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Ohio State held off Northwestern 40-28 to remain in second place in Big Ten and keep its bowl hopes alive

Cedric Anderson, a flanker, scored two first-half touchdowns and Tim Spencer ran for 190 yards and a fourth-quarter TD to lead Ohio State in a 40-28 win Nov. 13 in Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes moved to 7-3 overall and 6-1 in the conference heading into the season finale against Michigan.

Northwestern scored more points against Ohio State than ever before, but Spencer led a 605-yard offensive performance for the Buckeyes.

”They have the best rushing attack in the Big Ten,” Northwestern Coach Dennis Green, whose club finished at 3-8 overall, said. ”We have turned the corner, however. We showed we belong in the Big Ten.”

Northwestern quarterback Sandy Schwab threw three more TD passes and set several NCAA freshman records in the game. OSU receiver Gary Williams set an NCAA record for most consecutive games with at least one reception, 43.

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Tim Spencer went on to play three years in the United States Football League, a rival of the NFL in the 1980s. He gained more than 3,300 yards Chicago (1983), Memphis (1984) and Arizona (1985) before turning in six seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers (1985-90), where he gained almost 1,800 career yards. As a NFL rookie, Spencer scored 10 touchdowns for the pass-happy Charger team that featured hall of fame quarterback Dan Fouts.

After his pro career, Spencer returned to Ohio State as running backs coach from 1994-2003. Spencer now is the running backs coach for the Chicago Bears and was part of the Super Bowl team from the 2006 season.

Dennis Green served as an NFL head coach for a combined 13 seasons. He was the Minnesota Viking head man from 1992-2001 and led the Vikings to the playoffs eight times. His last NFL head coaching stop was at Arizona from 2004-06. Green owns a record of 113-94 overall.