Wisconsin vs. Ohio State: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Buckeyes

Aaron Siegal-Eisman@@ASiegalEismanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 21:  Jamal Marcus #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes makes the tackle on ballcarrier Omari Albert #32 of the Florida A&M Rattlers in the fourth quarter at Ohio Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated FAMU 76-0.   (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 31-24 and earned their 17th straight victory. 

Final: Ohio State 31-Wisconsin 24

For the full box score, check out NCAA.com

Game analysis for the Ohio State Buckeyes:

Pass Offense: Braxton Miller had the game he needed to after coming off the knee injury. Miller threw completed 17-for-25 passes for a total of 198 yards and four touchdowns. Miller might have just put his name back into the running for the Heisman trophy. 

Run Offense: Ohio State's run game improved in the second half after an average first half effort. The Buckeyes finished with 183 rushing yards of 38 carries. Miller made some good decisions on the run option, especially with the handoff to freshman Dontre Wilson for a 15 yard gain. 

Pass Defense: Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis had an excellent first half, but didn't match his performance in the second half. Bradley Roby did a much better job in the second half of man coverage. Roby recorded an interception in the third quarter.  

Run Defense: The Buckeyes did a very good job of holding a quality Wisconsin run game to only 104 rushing yards. Ohio State's front seven heavily pressured the Badgers offensive line and didnt allow any big runs.  

Special Teams: Kicker Drew Basil nailed a 45-yard field goal and hit all four extra points. Not to mention, OSU's special teams didn't make a mistake with Wisconsin's onside kick. 

Coaching: Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer made some defensive adjustments at halftime and put the Buckeyes in a good position for the victory.

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 28:  Philly Brown #10 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates his 40-yard touchdown catch with one second left on the clock in the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers with teammates Jack Mewhort #74 of the Ohio State Buckeyes a
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First-half analysis for the Ohio State Buckeyes:

Pass Offense: Braxton Miller appears to be playing almost exactly the way he left off before the knee injury. Miller has thrown for 11-for-17 with 162 passing yards and three touchdowns. The junior is getting solid pass protection from his O-Line and making the right throws at the right times.

Run Offense: Running back Carlos Hyde is running through big holes and using his size to his advantage. Hyde has run for 57 yards on seven carries (8.1 average rushing yards). Miller needs to break out for a big run in the second half. 

Pass Defense: Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis has looked excellent so far against this OSU secondary. Abbrederis has recorded 159 receiving yards and one touchdown off of six catches. The Buckeyes need to keep an pressure on him to frustrate quarterback Joel Stave.

Run Defense: The Buckeyes run defense has looked pretty solid thus far. OSU has only allowed 50 rushing yards on 13 carries (3.8 yards per carry). Melvin Gordon has looked shaky at times, but he is averaging 4.4 yards per carry thus far. 

Special Teams: OSU's Dontre Wilson had a good return of 23 yards on his kick return. Also, kicker Drew Basil nailed a 45-yard field goal to give the Buckeyes the lead at the half.

Coaching: OSU's Urban Meyer made some quality decisions thus far, but nothing to extremely boast about. Needs to give the defense a good pep talk at halftime.