Star of the game

Receiver K.J. Hill made a one-handed catch that he turned into a 36-yard touchdown pass from Dwayne Haskins Jr. in the second quarter, and it put the Buckeyes in the lead for good. Hill had 9 catches for 187 yards and 2 TDs overall.

 

 

 

Turning point

At 5:46 of the fourth, Minnesota’s Emmit Carpenter was wide right on a 49-yard field-goal attempt with the Gophers trailing by nine. Seven plays later, Haskins (33-of-44 passing, 412 yards, 3 TDs) and Hill hooked up on a 27-yard TD pass and the Buckeyes were clear.

 

Repercussions

No. 3 Ohio State is 7-0, but poll voters aren’t going to like how close this game was for 3 1/2 quarters. Coach Urban Meyer certainly didn't. The defense gave up some big plays and drives again, and until late, the running game remained ineffective.