LINCOLN, Nebraska (WCMH) — No. 5 Ohio State extends its win streak to seven games after surviving a close one, 26-17, against Nebraska.
Garrett Wilson, Ohio State’s leading receiver, was unavailable for the game, and Julian Fleming stepped up in his absence with 14 catches for 235 yards and one touchdown.
C.J. Stroud went 36-for-54 for 405 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Stroud was far from perfect and the Buckeyes couldn’t find much success running the ball but the defense stepped up once again to propel OSU over the Cornhuskers.
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Ohio State fails to convert on 4th and 1 from the Nebraska 43-yard line.
Nebraska attempts a 45-yard field goal but it’s wide left.
C.J. Stroud is intercepted inside the red zone. The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers are tied 0-0 midway through the first quarter.
Jack Sawyer and Ronnie Hickman each get a sack on Nebraska’s third drive.
Ohio State fails to score a touchdown on its first trip inside the red zone. Noah Ruggles hits a 26-yard field goal to give OSU a 3-0 lead.
Jack Sawyer gets pressure on Adrian Martinez but appears to be shaken up after the play and heads to the tent. Denzel Burke forces Nebraska to punt again after breaking up a fade pass in man coverage. The true freshman is already one of the best cornerbacks in the country.
Ohio State scores the first touchdown of the game. C.J. Stroud rolls left and hits Chris Olave for a three-yard touchdown. Buckeyes lead 10-0 with 6:41 left in the second quarter.
Olave has 32 career touchdown catches, two shy of the Ohio State record held by David Boston.
The Buckeyes get a big third down stop and force Nebraska to settle for a field goa. OSU leads 10-3 with 3:52 left in the first half.
Ohio State responds with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Jaxon-Smith Njigba. he has seven catches for 140 yards and filling in nicely with Garrett Wilson’s absence.
Nebraska punches back. Martinez connects with Samori Toure for a 72-yard touchdown. OSU leads 17-10 at halftime.
Zach Harrison and Javontae Jean-Baptiste both get a sack on Nebraska’s first drive of the second half. OSU has five sacks.
Noah Ruggles nails a 46-yard field goal to give OSU a 20-10 lead.
Ohio State settles for another field goal. Buckeyes lead 23-10 with 2:05 left in the third quarter.
Martinez connects with Toure for another big gain. The 53-yard catch puts Nebraska at the OSU one-yard line. Martinez scores on a quarterback keeper on the next play. OSU leads 23-17 with 22 seconds left in the third quarter.
Stroud throws his second interception of the game. Nebraska takes over near its own 30-yard line.
Nebraska marches down field but misses a 31-yard field goal with 9:47 left in the game. Buckeyes still lead 23-17.
Ohio State forces Nebraska to punt. The Cornhuskers are 1-for-12 on third down. C.J. Stroud fumbles on first down inside the Nebraska 35-yard line trying to pass but the Buckeyes recover near midfield with 1:42 left in the game.
Noah Ruggles nails his fourth field goal of the game and this one seals the win. His 46-yarder puts OSU up 26-17 with 1:29 left in the game.