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Ohio State trailed for most of the game but got a clutch touchdown pass by J.T. Barrett in the first overtime and the defense stopped Wisconsin on its possession for a dramatic 30-23 road victory for the No. 2 Buckeyes over the Badgers on Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium.
OSU (6-0, 3-0) had a false start and holding penalty but scored on the first possession of overtime. Barrett faced a second-and-13 from the Wisconsin when Curtis Samuel caught a screen and went 11 yards to the 7.
Barrett then threw a strike to Noah Brown in the right corner for the score. It was the 89th TD responsible for by Barrett to break the OSU record he shared with Braxton Miller.
The No. 11 Badgers (4-2, 1-2) got the ball and on second down used a pass from quarterback Alex Hornibrook to Robert Wheelwright for 21 yards to set up a defensive stand for the ages.
Corey Clement rushed for no gain on first; Hornibrook threw incomplete on second and Clement was stopped by Jerome Baker for no yardage on third.
Then, Hornibrook went back to pass and was sacked by Tyquan Lewis and friends for an 11-yard loss to give the Buckeyes the overtime win, just as they did in 2012.
Barrett was 17 for 29 for 226 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 92 yards on 21 carries and two scores. Curtis Samuel had 46 yards rushing and Mike Weber added 46.
Hornibrook was 16 for 28 for 214 yards with a TD and an interception. Clement ran for 164 yards on 25 carries.
How It Happened
Ohio State took the opening kickoff but was forced to punt and Cameron Johnston’s 70-yard boot for a touchback gave the Badgers possession at its own 20. Hornibrook completed a pass of 28 yards to Troy Fumagalli on the first play and the Badgers were on the move.
They reached the OSU 21 but on third-and-6 Nick Bosa sacked Hornibrook for a 7-yard loss that set up an Andrew Endicott 46-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 9:03 left in the first quarter.
OSU’s next series netted 17 yards and Johnston punted again, to the Wisconsin 5. Clement ran 68 yards down the left sideline before being tackled from behind by Chris Worley, who forced a fumble that OSU appeared to recover, but after a lengthy review it was determined that the ball went out of bounds and the Badgers maintained possession at the OSU 27.
Two plays later, Hornibrook connected with Jazz Peavy for a 24-yard TD to make it 10-0 to complete the 95-yard drive with 6:17 left. The deficit was the Buckeyes’ largest of the season, bettering a 7-0 margin vs. Bowling Green in the season opener.
OSU responded with a 67-yard drive that used 3:31 but only resulted in a 25-yard field goal by senior Tyler Durbin with 2:46 remaining in the first. The big play was a 21-yard run by Barrett.
Wisconsin carried the lead into the second quarter.
The Buckeyes closed the gap on another Durbin field goal, this time from a career-long 40 yards with 8:43 left until halftime. OSU started at its own 21 after Dontre Wilson returned a punt 13 yards. After an incompletion, Barrett hit junior tight end Marcus Baugh for 29 yards to the 50.
Sophomore receiver Parris Campbell had a 7-yard reception but Samuel suffered a 10-yard loss on the next play, only to come back with a 28-yard catch. Two incompletions and a Barrett run gained 5 yards to force the field goal.
Later, the Badgers added a 22-yard Endicott field goal with 14 seconds left in the half. A 23-yard pass to Clement put the Badgers in a first-and-5 situation but the defense stiffened, allowing only 1 yard.
Wisconsin got the ball to start the second half but had to punt. The Buckeyes started at their 36 and Barrett during the drive had a 22-yard run as they moved to the Wisconsin 13 but on second down Barrett was intercepted by D’Cota Dixon in the end zone, negating the scoring drive.
OSU later took advantage of 31-yard punt by Wisconsin. Although Dontre Wilson lost a yard, OSU started the drive at the Wisconsin 47.
The Buckeyes used a mix of run and pass and got a pass interference call that put the ball on the Wisconsin 2. Mike Weber ran for one then Barrett rushed in from the 1 for the score to put OSU up 16-13 with 2:52 left in the third.
Wisconsin turned the ball over on its next possession when Conley intercepted Hornibrook at the Wisconsin 38.
Wilson ran for 1. Barrett went to Samuel for 4 and Brown for 21 to the Wisconsin 12. Barrett rushed for 4 to end the third quarter. Barrett had no gain on second and on third down was flushed out of the pocket and ran right to reach the end zone for a 20-16 advantage with 14:09 left.
The Badgers went to work and regained the lead on their next series, marching 81 yards in 11 plays and 6:11 off the clock. Hornibrook found Peavy for 36 and Clement ran 20 the OSU 23. Six plays later, Austin Ramesh ran in from 4 yards for the first rushing TD allowed by the Buckeyes this season.
The Badgers led 23-20 with 7:54 to go.
With the season on the line, OSU started at its 25 and got to Wisconsin 14 before the drive stalled. A 31-yard field goal by Durbin with 3:57 left to tie the score was set up by a 43-yard catch in traffic by Wilson along the right sideline.
Wisconsin had one more chance in regulation after beginning at its own 25 but was stopped at the 50 even though an interception by Conley was overturned because the ball hit the ground.
Wisconsin punted and the Buckeyes ran Weber for 2 yards on the final play before overtime.