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Ohio St beats Wildcats for Big Ten crown, hopes it's enough

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Dwayne Haskins and Urban Meyer reveled in the victory celebration Saturday night.

Now the College Football Playoff selection committee gets to decide whether the Big Ten champions will continue dancing through the next six weeks.

Shortly after Haskins made his case to win the Heisman Trophy by throwing five more touchdown passes, the Buckeyes defense fended off a second half charge from No. 21 Northwestern and Meyer put his hands on a third conference championship trophy in five years as the conversation quickly turned to the more immediate fate of No. 6 Ohio State.

''This means representing the Big Ten Conference, arguably the best conference in college football, and the East Division, arguably the best division in college football,'' Meyer said as the lobbying began after a 45-24 victory. ''I think all you have to do is look is at the body of work. We went on the road and won some tough games - TCU, Penn State and Michigan State. The way we played against our rival (Michigan) and the way we played tonight, I think we deserve a shot.''

Three spots in the playoff appear to be locked up after No. 1 Alabama beat No. 4 Georgia in the SEC title game and Clemson claimed another ACC crown by routing Pittsburgh. Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are all unbeaten and are expected to claim the top three spots.

With No. 5 Oklahoma beating No. 9 Texas in the Big 12 title game, conventional wisdom suggests the Buckeyes (12-1, 9-1, No. 6 CFP) may come up short in their playoff quest.

One argument in favor of Ohio State: It is playing well.

The Buckeyes have won five straight overall, piling up 107 points in the last two games - against two stingy defenses.

Haskins was lights out again Saturday, finishing 34 of 41 with 499 yards and one interception and was an easy choice as the game's MVP.

''We got a win, that's all that matters,'' Haskins said. ''I could have thrown for 80 yards or 600 yards. All we needed to do was win the game.''

The Buckeyes started fast - scoring just 10 plays into the game when scrambled to avoid a sack and bought just enough time to hook up with Terry McLaurin for a 16-yard TD pass .

And after allowing John Moten IV to tie the score with a 77-yard TD run midway through the first quarter, Ohio State closed out the half with a flurry. J.K. Dobbins scored on a 2-yard run, Blake Haubeil made a 42-yard field goal and McLaurin caught a 42-yard TD pass from Haskins to give the Buckeyes a seemingly safe 24-7 halftime lead.

The Wildcats answered quickly in the second half.

Clayton Thorson scored on an 18-yard run to make it 24-14 and his 2-yard TD pass to Cameron Green made it 24-21 with 8:03 left in the third quarter. Thorson went 27 of 44 with 267 yards, one TD and two interceptions for the Wildcats (8-5, 8-2, No. 21).

''I talked to them (at halftime) and said `Hey, we've been here before. Let's get a great first drive, let's go score and get momentum,''' Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. ''To our guys' credit, we were obviously able to get that done. We just couldn't get over the hump, though.''

Instead, Haskins found Chris Olave for a 29-yard TD pass and sealed the win with two more touchdown passes in the final 10 minutes - a 9-yarder to Johnnie Dixon and a 17-yarder to Dobbins.

The ensuing celebrations included Haskins striking the Heisman pose , Meyer hugging those around him and Buckeyes players waving championship memorabilia as they await the committee's final decision.

''There are a lot of great football teams out there and we're one of those great football teams,'' said Meyer, who has fended off questions about his future following a difficult offseason and a three-game suspension for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant. ''I don't know if we're in position to start making statements about where we belong, but they have a tough decision to make.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Northwestern: The ascending Wildcats showed some true grit after an abysmal start, which could have buried them. Now they must find a way to clear the next hurdle and win a conference crown.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes played like one of the nation's top teams during a dominant first half and during closeout mode. But in between, they struggled to put away the Wildcats.

STAT PACK

Northwestern: Moten had four carries for 76 yards and Isaiah Bowser wound up with 13 carries for 60 yards. ... Thorson made his 52nd career start, a Big Ten record. ... Fred Wyatt blocked an Ohio State field goal.

Ohio State: Dixon had seven catches for 129 yards, Parris Campbell had seven catches for 89 yards, Olave finished with five for 79 and McLaurin had three receptions for 78 yards. ... Dobbins ran 17 times for 68 yards and became the first player in school history to record 1,000-yard rushing seasons as both a freshman and sophomore.

