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COL FB: Ohio State 17, Illinois 7

Oct. 15, 2011 at 7:18 PM

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A 114-yard rushing performance by Dan Herron and a huge defensive effort Saturday gave Ohio State a 17-7 win over previously unbeaten and 15th-ranked Illinois.

The Fighting Illini (6-1, 2-1) had averaged 34 points a game this season before being held to a lone touchdown. That score did not come until Nathan Scheelhaase hit Evan Wilson with a 3-yard pass less than 7 minutes from the end of the game.

Drew Basil supplied the only first-half points with a 43-yard field goal in the opening quarter and the Buckeyes (4-3, 1-2) broke things open thanks to a key defensive play early in the second half.

Bradley Roby intercepted a pass by Scheelhaase on the second play of the third period and returned it 37 yards to the Illinois 12. Herron scored a rushing touchdown on the next play.

Ohio State took a 17-0 lead early in the fourth quarter on freshman Braxton Miller's 17-yard pass to Jake Stonebruner.

The Buckeyes forced three turnovers and Illinois had to punt the ball away six times.

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