Madison, Wis. • Carlos Hyde scored on a 2-yard run in overtime Saturday to give No. 6 Ohio State a 21-14 victory over Wisconsin and keep the Buckeyes' hopes of a perfect season alive.
The win gave the Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) the Leaders Division title outright. But they are ineligible for the Big Ten title game and a bowl as part of their punishment for NCAA violations under former coach Jim Tressel. The best the Buckeyes can hope for is to end the regular season unbeaten, hope no one else does and perhaps sneak in as No. 1 in the top 25.
Ohio State finishes the season with The Game, hosting Michigan in a showdown that could determine the Legends Division winner.
Montee Ball tied the major-college career record with his 78th touchdown, a 7-yard run in the second quarter. But he fumbled on what would have been the record-breaker with 2 minutes, 46 seconds left in regulation, leaping over the pile on the goal line with the ball held in front of him and having it batted away by Ryan Shazier.
Wisconsin (7-4, 4-3) got one more chance, thanks to a defense that was stellar all day. It limited the Buckeyes to 236 yards and only allowed Ohio State to cross midfield once after halftime. It forced a quick three-and-out to give the Badgers the ball back with time and great field position. Third-string quarterback Curt Phillips took advantage, finding Jacob Pedersen for a 5-yard score to tie the game at 14-14 with 8 seconds left.