On fourth-and-goal from Washington’s 3-yard line, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, this year’s top overall draft pick, scrambled toward the end zone. Washington defensive end Chase Young, the No. 2 overall pick, was there to stop him.
Defense coming up BIG 😈
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) November 22, 2020
Young didn’t just stop Burrow. He walloped the Bengals rookie and forced a fumble that was just as chaotic as the collision between Young and Burrow. Initially, the ball was ruled to have been advanced by Washington, fumbled again and recovered in the end zone for a safety. However, because of a Bengals holding penalty, Washington accepted the penalty, which negated the penalty and tentatively gave Cincinnati a chance to replay the down and kick a field goal.
Replay officials concluded Washington never had possession of the ball and the play was eventually ruled a touchback.
But regardless of what happened after the hit, the battle between the top draft picks and former Ohio State teammates lived up to the billing.
Burrow and Young were at Ohio State at the same time before Burrow transferred to LSU. Leading up to Sunday’s game, Burrow had nothing but praise for the Washington edge rusher.
“One of a kind,” Burrow said of Young. “He’s a rare talent that is going to continue to get better every single game and every year.” Sunday’s goal-line collision showed why.