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Meanwhile, Ohio State was piling up the points.

Rod Smith also rushed for a 33-yard touchdown and Miller completed 7 of 14 passes for 127 yards.

It was the fourth meeting between the teams, but the first in Columbus since 1956.

The first half _ really the second quarter _ was the determining factor for the Buckeyes.

They 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, however, they amassed 242 yards and scored 28 points.

Down 17-7 after a Nebraska field goal, the Buckeyes scored on their next four possessions.

It all started when Miller was confronted by Courtney Osborne in the backfield but juked him and then raced down the right sideline for a 72-yard gain, pushed out of bounds at the Nebraska 3. Miller limped off the field and was replaced by Kenny Guiton, who handed off twice to Hyde, the second resulting in a 1-yard dive for the score.

“When it’s my chance to get the ball, I’m going to try to make something happen with it,” Miller said.

Martinez, who worked extensively on his passing during the offseason, had been intercepted by Roby on the Huskers’ second possession, with Roby bringing it back 41 yards for the Buckeyes’ only points of the first 19 minutes.

“It’s a team loss and we have to move on from here,” Martinez said. “We still have everything in front of us.”

On third and 5 at the Nebraska 20, Martinez threw the ball directly to Roby. His 8-yard return put the Buckeyes right back in business at the Nebraska 20. Two plays later, with Miller now back in, he had a nifty play-action fake before tossing a short pass in the right flat to Jeff Heuerman for an 18-yard score and Ohio State’s first lead on a cool, crisp night, 21-17.

Despite starting their next drive with two false-start penalties, the Huskers came right back. Martinez was hit late but completed a post pass to Kenny Bell, who twice straight-armed defenders on a 74-yard gainer. Martinez stayed in and ended up scoring on a 9-yard run to make it 24-21.

But the Buckeyes weren’t done.

Sticking mainly to the ground, they rolled downfield. The key play was Miller’s 32-yard hook-up with tight end Nick Vannett for 32 yards. Hyde finished it off with a 7-yard TD run, bouncing outside to skirt right end for a 28-24 Ohio State lead.

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