Ohio State football got the prime-time treatment two nights in a row. Saturday, the Buckeyes rolled over Nebraska 48-7 in ABC's Saturday night game, then Sunday, Ohio State was on full display again as the Dallas Cowboys visited the New Orleans Saints in the Sunday night NFL game.
The seven Buckeyes in the game, five for New Orleans and two for Dallas, were all key players as well. The player who maybe made the biggest impact in what was a 12-10 Saints win over the Cowboys was New Orleans safety Vonn Bell, who led the Saints in tackles with seven, recovered two fumbles and forced one. In fact the forced fumble was a "Buckeye on Buckeye crime," as Bell ripped the ball out of the grip of Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott on a 4th and 1 run late in the first half.
Elliott had a quiet game, by his standards, held to just 35 yards on 18 carries. It's his third lowest rushing game in his NFL career. Zeke did make an impact though, scoring the only touchdown of the game and catching 6 passes for 30 yards.
Speaking of catching passes, the Saints Michael Thomas was targeted 9 times and caught all 9, for 95 yards. He was the leading receiver in the game, and defensive backs Marshon Lattimore and Eli Apple combined for 7 solo tackles and 3 pass break-ups. Some of the highlight plays are posted below.
Haskins Struggles In Debut
Earlier Sunday, a Buckeye rookie made his NFL debut. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins was summoned off of the bench by Washington coach Jay Gruden, in what was a 24-3 loss to the Giants. Haskins replaced an ineffective Case Keenum and struggled himself. Haskins went 9 for 17 passing for 107 yards and was intercepted three times, one of which was returned for a touchdown by former Michigan Wolverine and Cleveland Brown Jabrill Peppers. It remains to be seen if Haskins will remain at QB for the Redskins who are one of seven teams that remain winless. In the link below, you can check out video of every Haskins throw Sunday. You'll see that the last of his interceptions really wasn't his fault, as the ball bounced off the chest of tight end Vernon Davis and then was picked off.