Buckeyes 4th quarter effort caps comeback against Irish21 24 Ohio State came into the season with a lot of question marks on the offensive side of the ball. A new group of backs, the receiving corp all fresh faces and most importantly no more Braxton Miller. Ohio State named Freshman Joe Cox the starter in Columbus and he would show early if he's ready to play at a high level. After each offense traded their first possessions , Cox found TE Matt McCoy for an 8 yard TD to give the Buckeyes the lead as the 1st quarter expired. After an Irish turnover, Ohio State settled for a field goal to go up 10-0. Notre Dame then put together a solid drive that was capped off by an 8 yard TD to TE Marcus Fitzpatrick. The Irish than halted a State attempt at points late in the half to get the ball back with approx 45 seconds left. Right before half Golson found his other TE Troy Niklas 13 yards out as the Irish went up 14-10 at half. The third quarter saw the defenses matching wits as the only points scored was off a crazy play as Golson shed off 2 sack attempts by Buckeye rushers and he hit WR Devonte Neal for a 70 yard touchdown. Down 21-10 in the 4th, Freshman QB Joe Cox stayed poised and made some nice throws leading the State offense down the field where he eventually connected with WR Justin Smith for a 16 yard touchdown. The Irish pushed the ball past mid field but on 4th down, out of field goal range they elected to go for it and the Buckeye defense wrapped up Golson in the back field and gave the Buckeyes the chance they needed. Ohio State got into field goal range and Cox took a shot and hit Justin Smith for the second time for a 30 yard TD and with 2:21 left, State went up 24-21. Notre Dame started from the 20 and picked up a first down but than after a sack, Golson and the Irish were left to pick up a 4th and 31. Ohio State rushed 3 giving Golson time in the pocket, unbelievably Golson hit his man deep down the middle and picked up the first down. The 'Shoe was dead silent as the Irish moved into field goal range, State's defense putting it all out to prevent the TD and accept OT. Golson took a shot at the end zone looking for his TE who was covered well by OLB Chad Dennis. He managed to pick off the attempt, sealing the deal for the Buckeyes.