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Published: Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 1:43 PM
By: Marcus Hartman
COLUMBUS — Ohio State outlasted a challenge from Minnesota on Saturday, improving to 7-0 with a 30-14 wi over the Golden Gophers.
A crowd of 100,042 fans experienced more nervous moments than they probably expected.
>>READ MORE: 5 takeaways from the Buckeyes’ win
The Golden Gophers (3-3, 0-3) had a chance to make it a one-score game with 5:45, but Emmit Carpenter missed a 49-yard field goal.
His second miss of the half left Minnesota down two scores (23-14), and Ohio State promptly put the game away on the ensuing possession.
Dwayne Haskins drove the third-ranked Buckeyes 69 yards in seven plays, hitting K.J. Hill down the middle for a 27-yard touchdown with 2:15 to put the game out of reach.
Haskins and Hill both had huge days.
The OSU signal-caller completed 33 of 44 passes for 412 yards, becoming the first Ohio State quarterback with a pair of 400-yard passing games to his credit.
Hill had 187 yards on nine catches. He caught two of Haskins’ three TDs. The first was a spectacular one-handed 36-yarder in the first half that gave Ohio State the lead for good.
One-handed touchdown catch by K.J. Hill. Buckeyes back on top, 17-14. pic.twitter.com/xnHIiVePCb— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) October 13, 2018
Ohio State leads Minnesota 17-14 after a back-and-forth first half at Ohio Stadium.
K.J. Hill made a spectacular one-handed catch on his way to a 36-yard touchdown catch from Dwayne Haskins to put the Buckeyes on top with 3:59 left in the quarter.
Haskins also connected with Terry McLaurin for a 41-yard touchdown and engineered an 83-yard drive that resulted in a field goal to account for Ohio State’s points.
Haskins was 20-for-26 passing in the first half for 237 yards while Minnesota’s Zack Annexstad went 8-for-12 for 110 yards and an interception.
The Golden Gophers had a pair of long scoring drives but were hurt by a pair of turnovers.
Ohio State 1968 national champions had strong Miami Valley influence https://t.co/plUTmIibrU— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) October 12, 2018