=== Hyde runs rampant as Ohio State downs Northwestern ===
 
 Evanston,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Carlos Hyde put the Buckeyes on his back,
 rushing  for a  career-high 168 yards and scoring three second-half touchdowns
 to  help  No. 4  Ohio  State  escape with  a  40-30  victory over  16th-ranked
 Northwestern on a humid night at Ryan Field.
 
 With  quarterback  Braxton Miller bottled  up most  of the contest, Ohio State
 (5-0,  2-0 Big Ten) called Hyde's number 26 times out of the backfield and the
 senior  responded with  an explosive performance and scored each of the team's
 offensive touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 38 yards.
 
 Corey  Brown caught six  passes for 127 yards and was the security blanket for
 Miller,  who  endured a rough  first half with  two turnovers but finished 15-
 of-26 passing for 203 yards in Ohio State's nation-best 18th straight win.
 
 "Anytime  you go  on a 12-round, 15-round  fight with someone and you come out
 the  other end it just builds toughness and we're a tough team," said Buckeyes
 coach Urban Meyer. "We toughed out a win."
 
 Trevor  Siemian threw for two touchdowns and 245 yards on 13-of-18 efficiency,
 but  had  a fourth quarter interception.
 
 Kain  Colter did  a little bit of  everything, completing all 12 of his throws
 and  adding receiving and rushing scores, but botched a snap on 4th-and-1 late
 in the game and it all but  sealed a  29th loss  in 30  games for the Wildcats
 (4-1,  0-1) against their conference foe.
 
 Ryan  Lawrence had  149 yards receiving on eight catches for the Wildcats, who
 were  seeking a second straight 5-0 start to a season for the first time since
 1904-05.
 
 The  Buckeyes hadn't trailed in any of their first four games, but played from
 behind nearly the entire night on Saturday, as the Wildcats put forth a feisty
 effort  and built a  23-13 lead following a 32-yard field goal by Jeff Budzien
 on the team's opening drive of the third quarter.
 
 Twice  in the first half, Miller couldn't punch the Buckeyes into the end zone
 from  inside  the 10. He also  had a fumble  that led to a Wildcats touchdown,
 then  lost another on Ohio State's first drive of the third when he coughed up
 the ball on the Northwestern 2-yard line.
 
 Hyde  then became the feature of the offense and he provided. After a Wildcats
 punt, he brought Ohio State within three when his third straight handoff ended
 in a 4-yard score.
 
 Northwestern  was  still clinging  to the  23-20 lead  after three quarters of
 play,  and to that point had stayed turnover free. However, Ohio State finally
 got  a  takeaway on the  Wildcats' third play of  the fourth, when Doran Grant
 picked off Siemian deep in Northwestern territory.
 
 Four  plays  later, Hyde was  able to stretch the  football just past the goal
 line  on a  1-yard plunge to give  Ohio State its first lead since the opening
 quarter.
 
 Siemian put the turnover behind him, however, and hooked up with Lawrence on a
 67-yard  play  before finding Cameron Dickerson  for a 12-yard score that gave
 Northwestern a brief 30-27 lead.
 
 Hyde  provided the answer with his third score of the half. After Brown hauled
 in  a 38-yard  pass, Hyde made a  12-yard catch before bouncing to the outside
 for  a 7-yard touchdown  to keep Ohio State in front, 34-30, with 5:22 left in
 the game.
 
 Northwestern  was faced  with  a critical  4th-and-1 on  the  next drive,  and
 Colter  fumbled the  snap on  the  play. He  was  able to  recover and  lunged
 forward, but the officials spotted him short of the first down marker.
 
 Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald challenged the spot, but the ruling of the field
 remained  the same. The Buckeyes held the ball until there was only 28 seconds
 remaining, and a botched hook-and-ladder play for the Wildcats ended with Joey
 Bosa recovering a fumble in the end zone to account for the final margin.
 
 "We're  going to coach our guys to execute better. To make the plays when they
 present themselves," said Fitzgerald.
 
 Drew  Basil's  27-yard field  goal  capped  Ohio  State's opening  drive,  but
 Northwestern  jumped  ahead soon  after  by  getting  its  first score  off  a
 turnover.  Working with  a short field after Tyler Scott recovered a fumble in
 Buckeyes territory, Siemian hit Colter on a 9-yard slant for a touchdown and a
 7-3 lead seven minutes into the game.
 
 The  Buckeyes  would briefly  retake the lead,  taking advantage after pinning
 Northwestern deep in its own end. Bradley Roby blocked and recovered a punt in
 the  end zone for a 10-7 Ohio State edge, but the Wildcats answered right back
 with a 10-play sequence that ended on 2-yard TD rush by Colter.
 
 Miller had the Buckeyes back inside the Northwestern 10 after completing a 25-
 yard  pass to Corey Brown, but again was unable to punch it into the end zone.
 Basil  made  a 20-yard  field goal  to make it  a one-point  game early in the
 second.
 
 The Wildcats had two possessions over the last 8 1/2 minutes of the half, with
 both  ending in  field goals of 23  and 29 yards and the team maintained their
 20-13  edge at the  break after Miller was intercepted by Chi Chi Ariguzo with
 21 seconds remaining.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 There  were  zero penalties  in the  first half  ... Northwestern running back
 Venric  Mark, who missed the last three games with a leg injury, rushed for 60
 yards  on 17 attempts ... The Wildcats' last victory against the Buckeyes came
 on Oct. 2, 2004.
 
 
 
 10/06 01:40:32 ET