.
Harrison's first action came with 4:01 left in the first quarter. He was the defensive tackle in a 3-3-5 defensive scheme on a third down pass that resulted in an incompletion and punt. Of Harrison's six snaps, four of them were at defensive tackle and two at defensive end. He was the only freshman defensive player to get defensive playing time and he should see an uptick in snaps against Wisconsin.
Jameson Williams recorded a tackle on the kickoff special teams and played the last seven offensive snaps of the game. His number was called for offense with 5:18 remaining in the game, but did not have a ball thrown his way. Linebacker Craig Young was on all nine kickoffs, but did not record a tackle.
Linemen Harry Miller and Enokk Vimahi were also called on for the last seven plays of the game. They helped plow the way for the seven consecutive running plays. Dawand Jones and Miller were blockers on all eight extra-points.
Under the NCAA's redshirt rules, a player can appear in up to four games at any point throughout the season and still count it as his redshirt year. In all, 14 freshmen have seen playing time this season, with Marcus Crowley, Harrison, Jones, Miller, Williams, Wilson and Young now ineligible for redshirts since they have played in more than four games this season.
Chambers, Potter and Stover have played in four games this season, so Ohio State will have to make a decision on whether they should play in any more games and burn their redshirts.
|NAME||POS||DEBUT||MICHIGAN STATS||GP||SEASON STATS|
|ZACH HARRISON||DE||FAU||6 defensive snaps||12||18 tackles, 4 TFL, 2.5 sacks|
|JAMESON WILLIAMS||WR||FAU||1 tackle||12||
6 catches, 112 yards, TD
3 catches, 118 yards, TD
1 punt return, 0 yards
24 catches, 368 yards, 5 TD
11 punt returns, 82 yards
|HARRY MILLER||OL||FAU||7 offensive snaps||11||181 offensive snaps|
|CRAIG YOUNG||LB||FAU||Special teams only||10||5 tackles|
|DAWAND JONES||OL||UC||Special teams only||8||90 offensive snaps|
25 rushes, 237 yards, TD
1 catch, 7 yards, TD
|STEELE CHAMBERS||RB||UC||4||19 rushes, 135 yards, TD|
|CADE STOVER||DE/LB||UC||4||3 tackles|
|NOAH POTTER||DE||FAU||4||2 tackles|
|BRYSON SHAW||S||MIAMI||3||2 tackles|
|ENOKK VIMAHI||OL||MD||7 offensive snaps||3||62 offensive snaps|
|TOMMY EICHENBERG||LB||MIAMI||2||5 defensive snaps|
|JADEN McKENZIE||DT||MIAMI||2||11 defensive snaps|