Ohio State wins three B1G awards after win vs. Northwestern

Ohio State wins three B1G awards after win vs. Northwestern
October 7, 2013, 10:15 am
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Vinnie Duber

It took all Ohio State had to get a comeback win over Northwestern on Saturday night, and now the Buckeyes are getting recognized for it.

The Big Ten weekly awards were announced Monday and featured a trio of Buckeyes, as running back Carlos Hyde was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week, cornerback Bradley Roby was named Special Teams Player of the Week and linebacker Joey Bosa was named Freshman of the Week.

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Hyde was the biggest contributor to Ohio State's 40-30 defeat of the Wildcats on Saturday in Evanston. Hyde carried the ball 26 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns, all coming in the second half. The Northwestern defense stopped quarterback Braxton Miller from inflicting too much damage but had no answer for Hyde.

Roby was the Ohio State special teamer — and top-flight cornerback — who blocked a Northwestern punt in the end zone and recovered for a first-quarter score. The blocked punt was the second of Roby's career, and it was his fourth time scoring a touchdown.

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Bosa sacked Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian twice in Saturday's game and contributed five tackles overall. Bosa was also the Buckeye defender to fall on top of the ball in the end zone for the game's final touchdown as time expired. That's the score that made the final tally quite misleading, as it came courtesy of the Wildcats' attempt at a series of ridiculous laterals.

Additionally, Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah was the other Co-Offensive Player of the Week, rushing for 225 yards and two touchdowns in the Huskers' 39-19 romp of Illinois. And Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard was named Defensive Player of the Week after twice intercepting Jake Rudock in the Spartans' 26-14 win over Iowa.