Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins Returns After Suffering Ankle Injury vs. Clemson

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIIDecember 29, 2019

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 28:  J.K. Dobbins #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is checked by the trainer against the Clemson Tigers in the first half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins was running rampant with 142 yards and one touchdown on nine carries against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday night when the Buckeyes' night briefly took an unfortunate turn.

Dobbins exited the game after he pulled up while running a screen out of the backfield on Ohio State's first play of the second half. He had previously twisted his ankle in the second quarter, and the ankle was then "heavily taped," per Yahoo's Pete Thamel.

Freshman running back Master Teague III replaced Dobbins, but not for long, as the starter returned on the Buckeyes' ensuing possession. 

Dobbins broke the game open for the No. 2 Buckeyes in the first half. He also made history, as he passed Eddie George (1,927 yards in 1995) for the top spot on Ohio State's single-season rushing list:

ESPN @espn

J.K. Dobbins 68 yards to the 🏠 #CFBPlayoff https://t.co/YBrIbSCzRA

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J.K. Dobbins making his mark in @OhioStateFB's record book 😤 https://t.co/moVmVcyqrC

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Congrats to @Jkdobbins22 on breaking the @OhioStateFB single season rushing record!! Now let’s get this win and the Natty!! #GoBucks

The junior back entered this College Football Playoff semifinal matchup against the No. 3 Tigers with 1,829 yards and 20 touchdowns on 283 rushing attempts through 13 games. Dobbins ranked third in the FBS in rushing yards, fourth in rushing yards per game (140.7) and sixth in rushing touchdowns.