Chris Olave trotted the Ohio Stadium field for the last time as Buckeye and carved his name in the Ohio State record books on Saturday.
The San Ysidro, Calif. Native passed former Buckeyes wide receiver David Boston for most career touchdowns in an Ohio State uniform, winning his 34th and 35th touchdown receptions against the No.7 Michigan State. As Olave joined the Ohio State greats as the record holder in his last game at The Shoe, he mentioned the emotions he had felt on the senior day.
“I never thought that day would come, it went by so quickly. It started off very emotional,” said Olave. “I’m just glad my family is here.”
It was Olave who kicked off the scoring for Ohio State, running a lean post route out of the lunge and blowing through a pair of Spartan defenders while stretching to carry a 23-yard touchdown. on the arm of red-shirted freshman quarterback CJ Stroud. The opening touchdown tied Olave with Boston at 34 career scores.
Olave didn’t have to wait long to regain the end zone, executing a similar post route and splitting Michigan State Safeguards to open for a 43-yard touchdown behind. the end zone – breaking Boston’s record.
After the Boston record fell, Olave expressed his pride in the accomplishment of his career.
“I had to get this ball back,” said Olave. “[It’s] a huge blessing, thank God.
Although Olave didn’t find the end zone for the rest of the day, he still impressed with a few acrobatic catches.
With a throw-in more than 10 minutes to go in the second quarter, Olave kicked the ball out of the lunge and broke on the outside. As the ball dangled in the air toward the sideline, he twisted his body to make a grab by stomping his foot on the Spartans’ 1-yard line.
Stroud pointed out a variety of factors that make Olave such a difficult cover for opposing secondaries.
“Chris, being a veteran and the older guy in the room, he kind of brings a sense of leadership. But he’s also a great player, ”Stroud said. “He has tremendous speed, his routes are incredible. He still really beats his man.
Olave finished the day with seven catches for a high 140 yards in addition to his two record touchdowns.
Paying close attention to his senior star, Day said Olave’s versatility allows him to be used in a variety of passing situations for the Buckeyes.
“It’s such a weapon in the field. He did a good job on a few other things today, ”Day said. “His run-after-the-catch was really good. [He’s] just fast.
While Olave’s touchdown receptions pushed him to the top of the program, it also saw him take the nation’s top spot this season with 13.
With Olave bidding farewell to Ohio Stadium as a player, second-year winger Jaxon Smith-Njigba spoke about the impact Olave had on his young Buckeye career.
“It’s an honor. I tell him I appreciate him as much as I can. He continues to set the standard and we young people have a path that we can follow and that’s all you can. ask, “Smith-Njigba said.” I wouldn’t be here in this position and knowing everything I know without Chris. ”