Ohio State outlasts Wisconsin for 30-23 overtime win

With 26 rushing touchdowns at Ohio State, Barrett is responsible for 86 scores.

J.T. Barrett threw a touchdown pass to receiver Noah Brown in overtime, and No. 2 Ohio State finished off No. 10 Wisconsin with a sack on fourth-and-goal for a 30-23 win Saturday night at Madison, Wis.

Barrett also ran for two touchdowns for the Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) in tense contest between league heavyweights. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 323.6 yards per game, good for third in the country.

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett needs three more touchdowns passing and/or rushing to break Braxton Miller's school record of being responsible for 88 touchdowns. To have a chance at an upset, the Badgers will need to play ball-control, as well as get big plays out of Clement and the running game to take pressure off freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook.

Wisconsin, the team Ohio State plays tonight, would have to be considered one of the great turnarounds or culture changes in Big Ten football history.

Ohio State is ranked number two in the nation thanks to a ideal 5-0 record for the season and is coming off a victory over in by a 38-17 final score.

Despite committing two penalties, Ohio State scored in four plays on its OT drive, when J.T. Barrett found Noah Brown on a seven-yard TD pass on a third-and-two in which he pulled the ball on a fake and threw a ideal pass to Brown in single coverage in the corner of the end zone.

Head coach Paul Chryst and his staff drew up a variety of ways to attack the Buckeye defense, including a jet sweep that let receiver Jazz Peavy run for 70 yards while running back Corey Clement rumbled for 164, mostly the more traditional way. They led 16-6 at halftime. Ohio State's defense needed rest and refreshment in the second half, and that's exactly what Barrett provided his teammates. "I think after halftime we came in and had to grind it out".

While the Ohio State Buckeyes lost several key players to the National Football League draft after the 2015-16 season, they somehow are still collecting wins at a record pace.

But Barrett, as usual, led the Buckeyes' charge. "They had an extra week to prepare and we had to make adjustments in the first half", Barrett said.

"You look at those things. how can we finish", Chryst said.

Sometimes the schedule gods look down upon you in favor, and other times they punish you mercilessly.

IN stayed within a touchdown of Ohio State until late in the third quarter, and threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns at the Horseshoe.

But perhaps slightly vulnerable, at least for the high standards set by the Buckeyes, who beat IN 38-17 last week.

No. 2 Ohio State came from behind - twice - to force overtime and beat No. 8 Wisconsin 30-23 on Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium in front of 81,541 fans. The Badgers, who lost at MI on October 1 before their bye week, also haven't lost back-to-back games since ending the 2013 season with a loss in the Capital One Bowl and dropping the 2014 season opener against LSU. Wisconsin is two full games behind Nebraska in the loss column, but the Cornhuskers arrive in Madison in two weeks. They figure to fall a few spots in the poll, but shouldn't be severely penalized given their admirable performances against top competition.

Clemson got the ball to start overtime, and Watson promptly hit Artavis Scott for a 10-yard touchdown to put the Tigers ahead, 24-17. Mike Webber had 71 yards and two touchdowns. Wisconsin defense has allowed a total of three touchdowns and two field goals in the first three meetings with top 10 teams this season.

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