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No. 8 Ohio State rallies to beat Nebraska 36-31

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) With five minutes left in the game and Ohio State clinging to a six-point lead, J.K. Dobbins burst through a hole between center and right guard and rumbled untouched 42 yards for a touchdown and some breathing room.

The breakaway by the Buckeyes' tailback was hugely satisfying for coach Urban Meyer, considering the running game has been absent for the past month, most notably in the inexplicable upset loss to Purdue two weeks ago. He harped on it with his team in the days afterward.

Dobbins ran for a season-high 163 yards and two more touchdowns as No. 8 Ohio State rallied in the second half and then weathered a late Nebraska score to win 36-31 on Saturday.

''It was great to get back to our old ways,'' Dobbins said. ''We knew what we could do.''

It wasn't only Ohio State's running game that showed up again. Its depleted and much-maligned defense - missing three starters in the secondary and prone to giving up big plays - staged a second-half stand.

Down 21-16 at half after the Huskers (2-7, 1-5 Big Ten) turned two Ohio State fumbles into touchdown drives, the Buckeyes (8-1, 5-1, No. 10 CFP) rallied in the second half. They forced five straight punts and held Nebraska to a field-goal when a drive stalled at the 1.

''We had every chance to in the world to win that game,'' Nebraska coach Scott Frost said.

After the field goal, Dobbins broke off his run to cap the next series. Nebraska's Adrian Martinez threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to JD Spielman to pull the Cornhuskers within five with 3 minutes left, but Dobbins pounded away for two first downs to run out the clock.

''The biggest thing is to get that darned bad taste out of your mouth from two weeks ago and win the game,'' Meyer said. ''It was a close game against a team that was hitting its stride now.''

HASKINS GRINDS IT OUT

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. didn't have a great day, but he got the job done.

After nearly flawless performances early in the season put him in the Heisman Trophy conversation, he was 18 for 32 for 252 yards Saturday with a pair of touchdowns, including a 42-yard scoring toss to J.K. Dobbins in the first quarter . But he also fumbled twice and threw an interception.

''We cost ourselves with a couple of fumbles and a couple of miscommunications,'' Haskins said.

His 18 completions gave him 242 for the year and broke the single-season school record of 240 set by J.T. Barrett last season.

HUSKERS RISING

For a team that lost six a row for its worst start in the program's 129-year history, Nebraska's improvement is astonishing.

Martinez is getting better every week and bested Haskins. He was 22 for 33 for 266 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 72 yards and two more scores.

Running back Devine Ozigbo ran for 86 yards and a score.

''A lot of things had to happen to get a team that would go toe-toe with a top-10 team,'' Frost said. ''Six weeks ago we went to Ann Arbor (Michigan) and played a team like that and we had no chance. We walked out of there with our tails between our legs. Now the guys are banding together and fighting and going blow-for-blow with a team like (Ohio State).''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The win won't look impressive on paper, so Ohio State is unlikely to gain ground.

THE TAKEAWAY

Nebraska: The Huskers are a different team than the one that started the season with a home loss to Troy and 46-point defeat at Michigan.

''We can play against any team in the country, and that includes Ohio State,'' Martinez said, ''This thing is taking off.''

Ohio State: The Buckeyes survived three turnovers while bouncing back from the stunning loss at Purdue. The running game and defense are showing signs of recovery for the stretch run.

UP NEXT:

Nebraska: hosts Illinois on Nov. 10.

