Braxton Miller broke his own school record for a quarterback by rushing for 186 yards, zig-zagging 72 yards for one score and passing for another, to lead the 12th-ranked Buckeyes past No. 21 Nebraska 63-38 on Saturday night before the largest crowd ever at Ohio Stadium.
That wasn’t even the bad news. Taylor Martinez ran for two scores and completed 15 of 23 passes for 214 yards and a score but was intercepted three times for defenseless Nebraska (4-2, 1-1). Leading rusher Rex Burkhead injured his left knee early in the third quarter after rushing for 119 yards on 14 carries, but did not return.
It was the most points given up by the Cornhuskers since a 65-51 loss at Colorado in the final game of the Bill Callahan era.
The Huskers cut the Buckeyes lead to 35-31 on Martinez’s 3-yard pass to tight end Ben Cotton, but Ohio State answered on Carlos Hyde third of four TD runs. Hyde rushed for career highs of 140 yards. Corey Brown’s punt return built the OSU lead to 49-31.
Burkhead, hurt his knee on a 24-yard gain on the fourth play of the second half. He spent much of the third quarter on a stationary bike.
In the first quarter, it was all Huskers. Ohio State didn’t have a first down in the opening period, gaining just 17 yards on 13 plays while falling behind 14-7 as the crowd went quiet. In the second quarter, they gained 242 yards and scored 28 points. After NU built a 17-7 lead, the Buckeyes scored on their next four possessions.
Ohio State outgained Nebraska 498-437.