One To Go: Buckeyes Best Badgers in OT, Improve to 11-0

By Kyle Rowland on November 17, 2012 at 8:25p
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Carlos Hyde scored two touchdowns in Ohio State's win.
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All season long Ohio State kept its poise as the finish line approached. But on Saturday night, the Buckeyes finally cracked. Clinging to a 14-7 lead late in the fourth quarter, Wisconsin finally scored on its third chance in the final minutes.

Still, it wasn’t enough.

In overtime, the Ohio State offense, after being held without a first down in the fourth quarter, needed just four plays to score the go-ahead touchdown. Continuing a role reversal, Wisconsin sputtered, gaining just four yards. Christian Bryant broke up Curt Phillips’ desperation pass on 4th-and-6 to lift Ohio State to a 21-14 overtime victory and an outright Leaders Division title.

“It was extremely disappointing,” Phillips said. “There was no doubt in my mind that we were going to score there. It was the same as a two-minute drive. I thought we left some plays on the field that we definitely should have made.”

The unthinkable is now increasingly attainable. Entering Michigan week, Ohio State – postseason-less Ohio State – is 11-0.

“We have a saying, `A team that refuses to be beat won't be beat,'” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “Somehow, someway.”

Carlos Hyde led the Buckeyes’ offensive output with 87 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner. Ohio State was limited to a season-low 236 total yards, 124 less than Wisconsin.

Braxton Miller’s Heisman hopes took a detour south, as he struggled all game with multiple defensive spies keying on him. He completed 10-of-18 passes for 97 yards while only gaining 48 rushing yards on 23 carries, an abysmal two-yard average.

“They’re No. 1 in the Big Ten versus the rush, and we couldn’t get that going,” Meyer said. “We’re certainly not a finished product on offense and it showed. I think we need to give (Hyde) the ball a little bit more. Usually we are a team that when we block someone, we have a chance to win and I don’t feel like we blocked them like we have in past, and we have to get back to that especially for this week coming up.”

In his second career start, Phillips completed 14-of-25 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. But he missed several open passes that could have gone for big gains and even touchdowns.

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball carried the ball 39 times, gaining 191 yards and scoring a touchdown. He tied the NCAA career touchdown record but fumbled on the play that could have lifted him to the top spot alone.

At the time, it looked like a game-swinging play. Ohio State took possession of the ball with under three minutes remaining. Wisconsin, though, buckled down on defense and forced a punt.

With a 1:33 left, Wisconsin took over at the Ohio State 41-yard line. On the first play, Phillips was sacked by John Simon for an 11-yard loss. The sack, Simon’s fourth of the game, tying a school record, looked to end Wisconsin’s hopes of avenging a painful loss in 2011. But starring at 4th-and-3, Phillips found wide receiver Jared Abbrederis open at the 20. Five plays later, Wisconsin scored to tie the game with eight seconds left in regulation.

As all the momentum swung to the Badgers, the Ohio State sideline was busy rallying to keep its dream season alive. Suddenly, the final two possessions – one on offense and one on defense – went as designed.

“I can’t tell you our emotion was high, but we rallied them back,” Meyer said. “That’s leadership on our team, and our coaches did a good job getting the guys going because we were sucking our thumbs after they scored with eight seconds left. It’s over, no timeouts, the game is over. But I liked the way the offense just went in and attacked it. Carlos got a big run, Braxton Miller ran like Braxton Miller, we got him in some space and then we pounded it in there.”

Twenty-five years ago, Meyer came to Camp Randall Stadium as a graduate assistant for the Ohio State Buckeyes. On a cold, rainy November day in 1987, hapless Wisconsin, winless in the Big Ten at the time, gave Ohio State its second of what would be three-consecutive losses. A week later, Meyer’s mentor, Earle Bruce, was relieved of his head-coaching duties. That loss was partially avenged today in a rivalry that has continued to grow over the past 30 years.

