As the second half started, Ohio State possessed the ball at their own 30 yard line. Facing a third and short, Carlos Hyde stumbled attempting to pick up the first down which forced Cameron Johnston into his second punt of the afternoon.
It was the same story as it's been all day for the Illinois offense, only this time there wasn't as many positive plays. Michael Bennett and Joey Bosa recorded sacks on 2nd and 3rd down and then a below average punt gave Ohio State great starting field position at the Illinois 44 yard line.
With yard through the air coming tough, partly attributed to the windy conditions, Ohio State kept in on the ground with Braxton Miller scampering for a 28 yard gain to move to the Illini 11 yard line. After a quick timeout, Braxton Miller found Corey Brown in the end zone for an eleven yard touchdown and a 28 point lead for the Buckeyes.
As the Buckeye's offense looked to be getting complacent with the big lead, Illinois forced a punt and the normally outstanding punt coverage unit missed some tackles and saw V'angelo Bentley go 64 yards for Illinois' first points of the day.
The message was clear at what Urban Meyer wanted when the ball was back into the hands of Miller and the offense: a touchdown. Moving the ball at ease, mostly from runs by Braxton Miller, a 6 play 52 yard drive was capped by a Carlos Hyde eight yard touchdown.
With Illinois badly needing a touchdown, Illinois put together their best drive of the day. Finding success through the air as well as on the ground, Nathan Scheelhaase found Steve Hull for a 19 yard touchdown, cutting the Buckeye's lead to 21.
- Braxton Miller: 10/20 90 yards 2 TDs; 8 rushes 138 yards 1 TD
- Carlos Hyde: 9 carries 60 yards 1 TD; 1 reception 18 yards 1 TD
- Corey Brown: 6 receptions 44 yards 1 TD
- Total yards: Ohio State- 288 Illinois- 187