Ryan Day defends play calling on Ohio State's final possession during Peach Bowl loss
Ryan Day may have made a few decisions he’ll regret in the Peach Bowl loss to Georgia. However, his play calling in the final minute will not be one of those decisions.
Trailing by one point with less than a minute to go, Day’s Ohio State offense had a chance to win the Peach Bowl with a field goal or touchdown. After a huge 27-yard scramble by CJ Stroud, it looked like the Buckeyes were well on their way to either a late field goal or a touchdown to advance to the national championship.
Then, on 1st-and-10 from Georgia’s 31-yard line, Day called a handoff to running back Dallan Hayden instead of utilizing Stroud with the ball in the quarterback’s hands. The Bulldogs blew up that run play and threw Hayden for a 1-yard loss.
Sports Betting in Big Ten Country
Sports betting in Ohio is officially launching on January 1, 2023.
Pre-registration is now available at FanDuel Ohio for an extra $100 bonus. Take advantage now.
21+ and present in OH. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.
ESPN BET is now live in Ohio
Bet $1 on Ohio State-Minnesota, Get $250 in Bonuses. Must use promo code SATURDAY to get your $250 bonus.
After an incompletion on a slant play for second down and a massive pass rush that flushed Stroud on third down, it left Noah Ruggles with a 50-yard field goal that the kicker would pull wide left.
Asked about that pivotal offensive series after the game, Day discussed his first-down run call and stood by the decision. He explained the reasoning and admitted the Buckeyes did not execute it but also said he “wouldn’t change that call.”
Stroud even chimed in to say “Good call. Great call,” in reference to the run play.
Day continued: “Didn’t execute (the run play) as well as we would’ve liked to, but I wouldn’t change that call.”
Stroud added: “Good call. Great call.”
— Chase Brown (@chaseabrown__) January 1, 2023
It didn’t work out for the Buckeyes, but Day stands by his call in crunch time.