Final Breakdown: Ohio State vs. Indiana
And you thought last week was wild.
Ohio State beat Indiana 52-49 in one of the wildest games in the 123 years of Buckeye football. After seemingly taking control with a 52-34 lead, the Hoosiers made it interesting by scoring the final 15 points of the game.
On the bright side, OSU is 7-0 for the first time since 2007, and the Bucks scored 50 or more points in back to back games for the first time since 1996 (vs. Rice and Pittsburgh).
Once again, Braxton Miller was the story on offense, totaling 360 yards and three (two passing) touchdowns. He threw for 211 (on 13 of 24 passing), while running for another 149, the fifth time this season he has topped the century mark.
Devin Smith—despite dropping two would-be touchdown passes—finished with two catches for 106 yards, both for touchdowns. He has ten career scores now, and the Buckeyes are 8-0 when he finds the end zone.
Defending Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Carlos Hyde was in beast mode again, setting a new career high with 156 yards rushing on 22 carries. He scored twice, once on a shovel pass, the first touchdown pass of Kenny Guiton’s career. The junior came on in relief of Braxton Miller, who sat out a couple plays after getting banged up. Remarkably, every drive that Guiton has participated in this season has been a scoring one.
The Buckeyes racked up an impressive 578 yards of total offense, with 353 of it rushing. For the second straight week, Miller and Hyde both went over the 100-yard mark, the first time that’s happened since Archie Griffin and Pete Johnson accomplished it in 1975.
Saturday also marked the 18th (17th officially) consecutive win for OSU over Indiana, dating back to a tie in 1990. The last Hoosier win was in 1988.
Give IU credit, though, it never quit. The Crimson and Cream came up with 481 yards of offense, 352 of it through the air.
Quarterback Cameron Coffman was 22 of 44 for 275 yards with a score, while Stephen Houston added 91 yards rushing and three total touchdowns. Cleveland Glenville product Shane Wynn had three catches totaling 81 yards, including a score.
The Buckeyes were besieged by injuries, particularly on defense. Nathan Williams (concussion), Etienne Sabino (broken leg) Armani Reeves and Najee Murray (shoulder surgery) didn’t make the trip, while Storm Klein left with an injury.
Fullback Zach Boren switched over to linebacker for the game, and wound up leading the team in tackles with 8. That says a lot not only about Boren, but about the state of the OSU defense.
On special teams, OSU struggled as well, allowed a punt to be blocked, which set up Indiana’s second touchdown. Drew Basil missed a field goal, the Hoosiers set up another score with a long kick return, and then there was the on-side kick recovery that allowed IU to get to within three.
However, the “freak show” AKA punt block unit helped save face. Travis Howard stretched out to block a punt that Bradley Roby recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. It’s the third score of the year for the sophomore corner.
Any way you slice it, the Buckeyes are still undefeated. Purdue is up next, which was announced as a 12pm start in Ohio Stadium next Saturday.