Ohio State won the toss and decided to defer, giving Wisconsin the ball to start the game off. The Badgers would begin the first drive of the game at their own 17-yard line. After a short gain of 3 yards on the ground, Joel Stave ran with the play-action, but the Buckeye defense was prepared and forced the Badgers into a quick three and out.
After the Wisconsin punt, Braxton Miller led the offense out onto the field for the first time since the second game of the year. After handing it off to starting running back Carlos Hyde on first down, he found Jeff Heuerman on a quick pass for a first down. Hyde then proceeded to put the Buckeyes into Wisconsin territory, and immediately after, Braxton Miller found Evan Spencer for a 25-yard touchdown on a fantastic throw to the back of the endzone. Drew Basil added the extra point, and Ohio State set the tone early with a 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing possession, the Badgers would start their drive from their own 25-yard line. Bradley Roby stuffed an attempted sweep play with a big hit, but had to sit out the next play as he appeared to injure his back. On 2nd and 13, Wisconsin would again run the football but was again met by the defense, setting up a 3rd and 14. Stave tried to find Jared Abbrederis, but the pass was broken up by Armani Reeves leading to another Badgers punt.
The Buckeyes began with the ball at their own 31-yard line, and Dontre Wilson carried the bal for a 6 yard run. Carlos Hyde provided the thunder to Wilson's lightning, as again he busted through the hole for a first down. A few plays later, Ohio State found themselves facing a 3rd and 12 after a false start penalty. Miller would end up throwing it away after being chased out of the pocket, and Cameron Johnston would punt the ball back to the Badgers.
Wisconsin would start deep in their own territory, but Stave would find Alex Erickson for 14 yards and the Badgers would get a big first down. After another successful pass play, Melvin Gordon found a little room for 8 yards and then carried the ball again to push Wisconsin into Ohio State territory for the first time all night. Following a few more runs, a 3rd and 6 would result in a touchdown for the Badgers after Joel Stave found Jared Abbrederis for a 36 yard score, tying the game 7-7.
Ohio State's Dontre Wilson would show off some moves on the kick return to place the ball at the 27-yard line. Carlos Hyde got things rolling again, with another first down run on the first play. The Buckeyes offensive line continued struggling with penalties, as a false start would give Ohio State 1st and 15. After another Hyde carry, Miller would find Philly Brown to bring up 3rd and 3, and would hook up with Brown once again to keep the chains moving. Miller would then find Dontre Wilson on a wheel route to put the Buckeyes in the red zone. Braxton Miller would rekindle the quarterback-receiver relationship between Devin Smith and himself with a 26 yard touchdown pass to give the Buckeyes the lead, 14-7.
The Badgers wouldn't waste any time in getting the passing game going, as Stave found Abbrederis again for 64 yards to end the first quarter, and put Wisconsin in scoring range.
Braxton Miller: 6/7, 76 yards and 2 touchdowns
Carlos Hyde: 6 carries, 52 yards
Dontre Wilson: 1 carry, 6 yards and 1 reception for 21 yards
Evan Spencer: 1 reception, 25 yards, 1 touchdown
Devin Smith: 1 reception, 26 yards, 1 touchdown