Ohio State fought with Northwestern at the first half of the Big Ten championship match, but running Trey Sermon hurried the Buckeyes into the name using a school-record 331 yards running in a 22-10 victory.
“Sometimes once you come from an accident, it requires some time to get into a rhythm. … That is just another man that overcame hardship. There was a time likely after Week 2 or Week 3 which people weren’t convinced. You know, what is happening? Just not hitting the gap didn’t have a great deal of confidence — and we did not know Trey.
“So we weren’t sure precisely what we had there. And to watch him persevere again through that to play how he did in this match and break records such as that, it is enormous.”
Northwestern led 10-6 at the half, forcing a set of otherwise powerful Ohio State pushes to finish with field objectives. However, the No. 4 Buckeyes appeared just like a different team in the second half, relying upon the conduct since quarterback Justin Fields played what he considers is a sprained thumb.
“Our mindset was to take advantage of each chance and implement,” explained Sermon, whose 271 rushing yards in the second half would be the most in any half of Ohio State history. “I feel as if we came out and did this in the second half”
The success was Ohio State’s final chance to create a situation to be among those four groups at the College Football Playoff. Day said the match was a microcosm of the Buckeyes’ year due to the obstacles they confronted with accidents coming into Saturday’s match, in addition to their second-half comeback.
“People can say anything they want [concerning the CFP]; they’ve got their views. I am not planning to talk about other groups since I think we’ve got enough to speak favorably about our schedule,” Day explained. “But I will say this when we’ve got a chance to play with anybody in the nation in 1 match, I’m likely to take the Ohio State Buckeyes.
“I feel strongly about this group, we are made from unbelievable character, plus they have been through so much, and I believe there is a lot of people of the nation that would agree with me”
Fields were asked if Ohio State ought to be in the playoff.
“Because we are among the best four groups in the nation.”
“I think that it’s only a sprain,” Fields said following the match, “so I probably only want some ice on it and it’s going to be useful in a couple of days.”