EVANSTON, Ill. — Carlos Hyde ran for a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns and No. 4 Ohio State rallied to beat No. 16 Northwestern 40-30 on Saturday to extend the longest active win streak in Division I-A to 18 games.
The Buckeyes also are undefeated since Urban Meyer took over as coach before last season.
On a rain-soaked field and with a prime-time audience watching, Ohio State rallied from 10 down in the third quarter to take out a team aiming to show it could beat the best in the Big Ten.
Two scoring runs by Hyde in the fourth quarter helped prevent that. He was credited with a 2-yard touchdown after a replay review early in the fourth that put Ohio State ahead 26-23.
Northwestern's Trevor Siemian connected with Cameron Dickerson on a 12-yard score. But Hyde, who was suspended for the first three games after an alleged conflict with a woman in a bar during the summer, ran it in from the 7 with 5:22 left in the game. That made it 34-30.
The Wildcats' Kain Colter then got stopped on fourth and 1 at the Ohio State 34 with 2:43 left after he picked up his own fumble, wiping out a late threat. The game ended with Northwestern lateralling and the Buckeyes recovering a loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown.
Ohio State pulled this one out even though star quarterback Braxton Miller had a rough night. He threw for 203 yards but had an interception and fumbled twice after matching a career high with four touchdown passes against Wisconsin last week. He also ran for 68 yards.
Northwestern hasn't beaten a Top-5 team since it opened 1959 with wins over No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 5 Iowa.