UP NEXT

Northwestern: The Big Ten runner-ups will wait to find out who and where they play.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes are hoping the conventional wisdom about the playoff spots is wrong even though their more likely destination may be the Rose Bowl.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:09
95-B.Haubeil extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
45
Touchdown 4:14
7-D.Haskins complete to 2-J.Dobbins. 2-J.Dobbins runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
74
yds
02:31
pos
24
44
Point After TD 9:11
95-B.Haubeil extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
38
Touchdown 9:19
7-D.Haskins complete to 1-J.Dixon. 1-J.Dixon runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
65
yds
01:18
pos
24
37
Field Goal 10:45
14-C.Kuhbander 21 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
91
yds
01:43
pos
24
31
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:21
95-B.Haubeil extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
31
Touchdown 1:26
7-D.Haskins complete to 17-C.Olave. 17-C.Olave runs 29 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
69
yds
01:30
pos
21
30
Point After TD 8:03
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
24
Touchdown 8:09
18-C.Thorson complete to 84-C.Green. 84-C.Green runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
12
yds
03:26
pos
20
24
Point After TD 13:23
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
24
Touchdown 13:32
18-C.Thorson scrambles runs 18 yards for a touchdown. Penalty on OSU 3-D.Arnette Holding declined.
6
plays
65
yds
00:00
pos
13
24
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:21
95-B.Haubeil extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
24
Touchdown 1:28
7-D.Haskins complete to 83-T.McLaurin. 83-T.McLaurin runs 42 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
88
yds
03:56
pos
7
23
Field Goal 6:40
95-B.Haubeil 42 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
21
yds
03:01
pos
7
17
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:29
95-B.Haubeil extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 3:33
2-J.Dobbins runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
65
yds
02:54
pos
7
13
Point After TD 6:27
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 6:39
20-J.Moten runs 77 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
85
yds
00:47
pos
6
7
Point After TD 10:31
95-B.Haubeil extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 10:42
7-D.Haskins complete to 83-T.McLaurin. 83-T.McLaurin runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
65
yds
04:18
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 21 31
Rushing 6 6
Passing 13 25
Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Conv 5-15 10-18
4th Down Conv 0-1 1-1
Total Net Yards 383 582
Total Plays 68 87
Avg Gain 5.6 6.7
Net Yards Rushing 151 108
Rush Attempts 24 46
Avg Rush Yards 6.3 2.3
Net Yards Passing 232 474
Comp. - Att. 27-44 34-41
Yards Per Pass 5.3 11.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-35 4-25
Penalties - Yards 3-15 9-90
Touchdowns 3 6
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 1 5
Other 0 0
Turnovers 3 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 2 1
Punts - Avg 7-41.1 4-54.8
Return Yards 1 53
Punts - Returns 1-1 2-9
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 2-43
Int. - Returns 1-0 2-1
Kicking 4/4 7/8
Extra Points 3/3 6/6
Field Goals 1/1 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
22 Northwestern 8-5 7014324
6 Ohio State 12-1 141071445
232 PASS YDS 474
151 RUSH YDS 108
383 TOTAL YDS 582
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Thorson 18 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.4% 267 1 2 110.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.4% 2942 15 14 118.8
C. Thorson 27/44 267 1 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Moten IV 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 76 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 203 3
J. Moten IV 4 76 1 77
I. Bowser 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 60 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
174 796 6
I. Bowser 13 60 0 20
R. Lees 19 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 29 0
R. Lees 1 18 0 18
C. Thorson 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 -3 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
73 -104 9
C. Thorson 6 -3 1 18
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. McGowan 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 50 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 238 2
K. McGowan 4 50 0 17
B. Skowronek 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 42 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
44 556 3
B. Skowronek 4 42 0 15
C. Fessler 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 101 0
C. Fessler 3 33 0 17
J. Roberts 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 38 0
J. Roberts 1 33 0 33
C. Green 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 26 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
50 437 4
C. Green 4 26 1 16
T. Pugh 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 29 0
T. Pugh 2 25 0 15
I. Bowser 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 77 0
I. Bowser 2 24 0 15
F. Nagel 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
66 759 2
F. Nagel 2 13 0 9
B. Holman 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 35 0
B. Holman 2 7 0 9
R. Lees 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 204 2
R. Lees 1 6 0 6
C. Hanaoka 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 58 0
C. Hanaoka 1 5 0 5
S. Vault 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 13 0
S. Vault 1 3 0 3
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 173 0
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
P. Fisher 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 1 0.0
P. Fisher 9-2 0.0 0
T. Whillock 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
T. Whillock 8-0 0.0 0
B. Gallagher 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
B. Gallagher 6-0 0.0 0
N. Hall 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 3 0.0
N. Hall 4-0 0.0 0
S. Miller 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
S. Miller 4-1 1.0 0
M. Hartage 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
M. Hartage 4-0 0.0 1
J. Gaziano 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.5
J. Gaziano 3-1 0.5 0
A. Mayo 10 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
A. Mayo 3-0 0.0 0
J. Thompson 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
J. Thompson 3-0 1.0 0
