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Buckeye Leaves: Tulsa
By John Porentas

COLUMBUS — It's weird that a 48-3 win does not seem like a lopsided victory when it comes on the heels of a 77-10 victory.

That's ridiculous, of course, so there are definitely Leaf-worthy performances in the Tulsa game, but not as many as there were after the Bowling Green massacre. 

With that disclaimer, here are this week's award winners. 

Defense

S Malik Hooker:  Get used to seeing this name in this feature. Hooker is as good as it gets at safety. It would take a major brain-cramp for him to not make this list this season, but stranger things have happened I suppose. This week was not a brain-cramp week for him. He had a pick six and was solid the entire game.

CB Marshon Lattimore:  Lattimore actually outdid Hooker this week. He had a pick six and just your normal, garden-variety interception that lead to a field goal. Lattimore plays tight coverage and is a sure tackler. He's a star in the making in the defensive backfield. 

LB Raekwon McMillan: McMillan led the Buckeyes with eight tackles, six of them solos, and was a key cog in getting OSU lined up right and in the right defense. He had a forced fumble and a pass breakup to go with his tackle total.

DL Michael Hill: Hill's numbers aren't huge, but he was extremely effective in the middle of the defensive line. The Buckeyes gave up a few yards in the first quarter, but after that the middle of the defense was a no-man's land for Tulsa rushers.There was a brick wall there disguised as Michael Hill. 

DL Robert Landers: Landers was a matchup nightmare for Tulsa. He was stout against the run and at times looked like he was a member of the Tulsa offensive backfield. He notched four tackles and two tackles for loss.

DE Sam Hubbard: Hubbard had six tackles and two tackles for loss that included a sack. His most impressive play may have been an open-field play he made on a receiver while dropping back in a zone blitz. 

Coaching: The OSU coaching staff made great adjustments and by the end of the first quarter Tulsa's offense was effectively done for the day. The rotations put in place by the coaching staff are paying dividends and will continue to do so late in the season in the form of less wear-and-tear on players so they will remain fresh throughout the season. The Buckeyes had some problems with the trap play early in the game but the defensive staff got that cleaned up and from there it was domination for the Buckeye defense. Overall an excellent job by the OSU defensive staff. 

Offense

H-Back Curtis Samuel: Samuel followed up last week's outstanding performance with another one against Tulsa. He led OSU in all-purpose yards with 140 total — 78 rushing and 62 receiving. He was a bit quiet in the first half, but that had more to do with game plan than Samuel. Once the OSU coaching staff got a few things figured out, Samuel was a nightmare for Tulsa.

H-Back and returner Dontre Wilson:  Wilson's all-purpose yard number was just two yards short of Samuel's team-leading number. Wilson picked up 138 total with 30 rushing, 38 receiving, 25 as a kick returner and 45 as a punt returner. Nobody contributed in more different ways than Wilson. He's now had two-consecutive excellent games. 

OT Jamarco Jones: Jones was very physical and a key contributor in helping the Buckeye outside running game going in the second half. 

Coaching: The first half left a lot to be desired, particularly the first quarter, but the coaching staff made the adjustments needed to make the offense very effective in the second half.  

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