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Ohio State star running back JK Dobbins leaves the game with injury, returns

An ankle injury sent JK Dobbins straight to the locker room on the first play of Ohio State’s first second half possession.

Ohio State Buckeyes running back J.K. Dobbins is checked on after an apparent injury against the Clemson Tigers during the first half in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at State Farm Stadium. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: J.K. Dobbins returned from the locker room and was back in the game for Ohio State’s second possession of the second half.

It had a chance to be a truly incredible performance for Ohio State Buckeyes running back J.K. Dobbins especially early in the game. He broke off for a 68-yard touchdown run and rushed for another 64 yards on another play.

Since then, it’s been all bad news for Dobbins.

A few plays after his 64-yard scamper, Dobbins appeared to make a diving grab for a 5-yard touchdown, but it was overturned to an incomplete pass. He then dropped a screen pass that likely would have gone for a touchdown. Instead, the Buckeyes settled for field goals on both drives.

The next mishap might be the most devastating for him and Ohio State’s national title chances when Dobbins injured his ankle late in the first half. He returned to the game for the first play of Ohio State’s first possession of the second half and went down. He was not even part of the play and clearly was in pain, immediately walking to the locker room.

Dobbins had 142 yards on nine carries with a rushing touchdown prior to the injury.