Judging from the postgame mood in the Ohio State locker room, it would be easy to think that No. 4 Ohio State had just had its dreams of an unbeaten season smashed.
Instead, the Buckeyes won an entertaining and competitive game 31-24 before a rowdy partisan crowd of 105,826.
But there were several reasons for the somber and sober feelings wafting in the air.
Just before he stepped before reporters, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer found out that co-captain and starting safety Christian Bryant had broken an ankle on one of the final plays.
''Our leader is in an ambulance right now going to the hospital to have surgery on his leg,'' Meyer said, fighting his emotions. ''There's no doubt about if he is one of our leaders. And he's just devastated.''
So were the Buckeyes. Bryant is their fourth-leading tackler and a spirited, demonstrative beacon in the secondary. Now the senior will be out for several weeks - possibly the rest of the season - pending further analysis by team doctors.