OSU Helmet Stickers: Week 1
September, 1, 2013
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com
Kirk Irwin/Getty ImagesJordan Hall rushed for a career-high 159 yards against Buffalo.COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A look at the brightest stars in No. 2 Ohio State's 40-20 win over Buffalo to open the season on Saturday.
RB Jordan Hall: The Buckeyes were without their projected starter and the expected backup in the opener, but Hall made sure they weren't missed with the finest rushing performance of his career. The senior officially put his injury-plagued, redshirt season from a year ago in the rearview, bursting through holes up the middle for a pair of long touchdown runs on the way to 159 yards on 21 carries. Hall tacked on 14 more yards as a receiver as he continued to make his case for a leading role even when Rod Smith returns this week and Carlos Hyde comes back after his three-game suspension.
LB Ryan Shazier: Even while missing an extended portion of the game, the star junior was still the most effective defender the Buckeyes put on the field as the rebuilt unit made its debut. The linebacker battled through cramps to get in on seven tackles, including one for a loss, and also made a nice play in space to break up a pass over the middle. His value to the Buckeyes was only underscored when he wasn't on the field -- when his body wasn't right, the dropoff at linebacker was hard to ignore.
WR Chris Fields: An afterthought a year ago, the fifth-year senior made the most of the passes that came his way against Buffalo, turning two of his three catches into touchdowns and finishing with 53 yards receiving in a productive outing. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has praised the improvements Fields has made since April, naming him a starter coming out of the spring game. If the Buckeyes can continue to get him involved as they try to expand the passing game, the spread offense will become even more difficult to defend.
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State