Carlos Hyde ran for 168 yards and three second-half touchdowns as No. 4 Ohio State rallied from a 23-13 third-quarter deficit to beat No. 16 Northwestern, 40-30, on Saturday night at Ryan Field.
The Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten Conference) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 18 games. Urban Meyer is 18-0 in a season-and-a-half as Ohio State’s coach.
The Buckeyes had their problems with the Wildcats’ high-powered offense, as Northwestern quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter shredded Ohio State’s defense for 343 passing yards.
Siemian was 13 of 18 for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Colter completed all 12 of his passes for 98 yards. He also ran for a touchdown.
Hyde, who was suspended for the Buckeyes’ first three games, didn’t break many big plays — his longest run went for 17 yards — but he carried 26 times and scored a 4-yard touchdown in the third quarter to get the Buckeyes within three, 23-20.
Hyde’s 2-yard touchdown with 11:29 to play gave Ohio State a brief 27-23 lead, but Northwestern took a 30-27 lead when Siemian threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Dickerson less than three minutes later.
The Buckeyes took the lead for good, 34-30, when Hyde capped a drive with a 7-yard touchdown run with 5:22 to play.
Ohio State then stopped Northwestern on fourth-and-1 with 2:56 to play.
The Buckeyes couldn’t run out the clock and had to punt, but the Wildcats fumbled after a scramble on the game’s final play and Ohio State’s Joey Bosa recovered in the Northwestern end zone.