Friday's Fiesta Bowl was already expected to be Joey Bosa's final game at Ohio State.
And his last appearance in a Buckeyes uniform didn't even last one full quarter.
Bosa, who is expected to announce that he'll enter the NFL Draft following Friday's game, was ejected in the first quarter for targeting.
Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer lofted a pass that was intercepted by defensive back Tyvis Powell. But Bosa appeared to lead with the crown of his helmet while hitting Kizer in the chest. Bosa was flagged for targeting, which was upheld after review, and he was ejected from the game.
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It was an unusual way for a college career to come to an end, if Bosa does declare for the NFL Draft, which head coach Urban Meyer told reporters Thursday that Bosa would be doing. Many project that Bosa will be one of the first players selected in the draft.
Bosa tacked on three tackles to an impressive career total before being ejected. He finishes his three-year career with 26 sacks and each of the last two Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year awards. He was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 as a sophomore.
Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.
Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football.
"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.
"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.
"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline."
Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."
"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.
"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."
Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.
Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.
As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.
Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.
The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.