We knew Illinois was a bad football team coming in.
Today, the Buckeyes did to them what you do to bad teams, rolling to a 52-22 victory in front of sellout crowd in the Horseshoe. Ohio State jumped out to a 31-6 halftime lead, thanks to a 24-point second quarter, before the teams traded fumbles, scores and awkward play in a listless second half.
Carlos Hyde paced the attack on the ground with 18 rushes for 138 yards and three touchdowns. That's 12 scores (11 on the ground) in his last five games if you're keeping track at home.
Braxton Miller took the 4th quarter off, but not before racking up 298 yards of offense—226 through the air to go with 72 on the ground—including three scores.
Defensively, Ryan Shazier was his typical beastmode self, finishing with 14 stops.