Buckeye nation was prepared to hit the panic button this weekend. After an emotional win at Penn State, the Ohio State Buckeyes seemed primed for a letdown. Indiana came to town and was not looking good at first.
The Hoosiers played the Buckeyes tough and nearly pulled off the upset, until these four players stepped up and earned their Buckeye leaves.
Quarterback Dwayne Haskins
Saturday was a historic day for Dwayne Haskins. On the day, Haskins threw for 455 yards and six touchdowns. He finished the day with the second most passing yards in a single game by an Ohio State quarterback. He is on pace to shatter nearly every Ohio State single season passing record. The question is can he win the Heisman?
Wide receiver Binjimen Victor
A few weeks ago it looked as if Ohio State phased the wide receiver out of the passing attack. Well, now it is the second week in a row that Binjimen Victor has made this column and he looks like he is developing a great rapport with Haskins. That trust was demonstrated on Saturday when Haskins threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Victor. Victor has scored two ridiculous touchdowns in back-to-back contests and is looking like a NFL wide receiver.
Linebacker Pete Werner
Although the linebacker unit has been shaky at times this season, Pete Werner has so far put together a very solid season. Once again, Werner was consistent in the middle against Indiana. On the day, Werner had four tackles, a sack and three pass deflections. The sophomore is proving to be excellent in all phases of the game.
Cornerback Damon Arnette
The health of Damon Arnette was up in the air this week after he suffered a head injury against Penn State. Luckily, Ohio State had its top cornerback on the field this Saturday. Arnette had a huge pass breakup near the goal line in the second half. On the day, he recorded two tackles and two pass breakups. The junior did allow a touchdown on a miscommunication, but overall was solid against Indiana.
Next for the Buckeyes
Still undefeated on the season, the Buckeyes will host a 3-2 Minnesota team that has lost two conference games in a row. The Golden Gophers will have their work cutout for them on the road, especially without their running back Rodney Smith who is lost for the season. The Buckeyes have a 96.5 percent chance of winning according to ESPN’s matchup predictor.
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