Both Ohio State and Indiana were sparked by blocked punts, but it is the Buckeyes who have a 24-14 halftime advantage.
OSU has had a balanced offense, with 137 rushing, and 123 passing yards, for a total of 260. Indiana has 150 yards (73 rushing, 77 passing).
The Hoosiers have done a great job containing OSU quarterback Braxton Miller, who has run 14 times for 48 yards. The sophomore has been tackled for loss a couple times, and slipped on other occasions.
Carlos Hyde (9 attempts for 59 yards) and Rod Smith (3 for 18) have chewed up yards on the ground.
Miller has completed 8 of 16 passes for 123 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown strike to Devin Smith. It’s the 9th career touchdown for the sophomore from Massillon, and the Buckeyes are 7-0 all-time when he finds the end zone.
Speaking of scores, cornerback Bradley Roby was credited with his third touchdown of the season, when he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to give the Bucks a 17-14. Travis Howard provided the block. Roby recovered a bad snap for a score against Miami, and returned an interception for six last week against Nebraska.
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 10-0 lead before the Hoosiers Stephen Houston scored the first of his two touchdowns, from 59 yards out. An Indiana punt block led to his second score, and a 14-10 lead for the home team. The block of Ben Buchanan was the fourth time in the last 21 OSU games he had been blocked.
Another surprising development was the switch to linebacker from starting fullback for senior Zach Boren. Thin at the position due to injury and inexperience, Boren was in on one first half tackle.
OSU is in search of its 18th straight win against Indiana, dating back to a 1990 tie. The last loss was in Bloomington in 1988. Since 1952, the Buckeyes are 48-2-2 against the Hoosiers.