PISCATAWAY, NJ – One week after Maryland's linebacker Keandre Jones had the opportunity to return to Ohio Stadium and reunite with his former Ohio State teammates, Ohio State fullback Jonah Jackson had the same opportunity to return to Rutgers and reunite with his former Scarlet Knights teammates on Saturday.
A Rutgers alumnus, Jackson entered the offensive line of Buckeyes for the tenth consecutive time when he won between 56 and 21 on Saturday, and then spent some time after-game with his former team-mates, whom he described as "magnificent "designated.
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"I grew up here basically four years of my basically adult life a great experience to see the guys I grew up with, the coaches and the staff and everything, "said Jackson. "Once the season is over, I'm definitely looking forward to returning here to visit them and see my brothers."
When he returned to play a final game at the SHI Stadium, he recalled his time with Rutgers, many of whom were enthusiastic. Unlike his four games against Ohio State as Scarlet Knight, Jackson was on the podium on Saturday and enjoyed that feeling.
"Yeah, it was pretty good," Jackson said.
Zach Venesky, Rutgers' current left-wing guard, was among the players who shared a moment after the game with Jackson and said he is glad his former team-mate has performed well for the Buckeyes.
"Me and he came together here, we have experienced many things together, many needs," said Venesky. "I think he's a brother, cool to see him succeed."
Gill breaks through
Jaelen Gill's Ohio redshirt-rising season has not lived up to expectations. While the # 30 pick of 2018 was expected by many as a breakout playmaker for the Buckeyes this season, he only played 49 snaps in Ohio State's first nine games of the season and had just four catches for 13 yards from his Playtime comes in the second half of the blowout victories.
Gill also played only in the second half of the Saturday game at Rutgers, but he eventually showed the ability to play, giving him a 32-yard touchdown catch-and-run to a top candidate from Westerville South High School made touchdown on his Ohio State career – in the fourth quarter against the Scarlet Knights.
After catching a screensaver, Gill exploded into the field, missing out on some defenders with a few sharp cuts and a turn, before pushing Rutgers cornerback Tre Avery (formerly known as Kareem Felder's Ohio commitment) into the end zone.
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Meanwhile, this could lead to questions about why Gill was out of the field all season, Ryan Day said after the game that Gill was prepared to play the game the way he did the week before the game.
"I thought Jaelen had one of his better practice weeks this week and then, lo and behold, he's making a big run, so let's go," said Day. "Usually that's how it works. It's one of the things that gives you as a player the opportunity to make a name for yourself the more options you have. So you have to use these possibilities. "
Luke Farrell received a touchdown pass in the third quarter – his second touchdown of the season and the third of his career – making it the first time since the Nebraska game on October 14, 2017, that two bucket-eye tight-ends had a touchdown have suffered in the same game. Marcus Baugh and Rashod Berry both had touchdown receptions for the Buckeyes in this game.
Wade continues to demonstrate his ability to play and his versatility
Shaun Wade, former Ohio defender, has been known for two things in the last two seasons – his talent for great games and his versatility – and on Saturday he flaunted these two features again for the Buckeyes.
Wade forced two sales in the first three minutes of Saturday's game. At the first attempt by Rutgers quarterback Johnny Langan, Wade tipped his pass and hit the ball for the first time this season and for the fourth time in his career on his own.
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At Rutgers' next possession, Wade slammed the ball from Rutgers wider Recipient Isaiah Washingtons hands to fumble – Wade's second forced fumbling in the season and his third in his career – Jordan Fuller to take home.
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"It was great to make them and for those too play Buckeyes and just do what I do, "Wade said when asked about the forced turnovers after the game.
After playing almost exclusively on the slot cornerback in Ohio's first nine games of the season, Wade also proved his versatility on Saturday by playing both indoors and out. While Wade was still mainly playing in the base defense slot of the Buckeyes, he played in a two-cornerback formation for the first time this year, as the state of Ohio launched its four-linebacker package.
Wade spent more time practicing on the outside corner this week to play this role against Rutgers, as the state of Ohio had opted for Damon Arnette, who suffered a wrist injury all season, to exclude from the game on Saturday.
"I was prepared for that," said Wade.
Meanwhile, Sevyn Banks started his first career at Cornerback instead of Arnette in the base defense of the Buckeyes, while Cameron Brown spent some time against Jeff Okudah in first-defending their first-team defense.
Day said after the game that Arnette, who had not played previous games playing with a throw on her wrist and was not listed in Friday's status report, is "good" from a health point of view.
Fields feel good
In a game in which the most important thing outside of winning was to stay healthy for the match against Penn State the following week, the state of Ohio suffered no major injuries on Saturday night, even though Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields had a brief fear would have.
Fields was seen as he preferred his throwing hand at the end of a run in the second quarter, and after completing that ownership – the one with J.K. The Dobbins were stopped in order to generate sales that related to the fourth and last goal. He received some attention from an athletic trainer on the sideline. Eventually, however, Fields returned to the game to play three more possessions and threw two more touchdown passes.
Fields passed for the first time in his career in the US state of Ohio, the mark of 300 meters. He finished the game with 15 finishes in 19 attempts for 305 yards and combined his season high with four temporary touchdowns.
Fields said after the game that the recipient of the state of Ohio, Binjimen Victor, inadvertently stepped on his thumb as he tried to help him after that run, which caused Fields to have pain but was "all right".
Ohio's starting quarterback will be good for the game against Penn State next week, but of course even the shortest injury fears can be enough to panic Buckeyes' fans, especially after seeing What happened to Alabama quarterback Tua on Saturday Tagovailoa is out of action after dislocating his hip in the Crimson Tide's win over the state of Mississippi.
Fields are among those hoping that Tagovailoa will recover completely and quickly.
"I will just pray for him and I hope he feels better," Fields said.
Jean-Baptiste starts, Stover debuts at DE
With Chase Young and Jonathon Cooper failing for the second consecutive time, Javontae Jean-Baptiste started his first career at the end of the defensive for the Buckeyes on Saturday, opposite his compatriot Tyler Friday of New Jersey, who returned to his homeland returned.
Tyreke Smith and Zach Harrison, who started against Maryland for the Buckeyes a week earlier, also saw regular time play in the defensive final rotation but came off the bench against Rutgers.
These four were sparing in the second half, giving some others the chance to score in the third and fourth quarters, including real freshman Cade Stover, who made his debut on the defensive on Saturday.
Stover started his career in the US state of Ohio as a strong linebacker. However, as the Buckeyes are very strong in this position, he played in the first four games of the year in the US state of Ohio only 13 defensive snaps. It is uncertain if his future will be back in lineback or defensive this season, but there was some speculation before he arrived at Ohio State that he could eventually end up on the sidelines after topping up, and the Buckeyes at least seem to to experiment with this possibility.