Glenn: 82-yard catch-and-run for a TD.
Ohio State lost last year's star wideouts Joey Galloway and Chris Sanders to the NFL, but Glenn has rushed from oblivion to stardom in their stead. On Saturday, three plays after an interception by the Buckeyes' Shawn Springs, Glenn took a simple 10-yard curl from Hoying, pivoted inside and shot between Notre Dame defensive backs Allen Rossum and LaRon Moore, turning that routine play into the touchdown that put Ohio State ahead 28-20.
"Once I started running I saw number 15 [Rossum] was chasing me," said Glenn. "I'd been reading about him all week, about how fast he was, how he ran a 10.02 for 100 meters. I saw him, and I thought, Let's see how fast he is, because I'm pretty fast, too."
Then again, Glenn has been racing for eight years to keep his future alive. In the fall of 1987 he was an eighth-grader, living in the Brookhaven section of Columbus with his mother, Donetta, a single parent. One October evening Donetta didn't come home. "I went to stay with some relatives," said Glenn. "After a couple of days the police called. They said my mom was dead [she was murdered], I lost it completely, just lost it."
For more than a year Glenn bounced unhappily from relative to relative until he approached a buddy, June Henley, and asked if he could stay with Henley's family for a weekend. "He came to stay one night, and it's been eight years now," says Mary Henley, who with her husband, Charles, became Glenn's legal guardians until he turned 18. Says Glenn, "They provided for me, raised me, saved me." In high school Glenn didn't make the Prop 48 minimum of 700 on his SATs until the summer following his senior year and thus wasn't recruited. Ohio State asked him to walk on in 1992. He made the team, red-shirted, was put on scholarship the following spring and this fall has caught seven touchdown passes. "First coming here, trying out, seems so long ago," says Glenn, it's a such a long road, so unbelievable. I can't put it into words."
George: Three straight carries, 14 yards, one touchdown.
On Saturday afternoon, as he rushed the ball 32 times for 207 yards, George got his inspiration from the players who kept him on the bench for two seasons. In 1992 he sat behind Robert Smith and in '93 behind Raymont Harris. Both are in the NFL now. Both were on the Ohio State sideline last Saturday. "Thai was my motivation," said George. "I learned from those guys."
After Notre Dame quarterback Ron Powlus fumbled away a third-quarter snap at the Irish 14, George ran three consecutive limes and scored to push the Buckeye lead to 35-20. George, a 6'3", 227-pound power back, had one fourth-quarter rip for 61 yards. His other 146 came on 31 tough carries. "He brings everything together for us," says Hoying.
In the glow of victory, George took only momentary satisfaction. "This does nothing for us," he insisted. "The season starts next week [against Penn State]."
Darkness had fallen when he left the locker room. Fans had gathered at the mouth of the stadium, and now they chanted, "Ed-die! Ed-die!" Glenn walked out behind him, beaming. Hoying stood nearby in a large circle of family and friends, holding his seven-year-old sister, Betsy, in his arms, while his eight-year-old brother, Mike, wrapped up his legs as if to tackle him.