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Ohio State running back Noah Ruggles’ mother sends message after missed field goal in Buckeyes game against Georgia

Ohio State running back Noah Ruggles’ mother sends message after missed field goal in Buckeyes game against Georgia

Ohio State kicker Noah Ruggles missed a 50-yard field goal with seconds remaining in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal that sent his team to the national championship. After the loss, his mother, Jackie Ruggles, spoke out. She says her son takes “full responsibility” for the missed shot.

“Thank you Buckeye Nation for the overwhelming support,” she wrote. “I know the loss breaks every Bucky’s heart, and I appreciate the kindness shown by so many of you. Noah takes full responsibility for the slip. He will be eternally grateful to his coaches and teammates who put him in a position to be successful week after week. Thank you to everyone who works so hard for this team, in whatever role you play! Noah will tell you how Ryan Day and Parker Fleming changed his life. I’m very grateful to have been led by great coaches who are also great people.

“When my father was at UPMC in Pittsburgh, which was his last week here, he watched a film of Noah kicking (a) 50+ kicks in his (junior) high school class. He said it was his dream to see him hit at Ohio State. Thank God that my father’s dream came true. It’s been an amazing two years. Bucky forever.”

In that game, Ruggles was 2-of-3 from the field, making a 25-yard field goal and one of 48 minutes earlier. It was just his third missed field goal of the season, as he made 17 of 20 attempts overall and 74 of 75 extra points. Ruggles transferred from North Carolina ahead of the 2021 season and connected on 20-of-21 field goal attempts and all 74 extra points a season ago.

Ohio State struggled on defense all night, giving up 533 yards, including 398 through the air.

“It’s a team loss and I thought the defense played tough at times,” the Ohio State coach Ryan Day said after the game via Bucknuts. “They got that big interception. They battled. They kept grinding. They got a fourth down. They got a turnover. They forced a field goal.”

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“Again, all we talked about was just swinging as hard as we could. We gave up some explosive plays again. We did that. And we spent a lot of time talking about avoiding the big play. I think the difference was , that in this game it didn’t demoralize us in this game. We kept swinging and fighting and we just kept doing it. But call it what it is. If we’re going to win these games, we can’t give up those big explosive games. It’s hard to come back from them, but there were still a lot of positives.”

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