Star running back Ezekiel Elliott has apparently played his final home game for No. 3 Ohio State.
After starting the week in the hospital with a previously undisclosed infection in his leg, the junior back returned to the lineup Saturday, but rushed for just 33 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
The Buckeyes were upset 17-14 to the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans at the Horseshoe. The loss was their first regular-season Big Ten game under fourth-year coach Urban Meyer.
“How we lost, I just feel like we weren’t put in the right opportunity to win this game, we weren’t put in the right situations to win this game,” Elliott said. “I don’t think Michigan State was better than us. They weren’t. We didn’t execute.”
Elliott, a Heisman Trophy candidate, said Saturday was his final home game with Ohio State.
“Honestly, this is my last game in the Shoe,” Elliott said. “I mean, there’s no chance of me coming back next year.
“What happened today, it was kind of like a bad, bad dream. Offense had a rough day, and I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed in the play calling, I’m disappointed in the situations we were put in, and I wish it all played out differently.”
Elliott was very frustrated after Saturday’s contest that his streak of 15 consecutive 100-yard games was snapped.
“It’s very disappointing,” Elliott said. “The one drive that we had where we kind of had some momentum when we scored after the strip sack, the plays we ran, we ran a lot of gap schemes and we were gashing them. You guys saw that on that drive, and we had a lot of momentum. Honestly, we didn’t see those plays at all for the rest of the game. Those plays weren’t called anymore. I asked for those plays to be called, and they weren’t. It just hurts. It hurts a lot.”