Posted: 10:43 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
By Ian Cuevas
Ohio State received the kickoff to begin the third quarter and looked to add to their lead against the Badgers. Braxton Miller and Philly Brown hooked up back to back on quick hitches for a first down. Carlos Hyde would provide 4 more yards and after a short option keeper, Ohio State would face 3rd and 2, where Hyde again powered his way for another first down. Miller would keep the ball on the next two plays, resulting in the Buckeyes pushing into Wisconsin territory. Evan Spencer would narrowly drop a deep pass on a great play-action by Dontre Wilson as he juggled it, but the replay showed the ball hitting the ground. On 2nd and 10, Miller would run the draw, but fall short of the first down. With 3rd and 6 coming up, Devin Smith would drop a perfectly thrown ball by Miller, and the Buckeyes would have to punt. Cameron Johnston would pin the Badgers inside their own 10-yard line for the second time in the game.
The Badgers started the drive with their backs against the wall, and would hand it off to Melvin Gordon for a 3 yard gain. A false start on the next play put Wisconsin at 2nd and 11, with Gordon getting another carry. Gordon came up short, bringing up 3rd and 6 as Stave escaped some of the pressure from Michael Bennett but was only able to scramble for 3 yards, forcing Wisconsin to punt it away. Philly Brown would call for the fair catch, bringing the Buckeyes inside Wisconsin's territory.
Braxton Miller and the offense started off the drive with great field position and after two runs, quickly faced a 3rd and 4. Braxton would try to shake a Wisconsin defender but ended up a yard short of the first down. Coach Meyer elected to go for it, but Carlos Hyde's rush wouldn't be able to push through the line, giving the ball to the Badgers.
Joel Stave was sacked on the first play following the big stop by the Badgers defense, and was pushed back 9 yards for 2nd and 19. Stave was put under pressure again, and the Buckeye defense forced a bad throw, as Bradley Roby came up with his first interception of the game.
Dontre Wilson got the handoff on the first play following the Roby interception and reversed field as he broke through an arm tackle for a 15-yard scamper highlighted by an excellent block from his quarterback, Braxton Miller. A few plays later, Miller connected with Devin Smith on a leaping grab, setting up first and goal for Ohio State. Miller would roll to the left and decide to tuck it and run, and would come up a yard short. On second and goal, Hyde was met at the line by Chris Borland for no gain to bring up third and goal. Braxton ended any hope of a stop with a great play-action fake to Hyde and threw an easy touchdown to Philly Brown to extend the Buckeyes' lead 31-14.
Wisconsin would start the ensuing possession with a pass interference call going against Roby, and would try to get some momentum going on offense. With time waning in the third quarter, the Badgers would continue to ride Melvin Gordon to another first down. Stave would then try to go with a play-action throw, but would come up with a lame duck.
Braxton Miller: 15/23, 186 yards, 4 touchdowns and 15 carries, 69 yards
Carlos Hyde: 13 carries, 72 yards and 1 reception, 4 yards
Dontre Wilson: 2 carries, 21 yards and 1 reception, 21 yards
Philly Brown: 8 receptions, 85 yards, 2 touchdowns
Evan Spencer: 1 reception, 25 yards, 1 touchdown
Devin Smith: 3 receptions, 42 yards, 1 touchdown