Ohio State holds off Illinois to stay unbeaten
Champaign, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ohio State beat Illinois 60-35 on Saturday in a game that was closer than the No. 3 Buckeyes probably hoped it would be.
Two long touchdown runs by Carlos Hyde, both over 50 yards, turned a 12-point lead with four minutes left into a 25-point margin. Before those scores, which were separated by less than two minutes, Illinois had outscored the Buckeyes 21-12 in the second half.
Hyde finished with 246 yards rushing on 24 carries and scored five total touchdowns for the Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten), who pushed their record to 21-0 under Urban Meyer.
Braxton Miller was 13-of-29 for 150 yards and touchdown passes to Hyde and Corey "Philly" Brown and Bradley Roby returned an interception 63 yards for a score.
The Buckeyes were a distant No. 3 in the latest BCS standings behind Alabama and Florida State. With Stanford and Baylor close behind, many have wondered if Ohio State's weaker remaining schedule could mean it would be leaped in the standings.
The Buckeyes are home against Indiana next Saturday before closing the regular season at Michigan.
Illinois (3-7, 0-6) suffered its 20th straight loss in the Big Ten.
Nathan Scheelhaase was 33-of-50 for 288 yards with touchdown passes to Steve Hull and Evan Wilson. The quarterback also ran for a touchdown, as did Josh Ferguson, and V'Angelo Bentley scored on a 67-yard punt return.
11/16 16:14:53 ET