COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: The 17-16 victory over Michigan State on Saturday was a memorable one for a lot of people, but perhaps no one as much as head coach Urban Meyer.
It was his first Big Ten win, against a ranked opponent, on the road.
"That was a great game," Meyer said. "I've been very lucky to have been around some great players and great teams. This ranks as one of the top wins. This is fantastic."
The Buckeyes won despite three turnovers, an injury to RB Jordan Hall and QB Braxton Miller hitting the deck and having trouble getting up a couple of times.
The key to the victory was a bit of keep-away in the final minutes. Hanging on to that tenuous 1-point lead and with just a handful of minutes remaining, Ohio State maintained possession of the ball to prevent Michigan State from getting another shot at a potential winning field goal.
The Buckeyes collected three first downs to seal the win.
"We knew going into the game, this was going to be one of the best teams we'd face in the conference," center Corey Linsley said. "We had to win it. If we win this, it starts to snowball in the right direction. If we don't win, it starts to snowball in the wrong direction."
POLL DANCING: The Buckeyes moved up two spots in the Associated Press Top 25 to No. 12.
The teams in front of Ohio State are: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas State, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Florida and Texas.
Only three Big Ten teams made the Top 25. In addition to the Buckeyes, Nebraska is No. 21 and Northwestern made its first appearance in the rankings at No. 24.
Two other Ohio teams are getting points. Cincinnati is the last team on the outside looking in, 50 points behind No. 25 UCLA with 72 points. Ohio's Bobcats are 34th with 30 points.
Michigan State and Michigan are also among the other teams getting points.
UP NEXT: The Buckeyes host Nebraska at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Taylor Martinez led the Cornhuskers (4-1, 1-0) on four straight scoring drives against Wisconsin in the second half to overcome a 17-point deficit and win 30-27.
Nebraska had two fumbles and a roughing-the-kicker penalty that led to touchdowns for the two-time defending Big Ten champion Badgers.
"If we want to win the Big Ten, we can't do things like that," Nebraska offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles said. "We learned from it, and we have to move forward from it."
QUOTABLE: Nebraska WR Kenny Bell after the victory over Wisconsin: "This was a big game, but next week is an even bigger game."