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Three returns power Buckeyes over Badgers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Unconventional scores saved No. 9 Ohio State.

Kurt Coleman and Jermale Hines returned interceptions for touchdowns and Ray Small brought a kickoff back 96 yards on Saturday to lead the Buckeyes past Wisconsin 31-13, dealing the self-destructive Badgers their first loss of the season.

Coleman, playing his first game after a Big Ten-mandated suspension for a late hit, was the only person near Scott Tolzien's pass in the first quarter and returned it 89 yards. After Wisconsin (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) made it 14-10 early in the third quarter, the Buckeyes (5-1, 3-0) padded their lead when Hines tipped a pass, pulled it in and followed a glut of blockers on a 32-yard return.

The Badgers countered with a field goal, but Small brought back the next kickoff.

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