Ohio State Football 2012
Ohio State Remains Unbeaten
"We have a saying, 'A team that refuses to be beat, won't be beat,' " Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer said. "Somehow, someway."
With one game remaining in the 2012 season, the Buckeyes simply refuse to be beat.
Carlos Hyde's two-yard touchdown run in Overtime capped off a 21-14 victory for Ohio State against the Wisconsin Badgers. With the victory, OSU won the Leaders Division crown outright.
Unfortunately, OSU (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) is ineligible for the postseason as part of its punishment for NCAA violations under former coach Jim Tressel. The best the Buckeyes can hope for is to finish the regular-season unbeaten, then have the teams above them all lose at least once to give them a shot at playing spoiler for The Associated Press title.
Wisconsin, meanwhile, blew its chance to show it deserves its spot in next month's Big Ten title game. The Badgers (7-4, 4-3) are third in the Leaders Division, but they'll be playing for a trip to the Rose Bowl because neither the Buckeyes nor Penn State are eligible for the postseason.
As expected in an Ohio State/Wisconsin matchup, the game was very physical.
Wisconsin's defense was extremely stout, limiting the high-powered Buckeyes to a mere 236 yards of offense, more than 200 yards below their average. The Buckeyes crossed midfield only once after halftime, and the Badgers largely kept dynamic sophomore quarterback, Braxton Miller, in check.
But Miller made plays when he needed to, and Hyde continued to impress.
Hyde scored twice and finished with 87 yards on 15 carries while Miller was 10-of-18 passing for 97 yards, and had another 48 yards rushing. He also was sacked three times for a loss of 27 yards.
Corey "Philly" Brown got the scoring started when he took a punt right up the gut for a 68-yard touchdown.
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 14-0 lead when Carlos Hyde scored on a 15-yard touchdown run behind some solid blocking from the OSU front five.
The Badgers answered back on their next possession when Montee Ball leaped in from seven-yards out. The touchdown score was Ball's scored his 78th in his career, tying the record mark set by Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio) in 1999.
The score would remain 14-7 up until eight seconds left in the game.
Third-string quarterback, Curt Phillips, lead a two-minute drill drive converting a fourth down with a 14-yard pass to Jared Abbrederis and finding him for another long gain to set up Jacob Pedersen's 5-yard scoring catch that tied the game.
In Overtime, it was all Buckeyes. Hyde ripped off a run of 11 yards on the first play and, two plays later, strolled virtually untouched into the end zone for the go-ahead score.
Wisconsin's rebuttal came to an end when Buckeyes safety Christian Bryant batted down Phillips' pass on fourth down to preserve the win.
Ohio State will look to end the regular season unbeaten next week as they welcome the Michigan Wolverines into Columbus for what expects to be another great matchup in "The Game".
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