Joey Bosa soaks in the atmosphere in Happy Valley after finishing off the Buckeyes' win over the Nittany Lions.
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Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa capped Penn State’s hopes at a victory in an intense double overtime contest Saturday night. That effort’s been noted with a national weekly honor.
Bosa has been named Athlon’s National Defensive Player of the Week for his difference-making showing, which included 2.5 sacks, in the Buckeyes 31-24 win in Happy Valley.
The standout moment for Bosa was what’s being called a "walk-off sack" as he rammed through a Penn State blocker to take down Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenburg on a fourth-and-5 in the second overtime.
Bosa, a sophomore hailing from Florida, has been a monster for opposing offenses to handle. He leads the Big Ten in tackles-for-loss (11.5) and sacks (eight). Go back to his freshman season and Bosa has now carried a streak of 13 straight games where he’s made a tackle for a loss.
The Buckeyes defense leads the Big Ten in that tackle-for-loss statistic and is 18th in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game (254). They held the Nittany Lions’ backs to just 16 on the ground.
Currently just outside the Top 10, the Buckeyes have a home matchup with Illinois before the biggest game of their season, a showdown with the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing, Nov. 8.