Posted: 11:38 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
By Luke Zimmermann
Despite a trying first half from Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and another game that did corner Bradley Roby's NFL Draft stock no favor, the Buckeyes dug deep and were able to put together a far more cohesive offensive and defensive second half en route to a 40-30 victory over Northwestern.
One of the pinnacle plays of the game came down to a 4th-and-1 attempt with just over 2:45 to play. Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter fumbled the snap, kind of put his knee down, and was unable to get the three feet necessary to sustain the Wildcats' drive. NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald challenged the ruling on the field, but after a lengthy review, likely due to inconclusive evidence, the ruling on the field stood as called.
The Buckeyes now the have the luxury of a bye week. Tailback/workhorse Carlos Hyde, he of the 26 rushes for 168 yards and 3 TDs, is going to need every second of after the banging he endured en route to the win. After the week to recover and retool, the Buckeyes will play host to Iowa, who earlier in the day lost to Michigan State, 26-14.