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Study Hall: Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 24

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Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 24

Wisconsin Ohio State Wisconsin Ohio State
Close % 97.7% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 34.4% 52.9% Success Rate 39.4% 51.1%
Leverage % 56.9% 69.1% PPP 0.62 0.50
S&P 1.014 1.015
TOTAL
EqPts 35.7 37.3 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 34.5% 45.6% Success Rate 28.0% 33.3%
Close PPP 0.56 0.55 PPP 0.49 0.65
Close S&P 0.908 1.005 S&P 0.768 0.982
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 9.9 17.7 Number 1 0
Close Success Rate 26.1% 39.0% Turnover Pts 4.0 0.0
Close PPP 0.33 0.43 Turnover Pts Margin -4.0 +4.0
Close S&P 0.591 0.823
Line Yards/carry 3.26 3.57 Q1 S&P 1.435 1.736
Q2 S&P 0.952 1.065
PASSING Q3 S&P 0.501 0.762
EqPts 25.9 19.6 Q4 S&P 0.821 0.509
Close Success Rate 40.0% 55.6%
Close PPP 0.72 0.73 1st Down S&P 1.111 1.175
Close S&P 1.116 1.282 2nd Down S&P 0.736 0.806
SD/PD Sack Rate 11.1% / 0.0% 11.8% / 0.0% 3rd Down S&P 0.985 0.714
Projected Pt. Margin: Ohio State +5.7 | Actual Pt. Margin: Ohio State +7

Ohio State's offense got worse each quarter, but it did enough damage early on (and benefited from enough short fields late) to get the job done. And that defense did a heroic job against a terrifying Wisconsin run game. Wisconsin's line got a decent push, but the backs still didn't get anywhere.