Ohio State Football: 5 Things to Take Away from Buckeyes' Win over Wisconsin

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Ohio State Football: 5 Things to Take Away from Buckeyes' Win over Wisconsin
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On a night where everyone who wasn't an Ohio State fan expected the Wisconsin Badgers to roll to victory, the young Buckeyes had other plans.

Right from the beginning, Ohio State was playing like a team who expected to win.

Even as the Badgers star running back Montee Ball scored the game's first touchdown on a 22-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Russell Wilson, you could see that the Buckeyes weren't overwhelmed.

A Drew Basil field goal followed by rushing touchdowns from quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Jordan Hall put the Buckeyes ahead 17-7 in the third quarter. Ball would score again, pulling the Badgers within three going into the fourth quarter.

This is the point in the game where Braxton Miller showed the nation why he was so highly touted coming out of high school. Miller scored on an option play, a 44-yard jaunt to the end zone that looked to be all the Buckeyes would need.

Up 26-14, however, OSU started to come apart much like against the Nebraska Cornhuskers a couple of weeks ago. A fumbled punt and a couple of poor defensive efforts later, the Buckeyes found themselves down 29-26 with just over a minute remaining in the game. Even with two timeouts remaining I wasn't sure Ohio State would be able to get into field-goal range, let alone score the game-winning touchdown.

After a couple of plays that didn't gain many yards, Miller took the snap on first down at the Wisconsin 40 with 30 seconds left. This is when the unthinkable happened to Wisconsin yet again, a week removed from their heartbreaking loss to Michigan State.

Miller was forced to run right by the Badgers pass rush, seemingly trying to run out of bounds as he sprinted back towards the line of scrimmage. Then, all at once, he launched a floating duck of a pass that looked as if it had been shot mid flight! To my surprise, wide receiver Devin Miller stood motionless in the end zone and caught the ball just before the defenders got to him.

After what seemed like five minutes, the clock finally ran out on the Badgers, giving Ohio State a much needed 33-29 victory.

The following are five things to remember after this monumental win.

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