Ohio State survived vs. Indiana but Justin Fields may have lost the Heisman in the process.
Justin Field had the worst college game of his career with a few uncharacteristic poor throws in the 42-35 win over Indiana. Fields may have been pressing in an attempt to make a charge up the Heisman leaderboard, but too many times he forced the issue and made throws he had no business making.
Urban Meyer commented at halftime and in the postgame on FOX that the first of three interceptions by Fields was one of the worst throws he’s ever seen.
It didn’t cost Ohio State in the win-loss column but with three interceptions and getting vastly outplayed by Indiana’s Michael Penix, Fields may have lost his window of opportunity to cash in on a Heisman.
Justin Fields lost the Heisman Trophy vs. Indiana
He won’t mind so long as he has a chance to compete for a national championship and that window is still very much open.
Fields finished with 300 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-30 passing and added a rushing touchdown and 78 yards on the ground. Those numbers aren’t bad, but in a season when Fields had a late start and fewer opportunities to showcase his talent and production, he really had to be perfect all season.
He wasn’t perfect on Saturday afternoon vs. Indiana. It’s the slimmest of margins, especially with the way Jones and Trask have played so far, putting up video-game numbers in the SEC.
Individual awards are nice and all but Fields will tell you as cool as it would have been to win the Heisman, he’s 100 percent focused on winning a national championship. And he just may get a chance to do that against Jones or Trask.