Friday, February 21, 2014
Top individual performances of '13: No. 3
By Brian Bennett
Our nostalgic trip through the top individual performances of the 2013 Big Ten season is close to wrapping up.
We're down to the last three in our list, which 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.
This next guy turned in several possibilities for this list, but we could only pick one ...
Buckeyes tailback Carlos Hyde ran wild vs. Illinois in 2013.
No. 3: Illinois has no answer for Carlos danger
Who and against whom: Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde steamrolled the Illini defense in a 60-35 win in Champaign on Nov. 16
The numbers: Hyde carried 24 times for 246 yards and four touchdowns, while also catching a touchdown pass.
A closer look: OK, let's get this out of the way at the start. Yes, Illinois' run defense was flat-out awful last season. Still, Hyde did some incredible work in a game that was a little too close for comfort for the Buckeyes on a windy November Saturday.
Hyde's 246 yards were his career high, and that number tied Archie Griffin for the third-highest single game rushing total in Ohio State history. That's a pretty good history, in case you didn't know.
Hyde didn't start the game because of an academic issue but came in on the third play and was basically unstoppable after that. What he did at the end of the game was the most impressive.
Illinois cut the lead to 47-35 midway through the fourth quarter to make things interesting. But Hyde erased any thoughts of an upset by breaking off a 51-yard touchdown followed by a 55-yard score in the final 4:03.
Hyde had many great performances during his 1,521-yard season in 2013. But he was never more dominant than this.