The Buckeyes rebounded from a tough loss at Penn State a week prior with a come-from-behind win at Minnesota.
As in their two Big Ten losses, Ohio State built a double digit lead and lost it. This time, however, the Buckeyes rallied. The win, combined with losses by Michigan and Purdue, moved OSU to only one game back in the Big Ten standings.
"It was 100 percent must-win," OSU tailback Jonathan Wells said. "If we would have come out today and lost, it could have gotten ugly for us."
Wells scored on a 2-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter, and Darnell Sanders added a 14-yard touchdown reception from Steve Bellisari to give Ohio State a 14-3 lead. But it was the Gophers who took momentum into halftime with a late second-quarter touchdown and a field goal as time expired in the first half.
Tellis Redmon helped give Minnesota a 20-14 lead with a 52-yard touchdown run with 5:51 left in the third quarter, but Ohio State responded. Wells put the Buckeyes back in front with a 1-yard plunge just under three minutes later. Chris Vance later extended the lead with a 36-yard TD catch early in the fourth quarter.
Mike Nugent added a 35-yard field goal with under five minutes remaining. Minnesota tried to rally late with a touchdown run by quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq and a two-point conversion pass to tight end Ben Utech, but time ran out on the Gophers after Michael Jenkins recovered a Minnesota onside kick.
"We seem to work hard to make them close," OSU head coach Jim Tressel said. "But our kids played hard. We're awfully proud of them."
Bellisari had one of his best performances, completing 12 of 17 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for 66 yards on 11 carries on some quarterback draws and sweeps.
"I talked to Steve during the week," Tressel said. "I told him that when he throws zero interceptions and he rushes for more than 50 yards, we have never lost in his three years here. If he can continue that, it should be exciting."
Vance was Bellisari's top target, catching five passes for 101 yards. Wells finished with 152 yards on 24 carries to lead the rushing attack for the Buckeyes.
Joe Cooper led the OSU defense with eight tackles.
1990 – Ohio State 48, Northwestern 7
Northwestern's Big Ten-worst defense helped Ohio State earn its third straight blowout victory.
The Buckeyes scored on eight of their 10 possessions and piled up 462 yards of total offense in the easy win.
"We went out there and accomplished pretty much what we hoped we could going into the ball game," OSU head coach John Cooper said. "We've won the last three ball games rather handily, and, in my opinion, we should have won those games."
While Ohio State's offensive took care of business, the Buckeyes defense made sure the Wildcats could not keep up. Northwestern running back Bob Christian – the Big Ten's fifth-leading rusher going into the game – was held to only 52 yards. The conference's leading receiver, Richard Buchanan, was also held in check. He caught only two passes for 14 yards.
"We played pretty well on defense," Cooper said. "We made some adjustments in the game, particularly in the second half, and we shut down what we consider to be a pretty good offensive football team."
Raymont Harris had a big day offensively for the Buckeyes, scoring a pair of first-half touchdowns as Ohio State scored the game's first 24 points and led 27-7 at halftime.
Robert Smith led the OSU rushing attack with 128 yards on 23 carries. Quarterback Greg Frey threw for 100 yards on seven-of-10 passing. Kent Graham caught five passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
Leading the defense was Judah Herman with five tackles.
1984 – No. 16 Ohio State 50, Indiana 7
With the nation's leading rusher, scorer and all-purpose runner banged up, sophomore running back John Wooldridge took advantage.
Wooldridge started in place of an ailing Keith Byars and carried the ball 16 times for 94 yards and a touchdown in the Buckeyes' rout.
"During our warm-ups before the game, Keith came and told me," Wooldridge said about how he found out he would be starting. "He said I was going to be the starter and he was going to be relieving me."
Wooldridge was just one of many rushers to run all over the winless Hoosiers. Nine different runners carried the ball for OSU, and the Buckeyes ran for 310 yards.
Byars ran for 94 yards on 16 carries, including 3-yard touchdown run. He did not start because of a sprained left ankle suffered during OSU's game at Wisconsin a week earlier. That gave Wooldridge his first career start.
"John really deserved to start (based) on his work efforts this week," said OSU head coach Earle Bruce, who won for the 100th time as a college football head coach. "He ran the ball hard, I thought. He's an exceptional football player, a good football player and a very sound football player."
Ohio State had little trouble against Indiana, building a 33-0 lead at halftime.
1979 – No. 5 Ohio State 44, Illinois 7
The Buckeyes throttled the host Fighting Illini with each of the OSU units helping put points on the scoreboard.