A. Miller 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
A. Miller 3-0 1.0 0
E. Brown IV 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.5
E. Brown IV 3-1 0.5 0
J. Pace 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 3 0.0
J. Pace 3-1 0.0 0
G. Newsome II 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
G. Newsome II 3-0 0.0 0
T. Goens 83 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Goens 2-0 0.0 0
C. Ruiz 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Ruiz 2-0 0.0 0
J. McGee 41 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
J. McGee 1-0 0.0 0
F. Wyatt 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
F. Wyatt 1-0 0.0 0
Ja. Brown 17 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Ja. Brown 1-0 0.0 0
B. Oxley 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Oxley 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Kuhbander 14 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
4/8 24/24
C. Kuhbander 1/1 21 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Collins 49 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 41.1 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
72 40.7 1
J. Collins 7 41.1 1 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Lees 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 5.4 1 0
R. Lees 1 1.0 1 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Haskins 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
82.9% 499 5 1 220.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.2% 4580 47 8 175.8
D. Haskins 34/41 499 5 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Dobbins 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 68 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
223 1029 9
J. Dobbins 17 68 1 11
M. Weber 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 51 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
157 858 5
M. Weber 17 51 0 11
D. Haskins 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
73 122 4
D. Haskins 10 -5 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Dixon 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 129 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
40 642 7
J. Dixon 7 129 1 63
P. Campbell 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 89 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
79 992 11
P. Campbell 7 89 0 17
C. Olave 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 79 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 197 3
C. Olave 5 79 1 29
T. McLaurin 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 78 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
34 669 11
T. McLaurin 3 78 2 42
J. Dobbins 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 50 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 248 2
J. Dobbins 4 50 1 28
B. Victor 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 320 4
B. Victor 2 33 0 17
M. Weber 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 104 1
M. Weber 3 21 0 12
D. McCall 30 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 110 0
D. McCall 1 8 0 8
K. Hill 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
67 831 6
K. Hill 1 8 0 8
R. Berry 13 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 77 1
R. Berry 1 4 0 4
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Fuller 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 1 0.0
J. Fuller 9-1 0.0 0
M. Harrison 39 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 0.0
M. Harrison 8-1 0.0 0
B. White 25 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
B. White 5-0 0.0 0
D. Arnette 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
D. Arnette 4-0 0.0 1
C. Young 2 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 3.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 3.0
C. Young 3-0 3.0 0
S. Wade 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 3 0.0
S. Wade 3-0 0.0 1
D. Jones 86 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 1.0
D. Jones 3-1 1.0 0
J. Cooper 18 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Cooper 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
J. Okudah 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Okudah 2-0 0.0 0
K. Sheffield 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 0.0
K. Sheffield 1-0 0.0 0
T. Togiai 72 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Togiai 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
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
J. Cornell 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Cornell 1-0 0.0 0
T. Vincent 6 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
T. Vincent 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Haubeil 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 6/6
SEASON FG XP
10/13 33/33
B. Haubeil 1/2 42 6/6 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Chrisman 91 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 54.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
53 43.3 2
D. Chrisman 4 54.8 2 62
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. McCall 30 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.5 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 19.5 26 0
D. McCall 2 21.5 26 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Hill 14 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.5 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 5.4 6 0
K. Hill 2 4.5 6 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:31 OHIOST 35 0:35 4 -1 Punt
7:26 NWEST 20 0:47 3 80 TD
3:29 OHIOST 35 1:25 4 0 Punt
0:18 NWEST 9 0:07 6 40 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:22 NWEST 16 1:41 8 38 Fumble
6:13 OHIOST 35 0:44 4 -7 Punt
1:21 OHIOST 35 0:26 4 3 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:43 OHIOST 35 0:00 6 65 TD
11:35 NWEST 15 3:26 12 12 TD
6:54 NWEST 30 0:13 2 36 INT
5:01 NWEST 39 1:31 3 6 Punt
1:21 OHIOST 35 0:46 5 -7 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:28 NWEST 20 1:43 7 76 FG
9:11 OHIOST 35 1:44 11 29 Downs
4:09 OHIOST 35 1:23 5 2 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NWEST 35 4:18 11 65 TD
9:19 OHIOST 25 1:15 5 17 Punt
6:27 NWEST 35 2:54 9 65 TD
1:30 OHIOST 28 0:36 3 9 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:43 OHIOST 20 2:00 6 -4 INT
9:41 NWEST 46 3:01 7 21 FG
5:24 OHIOST 22 3:56 10 78 TD
0:51 OHIOST 15 0:00 1 8 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:23 NWEST 35 1:08 5 5 Punt
8:03 NWEST 35 1:02 5 -6 Punt
6:18 NWEST 34 1:02 5 14 Fumble
2:56 OHIOST 40 1:30 7 69 TD
0:30 OHIOST 40 0:22 7 50 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:37 NWEST 35 1:18 5 65 TD
6:45 OHIOST 46 2:31 8 54 TD
2:09 OHIOST 31 0:53 3 1