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Ohio State gashes Illinois for 441 rushing yards

Updated: December 18, 2013 6:51AM

CHAMPAIGN — Ohio State’s high rushing game under Urban Meyer heading into Saturday was a 408-yard outing earlier this season against Penn State. Illinois let the Buckeyes run wild for 441, including touchdown runs of 70 yards by Braxton Miller and 55 and 51 yards by Carlos Hyde.

“I’ve got to coach better,” said defensive coordinator Tim Banks, “and we’ve got to play better.”

Good ideas.

Oh, so close

Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase had another productive afternoon, throwing and running for 334 total yards, but he just missed a couple of career milestones that’ll have to wait another week. The senior is four yards short of 10,000 yards in total offense and eight rushing yards shy of 2,000.

Return to prominence

V’Angelo Bentley gave Illinois just what it needed when it trailed 28-0: a spark of excitement and hope. Bentley’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown made him a rarity in the school’s football annals. He is the first Illini player to return a punt for a touchdown since E.B. Halsey did it in 2003. The sophomore Bentley, who took a kickoff back 100 yards for a score against Southern Illinois, became the first player in school history to return both a kickoff and a punt for scores in the same season.

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