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Illinois vs. Ohio State score update: Buckeyes hold commanding lead at halftime

The Ohio State Buckeys got off to a sluggish start, as they led the Illinois Fighting Illini by just a point following the first quarter. That all changed in the second frame, though, as they found the end zone a couple times and now hold a commanding 31-6 lead heading into halftime.

Braxton Miller didn't throw a pass for a whole 10 minutes of play, but in the second quarter he found Rod Smith for a 51-yard touchdown to put the Buckeys up 24-6. That came after a touchdown from Carlos Hyde that went for 5 yards, his second of the day, after he scored one from 3 yards out in the first.

Hyde then found the end zone again near the end of the first half, scoring from 4 yards out to widen the gap further. It just took Ohio State a little bit of time, but they've found their offense and are rolling right along in this one.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.