Oct. 30, 2011
Ohio State (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten) 33, No. 15 Wisconsin (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) 29
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 29, 2011
OHIO STATE POSTGAME NOTES
Mike Brewster, John Simon, Andrew Sweat and Dan “Boom” Herron served as game captains. Thecrowd of 105,511 was the seventh-largest in Ohio Stadium history.The 16 fourth-quarter points for Ohio State were the most points ina quarter since the Buckeyes scored 14 in the third quarter,matching the previous season-high set in the third quarter Sept. 24against Colorado.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 54-17-5,and 30-7-3 in Columbus.
BraxtonMiller’s 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was thefirst of his career. He added a second in the fourth quarter on acareer-best 44 yards. Miller rushed for a career-high 99 yards on apersonal-best 19 carries Miller’s 40-yard touchdown completion toDevin Smith in the fourth quarter was a career-long throw. OhioState was 3-for-3 inside the Wisconsin red zone. In the last threegames combined Ohio State is 7-for-7 in the red zone. Daniel “Boom”Herron’s 57-yard run in the third quarter marked the second-longestplay from scrimmage for Ohio State this year. Carlos Hyde’s 63-yard carry against Nebraska was the longest.Herron’s 160-yard rushing performance was the fifth 100-yardrushing game of his career. The Buckeyes are now 20-1 when Herronrushes for at least 55 yards. His streak of games with a rushingtouchdown ended at 13, the most by a Buckeye since Keith Byars (21)in 1983-84. Jordan Hall’s 2-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter wasthe fourth rushing touchdown of his career and his second of theseason. Corey “Philly” Brown’s four receptions marked a careerhigh.
Ohio State held Wisconsin to three three-and-outs. Ohio Stateheld Wisconsin to 342 total yards. The Badgers entered the gameaveraging 511 yards per game. Ohio State allowed just 10 rushingyards on 12 carries in the first half and 89 yards on 29 carriesfor the game. Wisconsin entered the game ranked eighth nationallywith 252.1 rushing yards per game. The Badgers rushed for 200 yardsin each of their previous six games. Adam Bellamy recorded his first career sack. John Simon matched his career high with two sacks. Andrew Sweat added to his team-leading tackle total with eightvs. the Badgers. He now has 57 this year. He had the pass breakupto end the game.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
The blocked punt by Ryan Shazier was the first for Ohio State since JonathanNewsome blocked a punt Oct. 30, 2010 at Minnesota. With his twofield goals, Drew Basil has connected on 10 consecutive field goal attempts.Ben Buchanan downed a career-high tying three punts inside the20-yard line. He has 20 punts inside the 20 this year.
Wisconsin Game Notes
Wisconsin has lost two straight games for the first time sinceOct. 10, 2009 (31-13 at Ohio State) and Oct. 17, 2009 (20-10 vs.Iowa). It’s the first time Wisconsin has lost consecutive roadgames since Oct 18, 2008 (38-16 at Iowa) and Nov. 1, 2008 (25- 24at Michigan State). Wisconsin has converted its last eightturnovers gained into touchdowns, or every turnover in Big Tenplay. The Badgers gained just 89 yards rushing, the first time UWwas held under 100 yards since gaining 99 at Northwestern on Nov11, 2009. It’s the fewest rushing yards gained by Wisconsin sinceit had 87 at Iowa on Oct. 17, 2009. Ohio State passed for only 89yards. It’s the third time this season Wisconsin has held anopponent under 100 yards passing and only two out of eight teamshave eclipsed 200 yards. The Buckeyes rushed for 268 yards, themost given up by the Badgers since Cal Poly gained 276 on Nov. 22,2008. Wisconsin finished with 95 tackles in the game, the most forthe Badgers since recording 98 against Akron on Sept. 6, 2003. TheBadgers’ 11 tackles for loss were the most since posting 13 at Iowaon Oct. 17, 2009.
Senior QB Russell Wilson has thrown at least one touchdown passin 32-straight games, four short of the NCAA record. Wilson threwfor 253 yards and 3 scores on 20-32 passing on Saturday. He now has19 passing touchdowns on the season, which is tied for second-mostin program history. The record is 21 set by John Stocco in 2005.Wilson’s 2,033 passing yards on the season is the 12th-highesttotal in program history. Junior RB Montee Ball has scored at leastone TD in each of the last 14 games. He has 36 total touchdownsover that span. Ball has scored at least two TDs in every game thisseason. With a rushing touchdown against Ohio State, Ball has 18rushing touchdowns on the season which ties for fourth-most in oneseason at UW. Ball has 128 total points on the season, which rankssecond all-time in program history. The record is 144 points byBrian Calhoun in 2005. Ball’s 21 total touchdowns is tied forsecond-most all-time at UW. The record is 24 by Calhoun in 2005.Junior LB Mike Taylor recorded a career-high 22 tackles, including2.5 TFLs. The 22 tackles are the most by a Badger player since BobAdamov had 23 against Purdue on Oct. 10, 1998. WR Jared Abbrederisset a career high with 113 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns andtied a career high with six receptions. It’s the second 100-yardgame this season for Abbrederis as he had 101 against South Dakotaon Sept. 24. LB Kevin Claxton posted a career-high 10 tackles andadded a career-high 2.5 TFLs. With Taylor (22), Chris Borland (13)and Claxton (10), Wisconsin had three players reach double-digittackles in the same game for the first time since Mark Zalewski(14), Joe Stellmacher (12) and Jonathan Casillas (12) againstBowling Green on Sept. 2, 2006. DB Shelton Johnson finished with acareer-high 8 tackles. Senior DB Andrew Lukasko recorded his firstcareer fumble recovery, falling on the ball after OSU mishandled apunt in the third quarter.