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This was a familiar matchup for two Long Island natives – Wisconsin’s “Captain” Jack Coan and Ohio State’s Jeremy Ruckert – both first-team All-Long Island three years in a row. Now they faced each other on the college gridiron. But it was Coan who shone first.
Paul Chryst’s play calling allowed the Captain of Wisconsin to start fast and make “Bright Sight Plays” – where the player shines and becomes the star of the game. Quintez Cephus caught a dime from Coan early in the game that allowed Wisconsin to push the ball upfield, leading to a touchdown for the Badgers’ Jonathan Taylor. Taylor has now rushed for 1,909 yards and 21 TDs on the season. Wisconsin did start fast – putting up 21 points before Ohio State could find the end zone. Once KJ Hill did, he went back for a second, and we were off to a fun game.
Put me in Coach. I’m ready to play.
Quarterback Justin Fields stated that “I don’t care how much it hurts.” prior to the game. The transfer signal-caller had a significant knee injury against Michigan the week before. Pain or not, he was ready to play. This also hopefully means he’s doing everything he possibly can to aid in his recovery. But will he be ready for the Fiesta Bowl? I have a feeling he’ll still be somewhat in quite a bit of pain, but at least more ready than he was for Wisconsin. Fields didn’t play terribly – like an injured beyond repair person would.
J.K. A-lll Day!
Ohio State’s star running back J.K. Dobbins ran well above his average for the season, at 172 total yards. It was actually Dobbins who put that first blood on the board with a touchdown late in the first half. Like the early punches Wisconsin threw – the “smack in the mouth”, as the announcers said, Dobbins counter-punched right back at the Badgers. The back would not let Wisconsin ruin their season. He showed the heart and toughness NFL teams will be looking for when they decide Dobbins is capable of playing for their team.
Big Plays from the Big Ten
WR Austin Mack’s one handed catch from Justin Fields was one heck of a catch. Although it lead to a Hail Mary to Chris Olave and two carries to Dobbins, and never led them to field goal range, it was a SportsCenter Top 10 play, and might even top his 2017 reception against Michigan. It’s big memorable plays like this that will make him a strong contender for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Quintez Cephus’ “touchdown” which drew a pass interference against Cameron Brown was a great example of hand-eye coordination.
Jonathan Taylor breaks two tackles for a 45 yard gain. This guy is a beast. He’s constantly challenging himself during the offseason.
On Jack Coan’s rushing touchdown, the defense may have been looking the other way, but it turned a 7 point lead into a 14 point lead and had Badgers fans on their feet for most of the first half.