Buckeyes beat Huskers in close game

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COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 3: Maurice Washington #28 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers is brought down on the line of scrimmage in the first quarter by Davon Hamilton #53 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Chase Young #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 8 Ohio State tops unranked Nebraska 36-31 in an all too close game.

Ohio State hosted Nebraska Saturday, kicking off at 12 p.m.

After a pair of wins, Nebraska’s confidence was high for its matchup with reeling Ohio State.  Nebraska was improving but will came into Ohio Stadium an 18-point underdog.

The Buckeyes had had a bye week to stew over the improbable Oct. 20 loss to Purdue when their running game and defense were inexplicably absent.

The Huskers were led by a freshman dual-threat quarterback and senior tailback who have help revive their running game.

Nebraska was first to put points on the board Saturday as running back Devine Ozigbo scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run.  However, the Buckeyes quickly took the lead scoring a safety, followed by touchdowns scored by wide receiver Johnnie Dixon and running back J.K. Dobbins.  At the end of the first quarter Ohio State led Nebraska 16-7.

The Buckeyes’ lead was lost in the second quarter. The Cornhuskers’ quarterback Adrian Martinez scored two touchdowns in a quarter where Ohio State put no points on the board. Nebraska led OSU 21-16 at the half.

Ohio State entered the second half determined to take back the lead, and they did.  Dobbins and wide receiver Parris Campbell each scored a touchdown in the third quarter, resulting in a Buckeye lead of 30-21.  Nebraska did not score during the third quarter.

The Huskers fought hard to catch up to the Buckeyes and scored first during the fourth quarter.  Kicker Barret Pickering kicked an 18-yard field goal, causing Nebraska to trail behind the Bucks by only 6 points.

However, Dobbins scored a touchdown on a 42-yard run.  Ohio State attempted a two-point conversion, which failed.  At that point the Buckeyes led Nebraska by 12 points at 36-24.

The Huskers got the last goal during the game. Wide receiver JD Spielman scored a touchdown on a 17-yard pass from Martinez, raising the score 36-31, where it remained.

Ohio State won the game.

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