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Nebraska vs. Ohio State: Buckeyes roll over Cornhuskers in Big Ten matchup

Ohio State avenges last season's loss to Nebraska with 63-point showing against Nebraska.

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Carlos Hyde explodes for 4 TDs against Nebraska

Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde ran for a career-high 140 yards in his team's 63-38 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday. Hyde had 28 carries on the day and scored four touchdowns.

Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer has been looking for an offensive threat in addition to quarterback Braxton Miller, and after Hyde's performance against the Cornhuskers, Meyer was encouraged:

"We have two good runners right now," Meyer said. "We have a quarterback who is obviously ridiculous running the ball. And then we have Carlos Hyde, who is starting to earn a lot of respect."

With the added support from Hyde, the Buckeyes racked up 371 rushing yards against Nebraska -- their highest total of the season. They finished the game with 498 total yards and averaged over eight yards per play. Miller led the team with 186 rushing yards on 16 carries; he is the Buckeyes' overall leading rusher through six games.

Hyde is second on the team with 298 rushing yards on 63 carries, and this is despite the fact that he missed a pair of games because of a knee injury.

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Ohio State routs Nebraska 63-38

The No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes prevailed in a shootout over the No. 21 Nebraska Cornhuskers, winning 63-38 on Saturday night at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. With the win, Ohio State is now 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big 10.

After a slow start saw them fall behind 17-7, Ohio State exploded for 28 points in the second quarter en route to a 35-24 halftime lead. Nebraska trimmed the score to 35-31 early in the third quarter before Ohio State scored 21 unanswered points to take control.

Ohio State dominated the game on the ground, piling up 368 yards rushing. Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller did much of the damage, racking up 185 yards and one score on 16 carries. Running back Carlos Hyde also went over 100 yards, finishing with 138 yards on 28 carries. Hyde also added four rushing scores on the night.

Nebraska's offense had some highlights of their own right, but three interceptions by quarterback Taylor Martinez helped doom the Cornhuskers. They fell to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big 10.

Box Score Hero: Miller finished with 312 total yards and accounted for two touchdowns, but Hyde's four scores make him the star of the day for Ohio State.

Rankings Ramifications: Ohio State entered the weekend ranked No. 12 in the AP Top 25. They will likely move up a couple of spots, as several teams ahead of them lost. Nebraska was ranked No. 21, and with their second loss, may fall out of the rankings. But several teams around the Cornhuskers lost, so there's a chance that they cling to a low ranking.

But Did They Cover?: Ohio State was a three-point favorite according to most services, so they covered. The over/under was 57.5, and this game went way over.

For More On This Game: Check out the Ohio State blog Land-Grant Holy Land. For more on Nebraska, check out Corn Nation.

Next Week's Schedule: Ohio State will travel to Indiana to take on the Hoosiers. Nebraska has a bye week and next plays on Oct. 20 at Northwestern.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation.

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Ohio State explodes to take the lead at halftime

Ohio State leads Nebraska, 35-24, after a wild second quarter. The Huskers led, 14-7, after one period, but the Buckeyes' offense exploded for 28 points to give them the lead at halftime.

The Huskers opened the scoring in the second quarter when Brett Maher kicked a 26-yard field goal. The Huskers started that drive with great field position after Ohio State failed to convert a fourth down from their own 25-yard line.

The Buckeyes' offense responded with a pair of touchdowns to take the lead. Carlos Hyde punched the first in from a yard out after this Braxton Miller 72-yard run:

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The Buckeyes scored again when Miller found Jeff Heuerman for an 18-yard touchdown. The two-play drive started at the Nebraska 20 after Bradley Roby intercepted his second pass of the game, and the score put Ohio State up, 21-17.

Nebraska responded as Taylor Martinez ran the ball into the end zone from the nine yard line. The drive was highlighted by a 74-yard pass from Martinez to Kenny Bell.

Ohio State re-took the lead when Hyde rushed for his second touchdown of the quarter. This touchdown came from seven yards out. Miller would add a 30-yard touchdown run before the second quarter closed, taking the Ohio State lead to 35-24 at halftime.

Ohio State got the ball to start the game, so they'll be kicking off to start the second half.

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Huskers lead after 1st quarter in Columbus

The Nebraska Cornhuskers lead the Ohio State Buckeyes by a touchdown after the 1st quarter from Columbus. The Buckeyes opened the scoring when Bradley Roby returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown, putting the home team up 7-0.

Nebraska responded on the ensuing drive, taking the ball 92 yards down the field to even the game at seven. The Huskers covered most of that ground on a single play, when Rex Burkhead rushed 73 yards to the Buckeye 4-yard line. Two plays later, Ameer Abdullah punched the ball into the end zone to tie it up.

Nebraska forced the Buckeyes to go three-and-out on their next possession, and Abdullah gave the Huskers great field position with a 43-yard punt return to the Ohio State 28. Four plays later, Abdullah put Nebraska ahead, 14-7 with his second rushing score of the quarter.

The Ohio State defense struggled to stop the run in the first quarter, allowing Nebraska to gain 130 yards on the ground. The Buckeyes offense only produced 17 total yards in the same span.

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Devin Smith provides big plays for Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes enter Saturday's game vs. the Nebraska Cornhuskers with a 5-0 record, but they might not be undefeated if it wasn't for wide receiver Devin Smith.

Smith has been responsible for many of Ohio State's biggest plays this season, including a 63-yard touchdown last week against Michigan State Spartans and a 72-yard touchdown vs. the California Bears. Smith told reporters on Friday that he's always pictured himself making those plays.

"I always dreamed of making the play in the big game," Smith said, then ticking off those four show-stopping plays of his career. "Ever since I was little I dreamed of doing stuff like that."

(via Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Smith not only leads the Buckeyes with 351 yards receiving, but he also leads Ohio State's receiving corps in touchdowns and 18.5 yards per catch.

The Buckeyes will be facing a stiff test on Saturday night, as the Cornhuskers' rank in the Top 30 nationally in pass defense. In Nebraska's lone loss this season, UCLA Bruins freshman Brett Hundley completed 21-of-33 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns.

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