Lathan Ransom Records Ohio State's First Blocked Punt Since the 2019 Season

By Chase Brown on November 12, 2022 at 2:45 pm
Lathan Ransom

Have a day, Lathan Ransom.

In addition to a loaded box score – which includes eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a pass breakup midway through the third quarter – against Indiana, Ransom also blocked a punt that set up an Ohio State touchdown pass from C.J. Stroud to Cade Stover.

The blocked punt was the first for Ohio State since Sevyn Banks recorded one against Miami (OH) on Sept. 21, 2019. Chris Olave also blocked a punt that year in the week before that in the Buckeyes' matchup with the Hoosiers.

Ransom has been a standout for Ohio State's defense this season and is one of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the best defensive back in college football. His emergence as one of the Buckeyes' best defenders comes after the third-year safety suffered a broken leg in the Rose Bowl game against Utah, making his level of play in 2022 even more impressive.

Ohio State held a 42-7 lead over Indiana after three quarters of play and will look to close out the contest in the final 15 minutes of action.

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