Braxton Miller rushed for 186 yards, zig-zagging 72 yards for one score and passing for another, to lead No. 12 Ohio State past No. 21 Nebraska 63-38 on Saturday night before the largest crowd ever at Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde ran for 24 yards and scored his third touchdown of the game in the third quarter, and the Buckeyes lead 49-31. Nebraska has given up 14 straight points. The Cornhuskers made the score 35-31 after Taylor Martinez tossed a three-yard touchdown to Ben Cotton to finish off a 77-yard drive.
Braxton Miller threw for 72 yards and one touchdown and ran for 146 yards and one touchdown and the Buckeyes lead 35-24 at halftime. Ohio State racked up 72 passing yards and 171 rushing yards in the second quarter. The last 14 points have been scored by the Buckeyes.
No. 20 Nebraska racked up 121 rushing yards in the first, and the Cornhuskers lead 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. Nebraska’s defense shut down No. 12 Ohio State, allowing only 17 yards of offense in the quarter. The Cornhuskers have scored 14 unanswered points.
Week 2 of Big Ten competition saw three hard-fought games that needed more than 90 minutes of play to be decided. It showed that there is not much separating each team in the conference and that many games are going to come down to one shot, one save, or one executed set piece. So, no matter the records, easy games are few and far between in the Big Ten with only two games having been decided by more than one goal so far.
You have Big Ten questions, and I have answers. In this week’s Mailbag, I offer my answers on when Northwestern and Purdue will start to get respect and how the Big Ten could fare this bowl season. And don’t be afraid to send questions for future Mailbags. Or you can send them my way on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart).
In the opening episode of “The Journey 2012” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, learn what’s at stake for Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson during his senior year, and we also go back and find out more about his talents as a sprinter in high school. Also in the debut, meet Ohio State’s John Simon and see how his work ethic and toughness defines the Buckeyes defense and represents the values of his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. We also follow Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti and learn how this leader has kept the Penn State team focused and together.