The Ohio State football program returned to action this weekend to take on Big Ten East foe Michigan State. The game marked the Buckeyes first time back on the field since Nov. 21 due to the spread of COVID-19 within the team’s locker room.
Justin Fields led the No. 4 team in the country to a comfortable showing on Saturday, as Ohio State manhandled the Spartans in East Lansing. The junior quarterback scored four total touchdowns in the win, only further asserting his dominance over the conference.
While Fields made his argument for the play of the day with an impressive downfield block, Buckeyes punter Drue Chrisman easily executed the best special teams play of the afternoon.
The Ohio State senior blasted a 74-yard boot early on in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s contest. The punt pinned Michigan State within their own five-yard line, making another offensive drive seem insurmountable.
Here’s the punt, courtesy of the Big Ten Network:
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 5, 2020
At the time of the punt, Ohio State had nearly wrapped up the victory, so Chrisman’s effort was just icing on the cake. Even without Ryan Day, the Buckeyes polished off Michigan State 52-12.
With their fifth win of the year, Ohio State remains undefeated. Unfortunately, like so many teams in 2020, the Buckeyes have seen multiple games canceled due to COVID-19. As a result, it’s possible that the Buckeyes might not make the Big Ten Championship game. The team has yet to hit the six-game threshold required by the conference to play in the contest.
Whether Ohio State is able to play Michigan or not, the Buckeyes are clearly one of the best teams in the country. All bias aside, college football fans should want to see Fields in the College Football Playoff come January.