Ohio State: visits Michigan State on Nov. 10.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:57
32-B.Pickering extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
36
Touchdown 3:05
2-A.Martinez complete to 10-J.Spielman. 10-J.Spielman runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
65
yds
01:47
pos
30
36
Missed Two Point Conversion 4:52
2-J.Dobbins to NEB 1 for 1 yard.
plays
yds
pos
24
36
Touchdown 4:59
2-J.Dobbins runs 42 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
65
yds
02:50
pos
24
36
Field Goal 8:30
32-B.Pickering 18 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
70
yds
02:43
pos
24
30
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:43
95-B.Haubeil extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
30
Touchdown 1:48
7-D.Haskins complete to 21-P.Campbell. 21-P.Campbell runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
47
yds
01:16
pos
21
29
Point After TD 5:39
95-B.Haubeil extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
23
Touchdown 5:45
2-J.Dobbins runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
80
yds
03:12
pos
21
22
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:15
32-B.Pickering extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
16
Touchdown 0:21
2-A.Martinez runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
47
yds
04:01
pos
20
16
Point After TD 4:52
32-B.Pickering extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
16
Touchdown 4:58
2-A.Martinez runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
63
yds
04:00
pos
13
16
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:51
95-B.Haubeil extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
16
Touchdown 1:56
2-J.Dobbins runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
86
yds
02:32
pos
7
15
Point After TD 5:11
95-B.Haubeil extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
9
Touchdown 5:20
7-D.Haskins complete to 1-J.Dixon. 1-J.Dixon runs 42 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
80
yds
01:56
pos
7
8
Safety 7:16
98-I.Armstrong punts 0 yards from NEB 22 blocked by 16-K.Jones. to NEB End Zone for no gain. to NEB End Zone for no gain safety.
plays
yds
pos
7
2
Point After TD 9:56
32-B.Pickering extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 10:00
22-D.Ozigbo runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
15
plays
65
yds
05:00
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 27 23
Rushing 11 11
Passing 14 10
Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Conv 4-14 3-9
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-1
Total Net Yards 443 471
Total Plays 82 72
Avg Gain 5.4 6.5
Net Yards Rushing 184 229
Rush Attempts 49 40
Avg Rush Yards 3.8 5.7
Net Yards Passing 259 242
Comp. - Att. 22-33 18-32
Yards Per Pass 7.8 7.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-7 1-10
Penalties - Yards 5-44 6-46
Touchdowns 4 5
Rushing TDs 3 3
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 6-2
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 7-38.6 4-47.8
Return Yards 23 52
Punts - Returns 1--2 2-24
Kickoffs - Returns 2-25 3-28
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 5/5 4/4
Extra Points 4/4 4/4
Field Goals 1/1 0/0
Safeties 0 1
1234T
Nebraska 2-7 71401031
10 Ohio State 8-1 16014636
259 PASS YDS 242
184 RUSH YDS 229
443 TOTAL YDS 471
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Martinez 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 266 1 0 144.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.4% 1922 12 6 145.8
A. Martinez 22/33 266 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Ozigbo 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 86 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
116 796 9
D. Ozigbo 20 86 1 10
A. Martinez 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 72 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
103 480 6
A. Martinez 20 72 2 24
M. Washington 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
66 360 3
M. Washington 7 16 0 8
J. Spielman 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 24 0
J. Spielman 1 6 0 6
S. Morgan Jr. 8 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
S. Morgan Jr. 1 4 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. Morgan Jr. 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 87 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
51 725 5
S. Morgan Jr. 7 87 0 46
J. Spielman 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 61 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
59 747 8
J. Spielman 6 61 1 17
A. Allen 11 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 41 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 54 0
A. Allen 1 41 0 41
M. Williams 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 120 0
M. Williams 2 21 0 15
M. Washington 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 112 0
M. Washington 1 20 0 20
J. Stoll 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 170 1
J. Stoll 3 17 0 7
D. Ozigbo 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 128 0
D. Ozigbo 1 13 0 13
B. Reimers 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 27 0
B. Reimers 1 6 0 6
B. Dixon 34 LB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
B. Dixon 0 0 0 0
K. Rafdal 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 67 0
K. Rafdal 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Reed 25 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
A. Reed 7-0 0.0 0
M. Barry 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
M. Barry 6-2 0.0 0
D. Young II 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 1 0.0
D. Young II 6-3 0.0 0
A. Williams 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
A. Williams 5-1 0.0 0
J. Domann 13 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
J. Domann 5-2 1.0 0
L. Gifford 12 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
L. Gifford 3-0 0.0 0
L. Jackson 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 2 0.0
L. Jackson 2-1 0.0 1
D. Williams 41 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
D. Williams 2-0 0.0 0
F. Akinmoladun 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
F. Akinmoladun 2-0 0.0 0
C. Davis 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Davis 1-0 0.0 0
K. Davis 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Davis 1-0 0.0 0
D. Bootle 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
D. Bootle 1-2 0.0 0
T. Neal 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
T. Neal 1-0 0.0 0
B. Stille 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Stille 1-0 0.0 0
D. Daniels 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
