Harrison caught two touchdown passes from Kyle McCord and Henderson bulldozed for 162 yards and one touchdown, leading the third-ranked Buckeyes to a 24-10 win over the Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium.
Ohio State improved to 8-0, with the first rankings of the College Football Playoff set to be released on Tuesday.
McCord was 17-of-26 passing for 226 yards and the two TDs to Harrison, who finished with 123 yards on six receptions. But it was Henderson who proved unstoppable after missing three games because of injury. He also made four catches for 45 yards.
Wisconsin (5-3), under first-year coach Luke Fickell — a Columbus native and former Ohio State player and coach — tied the score at 10 early in the third quarter but largely struggled to put together drives. Braedyn Locke completed 18 of 39 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. Running back Braelon Allen had 50 rushing yards but didn’t play in the second half because of injury.
Here are updates from the game, which was shown live on NBC4.
• Wisconsin opened the quarter facing third-and-14 from its 2-yard line after Lathan Ransom and Tyleik Williams made tackles for loss on consecutive plays. The Badgers got out of danger, with Braedyn Locke finding Skyler Bell on a 16-yard pass. After a series of rushes by Jackson Acker and a sideline catch by Bryson Green, the drive stalled near midfield. NBC reported than Ransom was hurt during the drive and taken to the locker room.
• Despite looking hurt at times, quarterback Kyle McCord stayed in the game. On the Buckeyes’ first play, he handed off to TreVeyon Henderson, who charged 30 yards up the left sideline. After not playing last week against Penn State, Henderson surpassed 100 yards in his return against the Badgers. But the Wisconsin defense got to McCord, who was smothered for a 1-yard loss on second down and then penalized for intentional grounding on third-and-8.
• Back-to-back incompletions by Locke gave Ohio State the ball at the Wisconsin 45-yard line with 6:45 remaining. On second-and-8 from the 33, Henderson burst through the Badgers line on the left side and scrambled all the way to the end zone, giving the Buckeyes some breathing room at last. OHIO STATE 24, WISCONSIN 10, 5:15 FOURTH QUARTER
• Will Pauling kept Wisconsin’s next drive going, catching a 16-yard pass at the 38-yard line on third-and-13. Locke had previously been sacked by Williams and thrown an incompletion. Locke later found running back Jackson Acker for a 6-yard gain to convert the Badgers’ next third down. Then facing third-and-10 from the 50, he was incomplete to Pauling. Going for it on fourth down with 3:03 remaining, he completed to Green but was short of the first-down marker.
• Chip Trayanum had three consecutive carries but didn’t convert a first down, leading Ohio State to punt away. The Badgers got the ball at the 11-yard line with 1:58 to go. They advanced to the 27 before Locke was incomplete on a fourth-down pass attempt. The Buckeyes ran out the clock from there. OHIO STATE 24, WISCONSIN 10
• Wisconsin started the second half with the ball and with news that running back Braelon Allen was not expected to play in the second half after being hurt on the final drive of the first. The Badgers boldly turned to their passing with Braedyn Locke finding Bryson Green for a 27-yard gain. Plays later, Locke gained 29 yards on a keeper. Then on third-and-8 from the 13, he found Will Pauling in the end zone. Defense had been the Buckeyes’ strength in the first half, but they began the second by allowing a 75-yard scoring drive. OHIO STATE 10, WISCONSIN 10, 12:30 THIRD QUARTER
• Marvin Harrison Jr. got a foot down in the end zone and completed the reception on a 19-yard pass from Kyle McCord. It capped a 75-yard drive that TreVeyon Henderson paved most of the way on. He had gains of 7 and 25 yards on successive plays to put the Buckeyes within striking distance. OHIO STATE 17, WISCONSIN 10, 7:14 THIRD QUARTER
• Jackson Acker has stepped in as the Badgers’ primary running back, but Wisconsin had to punt after he was unable to make a first down after three straight carries. Getting stops for the Buckeyes were Jordan Hancock, Josh Proctor, Jack Sawyer, Cody Simon and Lathan Ransom.
• A promising drive for the Buckeyes ended with McCord being called for intentional grounding while being hit on third-and-8. Earlier, Harrison caught a 22-yard yard pass, and Henderson had a 12-yard gain. McCord even converted a third down with a 5-yard run after finding no receivers open. And McCord was seen limping between plays.
• Pinned at its 7-yard line, Wisconsin turned to Cade Yacamelli, but he was met immediately by Ransom and dropped for a 4-yard loss. A keeper by Locke on second down resulted in another loss, of 1 yard. OHIO STATE 17, WISCONSIN 10
• In between quarters, some Buckeyes joined in for the Camp Randall Stadium tradition of “Jump Around.”
