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Two-Minute Drill: Inside Ohio State’s Postgame
By Brandon Castel

EVANSTON, Ill. — Ohio State is 18-0 under Urban Meyer following maybe their toughest victory of his coaching tenure in Columbus – certainly right up there with Wisconsin and Purdue from a year ago.

Senior Carlos Hyde ran for 168 yards and three touchdowns as the Buckeyes erased a 23-13 deficit to pull of a 40-30 victory over Northwestern at Ryan Field in Evanston. Here’s an inside look at what Meyer, Hyde and a number of other Buckeyes were saying after the game.

Carlos Hyde’s Beast Mode…

* Hyde was tearful during post game. Called the suspension one of the hardest things he ever faced.

* There were actual tears on Hyde's cheeks as he talked about missing those three games and not knowing if he would get this opportunity again.

* Fighting back tears, Hyde said he prayed every night for another opportunity like tonight.

* Hyde said he's out there trying to make up for those first three games. Has never played harder or hungrier in his life.

* Meyer on giving Hyde 26 carries tonight: "that tells you how much I trust that kid."

* Hyde: "I'm made for that. I'm made to carry the ball that many times."

* Philly Brown said there is no way to stop Carlos Hyde when he's in beast mode. Also said just having Braxton back there makes it tough.

On Braxton Miller…

* Urban Meyer said he was really close to putting Kenny Guiton in the game.

* Meyer said he was "real close" to putting Guiton in. He just didn’t feel it was right. "I had confidence 5 would get it done."

* Philly Brown said he wouldn't have been upset of Meyer put Kenny Guiton in. "We can win with either QB, but we knew Braxton would get it done."

* Braxton said the knee still bothers him a little bit during the game but he's not in pain after the game at all.

* Braxton said he expects to come back healthier and faster after the bye week.

Offensive Struggles…

* Hyde gave a speech to his teammates at halftime. Told them 1st half was unacceptable, this offense scores touchdowns not field goals.

* Philly Brown said there was no panic in the locker room at halftime. They knew they had to play better on offense and they did.

Channeling Christian Bryant…

* Ryan Shazier said Christian Bryant didn't make the trip but he talked to the team before they left Columbus.

* Shazier wore No. 2 in honor of his injured teammate. He said they needed Bryant's energy and toughness out there today and he felt him out there in spirit.

* Shazier wasn't sure if he will continue to wear No. 2. Has to talk to Christian Bryant first.

* Noah Spence said Shazier talked to them before the game and said to go out and do this for CB.

Difference in the Game…

* Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said the difference in the game was probably Ohio State’s five sacks.

* Spence said they started to realize as the game went on the NW O-line couldn't block their font four.

Refusing to Lose…

* Philly Brown said the difference in this game was just Ohio State's will to win. This team just refuses to lose.

* Noah Spence said this team works so hard every day they won't let it be for nothing.

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