Helmet Stickers: Week 12

On November 18, 2013 by Buckeye Empire

The Buckeyes got off to a fast start and finished strong, but the second and third quarters left much to be desired against the Fighting Illini. Ultimately, however, the Buckeyes pulled out a 25-point victory and brought the Illibuck back to Columbus for the fourth year in a row.

Throughout the game, it was unclear who may take home the coveted Buckeye Empire Helmet Stickers, but with only a couple of minutes left in the fourth quarter, that choice became absolutely unanimous. Well, at least on one side of the ball.

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Carlos Hyde, running back

Carlos Hyde Illinois stiff arm

Carlos Hyde continued his career year with a career day on Saturday, bashing his own personal records and inching much closer to the 1,000 yard mark.

Before his two biggest carries on the day, Hyde had already put up great numbers. He rushed for 141 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns and even caught a touchdown pass through the air. Those final two carries, however, put him over the top.

Hyde broke back-to-back carries for over 50-yard touchdown runs to put the game in the bag for the Buckeyes and to solidify his performance against Illinois as the best of his career.

On 24 carries, Hyde rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns, all the while inching closer and closer to becoming Urban Meyer’s first 1,000-yard running back.

Since his breakout performance against Northwestern, Hyde has not averaged less than six yards-per-carry, nor has he rushed for less than 100 yards in any game. In four of the five games since Northwestern, Hyde has rushed for over 145 yards and at least two touchdowns.

While we may never know the true impact of Hyde’s suspension on his performance this season, it’s incredible to see what Hyde is doing in such a brief time frame.

Remember, Urban Meyer hasn’t had a 1,000 yard back in a full season, much less eight or nine games.

Hyde is putting up one of the greatest seasons in Ohio State’s history and he set himself up for a special Senior Day against Indiana next week.

Also worthy of praise was Braxton Miller’s rushing performance against Illinois. While Miller’s passing game was shoddy at best, Miller rushed for 184 yards on 16 carries, including a 70-yard touchdown run on just the second play of the game.

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Joey Bosa, defensive end

Joey Bosa Illinois

Ohio State’s “man-child” defensive end earned his third Helmet Sticker this season for his performance in Champaign.

Before injuring his neck on a scary play near the end of the game, Bosa put up impressive numbers for the Buckeyes, including a career high 2.5 sacks and four total tackles.

Bosa is quickly becoming one of the Buckeyes most special defensive players and its only year one. With another couple of years of development before he launches an NFL career, who knows just how good no. 97 can be.

Linebacker Ryan Shazier also garnered votes for his big sack and forced fumble that lead to an Illinois safety, as well as his contributions to a sparse linebacking crew.

With starters Curtis Grant and Joshua Perry on the mend, Shazier stepped up in a big way and earned the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week Award.

Past Helmet Stickers Winners

Week One: 

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Jordan Hall, running back

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Ryan Shazier, linebacker

Week Two:

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Kenny Guiton, quarterback

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Steve Miller, defensive lineman

Week Three:

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Kenny Guiton, quarterback

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Joey Bosa, defensive end

Week Four:

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Kenny Guiton, quarterback

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Chase Farris, defensive lineman

Week Five: 

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Braxton Miller, quarterback

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Ryan Shazier, quarterback

Week Six: 

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Carlos Hyde, running back

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Joey Bosa, defensive end, Doran Grant, cornerback

Week Seven: 

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Carlos Hyde, running back

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Doran Grant, cornerback

Week Nine: 

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Braxton Miller, quarterback

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Noah Spence, defensive end

Week Ten: 

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Jeff Heuerman, tight end

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Doran Grant, cornerback

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