Travis Howard —A
After snagging two interceptions last week against Miami, Howard grabbed another one against Blake Bortles and the UCF Knights. With Roby struggling, Howard has emerged as Ohio State’s best cornerback so far this year.
Orhian Johnson —A
Johnson was maybe Ohio State’s best player on defense, racking up six tackles against the UCF Knights. The senior made plays all over the field Saturday, but none were bigger than his interception to start the fourth quarter. UCF was in the red-zone and driving, and Johnson’s huge play was a momentum killer for the Knights.
Although Bryant led the team with seven tackles, he allowed the Knights to make some huge plays. It was his comically poor angle that sprung Storm Johnson’s 48 yard rush that set the Knights up for their first touchdown of the game.
Barnett played a solid game, finishing with five tackles and two pass breakups. When Bryant missed on Johnson’s big second quarter run, it was Barnett that raced down the field and prevented an easy touchdown.
Roby had a rough game Although he made some decent plays, he struggled immensely in the third quarter, giving up a huge 35 yard pass to the UCF offense. Later that drive, it was his man that ended the drive with a touchdown reception for the Knights.