Ohio State converted two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt into touchdowns. The Buckeyes improved to 9-0 with the win and had outscored their last three opponents, 145-7.
1973 – No. 1 Ohio State 30, Illinois 0
Visiting Ohio State passed its biggest test of the season with a shutout of previously Big Ten unbeaten Illinois.
The Buckeyes led 3-0 at halftime, and Ohio State's defense took control in the second half. OSU's defense set up the offense for short scoring drives of 41, 16, 31 and 31 yards. Cornelius Greene ran in two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and Archie Griffin and Pete Johnson both had a touchdown run.
Ohio State held the Illini to only 74 yards of total offense.
1962 – Iowa 28, Ohio State 14
The host Hawkeyes jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and dashed any OSU hopes for a repeat Big Ten championship.
Ohio State committed four costly turnovers and lost for the fourth time in five trips to Iowa City.
The Buckeyes were held to just 174 yards rushing and 20 through the air.
1956 – No. 6 Ohio State 6, Northwestern 2
The Buckeyes set a new conference record with their 16th straight league win, but the margin of victory was the smallest of the 16.
The Wildcats scored the game's first points when Al Viola blocked a Frank Ellwood punt out of the back of the OSU end zone for a safety.
Ohio State's lone score came just 16 seconds before halftime when Leo Brown caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Ellwood.
1951 – Ohio State 3, Northwestern 0
Vic Janowicz made a 26-yard fourth-quarter field goal and that was all the Buckeyes needed against the visiting Wildcats.
The win gave OSU its first winning streak of the season. The Buckeyes broke a three-game winless streak a week earlier vs. Iowa.
1945 – No. 6 Ohio State 16, No. 20 Northwestern 14
The Wildcats, who came to Columbus just 2-2-1, led 14-0 in the first quarter before the Buckeyes rallied for the win.
Ollie Cline scored both of OSU's touchdowns on 1-yard touchdown runs in the second and fourth quarters. Ohio State did fail to convert one of the extra points, so the Wildcats still held a 14-13 lead. That changed when freshman kicker Max Schnittker made a 32-yard field goal with 1:28 remaining. His father, William, was so excited after his son's kick that he raced onto the field to join in the team's celebration.
Cline finished with 180 yards on 34 carries.
1934 – Ohio State 76, Western Reserve 0
The Buckeyes piled up 706 yards of total offense and scored on all but three of their possessions in a game played at Cleveland's League Park.
Western Reserve was led by former OSU head coach Sam Willaman. It was his only year at Western Reserve, as he passed away from a stomach ailment during the summer of 1935 at only 45-years old.
1928 – Ohio State 6, Princeton 6
Both the Tigers and Buckeyes scored second half touchdowns, but neither Princeton's Trix Bennett or OSU's Fred Barratt could make the extra point in a non-conference tie in front of a sellout crowd of 72,496 at Ohio Stadium.
Al Wittmer scored for Princeton in the third quarter, and the Buckeyes tied the game with under three minutes left in the fourth quarter when Bryon Eby reached the end zone.
Both teams were unbeaten going into the game, with Princeton taking a 3-0-1 record to face 4-0 Ohio State.
1923 – Ohio State 42, Denison 0
The Buckeyes improved to 2-2-1 with a non-conference win over overmatched Denison.
It was Ohio State's first win since its season opener Oct. 6 vs. Ohio Wesleyan.
1917 – Ohio State 26, Indiana 3
Over 1,000 Buckeye fans made the trip to Indianapolis to see Ohio State dominate Indiana.
Chic Harley scored all of Ohio State's points. He scored on four touchdown runs of 40, 8, 11 and 33 yards and made two extra-point conversions.
Both teams wore red jerseys, confusing many of the fans. Ohio State had accidentally packed its colored jerseys instead of the white ones.
1906 – Ohio State 6, Oberlin 0
The Buckeyes rebounded from a 6-0 loss to Michigan Oct. 20 with a blanking of Oberlin.
It was Ohio State's fourth shutout win of the season, one of seven OSU would earn.
1900 – Ohio State 27, West Virginia 0
Ohio State won for the sixth time in a row – all by shutout – with a win over the Mountaineers.
The Buckeyes had outscored their opponents 160-0 in moving to 6-0.
1894 – Ohio State 10, Marietta 4
The Buckeyes moved to 3-4 on the season with a win vs. Marietta.
The Buckeyes had alternated wins and losses after dropping their first two games of the season vs. Akron and Wittenberg.