LOS ANGELES — When the Ohio State football team took its final snap of the season in a Rose Bowl victory over Washington, Brady Taylor was on the offensive line, just as he had expected to be all season.

But that snap on the Buckeyes’ kneel-down after they recovered the onside kick was the Ready graduate’s only snap after the season-opener. It meant the world to him.

Taylor was expected to start at center for Ohio State this year, but he battled knee issues that prevented him from winning the job. Michael Jordan was moved from left guard to center to fill the void.

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Taylor played as a backup in the opener against Oregon State before having arthroscopic knee surgery. He didn’t play again until offensive line coach Greg Studrawa had him take the final snap on Tuesday at right guard.

“It meant a lot to me,” Taylor said on the field after the game. “Coach Stud looked at me and told me to go in. He knows what I’ve been through in my five years here. It really brought a tear my eye. I closed out my career in a Rose Bowl and it’s something you dream about.”

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