Instacap: Ohio State Survives in Madison, Defeats Wisconsin 30-23 in Overtime

By Tim Shoemaker on October 15, 2016 at 11:55p
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett lets go of a pass against Wisconsin.
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MADISON, Wisc. — Ohio State lives to see another day.

  1 2 3 4 OT F
OHIO STATE 3 3 7 10 7 30
WISCONSIN 10 6 0 7 0 23

After a near-disastrous first half, the Buckeyes escaped the house of horrors that is Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday night, defeating Wisconsin 30-23 in overtime.

J.T. Barrett's 7-yard touchdown pass to Noah Brown proved to be the game-winner. Ohio State stopped the Badgers on fourth-and-goal thanks to a Tyquan Lewis sack after Brown's score opened the extra period.

Things went to overtime after Wisconsin answered Ohio State gaining its first lead with an 11-play, 81-yard drive to regain the lead with 7:54 to play. Austin Ramesh's 4-yard touchdown run put the Badgers ahead 23-20 before a Tyler Durbin field goal tied things up at 23 with 3:57 to play.

Ohio State Stat Wisconsin
411 NET TOTAL YARDS 450
185 RUSHING YARDS 236
45 RUSHING ATTEMPTS 46
4.1 AVERAGE PER RUSH 5.1
2 RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS 1
226 PASSING YARDS 214
17–29 COMPLETIONS–ATTEMPTS 16–28
13.3 AVERAGE PER COMPLETION 13.4
1 PASSING TOUCHDOWNS 1
23 1st DOWNS 22
12 RUSHING 1st DOWNS 13
10 PASSING 1st DOWNS 9
1 PENALTY 1st DOWNS 0
74 TOTAL PLAYS 74
5.6 YARDS PER PLAY 6.1
4–5 RED ZONE 3–4
6–15 3rd DOWNS 6–15
2–2 4th DOWNS 0–1
4–40 PENALTIES 4–35
27:51 POSSESSION 32:09

A 13-play, 47-yard drive gave Ohio State its first touchdown on the evening. Barrett plunged in from 1 yard out to get the Buckeyes within 16-13 late in the third quarter. Ohio State converted a pair of fourth downs on the drive. 

After a Gareon Conley interception set up Ohio State's next drive and the Buckeyes advanced inside the Wisconsin red zone, an 8-yard Barrett scramble on 3rd-and-6 got to the end zone to give Ohio State its first lead of the night at 20-16 with 14:09 remaining in the game.

The first half belonged to the Badgers. From the opening kick, Wisconsin made it known it came to play.

The Badgers jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead as it had Ohio State’s defense on its heels the entire first half. After a 46-yard field goal by Alex Endicott opened the scoring, Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook hooked up with Jazz Peavy for a 24-yard touchdown to give the Badgers their quick 10-point edge.

The Buckeyes responded with a pair of sustained drives, but neither resulted in a touchdown as Tyler Durbin connected on two field goals: one from 25 yards and the other from 40 to get Ohio State within 10-6.

Two more field goals by Endicott, however, including a 22-yarder with just 14 seconds left in the second quarter helped lift Wisconsin to a 16-6 halftime advantage.

The Badgers’ offense carved Ohio State’s defense throughout the entire first half. Wisconsin racked up 313 yards of total offense — 170 of which came on the ground. By comparison, the Buckeyes had just 172 yards of first-half offense.

Ohio State will next be in action Saturday at Penn State.

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