COLUMBUS, Ohio – For their efforts in Saturday’s 45-21 win over Florida Atlantic, 18 players – eight on defense and 10 on offense – were named champions by the Ohio State coaching staff. Additionally, the Buckeyes’ players of the game were LB Malik Harrison and DE Chase Young on defense, QB Justin Fields on offense and SAF Isaiah Pryor and RB Demario McCall on special teams.
Among the 10 players on offense to earn champion honors were all five members of the offensive line. Four of Ohio State’s five starters on Saturday were new, but the group helped pave the way for a 469-yard day on offense and helped jump start the Buckeye offense with four touchdowns in the first eight minutes of the first quarter to build a 28-0 lead.
In his much-anticipated Ohio State debut, Fields was 18-of-25 for 234 yards and accounted for five touchdowns – four passing, one rushing. His five total touchdowns tied Dwayne Haskins’ record for total TDs in a starting quarterback debut, set last year when he threw for five in a 77-31 win over Oregon State.
On defense, Young finished with five tackles and 1.5 sacks while Harrison also totaled five tackles to go along with one sack and two tackles for loss. Ohio State limited Florida Atlantic to just 22 yard rushing and less than one yard per carry.
McCall returned two punts for 40 yard – including a 35-yarder in the first quarter that was Ohio State’s longest since Jalin Marshall returned one 38 yards vs. Indiana in 2015. Pryor had three tackles and was a key member of the Ohio State punt coverage team that allowed just 1.7 yards per return.
Ohio State Champions vs. Florida Atlantic
Offense: RB Master Teague, TE Jake Hausmann, WR Chris Olave, WR Austin Mack, LT Thayer Munford, LG Jonah Jackson, C Josh Myers, RG Wyatt Davis, LT Branden Bowen. Player of the Game – QB Justin Fields
Defense: DE Jashon Cornell, DT Davon Hamilton, DT Robert Landers, LB Pete Werner, CB Jeff Okudah, SAF Jordan Fuller. Players of the Game – DE Chase Young and LB Malik Harrison
Special Teams Players of the Game – SAF Isaiah Pryor and RB Demario McCall