• Ohio State took over with 14:43 to go after forcing a punt. Running backs kept the Buckeyes moving, with TreVeyon Henderson and Chip Trayanum getting the ball through handoffs and a screen pass. Finally, a pass to Marvin Harrison Jr. on a crossing route went 16 yards to the end zone. OHIO STATE 10, WISCONSIN 0, 10:36 SECOND QUARTER
• The inability to convert first downs continued to haunt the Badgers after the touchdown. With 8:53 left in the first half, Braedyn Locke was 3-of-10 passing for 12 yards. The running game’s not moving, either. Braelon Allen had 25 yards on five carries.
• Ricardo Hallman proved why he is such a threat to opponents, jumping in front of Harrison to intercept a McCord pass and be taken down at the Badgers’ 48-yard line. It ended a promising drive for the Buckeyes, who had been effectively mixing the pass and run. Hallman has five interceptions this season.
• The Badgers made good on Hallman’s interception, with Allen finding running room up the middle multiple times and Locke getting the ball for Will Pauling, CJ Williams and Skyler Bell. Getting a first down at the 1, a quick pass to Bell appeared to be a touchdown until review showed his knee had touched the ground. The Buckeyes’ Jack Sawyer made a big stop on second down, followed by Matthew Jones and Tyleik Williams on third down. Nathanial Vakos made a 19-yard field goal to close out the first half. OHIO STATE 10, WISCONSIN 3
• JT Tuimoloau was hurt on the Buckeyes’ goal-line stand, and Allen was seen needing help getting to the locker room. The Buckeyes had a huge edge in total offense, 209 yards to 83, but in his halftime comments on NBC, coach Ryan Day lamented the two interceptions.
• Starting on offense, the Buckeyes tested TreVeyon Henderson, who was returning from injury, on their first play, and he found space for a 9-yard gain. Later, facing fourth-and-3 from the Badgers 33-yard line, Kyle McCord was sacked by C.J. Goetz and fumbled, with Wisconsin’s Maema Njongmeta recovering.
• Ohio State had a brilliant start on defense, with Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen rushing up the middle and gaining 11 yards before fumbling. Jack Sawyer forced the fumble, and Davison Igbinosun recovered.
• On its second drive, Ohio State ran a long route to Henderson, picking up 30 yards to get to the 17-yard line. Facing fourth-and-2 shortly after that, the Buckeyes sent in Jayden Fielding, who converted a 27-yard field. OHIO STATE 3, WISCONSIN 0, 8:09 FIRST QUARTER
• Through its first two drives, Ohio State has not gotten the ball to receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. He was targeted on a 17-yard pass to the end zone, but Wisconsin’s Ricardo Hallman batted the ball away.
• A Wisconsin punt was followed by an Ohio State punt, with Chimere Dike returning it 35 yards to set up the Badgers at the 36-yard line. The short field didn’t help Wisconsin, which was unable to make a first down, and then Nathanial Vakos was unsuccessful on a 54-yard field-goal try. The Badgers have yet to convert a first down, except by penalty. OHIO STATE 3, WISCONSIN 0, 3:32 FIRST QUARTER
• Harrison made his first grab with about 2:30 to go, and it was a big one, on a 35-yard pass from McCord. A series of bizarre moments followed. First, officials called the Buckeyes for delay of game but then changed their minds upon realizing the play clock had been improperly set. Then, Henderson was stopped at the line of scrimmage, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Wisconsin’s Gio Paez gave the Buckeyes the ball on the 9. But McCord followed with a pass to end zone that was intercepted by Preston Zachman.
• The quarter ended with the ball in the Badgers’ hands at the 20-yard line. OHIO STATE 3, WISCONSIN 0
• Despite coming off the injury report, receiver Emeka Egbuka has not been spotted in the game or on the sideline. McCord went 4-of-11 passing for 84 yards.
• StormTeam 4 Meteorologist Ben Gelber said temperature at kickoff will be in the upper 30s, where it should remain for most of the game. A shower or light rain might pass through, perhaps turning the contest into a competition of run games.
• The news from the injury report was mostly good for the Buckeyes. Running backs TreVeyon Henderson and Chip Trayanum were not listed after sitting out last week against Penn State. Also not mentioned was receiver Emeka Egbuka.
• The last time Ohio State went to Madison was in 2016, when it won 30-23 in overtime. The Buckeyes scored on their OT possession, and the Badgers’ fourth-down snap ended with a sack. On the coaching staff for the Buckeyes was Luke Fickell, now in his first season coaching the Badgers. Fickell is a Columbus native in addition to a former Ohio State player and, for one season, head coach.
The previous time that the teams played at Camp Randall, the game also went to overtime, with Ohio State winning 21-14 in 2012. The Buckeyes scored first in OT and then batted down an attempted fourth-down pass when the Badgers had the ball. And two years before that marked Wisconsin’s most recent win in the series, 31-18, in a game where the Badgers were ranked 18th and the Buckeyes No. 1.