Cris Carter helped convince K.J. Hill to return to the Ohio State Buckeyes for his fifth and final year of eligibility.
"He was saying, 'Leave a legacy," Hill said. "I've got a chance to leave a legacy, me being a veteran guy, the oldest guy in the room, being the leader and the captain. He said leaving a legacy at Ohio State is a big thing, and I'm trying to do that."
Hill, of Little Rock, Ark., added to his legacy Saturday in Ohio State's 34-10 victory against Michigan State at Ohio Stadium. He caught seven passes for 57 yards, passing Michael Jenkins (165 receptions, 1999-2003) and the Middletown High School graduate Carter (169, 1984-86) in the record book.
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Hill now has 171 receptions. He ranks second in school history behind David Boston, Ohio State’s all-time leader with 191 catches.
Hill also has 1,971 receiving yards in his career. He’s 29 yards away from becoming the ninth player in school history to reach 2,000 yards.
Hill didn't know he passed Carter until he was told in the postgame press conference.
"For real? That's a blessing," Hill said. "Especially me talking to Chris Carter and him helping me make my decision. That's really crazy."
Passing Boston, Hill said, would mean a lot.
"I have to thank my teammates, my quarterback for getting me in that position to make those plays and get those catches," Hill said. "That's a goal to shoot for, and I'd definitely be feeling great if I was doing it while we're winning.”
Opposing viewpoint: Ohio State won its fourth straight game against Michigan State. The Buckeyes leads the series 33-15.
The Spartans slipped to 4-2 and 2-1 in the Big Ten heading into a game at Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
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"Disappointing outcome, obviously," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "I thought we had the right mindset coming in. I thought we had to play mistake-free football. We were unable to do that early in the game with tw0 turnovers right off the bat. ... In the end, when you look at the football game, we've got to play at our best, which I don't think we did. We made some plays but also had some missed opportunities and made some mistakes. You also have to give them credit. They're a very explosive team. Justin Fields, you've got people covered and you can't quite get to him and he snakes out of there and runs for 20 yards, 10 yards or five yards or whatever he needs to do."
Looking ahead: The Buckeyes don’t play in two of the next four weeks. They’re off Oct. 12 and Nov. 2.
After the game, Fields was asked if it the bye week came at a good time for Ohio State.
"At least for me it is because this is definitely the most banged up I've been after a game," he said, "so I'm definitely glad we have a bye week next week. I think we're all just (going to) get in the training room, just get our bodies back right, just get ready for the game."
Ohio State returns to action on Friday, Oct. 18, in an 8:30 p.m. game at Northwestern. The Wildcats fell to 1-4 and 0-3 in the Big Ten with a 13-10 loss at Nebraska on Saturday. Lane McCallum kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired.
Ohio State and Northwestern played in the Big Ten championship last season. Ohio State won 45-24.
Odds and ends: Chase Young recorded half a sack and moved into eighth place in Ohio State history. He has 22½ in his career. ... J.K. Dobbins gained 127 yards on the ground and passed Keith Byars (1982-85) to move into eighth place in career rushing yards (3,282).
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