On the list Monday of Ohio State’s “champions” from a 56-0 win at Rutgers was an interesting name: Terry McLaurin.
“It was a head coach's decision because I like Terry,” Urban Meyer explained in his weekly news conference, evoking laughter from the media.
Meyer had been asked what McLaurin, a junior co-captain, had done to make the list. He led the team with five catches and blocked well, but he also had one bad moment that would seem to have trumped it all.
At the end of a long run by J.T. Barrett, McLaurin was penalized for unnecessary roughness when he took out a Rutgers player near the sideline with a high block. McLaurin initially was also ticketed for targeting, and, after the play, for unsportsmanlike conduct, evidently for something he said.
A review took away the targeting foul, but the other two penalties stood. Since the second was a dead-ball offense, the Buckeyes were penalized 15 yards for each.
Though Barrett went on to lead the team to a touchdown on the possession, that McLaurin had put the team in a hole wasn’t forgotten, Meyer said. But he also said there were circumstances.
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“We don't condone that, and I had a little chat with him,” Meyer said. But he added, “there was a cheap shot on him early in the game, bad one. A tough guy like that, it carried with him for a while.”
Nebraska at 7:30 p.m.
The Buckeyes’ game at Nebraska on Oct. 14 will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and be televised on FS1, the Big Ten announced Monday. It will be the Buckeyes’ third conference game this season in prime time, all road games.
Defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones will miss his second straight game, homecoming vs. Maryland on Saturday, as he continues to recover from a bizarre injury in the locker room after a practice last week. Jones suffered a long, deep laceration on a leg after it snagged on something in his locker area, Meyer said. The wound required stitches to close. … Backup safety Erick Smith, who did not make the trip to Rutgers, “won't play (again) this week,” Meyer said. “He's got to take care of his business.” He did not elaborate … Receiver Eric Glover-Williams, dismissed from the Buckeyes after the opener at Indiana, is enrolling at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, his father told Bill Greene of Scout.com. The idea is to graduate from the junior college in December so he can sign with another four-year college.
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