Century club: Hall back in big way

September, 22, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The statistics sheet was on the table in front of him, and the rushing totals were helpfully pointed out to Jordan Hall.

In his second game from injury, the senior tailback established a career high, continued taking the load off quarterback Braxton Miller's shoulders and added a couple receptions to boot.

But even just an hour after Ohio State's 29-15 win over UAB was official and Hall's personal record book had been updated with his 105-yard game, he was already moving on to the next one.

"It's 100 yards for the night, then go back to work tomorrow," Hall said. "I mean, I’m happy about it. But Michigan State, that’s really what my focus is."

The Buckeyes should have even more support to offer Miller on the ground by then with Carlos Hyde expected to return from a knee sprain, but Hall had no problems picking up the slack for the second consecutive week without him.

The projected starter coming out of spring practice was derailed in the summer by a torn tendon in his foot, and he appeared a bit unsure of himself in his return last week against California. But just one game later, Hall was more decisive, made sharper cuts and fought through a few tackles to finish with 126 total yards in another winning effort.

"I was definitely more comfortable this week than last week," Hall said. "Full week of practice this week, I felt good.

"As a team, of course, we know we should have played better, done better. But winning is really what matters. We know we have to play better against Michigan State."

Regardless of what else might have been put in front of him after the game on Saturday, the Spartans were all that had Hall's attention.

Austin Ward | email

Ohio State/Big Ten reporter

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