Braxton Miller started the Buckeye offense off with a bang, completing five straight passes as Ohio State marched 65 yards to open the game, but the drive stalled as they were only able to come away with three points. Miller was able to spread the love as Corey Brown and Devin Smith each caught two passes on the drive.
After picking up a first down in two plays on Northwestern's first drive, Adolphus Washington hit Venric Mark in the backfield to set up a a second and long—a hole the Cats were unable to get out of as they punted away through the end zone, giving OSU possession at the 20 yard line.
With turnovers being the key to the game for Northwestern, the Cats were able to strip Braxton Miller deep in Ohio State's own territory. Five plays later, Trevor Siemian hit do-it-all player Kain Colter for a nine yard touchdown to put the Wildcats up 7-3.
It was evident what Urban Meyer wanted to do on the next drive—pound the rock. Carlos Hyde received a heavy dose of carries, but it still wasn't enough as the Buckeyes were forced to punt on Northwestern's 38 yard line. An excellent punt by Cameron Johnston pinned the Wildcats back on their own one. The punt turned out to be extra big as Bradley Roby was able to block and recover a punt for a touchdown.
- Braxton Miller - 5/7 65 yards
- Carlos Hyde - 4 carries 32 yards
- Corey Brown - 2 receptions 49 yards