CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller combined to rush for 430 yards as Ohio State survived a bizarre afternoon in windy Memorial Stadium to defeat Illinois 60-35 and push its winning streak to a school-record-tying 22 games.
Hyde carried 24 times for 246 yards and had touchdown runs of 8, 1, 51 and 55 yards for the Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten), who scored the first 28 points but saw Illinois close to 47-35 midway through the fourth quarter. Hyde also had two receptions for 26 yards and a score.
Hyde’s final two carries netted 106 yards, and the two TDs pushed the Buckeyes’ lead to 60-35 with 2:09 remaining.
Miller rushed 16 times for 184 yards, including a 70-yard burst on the third play of the game to give OSU a 7-0 lead. He also passed for 150 yards and two touchdowns but completed only 13 of 29 attempts in the difficult conditions.
Defensively, the Buckeyes were not as stout as they had been in their past two games, dominating wins over Penn State and Purdue. Illinois (3-7, 0-6) totaled 420 yards as senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase passed for 288 yards. He threw for two TD passes and ran for another.
The Buckeyes looked like they would win going away after taking a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter, but Illinois had a 67-yard punt return by V’Angelo Bentley and TD passes from Scheelhaase to Justin Hardee and Evans Wilson to close to 35-21 early in the second half.
Ohio State used a safety and a Hyde scoring run to make it 44-21 in the third quarter, but scoring runs by Scheelhaase and Josh Ferguson made it 47-35 with 8:49 remaining.
Hyde had a 51-yard scoring run with 4:03 left and a 55-yarder at the 2:09 mark to make it 60-35 and ensure the Illinois would lose its 20th straight game in Big Ten play.