(Saturday, October 4th)
Final Score: (14) Ohio State 20, (18) Wisconsin 17
Madison, WI (Sports Network) - Terrelle Pryor's rushing touchdown with 1:08 left in the game propelled 14th-ranked Ohio State to a 20-17 win over No. 18 Wisconsin, snapping the Badgers' 16-game home winning streak.
Wisconsin had not lost at Camp Randall Stadium since November 12, 2005 to Iowa, and since then had accumulated the second-longest home winning streak in the nation. Oklahoma boasts a 21-game winning streak at home.
Pryor threw for 144 yards on 13-of-19 passing with one interception for the Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten), who got 168 rushing yards and a score out of Chris "Beanie" Wells, on 22 carries.
"You know, this is a tough environment, and this is a tough team that we're playing, so what it means to us is that this is a significant accomplishment," Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said.
Allan Evridge threw for 147 yards on 13-of-25 passing for Wisconsin (3-2, 0-2), with one touchdown and an interception. John Clay ran 10 times for 69 yards for the Badgers, while P.J. Hill carried the ball 16 times for 63 yards and a TD with 6:31 remaining in the fourth quarter that gave Wisconsin a 17-13 advantage.
But Pryor led the Buckeyes down the field to the game-winning score. Wisconsin got the ball back with about a minute left, but on the first play Evridge threw the ball directly into the hands of OSU defensive back Malcolm Jenkins.
Wisconsin took the ball at its own 37 with 10:46 left in the game, drove across midfield, and got close to the goal line on a pair of long rushes. Clay dashed 17 yards to the OSU 18, two plays before David Gilreath ran 15 yards to the one.
The Badgers reached 3rd-and-goal before Hill plowed his way through a defender and into the end zone to put Wisconsin on top by four.
Ohio State took over with plenty of time left, at its own 20. Pryor converted a 3rd-and-6 early in the drive with a 19-yard completion to Brian Hartline. Later, Pryor found Hartline again, for a gain of 27 yards to the Wisconsin 35.
A 13-yard completion to Ray Small put Ohio State at the 15-yard-line. Several runs later, Pryor took the snap with Badgers linebackers not in position, rolled to his left and kept the ball as he ran into the end zone.
"I know from our standpoint we were trying to get in a call from second-and- long," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said. "They had been going with a lot of deep outs, quick outs and quick turns and I wanted to be able to be in the coverage, and they switched up and went to the quarterback option in second- and-long; and obviously there wasn't anybody in position to tackle the quarterback."
Said Tressel of the decisive touchdown play: "We thought they were going to blitz, and you know we love to run option versus blitz, and actually, they didn't get lined up. And we were saying, 'Snap it! Snap it!' because there wasn't anyone over there."
The score put the Buckeyes ahead by three, and Evridge couldn't pull off a similar feat as Pryor, turning the ball over before OSU ran out the remaining seconds.
The Buckeyes scored on the first drive of the game. The six-play, 71-yard series ended with a 33-yard dash from Wells, who pulled a defender along the way.
Neither team scored for the remainder of the first quarter, and a long Wisconsin drive evened the game. Taking the ball at their own nine-yard line, the Badgers used up 8:16 of the clock on the 15-play drive. It culminated in a nine-yard throw from Evridge to Mickey Turner, who made the grab at the goal line and broke the plane as he met a defender.
Wisconsin got the ball back with 52 ticks left in the half. Evridge drove his team from their own 20 to the OSU three-yard line -- thanks to a 35-yard pass to Kyle Jefferson -- with five seconds left. The Badgers settled for a 20-yard field goal from Philip Welch, putting the home squad ahead 10-7 at intermission.
Ryan Pretorius' 21-yard field goal in the middle of the third quarter, and a 34-yarder in the fourth gave Ohio State a 13-10 lead with a little less than 11 minutes left in regulation.
Wisconsin offensive lineman Gabe Carimi left in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury and did not return...Ohio State had a slim advantage in total yards, 327-326...The Buckeyes fumbled four times, while the Badgers dropped the ball once. Each team lost one fumble...Each team was 3-for-3 on red zone chances.
10/05 00:42:47 ET