Ohio State’s game on Saturday against Nebraska was one of the most exciting games this season. There weren’t many drives that didn’t end with a score, this being the highest scoring game of the season for the Buckeyes. We’ll take you through each and every one on this busier-than-ever Touchdown Tuesday…
ROBY WITH THE PICK 6 | 8:29 1st
The Ohio State offense didn’t do much the first couple drives, but the defense was playing with incredible passion. Bradley Roby took it upon himself to score the first points of the game; Nebraska Quarterback Taylor Martinez was intercepted by Roby and he completed football fans favorite play, the pick 6.
NEBRASKA RUSHES DOWN FIELD | 5:26 1st
Martinez wanted redemption and after a couple short passes, Nebraska’s Burkhead rushed through the Buckeye defense for a 73 yard gain. With only 4 yards left to the end-zone, three short plays ended with Ameer Abdullah rushing for a one yard touchdown; the score was tied at 7.
ABDULLAH DOES IT AGAIN | 1:50 1st
After a three and out drive for Ohio State, Abdullah returned the punt for 43 yards. Braylon Heard rushed for 17 yards, followed by an 8 yard rush from Martinez; Abdullah finished the drive he started, and ran three yards for his and Nebraska’s second touchdown of the game.
The Cornhusker’s defense held the Buckeyes from driving down the field, and the offense came back to kick a field goal, putting Ohio State down by 10 points going into the second quarter.
MILLER AND HYDE SPRINT DOWNFIELD | 10:49 2nd
One thing’s for sure, a fire had been lit under the men in Scarlet and Gray. Braxton Miller took the field, and on the first play ran the ball for 72 yards; he was only 3 yards away from the end-one. Carlos Hyde came in and finished of the run with a much-needed touchdown. The Buckeyes were only down by three points with plenty of time in the half.
ROBY AND MILLER TAGTEAM A TOUCHDOWN | 8:58 2nd
Bradley Roby was already having an impressive showing, when he outdid himself with his second interception of the night; he rushed it back for 8 yards and let the offense take the field in the red zone. Hyde ran for two yards, followed by an 18 yard pass from Braxton Miller to Jeff Heuerman for an Ohio State lead 21-17.
MARTINEZ TAKES THE REINS | 6:59 2nd
Ohio State’s lead wasn’t long-lasting when the very next drive, Taylor Martinez led his team down field. Nebraska, plagued by penalties, was going for 2nd and 17 when Martinez threw to Kenny Bell for a 74 yard play. With only 9 yards left to the end-zone, Martinez ran it in for a touchdown. Nebraska took the lead in this tit-for-tat display, 24-21.
OHIO STATE ANSWERS THE CALL | 3:11 2nd
At this point, both teams clearly had momentum; Ohio State’s offense started with a pass to Philly Brown, followed by runs by both Miller and Hyde. Braxton Miller had an impressive pass to Nick Vannett for 32 yards and then ran the ball some more. Carlos Hyde rushed for 7 yards and his second touchdown of the game, the Buckeyes took the lead at 28-24.
THE BRAXTON MILLER SHOW | 0:23 2nd
The Buckeyes took the field once again with less than 2 minutes left in the half; Braxton Miller threw an incomplete pass followed immediately by an 18 yard run. After two more incomplete passes, and a short toss to Philly Brown, it was 3rd and 2 with 0:31 second left; Buckeye Nation cheered when we saw the punter stay on the sideline. Urban Meyer did the one thing Tressel never would’ve, he went for it on fourth down. Braxton Miller dodged Nebraska’s defense and ran 31 yards for a Buckeye touchdown just before half-time; the score was 35-24.
NEBRASKA KEEPS IT CLOSE | 12:50 3rd
The first drive of the second half maintained the same momentum as the second quarter. Nebraska Quarterback Taylor Martinez completed two passes for a combined 48 yards, followed by a long run by Burkhead. Martinez finished the drive with a short 3 yard pass to Ben Cotton to narrow the Buckeye lead to 35-31.
HYDE’S HAT TRICK | 8:15 3rd
The Buckeyes offense ran the ball half the field, then Miller started to throw it around; he completed a 14 yard pass to Philly Brown, then a 35 yard pass to Jeff Heuerman to the goal line. With only one yard left, Hyde punched the ball into the end-zone for his third touchdown of the day.
PHILLY BROWN EARNS A LEAF | 5:50 3rd
The Ohio State defense was fired up and hit Nebraska hard; after a sack, and two rushing attempts the Cornhuskers had to punt the ball. Philly Brown was returning the punt and ran 76 yards back for a touchdown! The score was now 49-31, and it stayed that way through the rest of the third quarter.
BUCKEYE RUNNING BACKS TAKE CHARGE | 10:27 4th
It only took three plays to score another Ohio State touchdown. Carlos Hyde was having a record-breaking day and continued down the field with 2 rushes for a combined 29 yards. It was Rod Smith’s turn to shine with his first touchdown of the game, rushing for 33 yards. With a 25 point lead, the Buckeyes still had to keep their head in the game as Nebraska was not letting up.
MARTINEZ RUSHES AGAIN | 5:38 4th
The Cornhuskers took 11 plays to get to the end-zone; after a mix of passing and rushing plays, quarterback Martinez ran it in for another Nebraska touchdown. The score was 56-38, and the Buckeyes weren’t able to score on their next drive. When Nebraska got the ball back, they were only able to get off one play before a sack by John Simon created a turnover with Michael Bennet recovering the fumble.
CARLOS FREAKING HYDE | 0:48 4th
The turnover created great field position for the Ohio State offense; on the Nebraska 26 yard line, Carlos Hyde decided to make this drive his own. Hyde rushed for 3 yards, then another 3 yards, then for 4 yards and a first down, only to finish the drive with a 16 yard rushing touchdown.
Nebraska didn’t have enough time or resources to make up the difference and the game ended with a Buckeye victory at 63-38. The game was non-stop action and super exciting to watch. The Buckeyes have jumper to #8 in the AP Poll and continue on undefeated.