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Ohio State’s last TD cost bookies upwards of $100 million

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In gambling, the house always wins, right?

Well, not during the Ohio State-Northwestern game.

Remember that seemingly meaningless final Ohio State touchdown that was a result of Northwestern trying to "Stanford-the-band-is-on-the-field" its way to an improbable score?

Well, it meant a lot to gamblers.

It meant a $100 million from bookies.

The line had Ohio State favored by 5.5 points and most bettors had their funds on the Buckeyes. But prior to that final touchdown, Ohio State was only leading by 3 and the house – bookies, sportsbooks and the like – was gonna cash-in big.

Until Northwestern decided to get cute.

The Wildcats fumbled, Ohio State fell on the ball in the end zone and the game finished 40-30.

You could even hear the disappointment in the voice of ESPN analyst Brent Musburger, who clearly understood the ramifications of the play (and, as a Northwestern grad, picked the Wildcats on College Football GameDay earlier that morning).

“There are some folks who are celebrating and other folks who are saying ‘you gotta be kidding me,’” Musburger said after the score.

ESPN’s Rece Davis was joking about the line during the highlight show, yelling “Cover It!” as a double-entrendre.

There have been a few backdoor covers this season, but none as crazy as this one.

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