Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong carted off, said to be OK

"We were beaten thoroughly", Riley said. We'll learn more about it this week when they play Iowa, who is allowing 3.9 yards per carry.

Why the Nittany Lions stay home: The dam breaks on a defense that, despite the team's record, isn't much better than middling.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Ohio State is heavily favored at home, as the Buckeyes are getting odds of -17 points against the Cornhuskers. "But the fact of the matter is is we couldn't do a lot offensively and we couldn't get them off the field defensively". Detroit News adds that Ohio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) had on five straight drives in one stretch, but reacted to Northwestern, tying it at 17 with a touchdown drive finished by Samuel's ran.

This is a big game for Head Coach Mike Riley.

There is no such thing as a good loss.

No. 9 Nebraska at No. 6 Ohio State has huge implications for both teams in the Big Ten and for their College Football Playoff hopes. Last year, the Wildcats were a large amount of points away from contending with teams of Ohio State's caliber; this year, they were a few plays away from winning.

"You just can't get on a roller coaster; you can only control what you can control", Fitzgerald said. This matchup between the No. 6 Buckeyes and the No. 10 Huskers has all the makings to be a great ball game.

It certainly wasn't the bloodbath that many, myself included, were expecting, but the Wolverines took care of rival Michigan State in East Lansing to remain undefeated.

Ohio State, however, has allowed an FBS-low 53.5 yards per game in the fourth quarter this season.

Fighting Illini coach Lovie Smith said performance in practice will determine if the senior sees his first game action since suffering a back injury during an October 8 game against Purdue, but he welcomed Lunt's return to the field. "Our leader on defense, Raekwon, made a play and we rallied around it". Illinois' other back-up, Chayce Crouch, underwent season-ending shoulder surgery last week.

Meyer, now a remarkable 57-5 in five seasons with the Buckeyes, has only lost twice at home in the past five years. Averaging 57 points a game through the first third of the season raised everyone's expectations of how good the offense could be.

Turning point: Damon Webb intercepted Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong on the third play of the game and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown.

Lovin' it: First-year Lovie Smith served up a quick, pointed response to an internet report suggesting that he is miserable in Champaign, where a 2-6 start by IL has as much to do with his discomfort as anything. "Sure, but we're a work in progress". It's the complete defense when the team needed us, not when we're up by 40.

The Buckeyes pulled out a hard fought 19-14 win and then the remainder of the season had fans biting their fingernails almost every game wondering if they could pull out another close win. There's not much more than that.

The loss was devastating, don't get me wrong. “Theyve been that team in the league lately thats set the bar, but I think that theres teams rising too, so thats kind of exciting.”.

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On Saturday evening, they did just that. The team is led by senior quarterback, J.T Barrett. "Going back into this week we are going to prepare hard and we are going to go into Columbus and fight our butts off".

Westerkamp said it gives Nebraska players extra confidence knowing that Ohio State was upset by Penn State and struggled until the last drive before beating Northwestern.

"Just bad football on our part", senior safety Nate Gerry said.

Saturday's victory was the 161st of Meyer's career, setting a record for most wins by a coach in his first 15 seasons.



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