Passing

  Cmp/Att Pct Yds TD Int Rat
Braxton Miller 10/18 55.6 96 0 0 100.4

Rushing

  Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum
Carlos Hyde 15 87 5.8 18 2 0
Braxton Miller 23 49 2.1 10 0 0
Corey Brown 2 5 2.5 3 0 0

Receiving

  Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum
Corey Brown 4 48 12.0 18 0 0
Devin Smith 4 41 10.3 14 0 0
Nick Vannett 1 5 5.0 5 0 0
Jeff Heuerman 1 2 2.0 2 0 0

Ohio State entered Saturday as an underdog despite its perfect record. When the Buckeyes took a 14-0 lead less than 20 minutes into the game, it looked like the suspense and buildup would be extinguished before halftime.

The scene and situation were remarkably similar to two seasons ago. Undefeated Ohio State waltzing into Camp Randall Stadium, Wisconsin poised for the upset. But this wasn’t 2010, when the No. 1 Buckeyes were ambushed in Madison, losing 31-18 and allowing the opening kickoff to be returned for a touchdown.

Instead, it was the Buckeyes who seized the early momentum with a special teams highlight. In 2010, Wisconsin kick returner David Gilreath sent Camp Randall into a frenzy with his shot across the bow. But on Saturday, Ohio State’s Corey Brown took a punt back 68 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. It deflated a stadium that was giddy with an opportunity to pay back the Buckeyes for last season’s late-game heroics.

“We knew we'd be able to break one on these guys this week because of the scheme,” Brown said. “Those guys out there, they gave 110 percent. Anybody could have ran through the hole.” 

Hyde scored his first touchdown of the game in the second quarter much the same way as Brown on his punt return – untouched. Hyde burst through a hole in the middle of the field and raced 15 yards to the end zone. But Ohio State’s offense sputtered until overtime.

The 80,112 in attendance finally made noise when Wisconsin answered on its next possession. Phillips engineered an eight-play, 69-yard drive, though most of the work involved handing off to Ball. Phillips attempted one pass on the drive, an incompletion intended for tight end Jacob Pedersen. Ball carried the ball five times, including the touchdown run. He accounted for 45 yards on the drive.

In two previous games against the Buckeyes, Ball had never finished with 100 yards rushing. He surpassed that mark before halftime on Saturday. Ball went to the locker room with 112 yards and a touchdown.

After a scoreless third quarter, Wisconsin had several chances to cut into Ohio State’s lead or tie the game in the fourth. The Badgers badly missed a 40-yard field goal attempt wide left on the first play of the final quarter. They advanced to Ohio State territory on the next possession, as well, but the drive stalled.

It was during that series that Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier appeared to suffer a serious head or neck injury. He was motionless on the field, having just collided violently with Ball. After traipsing off the field, Shazier only wanted to be one place – back in the game.

That’s where he was on the next possession.

Ohio State punter Ben Buchanan gave Wisconsin excellent field position after a 29-yard punt from deep in Buckeye territory. The Badgers took over at the Ohio State 46 and immediately started marching toward the end zone.

Ball ripped off a 25-yard run to the 21 on the first play. After a rush by Phillips and five more carries by Ball, Wisconsin found itself at the one but not necessarily needing to score. It only needed to get the ball inside the one-yard line for a first down.

On 4th-and-1, Shazier, who finished with a team-high tying 12 tackles, knew what was coming: Ball leaping over the line of scrimmage. The linebacker’s thoughts proved to be prophetic as Ball went airborne. He was met short of the goal line by both Shazier and Etienne Sabino. The ball never touched the ground, landing right in the outstretched arms of safety Christian Bryant.

“Once he jumped, I knew I was going to jump,” Shazier said. “Whatever was in my face, I hit it. It could have been him. It could been anyone.

“We knew that he needed two to break the record. We were not going to allow him to break it on us.”

But what looked like a game-saving play ended up being an afterthought after Wisconsin forced overtime.

With 2002 bouncing around in fans’ minds, though, Ohio State capped off another exciting finish and authored Chapter 11 in a season to remember.

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dumpus's picture

I don't have enough single-malt in my house to let me wash out the adrenalin I still have from this game.  damn.

cplunk's picture

I do. Prior planning is important, Dumpus.

