BTN.com staff, October 29, 2011
(AP) Braxton Miller threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith with 20 seconds left to give Ohio State a 33-29 victory over No. 12 Wisconsin on Saturday night. It was almost exactly seven days earlier that the Badgers were beaten 37-31 at Michigan State on a miracle pass on the final play of the game. The latest heartbreak, just like that one, wasn't confirmed until it passed a video review. The Badgers (7-2, 3-2) drove to the Ohio State 45 – and got an extra play after time elapsed due to a defensive facemask call – but linebacker Andrew Sweat hit quarterback Russell Wilson as he was throwing to end the game and touch off a wild celebration. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out the Big Ten scoreboard.
Check out our quarter-by-quarter recap, powered by Narrative Science:
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.