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Saturday, October 5, 2013
Instant Analysis: OSU 40, Northwestern 30

By Matt Fortuna

 

EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 16 Northwestern's upset bid fell just short at Ryan Field, as No. 4 Ohio State came from behind in the second half to escape with a 40-30 win in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated. Here is how it went down:

It was over when: Northwestern was facing a fourth-and-1 from the Ohio State 34-yard line with less than three minutes to go, but the Wildcats had trouble with the snap exchange, forcing quarterback Kain Colter to fall on top of it and come up short. Coach Pat Fitzgerald challenged the spot of the ball, but the ruling on the field was upheld. The Buckeyes punted it back to Northwestern with 21 seconds left, and Joey Bosa then recovered a fumble in the end zone on the game's final play after a failed lateral attempt by the Wildcats.

Gameball goes to: Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde had his way with the Northwestern defense throughout the night. Hyde churned out all the big, tough yards, scoring three second-half touchdowns and finishing the night with 168 rushing yards on 26 carries. He added 38 receiving yards on four catches as well.

Stat of the game: Much of this is again a credit to Hyde, but Ohio State out-rushed Northwestern 248 yards to 94 yards. The Buckeyes controlled the game inside the trenches. And while Braxton Miller had his fair share of mistakes -- including two lost fumbles and an interception -- the signal-caller still made some play with his feet, rushing for 68 yards on 17 carries.