NCAA Game Summary - Illinois at Ohio State|
(Saturday, November 3rd)
Final Score: (6) Ohio State 52, Illinois 22
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller each accounted
for three touchdowns as No. 6 Ohio State pounded Illinois, 52-22, Saturday at
Hyde rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, while Miller
threw for 226 yards and two scores to go with 73 yards and a touchdown on the
ground for the Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten), who are 10-0 for the first time
"For me, it all has to do with my offensive line," Hyde said. "When those guys
go, I go because when they do better, I can do my job better. And they did
Bri'onte Dunn rushed for 73 yards and a score and Corey Brown and Rod Smith
each added a receiving touchdown in the victory.
Nathan Scheelhaase struggled to get the Fighting Illini offense going, as he
went just 19-of-34 for 96 yards and an interception for Illinois (2-7, 0-5),
which has lost 11 straight against conference foes.
"Our offense was too sporadic," Illinois coach Tim Beckman admitted. "We have
got to be able to drive the ball down the field and put up seven points when
we get in the red zone."
Miller only completed half of his 10 passes in the first half, but each one
helped set up an Ohio State score.
After Nick Immekus' 43-yard field goal gave Illinois a 3-0 lead on its second
possession of the game, Ohio State countered with a 10-play, 79-yard drive.
Miller's first completion was a 24-yard strike to Jake Stoneburner and after
back-to-back Miller runs, Hyde capped the trek with a 3-yard plunge to give
the Buckeyes a 7-3 lead with 4:14 left in the first.
Terry Hawthorne returned the ensuing kick 45 yards to set up Immekus' 28-yard
field goal, but Miller and the Buckeyes answered with the next 24 points of
Miller's second completion came on the Buckeyes' ensuing possession, as he
fired a 31-yard strike to Nick Vannett down to the Illinois 16 to set up Drew
Basil's 31-yard field for a 10-6 Ohio State lead.
After a three-and-out from Illinois, Miller's 32-yard toss to Brown moved the
Buckeyes to the Illinois five before Hyde finished off the 5-play, 64-yard
drive with a 5-yard surge to press Ohio State's lead to 17-6 midway through
Ohio State again forced the Illini to punt and Miller's fourth completion came
three plays later, as he found Smith wide open down the left sideline for a
51-yard TD pass to extend the Buckeyes' lead to 24-6 with less than six
minutes left until halftime.
Another Illinois three-and-out gave Ohio State possession at midfield and
Miller found Vannett for 14 yards to the Illinois 14. Miller then scrambled
for 10 yards before Hyde punched it in from three yards out for his third TD
of the half and a 31-6 lead heading into the break.
After exchanging three-and-outs to start the second half, Hyde ripped off a
24-yard run and then picked up 20 more to move the Buckeyes into Illinois
Facing a 4th-and-1 later in the drive, Hyde broke through the line for two
yards and a fresh set of downs.
Miller then finished off the trek four plays later, as he faked a handoff,
scrambled around in the backfield and then beat an Illinois defender off the
right edge for a 2-yard TD run and a 38-6 Ohio State lead.
Smith fumbled the ball on Ohio State's next touch, giving possession back to
Illinois at the Ohio State 42.
A roughing the passer penalty gave the Illini a fresh set of downs and three
plays later, Jon Davis punched it in from a yard out before Matt LaCosse
hauled in the two-point conversion to bring the visitors within 38-14 late in
Ohio State answered early in the fourth, as Miller converted a 3rd-and-6 with
a 7-yard scamper and then found Brown, who weaved his way through the Illinois
defense for a 37-yard TD and a 45-14 lead.
Illinois turned another Ohio State turnover into points late in the fourth, as
Kenny Guiton fumbled a pitch and Ashante Williams scooped up the loose ball
and rumbled 77 yards for the score.
Illinois' holder fumbled the snap on the ensuing extra point, but he had the
awareness to pick it up and cross the goal line to cut the margin to 45-22.
Illinois recovered the onside kick, but the Illini were whistled for illegal
touching to give possession to the Buckeyes, who got a 3-yard touchdown run
from Dunn with 1:26 left in game to account for the final margin.
Ohio State outgained Illinois, 567-170 ... Ohio State has its off week next
week, while Illinois hosts Minnesota ... The Buckeyes rushed for 330 yards
compared to just 74 for the Fighting Illini ... Ohio State leads the all-time
series 64-30-4 ... With his rushing touchdown in the third quarter, Miller
passed former Buckeye Cornelius Greene (12; 1973) for sole possession of
second place on the Ohio State single-season rushing touchdown list by a
11/03 21:21:01 ET