Ryan Day and Justin Fields powered through adversity on Saturday en route to Ohio State’s fourth straight Big Ten title. Unfortunately, the Buckeyes might’ve left the game with their star quarterback slightly banged up.
The Buckeyes got off to a pedestrian start, falling behind 10-6 at halftime against Pat Fitzgerald’s Northwestern Wildcats. After some crucial halftime adjustments, Ohio State put its offense into the hands of transfer running back Trey Sermon. The former Oklahoma ball carrier gashed Northwestern’s defense throughout the second half, ending the game with 331 yards and two touchdowns. On an off day from their top tier quarterback, the Buckeyes showed a unique ability to make adjustments as they won 22-10.
But Fields clearly looked off for most of the game. In the second half it was revealed that he had tape around his throwing wrist and thumb, leading to speculation about the severity of the injury.
“Hopefully he’ll recover pretty quickly from that,” the Ohio State head coach said of his quarterback’s thumb injury.
Ryan Day on Justin Fields’ thumb injury: “Hopefully he’ll recover pretty quickly from that.”
He said he isn’t sure what Master Teague’s status will be going forward, but they’ll see what the doctors say over the next couple days.
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Fields also briefly talked about his thumb injury during Saturday’s postgame interview. He mentioned that he thinks it might be a sprain and that he will likely get an X-ray to determine how he should proceed.
Obviously, any injury to the team’s star quarterback would be devastating for the Buckeyes. With hopes of getting in the College Football Playoff clearly in front of them, now would not be the time to lose Fields.
The Ohio State junior gunslinger has been magical throughout the year, showing that Saturday’s performance was a blip. Before today’s title bout, Fields had thrown for 1,407 yards and 15 touchdowns in five games. He also ran for 239 yards and five scores on the ground.
For the Buckeyes’ sake, they’ll want to remedy his injury as soon as possible. After Fields is squared away, Ohio State should get a shot at a National Championship.