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Ohio State 21, Northwestern 7

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

By ANDREW SELIGMAN
AP Sports Writer

EVANSTON, Ill. - Miyan Williams ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 2 Ohio State got all it could handle from Northwestern in a 21-7 victory on a rainy and windy Saturday.

The Buckeyes (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) came in tied with Tennessee in the AP poll and trailing only the Volunteers in the season's first College Football Playoff rankings. But what figured to be an easy win turned into a struggle.

Ohio State didn't score until the closing minutes of the first half, when Emeka Egbuka ran it in from the 15, with the rain and whipping wind not to mention Northwestern's physical play creating havoc.

Williams gave Ohio State the lead with a 27-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He made it 21-7 when he scored from the 2 with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the game after C.J. Stroud broke a 44-yard run, and the Buckeyes came away with a tougher-than-expected win.

Stroud, the Big Ten leader in yards passing, set a career low with 76. He completed just 10 of 26 passes in his only game this year without a touchdown throw. Stroud, who came in with minus-4 yards rushing, ran for 79, helping the Buckeyes pick up their 10th straight win against Northwestern and 34th in the past 35 meetings.

The Wildcats (1-8, 1-5) dropped their eighth straight, matching their worst skid since the 1998 team lost eight in a row. They are 5-17 since falling to Ohio State in the 2020 conference championship game.

Evan Hull ran for 122 yards and a touchdown.

Brendan Sullivan threw for 79, completing 10 of 14 passes, and the Wildcats remained winless since beating Nebraska in Ireland to start the season.

Ohio State came came in averaging 48.9 points - second only to Tennessee - and hadn't scored fewer than 44 in a Big Ten game. But the ugly conditions and Northwestern's physical play in the trenches made for a tough time.

Northwestern, which has not beaten a top-five team since knocking off No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 5 Iowa in the first two games of the 1959 season, grabbed a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Hull took a direct snap and scored from the 16.

Egbuka turned up the right side and scored from the 15 to tie it at 7 with 2:26 left in the half. Stroud kept that drive going with a 16-yard keeper on fourth down at the Northwestern 37.

Ohio State took a 14-7 lead with 8:44 left in the third on a 27-yard touchdown by Williams, who bounced off a pack, turned to the right and beat three or four defenders.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio State: The Buckeyes had a tough time after winning at Penn State last week. And the way the Buckeyes got pushed around in the early going was eye-opening.

Northwestern: Though they hung in against one of the Big Ten's powerhouses, the Wildcats continue their slide.

November 5, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter OhioStNW
NW TD 6:45 Evan Hull 16 yd run (Adam Stage kick) 0 7
Second Quarter OhioStNW
OhioSt TD 2:26 Emeka Egbuka 15 yd run (Noah Ruggles kick) 7 7
Third Quarter OhioStNW
OhioSt TD 8:44 Miyan Williams 27 yd run (Noah Ruggles kick) 14 7
Fourth Quarter OhioStNW
OhioSt TD 4:21 Miyan Williams 2 yd run (Noah Ruggles kick) 21 7
Team Stats
  Ohio State Northwestern
First downs 13 17
  Rushing 8 12
  Passing 4 5
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 4-15, 27% 9-20, 45%
4th down efficiency 2-4, 50% 0-4, 0%
Rushes-Yards 35-207 59-206
Passing Yards 76 79
Return Yards 39 20
Completions-Attempts-Int 10-26-0 10-17-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 7 6
Punts-Average 50.3 40.8
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 3-20 4-27
Time of Possession 23:34 36:26
Ohio State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Stroud 10 26 76 0 0
Northwestern Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Sullivan 10 14 79 0 0
R. Hilinski 0 3 0 0 0
Ohio State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Williams 26 111 4.3 2
C. Stroud 6 79 13.2 0
E. Egbuka 2 21 10.5 1
Northwestern Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Hull 30 122 4.1 1
B. Sullivan 12 55 4.6 0
C. Porter 11 50 4.5 0
A. Clair 1 1 1.0 0
M. Washington 1 -2 -2.0 0
Ohio State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Harrison Jr. 5 51 10.2 0
C. Stover 2 12 6.0 0
J. Fleming 1 7 7.0 0
E. Egbuka 2 6 3.0 0
Northwestern Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Washington 6 49 8.2 0
C. Porter 2 14 7.0 0
B. Kirtz 1 12 12.0 0
E. Hull 1 4 4.0 0
Ohio State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Northwestern Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Ohio State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Mirco 7 352 50.3
Northwestern Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
H. Renner 4 137 34.3
L. Akers 2 108 54.0
Ohio State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Egbuka 1 18 18.0
Northwestern Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Ohio State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Johnson 1 21 21.0
Northwestern Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Hull 1 17 17.0
D. Carr 1 3 3.0
Ohio State Missed FG
Player Length
Northwestern Missed FG
Player Length




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