Rested Buckeyes Defeat Badgers in OT

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COLUMBUS — Fresh off a 13-day hiatus, with Michigan on the horizon and a Heisman trophy campaign in full swing, the Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) showed no signs of rust when they traveled to Wisconsin (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten) to bang heads with the Badgers.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have a chance to go 12-0 next week after surviving a scare from the Badgers in overtime, 21-14. 

Ohio State jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to a Philly Brown 68-yard punt return and a Carlos Hyde 15-yard touchdown run.  Montee Ball cut the Buckeyes lead to 7 when he raced to the endzone on a 7-yard touchdown run.  That touchdown run gave Ball 78 TDs in his college career tying him with former Miami (Ohio) running back Travis Prentice for the most in Football Subdivision history.  Wisconsin tied the game with :08 left in the game when Jacob Pedersen caught Curt Phillips’ five-yard TD pass, sending the game to overtime.

Ohio State had the ball first in the extra session. Carlos Hyde ran the ball in from two-yards out to give Ohio State a 21-14 lead.  Ohio State’s defense then came up big holding Wisconsin on four straight plays.  Christian Bryant broke up Curt Phillips’ pass which was intended for Jacob Pedersen on the 4th and 6 play on the 21-yard line.

Ohio State remains unbeaten but cannot play in any postseason games because of NCAA Sanctions. The Buckeyes return home for the final game of the season next week when they host Michigan at Ohio Stadium at noon.