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Ohio State escapes with 40-30 win at Northwestern

5:28 AM, Oct 6, 2013   |    comments
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Evanston, IL -- Carlos Hyde put the Buckeyes on his back, rushing for a career-high 168 yards and scoring three second-half touchdowns to help No. 4 Ohio State escape with a 40-30 victory over 16th-ranked Northwestern on a humid night at Ryan Field.

With quarterback Braxton Miller bottled up most of the contest, Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) called Hyde's number 26 times out of the backfield and the senior responded with an explosive performance and scored each of the team's offensive touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 38 yards.

Corey Brown caught six passes for 127 yards and was the security blanket for Miller, who endured a rough first half with two turnovers but finished 15- of-26 passing for 203 yards in Ohio State's nation-best 18th straight win.

Trevor Siemian threw for two touchdowns and 245 yards on 13-of-18 efficiency, but had a fourth quarter interception and later botched a snap on 4th-and-1 that all but sealed a 29th loss in 30 games for Northwestern (4-1, 0-1) against its conference foe.

Ryan Lawrence had 149 yards receiving on eight catches for the Wildcats, who were seeking a second straight 5-0 start to a season for the first time since 1904-05.

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