Ohio State turned what was a highly anticipated Week 10 showdown with No. 10 Nebraska into the second-worst defeat in the history of Huskers football.
When it comes to most impressive showing in the nation, however, that performance had a lot of competition.
Former Ohio State QB and current ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit listed the Buckeyes’ 62-3 win as his fourth-best team performance of the week while also listing Buckeye RB Curtis Samuel as his fourth-best player performance of the week.
My top PERFORMANCES of WK 10 Team
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 7, 2016
Ohio State’s dominance of a fellow top-10 Big Ten team is hard to look past, but Herbstreit ranked a trio of SEC teams ahead of the Buckeyes. But for good reason — Mississippi State upset No. 4 Texas A&M, Arkansas beat No. 11 Florida, and top-ranked Alabama shut out No. 13 LSU in a 10-0 slugfest.
Samuel made the list because, though he only rushed for 41 yards against Nebraska, he made 8 receptions for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Huskers defense.
However, Samuel was outdone in Herbstreit’s eyes by Alabama’s defense (the aforementioned shutout), Louisville QB Lamar Jackson (231 yards passing, 185 yards rushing, 7 total touchdown) and Texas RB D’Onta Foreman (33 carries, 341 yards, 3 TDs).
Ohio State and Samuel will try to continue their offensive output next weekend at Maryland when the Buckeyes take on the Terrapins at 3:30 ET on ESPN.