FINAL: Ohio State 52, UI 22
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Carlos Hyde rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns and Braxton Miller passed for two scores and ran for another to lead No. 6 Ohio State past Illinois 52-22 on Saturday.
The Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) maintained the upper hand in the Leaders Division heading into a bye week. They have games remaining at Wisconsin on Nov. 17 and against rival Michigan at home a week later.
Miller, considered a Heisman Trophy hopeful, had 18 carries for 73 yards, and completed 12 of 20 passes for 226 yards.
It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Illini (2-7, 0-5) and their 11th consecutive Big Ten loss.
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Illinois at No. 6 Ohio State — Kickoff
We have clocks on the field now, just no fancy video board.
The Illinois captains today are Nathan Scheelhaase, Justin Staples, Terry Hawthorne and Ashante Williams.
Ohio State won the toss and deferred.
Illinois will receive going south.
It’s 45 degrees at kickoff and calm under cloudy skies.
The video board just came back on and the place went nuts.
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Illinois at No. 6 Ohio State — 15 minutes before kickoff
So, the power is out here at Ohio Stadium as the band takes the field (that's why the long delay. Sorry). The huge video scoreboard at the south end of the stadium is out and the ribbon boards around the stadium are also out.
Wonder what happens if these issues aren’t resolved. Does the home team have to forfeit? The Illini sure hope that’s the case.
Ohio State might be scared to see the Illini. Illinois has won seven of 11 at the Horseshoe with the most recent triumph coming five years ago when the Buckeyes were ranked No. 1. Will that happen today?
Forgot to mention, ran into Champaign Central Hall of Famer and local golfing legend Bill Hobbs tailgating before the game. Hobbs swam at Miami (Ohio) in college.
There are about 100 or so Illini fans tucked away in the lower level of the northeast corner of the stadium. The OSU band played “Oskee Wow Wow” and the orange-clad folks went nuts.
Got some predictions from the folks in the press box. Spoiler alert: They all picked Ohio State.
Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune was the most kind. She says 34-10.
Mark Tupper of the Decatur Herald and Review says 43-6: “Urban is going to be compassionate,” Tupper said.
Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times says 41-10.
Jamal Collier of the massive Daily Illini contingent also said 41-10. Jamal also predicted he would have most of his story written by halftime.
I went with 41-10, too. That’s a popular score today.
Paul Klee checks in from 35,000 feet in the sky headed to tomorrow’s Broncos-Bengals game in Cincinnati. He says 33-7.
Illinois at No. 6 Ohio State — 45 minutes before kickoff
Former Illini safety/cornerback Tavon Wilson addressed the team last night at their Dublin hotel. Wilson was a second-round pick of the New England Patriots in April and he’s having a terrific rookie season for Bill Belichick’s squad after the franchise was ridiculed for taking him so early.
Wilson has 28 tackles and three interceptions for the Patriots. He had a career-high 10 tackles against the Broncos.
Wilson was joined in Columbus by former Illini safety/linebacker Trulon Henry, both Washington, D.C. products. Henry agreed that Wilson is having a fantastic rookie season but he told me Wilson needs to ease up on himself. He said Wilson is so hard on himself that he doesn’t allow himself to enjoy the process and that can wear on you after a while if you don’t back off.
Henry said he’s seen the same thing in his brother Arrelious Benn, a former Illini receiver who is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“We get into arguments about it, he just works so hard and that’s only good to a point,” Henry said. “It’s not healthy to be like that all the time. You have to knock some of that stress away some times.”
Both teams are on the field stretching. Illinois in white pants, white tops and orange helmets.
Ohio State with the familiar silver helmet, scarlet jersey and silver pants.
There are a boatload of recruits surrounding the field now watching the Buckeyes warm up. You’ve got to think Urban Meyer is going to clean up in recruiting, especially in this state.
It’s worth noting that 15 Ohio natives made the trip here with the Illini. Illinois has a bit of a presence in the Buckeye state.
I caught up with Columbus Dispatch writer Bill Robinowitz earlier this week. Here’s what he had to say about OSU.
An upset today would be monumental. Here’s a look at five of the biggest in Illinois history, and the five biggest upsets in college football this season.
Illinois at No. 6 Ohio State — 65 minutes before kickoff
Pretty impressive tailgating scene here in Columbus. Traffic was backed up on the highways four hours before kickoff. As I was walking to the press entrance about two hours before the game, people were sitting in front of the gates waiting for them to open so they could get to their seats. Football is serious business here.
I stopped inside the Varsity Inn a couple of blocks away and the line was out the door. That guy who’s always on TV — They call him “Buck-I-Guy” — was there hamming it up with the folks.
Brutus pranced around the outside of the stadium posing for photos with young fans. The band marched from the stadium through the tailgating areas chanting “Go Ohio, beat the Illini”.
Inside the stadium, Nick Immekus and Taylor Zalewski are both practicing field goals. Immekus hasn’t been sidelined since the third week of the season with a groin injury.
Illinois at No. 6 Ohio State — 90 minutes before kickoff
Good afternoon, folks, Marcus Jackson joining you from Ohio Stadium for today’s battle for IlliBuck.
I’m flying solo today, so, the quarterly updates won’t be flowing. Follow me on Twitter (@MarcusJ_NG) for more frequent updates on the goings on.
For the Illini today, Josh Ferguson will not play. The redshirt freshman running back didn’t make the trip to Columbus with the team. He’s back in Champaign recovering from a hip-pointer injury he suffered early in last week’s loss to Indiana. Expect a heavy dose of Donovonn Young and extended action for true freshman Dami Ayoola.
Young, Reilly O’Toole and Justin DuVernois are among a dozen or so Illini who are on the field early getting acclimated to their surroundings.
Led by Urban Meyer, the Buckeyes entered the Horseshoe from the north end and walked down the middle of the field, all in dark suits, to their locker room at the southeast end of the stadium.
Illinois coach Tim Beckman was greeted by some familiar faces last night when the Illini arrived for a brief walkthrough. Read about that here.
I’ll be back soon with another update.