COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 10 Ohio State outlasted Nebraska on Saturday, 36-31 as the Buckeyes attempted to fix some of their problems from the Purdue loss.
In this weekly piece, I am going to hand out buckeye leaves to the players who earned them the most against the opponent that they face.
Without further ado, here are my Buckeye Leaves for Ohio State’s win over Nebraska:
Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins had, by far, his best performance of the season after several weeks of a lackluster OSU rushing attack.
Dobbins ran for 163 yards on 23 carries for an average of 7.1 yards per carry and also tallied three touchdowns. His 163 rushing yards were the most in a single game this season so far for Dobbins and his three touchdowns mark a new career-high in that category,
Dobbins only had 521 rushing yards and five total touchdowns on the season coming into this game, so for him to have the kind of performance he had today for the Buckeyes was really important.
With his 163-yard performance, Dobbins also eclipsed the 2,000-yard rushing mark in his Ohio State career.
Dobbins wasn’t the only Ohio State running back who had a spectacular game against the Cornhuskers.
Mike Weber may not have had any touchdowns or as many yards as Dobbins, but Weber did much more with his touches as he ran for 91 yards on just nine carries, an average of 10.1 yards per carry.
Weber’s 91 yards were the most in a game for him since he ran for a whopping 186 yards against Oregon State all the way back in the season opener. His 10.1 yards per carry is also his highest single-game average in that category since he ran wild against Michigan State last season for 18 yards per carry.
After starting safety Jordan Fuller was ejected from the game on a questionable targeting call in the second quarter, Brendon White came in and played his best game of his collegiate career.
White played for less than three quarters, but led the team in tackles (13), solo tackles (8) and tackles for loss (2).
After a performance like that, I think it’s fair to say that Ohio State may have found a new starting safety to play opposite of Jordan Fuller.
Lost in the success of the run game was Johnnie Dixon’s great game against the Huskers, as the wide receiver totaled 96 receiving yards and a touchdown on just five catches.
Dixon’s touchdown came on a wide open pass from Dwayne Haskins, which he took 42 yards to the house.
His 96 receiving yards vs. Nebraska marks a new season-high for the senior, passing his previous season-high of 89 yards vs. Rutgers back in September.
In a day where the passing game wasn’t at it’s best, Johnnie Dixon was at his best.
Ohio State will now face Michigan State on the road next Saturday, November 10th at Spartan Stadium.
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