Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Top individual performances of '13: No. 9
By Brian Bennett
We miss football already. So let's get a little nostalgic. We're counting down the top 10 individual performances of 2013 season.
The list takes into account the difficulty of opponent and stakes of the game and tries to identify record-breaking, honor-winning, jaw-dropping games from league players. Players are limited to one entry on this list for variety's sake.
Up next is a big-time performance in a losing cause ...
No. 9: Abby burns Roby
Ohio State struggled to stay with Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis, who finished with 10 catches for 204 yards and a TD.
The numbers: Abbrederis had 10 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown, including a 64-yard grab.
A closer look: Ohio State figured it could load up to stop the Wisconsin running game and use Roby in single coverage against the Badgers' lone deep receiving threat. The Buckeyes were half right. Wisconsin rushed for a season-low 104 yards as a team and had to go to the air at the Horseshoe, but Abbrederis showed a national TV audience just how good he is by continually beating Roby and getting open.
For a long while, Abbrederis was the Badgers offense. But he couldn't do it all, and the Buckeyes managed to slow him down when it counted to hold on for the key Leaders Division victory. Still, Abbrederis made many fans that night, including Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.
"He’s got my vote for All-Big Ten,” Meyer said after the game. “He did an incredible job.”