Trey Sermon was dominant for Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game
The Ohio State Buckeyes needed a spark and senior running back Trey Sermon was the one to step up and give it to them. In Ohio State’s 22-10 win over Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game, Sermon carried the ball 29 times for 331 yards and two touchdowns.
His 331 rushing yards are the most for any one player in a single game in the history of Ohio State football. He was absolutely fantastic in this one and led Ohio State to a championship when they needed him the most.
Star quarterback Justin Fields was not great in this game and Northwestern was able to lead for most of the first half. The Wildcats went into halftime with a 10-6 lead and the struggles of Fields was a major reason why.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day leaned heavily on his rushing attack in the second half, giving Trey Sermon an opportunity to dominate. Fields only attempted seven passes in the second half, while Sermon carried the ball 22 times for a ridiculous 271 yards in the final 30 minutes in this game.
Sermon did a great job of finding the hole, exploding through it and using his power to make life difficult on the defense. However, the Ohio State offensive line deserves a ton of credit for his success. Led by top 2021 NFL Draft prospects Wyatt Davis and Josh Myers, the Ohio State offensive line opened up massive holes in the running game throughout this game. Northwestern could not do anything to stop this rushing attack and those wide-open lanes were the reason why.
Sermon’s massive performance will now likely lead the Buckeyes into the College Football Playoff. No matter how their season ends, this performance by the veteran running back will go down in Buckeye history. On top of that, Trey Sermon likely caught the attention of many NFL scouts in this game.