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FINAL: Braxton Miller came out of nowhere to lead Ohio State to a 33-29 victory on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Miller carried the ball 19 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Ohio State (5-3) and No. 12 Wisconsin traded the lead all game long. There were four lead changes in the game before the Buckeyes ended up on top for good. Montee Ball did his best to carry Wisconsin’s (6-2) offense, turning 18 carries into 90 rushing yards and one touchdown. Ohio State racked up 356 total yards. The Buckeyes’ rushing attack contributed 267 yards on 58 carries in addition to Miller’s passing effort. Ohio State’s Miller went seven of 12 through the air for a total of 89 yards. Miller finished the game with one touchdown and no interceptions. The Badgers’ Russell Wilson was good for 253 yards during the game, completing 20 of 33 passes. Wilson tossed three touchdowns and no interceptions. Jared Abbrederis was the player Wilson targeted most often. He caught six passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Wisconsin’s offense finished the game having gained 357 yards. In addition to Wilson’s efforts through the air, the Badgers also rushed 28 times for 104 yards.
FOURTH QUARTER: Ohio State captured the lead in the fourth quarter and hung on for the 33-29 win over Wisconsin. With 20 seconds to go, Braxton Miller tossed a 40-yard touchdown to Devin Smith to give the Buckeyes the lead, 33-29. Ohio State opened up the lead, 20-14, after marching down the field for an eight-play, 28-yard drive that ended when Drew Basil kicked a 23-yard field goal. Jordan Hall’s punt return set the Buckeyes up at the Badgers’ 34-yard line to start the drive. Ohio State added to its advantage when Miller kept it himself for a 44-yard touchdown run, capping off a seven-play, 63-yard drive to give the Buckeyes the lead, 26-14. A 66-yard drive that ended when Russell Wilson and Jared Abbrederis combined for a 17-yard touchdown helped Wisconsin narrow the deficit to 26-21. The key play on the Badgers’ drive was Montee Ball’s 40-yard run. Wilson’s 49-yard touchdown pass to Abbrederis gave Wisconsin the lead 29-26 after a five-play, 68-yard drive. The Badgers got the two-point conversion when Ball completed a two-yard pass. Miller’s 40-yard touchdown pass to Smith gave Ohio State the lead for good, 33-29, after a four-play, 52-yard drive. Wisconsin’s Abbrederis hauled in three catches for 74 yards in the quarter to put him over 100 yards receiving for the game. Abbrederis finished with 113 yards on the day. The Badgers’ Wilson reached the 200-yard passing mark for the game thanks to 101 in the quarter, and ended his day with 253 yards in all.
THIRD QUARTER: Ohio State picked up 93 yards in the ground game during the third quarter, and the Buckeyes have taken the lead 17-14. Braxton Miller’s one-yard touchdown run finished off a seven-play, 75-yard drive and gave Ohio State the lead, 10-7. The Buckeyes’ drive was highlighted by Dan Herron’s 57-yard run. Ohio State ran the ball on all seven snaps during that march downfield. The Buckeyes made their lead 17-7 when Jordan Hall ran two yards to paydirt on the last play of a three-play, one-yard drive. A blocked punt, recovered by Curtis Grant set Ohio State up to start the drive. Wisconsin closed the gap to 17-14 when Montee Ball turned a handoff into a one-yard touchdown to cap off a 27-yard drive. The Badgers started in good field position when Wisconsin recovered a fumble. The Badgers ran the ball on five of six plays on that drive, almost ignoring the passing game completely. The Buckeyes’ Herron rushed for 88 yards in the quarter to put him over 100 yards for the game. Herron has 116 total yards on the ground so far today. Wisconsin will start the fourth quarter with the ball at its own 19-yard line.
SECOND QUARTER: In the second quarter, Braxton Miller fought back for Ohio State. He threw for 20 yards and ran for 31 yards, and the Buckeyes have closed the gap to 7-3. Ohio State put the finishing touches on a 31-yard drive when Drew Basil kicked a 39-yard field goal to make the score 7-3. Pass plays were an afterthought for the Buckeyes, as Ohio State threw just one pass during that series. The Buckeyes will get the ball to start the second half.
FIRST QUARTER: No. 12 Wisconsin’s passing attack has looked sharp over the last 15 minutes of action, with 86 yards, and the Badgers lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Wisconsin got on the scoreboard first, rattling off an eight-play, 69-yard drive that ended in a score when Russell Wilson and Montee Ball hooked up for a 22-yard touchdown. Ohio State will start the second quarter with the ball on its own 40-yard line.
Ahhh! I'm sick!—
Gabe Carimi (@GabeCarimi) October 30, 2011
You can, without a doubt, hear immense rumbling and screaming in the stadium. The Shoe is on fire.—
Lantern Sports (@LanternSports) October 30, 2011
Yesssss!!!! Wisconsin hold on thou!!—
Gabe Carimi (@GabeCarimi) October 30, 2011
On Wisconsin! Time for the defense to seal the deal.—
JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 30, 2011
We are witnessing the birth of Braxton Miller as a legit Big Ten quarterback.—
Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) October 30, 2011
Ohio State looks very much like Ohio State of old tonight, suffocating Wisconsin. Will be very interesting Mich. game this year.—
Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 30, 2011
Amazing that this OSU team could still win a Big Ten title. Truthfully, there may not be a better team in league right now. What's that say?—
Ken Gordon (@kgdispatch) October 30, 2011
You rarely see holes that big on a goal-line run. Montee Ball walks in for TD. Cuts lead to 17-14.—
Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) October 30, 2011
Ohio State doing to Wisconsin in the 3rd Q what Wisconsin did to Ohio State last year in the first Q—
Doug Lesmerises (@PDBuckeyes) October 30, 2011
Boom's 57 yard run was the second longest play from scrimmage for the Buckeyes this season. Hyde ran for 63 yds vs. Nebraska—
Dan Wallenberg (@OSUADAthComm) October 30, 2011
Ohio states uniforms are so sweet! Jealous I never got to wear any throwbacks smh.—
James Laurinaitis (@jrLaurinaitis) October 30, 2011
Boom Herron's vision as a runner is special. Made 11 yards when it looked like there was nothing.—
Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) October 30, 2011