Vegas coughs it up after Ohio St. win

Saturday night’s Ohio State-Northwestern game didn’t

necessarily end in

controversial fashion. Not on the field, anyway.

Ohio State won 40-30, and there was really no question that the

score was legit. The referees made the correct call on

Northwestern’s misguided final play, awarding the Buckeyes a

touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone as time expired:

The problem is that lots of people — and I mean


lots of them — bet Ohio State to cover at plus-6.5

points, and in an instant, every single one of them went from

losers to winners, at Vegas’ expense.

When reached Sunday morning by FOX Sports, Jay Kornegay, the

vice president of race and sports operations at the Las Vegas

Hilton, estimated that Ohio State’s last-second touchdown

— which turned a four-point margin into a 10-point game

— could have resulted in as much as a $3 million to $4

million swing in Las Vegas alone.

And that’s to say nothing of the offshore betting sites

that likely saw bettors wager along similar lines.

You’ll certainly hear reminders that it was Northwestern

that was rocked by betting scandals in both


target="_blank">basketball and


target="_blank">football in the 1990s, but there’s no

indication whatsoever that there was anything fishy afoot on

Saturday evening.

Instead, just file this wacky conclusion away as your latest

reminder that a game truly is never over until the final buzzer

sounds — and, contrary to popular belief, the house

doesn’t always win.