DefendYoungstown's picture

Wasn't a pretty win but I'll take it. Let's hope Braxton wakes up sometime this week.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

buckeyedude's picture

Dude. Don't you think Wisconsin's defense deserves some credit for how they stopped Braxton? This is one team that has been able to do that. But OSU STILL won.
I watched the Michelin/Iowa game at noon. Braxton and El Guapo are going to run over, around and through that porous Wolverine defense. Trust me.
This game isn't going to be close.
Right here. Right now.
Ohio State 35
Michelin     10

 

 

nickma71's picture

Dude. Don't you think Wisconsin's defense deserves some credit for how they stopped Braxton?

Correct. They made a change, and Herman and Meyer couldn't figure out how to beat a team that pulls its safety(ies) for run support. And I will call it now. Alabama big over ND. I thought Miller did play well. He didn't force anything, and stayed in the pocket. How can there be nobody open over and over and over?

Poison nuts's picture

Word Buckeyedude - It wasn't as though Braxton just sucked. They did an incredible job of shutting him down. Gotta give them credit as Wiscy played very well. But like you said -- they still won!! Says a lot about our boys when a guy who is supposed to be "the offense" is shut down & they still pull out a win. Damn.

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scrotieMcboogerballs's picture

Suck on those chocolate salty balls, Fat Urkel!!!
 

"Who do you think you are?!?!...I am!!"  -Pete Weber, bowling legend and dominator of the English language

Terwilligins's picture

If Wisky had pulled it out, POG would have been deserved by that O-lineman who reached back and snagged Bryant's jersey after Ball fumble recovery, and stopped an almost sure Bryant TD. But Wisky lost, Bucks won, so who gives a crap - feelin' so sweet

baddogmaine's picture

Right you are! That was a really alert play by a guy not used to tackling.

vtbuckeye's picture

Though holding jerseys is probably part of his his usual routine.

wmbuckeye557's picture

He did look quite skilled at that technique. 

Baroclinicity's picture

Very good point.  Probably saved half the field, if not a TD.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

pjtobin's picture

Time is now to show how great thou art mr miller. Cleanse yourself in crybrety's tears. Put on your man pants and slaughter mushigan as a sacrifice to us loving and loyal fans. Game on mother suckers!!!!!!

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

BeijingBucks's picture

actually I find it's better to win ugly 'feels almost like a loss for the offense' so they'll have something to prove next week!!

rather than easy win setting us up to think we're all that.

UM on the other hand beating up on cupcakes and think they're great now

 

 

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sloopy88's picture

This is what I'm hoping for.  Bad dress rehearsal means a good performance.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Exactly, this will give them lots to work on this week.

Iron_Buckeye's picture

So much for your 5th quarter Bucky, We Win! Suck it, Suck it hard and suck it long! 
 

“The minute we stop expecting greatness from our football program, we become Wisconsin.” Craig Krenzel

buckeyedude's picture

Mas El Guapo! Viva El Guapo!

 

 

Seabass1974's picture

I'm so glad we won but ugh, how I absolutely despise the prevent defense. We get a huge sack there is barely 80 seconds left in the game and we go into prevent defense instead of keeping the pressure on.
 
Who invented the prevent defense? He needs to be punched in the face really, really hard.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

NW Buckeye's picture

We used to say the only thing the Prevent Defense prevents is the defense from making a stop.  At least in OT they went back to base D, just like they did against Purdue, and put pressure on the Q with great results. 

Max Power's picture

^^^Which begs the question, why not bring the heat in regulation? Where's that dead horse at? He needs a beatdown!

Max Power's picture

OSU needs to take DNA samples from John Simon and start cloning him so that future generations will be able to experience true manliness

Buckeye Beast's picture

Joey Bosa not only appears to have the athleticism, but the work ethic to possibly be the next John Simon. I was glad to read some of the storys about him. Urban sure knows how to pick em

It's 5 o'clock somewhere, & Michigan still sucks

AtlGABuckeye's picture

I love this team so damn much! I wish I could express it in my own words but I can't find any that would do them justice. However, what follows describes these boys, this team, OUR TEAM, perfectly
Invictus

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

Go Buckeyes! Never say die! And beat MichAgain!

"Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

Max Power's picture

Well said...sometimes you've gotta be dragged through hell before you can appreciate heaven! There are few dark days as a buckeye fan, but after last year and being where we are today, with who we have...those dark storm clouds didn't stick around Columbus for too long. It's a true testament to the coaching abilities of Urban and his staff as well as the work ethic and resiliency of the players in this program. I'm proud of my Buckeyes! Beat Tsun and show Baby Hoke that he's in for a good ole' ass beating from OHIO State for years to come! I can only imagine how the energy in the shoe will be on Saturday! Last season's frustrations coupled with the chance at perfection should be the perfect recipe for an absolutely insane atmosphere! GO BUCKS!

Max Power's picture

Props to Shazier for balling so hard that he knocked himself out (amazing that he was able to put his helmet on the football during Montee(tay?) Ball's outstretched dive. He saw that one coming last week)

Oyster's picture

Did you see the presser with Coach Meyer when he was asked about Shazier being knocked out and he immediately said, 'No, he wasn't knocked out'.
Not sure who he was trying to convince, himself or the media. 

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

osubuckeye4life's picture

I think that proves Ryan DAMN!!!!! Shazier is not human. He is an absolute beast and better be in the running for hardware!
 
John Simon once again proves he is a destroyer of worlds.
 
The D as a whole stepped up when they needed to setup.
 
Offense finally got out of their funk and scored on the first possesion of overtime.
 
I'm so proud of this team!!!!
 
11-0 with a chance to be 12-0 
 
CRUSH TSUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Think about this: even ESPN's shitty announcers don't mention that Shazier has no eyebrows. They fear him. And for good reason. He plays every down like fourth and goal and literally looks to kill the opposing player.
We want everyone to lose. One thing won't change: our bowl-eligibilty. After we clean up Michigan (it won't be easy), we very well could be the only undefeated team and then we can let everyone else talk. Very proud of this team.

scrotieMcboogerballs's picture

anyone else see the Mighty SEC's schedule today:
West Carolina, Jacksonville St., Wofford, Georgia Southern, Alabama A & M, Sam Houston St, and Samford.
Thats embarrassing. At least 3 of those teams I have never heard of...

"Who do you think you are?!?!...I am!!"  -Pete Weber, bowling legend and dominator of the English language

Seabass1974's picture

They might as well of had a bye week. It would be less embarrassing. Are all those teams FCS?

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

MediBuck's picture

OMG, Stanford and Baylor pull off the upsets!! ND loses to Lame Kitten next week and suddenly Ohio State AP National Championship becomes more of a reality!!!

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

ATXbucknut's picture

If ND loses next week, it gets messy.  Bama vs. Georgia in SEC champ game. Winner plays FL in BCS champ game. If FL wins, OSU is ahead of them in AP poll and could be voted #1.  

SEC BUCKEYE's picture

I think florida state will whoop florida.... Espn just said it possible for florida state to still jump in that #2 slot. I rooting for nd to lose next week, Georgia tech beating georgia Alabama losing to Georgia in the SEC Championship game. Florida State beating South carolia in the national Championship....Ohio State winning the AP Title.
 

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

CO 303 Buckeye's picture

Just a quick question- Why would FSU play S.Car. in the MNC?  More likely LSU or even a resurgent Oregon.  And quite quite quite unfortunately I don't see the Noles winning either of those games...

gravey's picture

Did anyone else feel like Bollman was in OC's chair again?  For the first time alll season, I felt like I KNEW what play we were going to run about 75% of the time.  Several of those QB keepers on 3rd down were Walrus-esque in terms of predictability.
What's up with the WRs?  I couldn't see them downfield.  We're they that unable to get open?

The Braden's picture

Hell. Yeah.
 
Muck. Fichigan.

Defiance J's picture

I was at the game in a WI section. Everyone had their cameras / phones out for Ball to break the record on the 1. When that ball came lose I just had to laugh. 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

GOD that felt good!!!  If you can't crush em then rip their heart out in overtime!!!  NICELY done Buckeyes!!!!  Nicely done!

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