Chris Olave is going to go down as one of the greatest wide receivers in Ohio State history, and his argument for the top spot got a notable boost on Saturday when he broke the school record for touchdown receptions in the first half against Michigan State.
In a half where the first four Ohio State possessions all ended in touchdowns, Olave was a big part of the fast start with two of those scores. C.J. Stroud connected with the senior on the opening score of the game for a 23-yard touchdown which tied David Boston's school record of 34 career touchdown receptions. Later in the quarter, Olave broke free from coverage to pull in a 43-yard score that broke the record.
Considering how Ohio State's offense has looked in the last two weeks and the opportunities left not only on the schedule but potentially in the postseason, odds are good that Olave will be able to build this lead in the record book with more receiving scores before his career comes to a close. Olave stunned many with his decision to turn down an NFL Draft opportunity following a stellar 2020 season, but his return to Columbus has bolstered one of the best wide receiver rooms in the nation.
Entering Saturday, Olave was the team-leader in touchdown receptions (11) but third on the team in receiving yards behind Jaxson Smith-Njigba and Garrett Wilson, though all three will have the potential to finish with 1,000 yards on the season.