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Sun. 5:30pm: Did Buckeyes run up score? You be the judge

October 7, 2012
Tribune Chronicle |

COLUMBUS (AP) - What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes?

Some Nebraska fans thought Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was running up the score.

Here are the facts.

The Cornhuskers trailed 56-38 when they got the ball for the final time after a punt with 3:17 left in Saturday's Big Ten rout. On their second play, QB Taylor Martinez fumbled and Ohio State's Michael Bennett recovered at the Nebraska 26.

The Buckeyes stayed on the ground, killing time. Carlos Hyde gained 3, 3 and 4 yards for a first down at the 16. Hyde then took a handoff around right end and scored Ohio State's seventh touchdown of the game for a 63-38 score. That's the way the game would end.

To be clear, no one in the Nebraska locker room, including coach Bo Pelini, thought the Buckeyes were piling on.

Some sports writers, and fans, weighed in on Twitter. Almost no one backed the few Nebraska fans.

One tweet by another Huskers backer summed it up. In so many words, he (or she) said, "It's all on you, Huskers. NU not going anywhere, Mr. Meyer."

In other words, it's not like Nebraska can't get even. As a protected rivalry that must be preserved by Big Ten schedule-makers, the teams will meet almost every season.

The Buckeyes climbed four spots to No. 8 in the latest AP Top 25.

The four-rung improvement was the second best in the poll, trailing only the six spots Florida moved up to get to No. 4.

The only other Big Ten team to make the elite 25 was Michigan, sneaking in at No. 25.



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