D. Daniels 1-2 0.0 0
M. Stoltenberg 44 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Stoltenberg 0-1 0.0 0
C. Tannor 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Tannor 0-1 0.0 0
P. Newell 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
P. Newell 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Pickering 32 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
8/12 31/32
B. Pickering 1/1 18 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
I. Armstrong 98 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 38.6 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
20 45.2 0
I. Armstrong 7 38.6 0 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Woodyard 88 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 15.7 13 0
J. Woodyard 1 13.0 13 0
M. Washington 28 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 16.8 12 0
M. Washington 1 12.0 12 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Spielman 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -2.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 19.4 0 1
J. Spielman 1 -2.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Haskins 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.3% 252 2 1 136.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.7% 3053 32 6 170.6
D. Haskins 18/32 252 2 1
P. Campbell 21 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 2 0 0 116.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 2 0 0 116.8
P. Campbell 1/1 2 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Dobbins 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
23 163 3
SEASON ATT YDS TD
143 684 7
J. Dobbins 23 163 3 42
M. Weber 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 91 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
105 607 3
M. Weber 9 91 0 37
P. Campbell 21 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 7 0
P. Campbell 2 -4 0 -1
D. Haskins 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 45 1
D. Haskins 3 -11 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Dixon 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 96 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 380 5
J. Dixon 5 96 1 42
K. Hill 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
51 695 4
K. Hill 2 39 0 30
L. Farrell 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 126 1
L. Farrell 3 33 0 17
P. Campbell 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 31 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
56 631 8
P. Campbell 4 31 1 13
J. Dobbins 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 186 1
J. Dobbins 1 22 0 22
D. McCall 30 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 58 0
D. McCall 1 12 0 12
B. Victor 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 246 3
B. Victor 1 10 0 10
M. Weber 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 84 1
M. Weber 1 9 0 9
T. McLaurin 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 398 8
T. McLaurin 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Borland 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
T. Borland 9-0 0.0 0
B. White 25 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-5 0 0.0
B. White 8-5 0.0 0
M. Harrison 39 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-6 1 0.0
M. Harrison 6-6 0.0 0
D. Jones 86 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 1.0
D. Jones 5-1 1.0 0
D. Arnette 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
D. Arnette 5-0 0.0 0
S. Wade 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
S. Wade 4-0 0.0 0
J. Fuller 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Fuller 4-0 0.0 0
J. Cooper 18 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Cooper 3-0 0.0 0
P. Werner 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
P. Werner 3-0 0.0 0
K. Sheffield 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
K. Sheffield 2-0 0.0 0
B. Browning 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Browning 2-0 0.0 0
H. Garrett 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
H. Garrett 2-0 0.0 0
C. Young 2 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Young 2-0 0.0 0
J. Cornell 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Cornell 2-1 0.0 0
D. Hamilton 53 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Hamilton 1-0 0.0 0
R. Landers 67 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Landers 1-0 0.0 0
K. Pope 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Pope 1-0 0.0 0
T. Togiai 72 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Togiai 0-1 0.0 0
T. Smith 11 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Smith 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Haubeil 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
5/6 9/9
B. Haubeil 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Chrisman 91 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 47.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
35 44.0 2
D. Chrisman 4 47.8 2 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Dixon 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 12.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 20.0 14 0
J. Dixon 2 12.0 14 0
K. Hill 14 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
K. Hill 1 4.0 4 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Hill 14 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 4.4 2 0
K. Hill 1 2.0 2 0
K. Jones 16 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 0 0
K. Jones 1 22.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 OHIOST 35 5:00 15 75 TD
8:32 NEB 22 1:12 3 0 Safety
5:11 OHIOST 35 0:39 4 -11 Fumble
1:51 OHIOST 35 1:39 10 75 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:42 NEB 11 1:23 4 17 Punt
8:58 NEB 36 4:00 11 64 TD
4:22 OHIOST 47 4:01 8 47 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:32 NEB 20 2:30 7 26 Punt
5:39 OHIOST 35 1:00 4 -5 Punt
3:57 NEB 4 0:22 3 9 Punt
1:43 OHIOST 35 1:04 7 5 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:18 NEB 33 0:39 3 4 Punt
11:13 NEB 34 2:43 7 65 FG
4:52 OHIOST 35 1:47 8 65 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:56 NEB 35 0:54 5 8 Downs
7:16 NEB 20 1:56 7 80 TD
4:28 OHIOST 43 2:32 9 52 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:44 OHIOST 26 0:59 4 8 Punt
11:13 OHIOST 32 1:44 5 4 Fumble
4:52 NEB 35 0:07 3 12
0:15 NEB 35 0:04 4 -2 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:05 NEB 35 0:00 10 -15 INT
8:57 OHIOST 20 3:12 8 80 TD
4:35 OHIOST 32 0:36 3 5 Punt
3:04 NEB 47 1:16 3 47 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:45 OHIOST 30 0:16 3 0 Punt
12:33 OHIOST 24 1:15 3 0 Punt
7:49 NEB 35 2:50 8 65 TD
2:57 NEB 35 1:57 7 3