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Published: Saturday, 11/16/2013 - Updated: 10 months ago

No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes win at Illinois 60-35

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Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs for a 70 yard touchdown as Illinois defensive back Zane Petty (21) defensive back V'Angelo Bentley (2) and defensive back Earnest Thomas III (9) chase him during the first half. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs for a 70 yard touchdown as Illinois defensive back Zane Petty (21) defensive back V'Angelo Bentley (2) and defensive back Earnest Thomas III (9) chase him during the first half.
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Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby (1) avoids Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) as he returns an interception a 63-yards for a touchdown during the first half. Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby (1) avoids Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) as he returns an interception a 63-yards for a touchdown during the first half.
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Ohio State withstood a light scare to take down Illinois 60-35 today at Memorial Stadium.

After sprinting to a 28-0 lead, the third-ranked Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) spent the rest of the afternoon fighting back the Illini (3-7, 0-6).

PHOTO GALLERY: OSU rolls hard-playing Illini 60-35.

Illinois opened the second half with a 75-yard touchdown drive to pull within 14 points at 35-21 and OSU quarterback Braxton Miller lost a fumble on the Illini 39-yard line on the following possession. But the Buckeyes soon answered with a safety and a one-yard touchdown run by Carlos Hyde.

OSU went ahead 44-21 before scrapping to the finish.

Ohio State matched a school record with its 22nd straight win while extending the hapless Illini’s streak of misery — their 20th straight Big Ten loss the second longest in conference history.

 

THIRD QUARTER

Third-ranked Ohio State leads Illinois 44-21 after the third quarter of today's Big Ten game at Memorial Stadium.

After Illinois plodded down the field for a 75-yard touchdown drive to pull within 14 points at 35-21, OSU answered with a safety and a 1-yard TD run by Carlos Hyde.

HALFTIME

Third-ranked Ohio State is on its way to another Big Ten rout, leading Illinois 35-14 at halftime despite an uneven second quarter in today's game at Memorial Stadium.

After taking a 28-0 lead, the Illini answered with a pair of scores. V'Angelo Bentley returned a punt 67 yards for the touchdown and quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase threw a 19-yard TD pass to Steve Hull.

OSU went ahead 28-0 on Braxton Miller's 11-yard TD pass to Corey Brown and 35-7 on an eight-yard TD run by Carlos Hyde.

FIRST QUARTER

Ohio State has sprinted past Illinois to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter of today's Big Ten game at Memorial Stadium.

Quarterback Braxton Miller ran for a 70-yard touchdown on the third play from scrimmage, Miller threw an 18-yard scoring pass to Carlos Hyde, and cornerback Bradley Roby returned an interception 70 yards into the end zone.



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