Fab Five: Bradley Roby's big day
November, 5, 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. 5: Bradley Roby
No. 5: Bradley Roby
- When: Oct. 27 at Penn State
- What: The sophomore cornerback was officially credited with four passes broken up, an impressive enough total on its own. But the film review revealed an eye-popping seven throws that Roby got his hand on by the count of the Buckeyes, which would have extended his national lead in passes defended to four heading into the final two games.
- Impact: The Nittany Lions have been among the most dangerous passing teams in the Big Ten all season, and the Buckeyes had to find a way to slow them down in a hostile environment with the division lead on the line at Beaver Stadium. Ohio State didn't completely shut down Penn State, but it certainly disrupted the offensive rhythm of the No. 2 passing attack in the conference, officially breaking up nine passes and intercepting another. The Nittany Lions completed 27 of their 46 passes for 327 yards -- but that wasn't nearly enough to keep pace with the Buckeyes thanks to Roby's knack for finding the football.
- How: Roby's incredible speed, improved technique in coverage and a desire to prove himself against the top competition has added up to a dynamic season that few cornerbacks can match statistically. Even after missing a game with a shoulder injury, he still leads the country with 18 passes defended and has been just as valuable on special teams by recovering a fumble for a touchdown and scooping up a blocked punt for another.
- For the season: 48 tackles, 18 passes defended, two tackles for a loss, a sack, a fumble recovery, a blocked kick and three touchdowns
- He said it: “He had an inordinate amount of play opportunities, 30 opportunities, which is almost unheard of. They were throwing at him, and [we counted] seven passes broken up. I even had one of my guys just recheck some of my records. I don’t think we’ve ever had a guy get his hand on that many balls.” -- coach Urban Meyer
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35