Ohio State 38, Penn State 10

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CFBFR Player of the Game: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Three things to know…
1. Zeke is unstoppable

Ezekiel Elliott has posted more impressive numbers, but his ability to grind it out and wear down the Penn State defense was arguably his best performance of the season.

Elliott average “only” 5.9 yards per carry, but forced a season-high 12 missed tackles against the Nitany Lions.

29 percent of Zeke’s yards on the ground this season have been after contact.

2. Is it time for Barrett?

During the broadcast, Kirk Herbstreit said Elliott was a more effective runner with Barrett at quarterback. And the numbers support him.

Elliott ran for 70 yards on 11 carries with Barrett at QB (6.4 yards per attempt), and 94 yards on 11 carries with Jones (5.5).

Since Barrett only attempted four passes against Penn State, no conclusions can be drawn there. But Herbstreit’s argument for his impact on the running game certainly has some merit.

3. Joshua Perry loss would hurt

Perry exited the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. His replacements, Cam Williams and Dante Booker, combined to miss three tackles—two more than Perry has missed all season.

While not the most heralded player on Ohio State’s defense, Perry has arguably been the most reliable and an extended absense would be a tough blow to the Buckeyes’ linebacking corps.

Passing
QB Tm Db Att Comp Comp% AY/Att Yds Pres TD Int Dp TA Sk Ht Hur
Cardale Jones 12
OSU
15
13
6
46.2%
4.3
62
7
0
0
1
1
2
1
4
J.T. Barrett 16
OSU
6
4
4
100.0%
8.3
30
1
2
0
0
0
0
1
0

 

Rushing
RB
Tm
Att
Yds
Yds/Att
YAC
YAC/Att
1D
TD
MT
Stuff
Fm
Fm Lst
Ezekiel Elliott 15
OSU
28
164
5.9
58
2.1
7
1
12
3
0
0
J.T. Barrett 16
OSU
10
81
8.1
22
2.2
4
2
2
1
0
0
Braxton Miller 1
OSU
6
41
6.8
15
2.5
3
0
5
2
0
0
Bri’onte Dunn 25
OSU
3
29
9.7
11
3.7
2
0
2
0
0
0
Jalin Marshall 17
OSU
1
15
15.0
4
4.0
1
0
1
0
0
0
Cardale Jones 12
OSU
1
-3
-3.0
0
0.0
0
0
0
1
0
0

 

Receiving
Receiver Tm Tgt Rec CTgt CRec AY/Tgt Yds Yds/Rec YAC MT Dp 1D TD
Michael Thomas 3
OSU
5
3
1
1
6.6
34
11.3
20
0
0
2
1
Ezekiel Elliott 15
OSU
4
3
0
0
-3.0
10
3.3
18
1
0
1
0
Braxton Miller 1
OSU
3
2
0
0
11.7
22
11.0
0
0
1
1
1
Jalin Marshall 17
OSU
2
1
0
0
7.0
5
5.0
1
0
0
0
0
Curtis Samuel 4
OSU
1
1
0
0
18.0
21
21.0
3
0
0
1
0

 

Blocking
Player
Tm
Pos
Hur
Ht
Sk
PB Snaps
PB %
Pen
P. Yds
Pat Elflein 65
OSU
RG
0
0
0
21
100.0%
0
0
Chase Farris 57
OSU
RT
1
0
2
21
85.7%
0
0
Taylor Decker 68
OSU
LT
0
0
0
21
100.0%
0
0
Jacoby Boren 50
OSU
C
1
1
0
21
90.5%
0
0
Billy Price 54
OSU
LG
0
1
0
21
95.2%
0
0
Nick Vannett 81
OSU
TE
0
0
0
6
100.0%
0
0
Ezekiel Elliott 15
OSU
RB
0
0
0
5
100.0%
0
0
Marcus Baugh 85
OSU
TE
0
0
0
3
100.0%
1
10

 

Pass Rush & Tackling
Defender
Tm
Tackle
MT
Stuff
Sack
Hit
Hurry
FF
FumR
BatPass
Joey Bosa 97
OSU
6
2
4
1
0
1
0
0
0
Gareon Conley 8
OSU
6
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Cam Williams 55
OSU
5
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Raekwon McMillan 5
OSU
4
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Dante Booker 33
OSU
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Darron Lee 43
OSU
3
1
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Tyquan Lewis 59
OSU
3
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
Tyvis Powell 23
OSU
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Eli Apple 13
OSU
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
A. Washington 92
OSU
2
0
1
1
1
2
1
0
0
Tommy Schutt 90
OSU
2
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
Vonn Bell 11
OSU
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Sam Hubbard 6
OSU
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
Chris Worley 35
OSU
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Joel Hale 51
OSU
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

 

Coverage
Defender
Tm
Tgt
Comp
ContTgt
ContCat
PD
Int
TD
Air Yds/Tgt
Yds
1D
PI
Eli Apple 13
OSU
3
2
1
1
0
0
0
14.0
101
2
0
Vonn Bell 11
OSU
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
6.0
0
0
0
Darron Lee 43
OSU
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
24.0
0
0
0
Gareon Conley 8
OSU
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
9.0
0
0
1
Dante Booker 33
OSU
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
4.0
0
0
0

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