Ryan Day had to love what he saw from his players this afternoon, as Ohio State easily took care of business against Nebraska. On the flip side, he probably wasn’t so fond of seeing his offensive playmakers take so many big hits over the middle of the field.
Nebraska saw two of its best players get ejected in the second half. Cam Taylor-Britt and Deontai Williams were both tossed for targeting.
Taylor-Britt’s tackle on Steele Chambers was somewhat dangerous since he did lower his helmet to initiate contact. As for Williams, the broadcasting crew at FOX thought his hit in the fourth quarter was just a bang-bang play.
After the team’s blowout win, Day was asked if he thought the targeting and high hits from Nebraska defenders were excessive. He said Scott Frost doesn’t teach his players to tackle with malicious intent like that, so it doesn’t seem like there is any issue between the two programs.
Asked Ryan Day if he thought the targeting/high hits by Nebraska defenders were excessive. He said he knows Scott Frost and Nebraska's coaches well and knows they wouldn't teach that, so he doesn't think there was any bad intent.
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) October 24, 2020
The main concern for Day right now is Chris Olave’s health. He took a nasty shot to the head toward the end of the third quarter and had to leave the game.
Ohio State needs Olave on the field next weekend against Penn State. If he’s unable to suit up, the Buckeyes will have to rely heavily on Garrett Wilson at wide receiver.
Nebraska, meanwhile, will have to play the first half of next weekend’s game without two of its best defensive backs.