COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football fans never really saw what Nick Bosa and Chase Young could be together near their primes.
The world saw what the combo could do Sunday night, and it nearly led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl LVIII victory. That pass rush helped limit the Kansas City to three first-half points, but Patrick Mahomes eventually rallied the Chiefs for a 25-22 overtime victory and repeat Super Bowl championship.
Young sacked Mahomes on the game’s second possession. He also pressured Mahomes into an intentional grounding penalty later in the game.
Young was traded to the 49ers mid-season by the Washington Commanders, and recorded 2.5 of his 7.5 sacks with the eventual NFC champions. He now hits the open market as a free agent, as the Commanders did not pick up the option year on his original four-year deal.
Bosa recorded the first of his two tackles for loss on the Chiefs’ first offensive play. He finished with six total tackles. Bosa was elected to his fourth Pro Bowl this season after recording 10.5 sacks.
The 49ers defensive front controlled the game early, but a couple of pivotal plays went the Chiefs’ way. A flubbed punt return led to an easy touchdown in the third quarter. A missed 49res extra point allowed the Chiefs to stay within three points and tie the game late with their own field goal.
Young and Bosa were slated to form a powerful combination in 2018 before Bosa suffered a core muscle injury in the third game. Bosa went on to the NFL, and Young went on to a Heisman Trophy finalist season in 2019.
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Ohio State football Class of 2025 commit Tavien St. Clair has begun following a Buckeye quarterback tradition of sorts by winning a national prospect events.
St. Clair won the accuracy award at Nike’s “The Next Ones” event in Las Vegas last week. He beat out two of the three quarterbacks ranked ahead of him — LSU commit Bryce Underwood and Tennessee commit George MacIntyre.
OSU women take charge
While Ohio State men’s basketball continues to flounder, the Buckeye women continue to flourish.
They went on the road for an 86-71 victory at Michigan State on Sunday, led by Celeste Taylor (20 points), Rebeka Mikulasikova (19) and Jacy Sheldon (18).
Combined with Iowa’s loss at Nebraska, the Buckeyes moved into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State has won 11 straight, with the Cornhuskers coming to Value City Arena on Wednesday.
Former Buckeye to NFL
Phil Matusz, former OSU assistant strength and conditioning coach under Mickey Marotti, continues to climb the ranks. The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired him as their new stretgth and conditioning coach. Matusz spent the past four seasons at Boston College, after former OSU defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley hired him when taking the head coaching job there.
- NFL Scouting Combine: 15 days, Feb. 27-March 4
- First OSU spring practice: 22 days, March 5
- Ohio State spring game: 64 days, April 13
- NFL Draft: 76 days, April 25-27
- 2024 opener vs. Southern Miss: 204 days, Aug. 31
- The Game 2024: 292 days
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