MADISON, Wisc. — Ohio State lives to see another day.
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.
|411||NET TOTAL YARDS||450|
|4.1||AVERAGE PER RUSH||5.1|
|13.3||AVERAGE PER COMPLETION||13.4|
|12||RUSHING 1st DOWNS||13|
|10||PASSING 1st DOWNS||9|
|1||PENALTY 1st DOWNS||0|
|5.6||YARDS PER PLAY||6.1|
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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