Well, The Ohio State Buckeyes slim hopes of making it back to the College Football Playoffs were dashed Saturday night, but several Alums made the Scarlet & Gray proud on Sunday.
For the second consecutive week a former Silver Bullet defensive back had a pick 6. Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins picked off former Xichigan QB Tom Brady and took it 99 yards to put the Eagles up 21-14 on the New England Patriots. Jenkins finished the day with 7 tackles to help Philly get the 35-28 upset victory in Foxborough.
Carolina Panthers wideout Ted Ginn Junior not only made up for going catch less on Thanksgiving Day with 5 receptions for 80 yards against the New Orleans Saints, but he also caught two touchdowns, one for 45 yards, to help Carolina get a tough victory in the “Big Easy.” Safety Kurt Coleman also snatched his 5th interception of the season, to go along with 3 tackles. Carolina moved to 12-0 with the 41-38 win, and have clinched the NFC South title for the 3rd consecutive season.
Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent made 3 field goals and 4 extra points for 13 points to help Cincy move to 10-2 with a 37-3 victory in the Battle of Ohio. Cleveland Browns receiver Brian Hartline had 8 catches for 83 yards, his best performance in a Cleveland uniform. His teammate, safety Donte’ Whitner had 5 tackles in the defeat.
St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis collected 4 tackles in the Rams 27-3 defeat at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. Laurinaitis now has 87 tackles on the season. That’s tied for 15th overall in the NFL.
On Sunday Night Football, Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward had one tackle, while linebacker Ryan Shazier returned from missing the final three quarters last week at Seattle with concussion symptoms, to make 4 tackles, and safety Will Allen had 2 tackles and a sack to help the Steelers beat the Colts 45-10. While Daniel “Boom” Herron had 2 carries for 8 yards, and 3 catches for 16 yards in defeat.
On the injury front, running back Carlos Hyde of the San Francisco 49ers, missed the Niners overtime 26-20 victory over the Chicago Bears.