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Ohio State withstands two-headed quarterback, wins 18th in a row

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Has Ohio State forgotten how to lose?

It seems that way after how the Buckeyes withstood a gallant performance by Northwestern to win its 18th game in a row, 40-30, over the Wildcats in Evanston on Saturday night.

For once, it wasn’t Braxton Miller carrying the day, but big, burly tailback Carlos Hyde, who rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns — all of them in the second half — as the Buckeyes overcame the rain and a wild night atmosphere at Ryan Field to remain unblemished on the season at 6-0.

Northwestern (4-1) gave its all and almost pulled off the upset thanks to the play of quarterbacks Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian, who combined for 343 yards and two touchdowns on 25 of 30 passing. The versatile Colter was 12 of 12 passing, rushed for 16 yards and a touchdown and also caught a touchdown pass. The Ohio State defense had no answer for the Wildcat attack — the game saw five lead changes — until one key drive in the fourth quarter that decided it all.

After Hyde’s third touchdown put OSU up by four, Venric Mark returned the ensuing kickoff 38 yards to the Northwestern 41. The Wildcats drove to the Ohio State 41-yard line, but the Buckeyes stiffened, setting up a key 4th and 1. Colter tried a quarterback sneak but mishandled the snap and couldn’t get the yard he needed. OSU took over and drained enough time on the clock to secure the win (though a late fumble on a desperation play by the Wildcats led to the final score).

This Buckeye team, which seems to be filled with holes, nonetheless showed its fortitude and will to win in a hostile environment, coming back from a 10-point third quarter deficit by way of pure power football. Woody Hayes would’ve been proud as Hyde pounded his way through the Northwestern defense and rescued the precious win streak. Urban Meyer still hasn’t lost in his time in Columbus and the school record 22-game streak from 1967-69 appears to be in serious jeopardy.

Ohio State will be favored to win the rest of its games and, if that happens, it will be up to the BCS to decide whether a Buckeye team with a 25-game win streak is worthy of testing its worth in Pasadena.

Of course, don’t count out the possibility of this Northwestern team coming back to play Ohio State in the Big Ten title game and exacting some revenge.

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8 Responses to “Ohio State withstands two-headed quarterback, wins 18th in a row”
  1. jrs45 says: Oct 6, 2013 12:41 AM

    That was a great game to watch!

  2. michiganstillsucks says: Oct 6, 2013 1:07 AM


  3. thraiderskin says: Oct 6, 2013 1:12 AM

    Hey Northwestern, thanks for a great game, you all are on the upswing and your coach should be leading the way for coach of the year.

  4. mgmac says: Oct 6, 2013 6:17 AM

    those two teams knocked each other all over the field but no cheap shots. football at it’s best!

  5. cbass59 says: Oct 6, 2013 9:02 AM

    NWern is a very fast and very good team. I think Fitzgerald has changed them. They are definitely the #2 team in the B1G.

  6. dkhhuey says: Oct 6, 2013 9:54 AM

    Uff – Braxton actually looked human! That was a slug-fest and I’m guessing there are quite a few sore individuals this morning!

  7. redwing26 says: Oct 6, 2013 11:40 AM

    Woody Hayes wouldn’t have had Carlos Hyde on the team.

  8. kingfish2013 says: Oct 6, 2013 7:43 PM

    OSU will go undefeated but it won’t matter with the love affair of sec teams. It will not stop their dynasty that is being built in the coming years.Bring it on!!

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