Ohio State ran a trick play of its own in the first half. Steele Chambers took the snap on a punt and ran 38 yards. It led to Ohio State’s third touchdown.
“We knew Greg was going to be aggressive with special teams, have some different things," Day said. "We didn’t know it was going to be all of those things. We wanted to be aggressive as well. I thought the fake punt really allowed us to pull away in the second half.”
Return to action: Linebacker Justin Hilliard was back on the field after missing the last two games: the first with an injury and the second because of a false positive COVID-19 test. He said there was frustration and a little bit of anger when he couldn’t play against Penn State.
“I know this is my last shot at playing,” Hilliard said. “Being out there means so much. The last couple of weeks haven’t gone how I wanted them to go. Overall, we’ve got a lot to work on, but it was great to be back out there.”
Lineup change: Freshman kicker Jake Seibert, a Cincinnati La Salle graduate, made his first start, replacing the injured Blake Haubeil. Seibert made 7 of 7 extra points.
Walk-on Dominic DiMaccio filled in for Haubeil when he suffered an injury during the Penn State game. DiMaccio handled kickoffs against Rutgers.
Around the Big Ten: When Ohio State returns to Ohio Stadium in two weeks, it could be playing another undefeated team. Indiana has beaten Penn State, Rutgers and Michigan and plays Michigan State next.
Ohio State travels to Maryland next and then plays the Hoosiers at home on Nov. 21. Ohio State and Indiana (each 3-0) are the only undefeated teams left in the East Division.