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By Matt McCoy
Carlos Hyde rushes for 168 yards and three touchdowns in Buckeye win
It wasn't easy, but Ohio State survived Saturday night 40-30 at Northwestern.
The Buckeyes played from behind most of the game and trailed by 10 in second half, but one move that wasn't made and another that was proved to be the difference.
Braxton Miller turned the ball over three times and was nearly yanked in favor of super sub Kenny Guiton after losing a third quarter fumble inside the Northwestern five yard line.
"Real close," Coach Urban Meyer said after the game when asked how close he was to inserting Guiton. "We were riding (with Miller) and I just didn't think (making the change) was the appropriate thing to do right there and had a lot of trust number five would pull it out...and he did."
After the fumble, Miller completed 6-8 passing for 89 yards and rushed for another 24. The move that was made was the decision to give Northwestern a heavy dose of Carlos Hyde.
The senior running back, who was suspended for the first three games of the season, delivered with the game on the line. He rushed for a career best 168 yards on 26 carries and had three touchdowns. Hyde had 112 of his yards and all three touchdowns after halftime.
It was Hyde who missed the first three games due to suspension for an incident in a downtown bar in July. In his postgame interview, an emotional Hyde broke down when asked about his performance.
"The suspension was hard...one of the hardest things I had to go through," Hyde said, choking back tears. "But I just kept my faith. I prayed to God every night that he would be there with me and get me through it and that I would get the chance to get back out there."
To listen to Hyde's emotional postgame press conference click HERE:
To listen to Urban Meyer's postgame comments click HERE:
The Buckeyes remained No. 3 in the coaches poll and No. 4 in the Associated Press. On my AP ballot, I continue to have OSU third, behind Alabama and Oregon. Here's how I voted.
3) Ohio State
6) Florida State
8) Texas A&M
13) South Carolina
20) Oklahoma State
21) Fresno State
22) Virginia Tech
23) Texas Tech