For the second straight game, Noah Ruggles made four field goals for the struggling Ohio State offense, helping the No. 5 Buckeyes hold on to upset Nebraska 26-17 in Lincoln, Neb. Ohio State (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten) led 17-10 at halftime, and Ruggles added field goals of 46 and 35 yards in the third quarter to make the score 23-10. Nebraska (3-7, 1-6) rallied with a 75-yard drive in the closing minute of the third quarter to get within 23-17 on a 1-yard keeper by Adrian Martinez, one play after a 53-yard grab by Somari Toure.
Ruggles’ 46-yard field goal with 1:29 remaining gave Ohio State a two-possession lead, making the score 26-17. This season, the graduate transfer from North Carolina is 15 for 15. C.J. Stroud of Ohio State completed 36 of 54 passes for 405 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Toure hauled in four passes for 150 yards. Nebraska, which had lost each of its previous six games by a single point this season, kept the Buckeyes close throughout. Ohio State was kept scoreless in the first quarter for the second time this season, the other being in the second game’s 35-28 loss against Oregon.