Ohio State lost to Michigan State to put its Big Ten East and College Football Playoff chances on life support, due in part to a weak offensive performance. Oddly, star running back Ezekiel Elliott only got 11 carries, and he railed on his coaches for that in the postgame press conference.
Elliott: "I deserve more than 11 carries. I really do. I can't speak for the playcaller. I don't know what was going on."— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 22, 2015
#Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott:"coaching staff didn't put us in position to win. That's a team (Michigan State) we should beat." WOW— Rick Pizzo (@BTNRickPizzo) November 22, 2015
Elliott was so upset that he claims he's not coming back to Columbus for his senior season.
Ezekiel Elliott: "Honestly, that was my last game at the Shoe. There's no chance I'm coming back next year."— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) November 22, 2015
Enjoyed my last buckeye walk. Gonna miss all the fans who had a couple too many trying to break my hand with the high fives— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) November 22, 2015
Cardale Jones also announced that he's leaving this year. Ohio State still has a regular season game to play at Michigan. For his part, OSU linebacker Darron Lee seemed to agree with Elliott.
Truth hurts like this loss bruh https://t.co/ydJPKfCGKX— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) November 22, 2015
To be fair to Ohio State's coaches, Elliott's health could have been a perfectly legitimate reason why he didn't get more carries.
Elliott had a leg infection and was in the hospital for three days this week. Said he was depressed, didn't think he'd play, was crying.— Ryan Lewis (@RyanLewisABJ) November 22, 2015
Here's the video.
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