(3) Ohio State 60

(10-0, 6-0 Big Ten)

Illinois 35

(3-7, 0-6 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, November 16, 2013

Memorial Stadium (Champaign, IL), Champaign, IL

1 2 3 4 T
#3OSU 21 14 9 1660
ILL 0 14 7 1435

Top Performers

Passing: N. Scheelhaase (ILL) - 288 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Hyde (OSU) - 24 CAR, 246 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: S. Hull (ILL) - 8 REC, 105 YDS, 1 TD

Carlos Hyde, Braxton Miller lift Buckeyes from ground in rout of Illini

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Breaking into the open field for a late, long touchdown run Saturday at Illinois, Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde wondered why it hadn't all come this easy for the Buckeyes.

Hyde finished the day with the kind of numbers that usually come with an easy win: 248 yards rushing with four touchdowns on the ground and another through the air. Quarterback Braxton Miller wasn't far behind with 184 yards rushing and two more touchdowns.

But after opening up a 28-0 lead, the No. 3 Buckeyes needed a momentum-changing safety and Hyde's late 55- and 51-yard touchdowns to finally put Illinois away 60-35 and stay unbeaten (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten).

"That last run, in my head I was like, we could (have done) this the whole time," Hyde said. "That last run, I had energy and I just feel like we could have had that momentum the whole game."

Illinois, though, fought back. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase led the Illini with 288 yards passing and two touchdowns. But the Buckeyes defense kept him under pressure all day, sacking him five times and hitting him more than that.

Hyde, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said, made the difference.

"He's been great for us and did get great in the end for us," he said. "It did get tight. Offensively, we did need the help."

The loss extends the Big Ten losing streak for Illinois (3-7, 0-6) to 20 games.

"An L is an L," Illini head coach Tim Beckman said. "These kids fought, they know they fought. ... I'm proud of them for doing that, but they're just like everybody else is, they want a W."

After trailing 28-0 in the second quarter, Illinois closed to 35-21 in the third on two Scheelhaase touchdown passes.

Illinois had the momentum when the Buckeyes' Ryan Shazier sacked backup quarterback Reilly O'Toole in the end zone. Illinois recovered his fumble but the safety gave the Buckeyes a 37-21 edge and the ball. Minutes later, a Hyde touchdown put them up 44-21.

It was one of the hits on Scheelhaase that kept Ohio State in control when Illinois was getting back into the game.

After Illinois closed to within two scores at 35-21, Scheelhaase had his helmet ripped off at his own goal line. Under the rules, he had to leave the game for a play, bringing O'Toole on.

The Buckeyes teed off on the backup quarterback, with Shazier hitting him from behind and knocking the ball loose. Tight end Matt LaCosse recovered the ball for Illinois to limit the damage to the safety.

The momentum swung swiftly back to the Buckeyes.

On the following drive, Ohio State moved quickly to the Illini 8-yard line.

Miller rolled left and threw an incomplete pass before taking a big hit from linebacker Jonathan Brown. The quarterback stayed on the turf for a time before briefly leaving the game.

Backup Kenny Guiton came on, handing off two plays later to Hyde for the 1-yard touchdown that put the game firmly back in the Buckeyes' grip at 44-21.

Miller's minute or so on the turf was a long one for the nervous Buckeyes, but he returned during the next series and finished the game. He finished with 150 yards and two touchdowns.

"We weren't really playing a good game, but we still put up 60 points," said Miller, who added that he was fine after the hit. "Just gotta put a hard effort in and, toward the end of the game, you gotta give it your all."

Fast doesn't adequately describe how quickly the Buckeyes came out Saturday.

Thirty-six seconds into the game, Miller ran up the middle of the Illinois defense for a 69-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. He slowed at about the Illinois 5-yard line, jogging the last couple of steps.

Over the next 15 minutes, it looked like it might be just that easy for a Buckeyes team in search of big wins that might convince voters that they belong in the national title picture.

Hyde put the Buckeyes up 14-0 with just under five minutes left in the opening quarter on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Miller.

Less than two minutes later, corner Bradley Roby added another touchdown, pulling down a tipped Scheelhaase pass and returning it 63 yards.

In those first 15 minutes, the Illini offense consisted of 88 yards and a pair of Scheelhaase interceptions.

But the Illini just wouldn't go away.

Down 28-0, V'Angelo Bentley returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown with 7:29 left in the half to get the Illini on the board.

Then, down 35-7, Scheelhaase engineered two scoring drives that got Illinois back in the game.

Meyer praised Scheelhaase.

"I love guys like that," he said. "I told him after the game he was a great player. I thought he was hard to defend today."


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2524
Total Yards591420
3rd Down Conversions4-137-18
4th Down Conversions1-10-1

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Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD14:24Braxton Miller 70 Yd Run (Drew Basil Kick) 70
TD04:55Carlos Hyde 18 Yd Pass From Braxton Miller (Drew Basil Kick) 140
TD03:30Bradley Roby 63 Yd Interception Return (Drew Basil Kick) 210
TD10:20Philly Brown 11 Yd Pass From Braxton Miller (Drew Basil Kick) 280
TD07:29V'Angelo Bentley 67 Yd Punt Return (Taylor Zalewski Kick) 287
TD05:47Carlos Hyde 8 Yd Run (Drew Basil Kick) 357
TD02:25Steve Hull 19 Yd Pass From Nathan Scheelhaase (Taylor Zalewski Kick) 3514
TD12:06Evan Wilson 1 Yd Pass From Nathan Scheelhaase (Taylor Zalewski Kick) 3521
SF04:59- Team Tackled By - Team In End Zone 3721
TD04:01Carlos Hyde 1 Yd Run (Drew Basil Kick) 4421
TD14:22Nathan Scheelhaase 5 Yd Run (Nathan Scheelhaase Pass To Miles Osei For Two-Point Conversion) 4429
FG10:43Drew Basil 30 Yd 4729
TD08:49Josh Ferguson 4 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 4735
TD04:03Carlos Hyde 51 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 5335
TD02:09Carlos Hyde 55 Yd Run (Drew Basil Kick) 6035

Research Notes

Braxton Miller is the 4th FBS QB with a 70-yard rush TD this season, joining: Jalen Whitlow, Kentucky Dak Prescott, Mississippi State Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Ohio State has won 22 straight games, tied for the 5th-longest streak by a Big Ten team all-time.
Carlos Hyde rushed for 246 yards in the win over Illinois, tied for 3rd most in a game in Ohio State history. Interestingly, 3 of Ohio State's top 4 rushing performances all-time have come against the Illini.
The Fighting Illini haven't really been fighting when they play Big Ten teams. They've lost their last 19 Big Ten games, tied for the 2nd-longest conference losing streak in Big Ten history. Illinois hasn't beaten a conference opponent since they defeated Indiana on October 8th, 2011.

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