The Ohio State Buckeyes earned a big win over the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday night in Evanston, but it was not without plenty of struggles on both sides of the ball. The defense had trouble containing the Wildcats’ dual quarterback threat, and Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller struggled as he fumbled the ball and threw an interception in the first half. The Buckeyes’ only touchdown in the first half came on a blocked punt. The second half was much better for the Buckeyes’ offense, but especially for one player in particular. The bright spot in an otherwise lackluster offense for the Buckeyes, was running back Carlos Hyde. He was essentially their offense in this game, and the Buckeyes could not have earned this hard fought win without him.
The Northwestern defense did a good job of containing Miller, who went 15-for-26 with 203 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, and two fumbles while rushing for 68 yards. It was up to someone else to take the reins for the offense. The announcers even alluded to the Buckeyes bringing in backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, and even showed him warming up on the sidelines. Guiton was never brought in, so as Miller continued to struggle, Hyde took charge of the offense.
Hyde ran for a career-high of 168 yards and three touchdowns, and also had four receptions for 38 yards. All three of Hyde’s touchdowns came in the second half. Hyde said that he goes into every game with the mindset that he is going to make up for the three games that he was suspended for earlier this season, and he did just that. He became the “work horse” for the Buckeyes offense and made the difference between what was a great win for the Buckeyes, and what could’ve been a disappointing loss. Hyde helped keep Ohio State’s dream of a national championship alive, which the Buckeyes and their fans everywhere are very grateful for.