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Chris Olave Emerging As the Game-Changing, Do-Everything Wide Receiver Ohio State Needs

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For Ohio State coach Ryan Day, it was “huge.” For Indiana coach Tom Allen, it represented the “cardinal sin.” For Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave, it felt better than a touchdown.

A minute and 11 seconds of game time after Olave caught a 37-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter of Ohio State’s 51-10 trouncing of the Hoosiers on Saturday, Olave ran back onto the field. Rather than seeking a second score, he lined up on the right edge across from Indiana’s punt formation. At the snap of the ball, he took off into the backfield unblocked and extended his arms to swat Haydon Whitehead’s punt, which went out of the end zone for a safety.