Justin Fields was electric against Michigan State, but he was playing without a number of his teammates.

Saturday morning, it was announced that the Buckeyes would be without 23 players due to injuries, positive COVID-19 tests, and contact tracing. Along with those absences, head coach Ryan Day and a number of his coaching staff were unable to make the trip to East Lansing.

The most notable group to be hit was the offensive line with three starters and another key reserve sidelined against the Spartans. Fortunately, Fields was able to shoulder the early offensive load and carry the Buckeyes to a 28-0 halftime lead.

It was truly an incredible performance as Fields was under lots of pressure in the game. He was able to utilize his legs outside of the pocket to buy time and pick up big chunks of yardage when needed.

After the game, Fields had the chance to discuss his teammates who were unable to play against Michigan State and the fact that he was able to – for now – avoid the virus. Here’s what he had to say:

Hopefully Ohio State – and Fields – is able to remain healthy the rest of the way with the infected individuals making swift recoveries. For now, Fields and the rest of the Buckeyes must wait and see if the game against Michigan is a go.