Fab Five: Carlos Hyde's touchdown party
November, 6, 2012
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Counting down the five most impressive statistical performances so far this season for Ohio State as it heads into a bye week before trying to close out a perfect season against Wisconsin and Michigan.
No. 4: Carlos Hyde
No. 4: Carlos Hyde
- When: Oct. 6 against Nebraska
- What: The backfield had spent all of training camp and then the majority of the first month of the season wrestling with injuries and trying to find some stability. That wouldn't be a problem again after the junior running back was plugged back into the starting lineup and showed no signs of lingering pain in his knee as he repeatedly gashed the Huskers on the way to 140 yards and four touchdowns that foreshadowed a scoring binge in Big Ten play.
- Impact: The Buckeyes badly needed a complement in the rushing game to take the pressure off quarterback Braxton Miller, who didn't look likely to stay in one piece if he had to keep carrying the ball 23 times like he had done the week before against Michigan State. Hyde obviously wouldn't have taken 28 handoffs if he wasn't being productive with them, but his ability to break tackles and absorb some of that physical punishment while also polishing off drives in the end zone helped spark another conference win and built momentum for the spread offense.
- How: Hyde has always had the ability to get the job done in the backfield thanks to the combination of his size at 232 pounds and a 40-yard dash time that has been clocked at 4.35 seconds, but it has been a change of attitude and work ethic that has produced such eye-catching results for the Buckeyes. The new offensive system hasn't hurt, either, as he has formed a dynamic combination as in the interior threat for an inside-outside tandem that has gouged defenses throughout league play.
- For the season: 144 carries for 737 yards and 13 touchdowns; 7 receptions for 43 yardss and a touchdown
- He said it: “He’s a load, he’s a load. He uses all 235 pounds, and I think people underestimate his speed at times. You know, when he gets into the mindset and the rhythm of anticipating where the runs and the seams are going to be, he can really become a very effective, productive back. I would assume that’s a thorn in people’s sides on defense, no doubt.” -- running backs coach Stan Drayton
AP Photo/Jay LaPreteCarlos Hyde scored four touchdowns to pace a running game that gained 371 yards against Nebraska.
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Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
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