COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore punter Drue Chrisman, after his terrific punting performance Saturday in the win over Penn State in totally bonkers, white-out Beaver Stadium conditions, was named this week’s Ray Guy Award winner as the nation’s top punter. The award is presented by the Augusta Sports Council.
Chrisman, a third-year sophomore from Cincinnati LaSalle High School by way of Lawrenceburg, Ind., was a Buckeye hero in a game of heroes as Ohio State held on in the first half and then came from 12 points down in the final eight minutes to defeat the Nittany Lions, 27-26, in a classic matchup of Top 10 teams.
His first-half punting – a 47.7-yard average off seven punts with three downed inside the 20 – kept the Nittany Lions from flipping the field after an exchange and usually deep in their own territory. Penn State started at its own 21, 20, 15, 19, 2, 28 and 25 yard lines – an average starting position at the 18 – after Chrisman’s punts. His efforts were critical in a half when Penn State would outgain Ohio State, 293-93, yet led by just six, 13-7.
Chrisman finished the game with a personal-best 47.9-yard average off his nine punts. For the season, he has dropped 13 of his 22 punts inside the 20, and his 44.6 yard average is 15th nationally and second in the Big Ten Conference.