Posted: 11:33 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
By Luke Zimmermann
In a game that looked every bit like the classic in the making many thought it might be in the first half, a late second quarter Braxton Miller heave to Corey Brown changed the entire tone and direction of the evening. The Buckeyes were comfortable and in control much of the third, but Wisconsin refused to throw in the towel and clawed back to make things interesting once again.
Resorting to a familiar offensive philosophy of the last decade, the Buckeyes relied on a ball control offense and winning the field position battle (in no small part thanks to the brilliant play of Aussie rules-er turned punter Cameron Johnston) en route to a 31-24 victory. There weren't many style points down the stretch, and the early strong play of Miller and tailback Carlos Hyde alike faded as the game dragged on. Still, the Buckeyes are 5-0 and comfortably in control of the Leaders division race as conference play moves forward.
The Buckeyes can't dwell on the important home victory; they next travel to Evanston to take on Northwestern in a game that might not just host College Gameday, but could decide both team's B1G fates. Prepare for a week of second guessing about the defense, the offense, the quarterback, and where exactly Jordan Hall was, but there's a lot of football left to be played between now and November 30th.