In the midst of an intermittent snow fall, the Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Indiana Hoosiers in Columbus, Ohio. After last season’s close battle, people expected something similar this season. The results on the field turned out to be very different with the Bucks securing a 42-14 win over the (surprising!) scoring challenged Hoosiers. With the win, the Buckeyes advanced their win streak to a school record 23 victories. They also claimed at least a share of the Leaders Division, and a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, possessing the tie-breaker over Wisconsin.
Braxton Miller did not throw much considering the weather, but hit better than last week with 11/17 for 160 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. He added 144 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 carries for the day. Joining him on the ground was Carlos Hyde, who picked up 117 yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 carries, and surpassed 1000 yards rushing for the season for the first time in his career on his senior day. Jeff Heuerman led all receivers with 59 yards on 2 receptions, while Dontre Wilson caught 3 passes for 32 yards and a touchdown. For Indiana, Nate Sudfeld connected on 25 of 41 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Tre Roberson led all rushers with 12 carries for 79 yards, while Kofi Hughes picked up 9 receptions for 120 yards.
With the potential for snowy, windy conditions the Buckeyes planned in advance to bank on the rushing game. They started with a little toss to Dontre Wilson, getting away from the wide receiver screen they had run the last few games. A huge breakout run from Miller for 41 yards put the Buckeyes in great scoring position, which Carlos Hyde was able to take advantage of. Two carries gave Hyde his 14th touchdown of the season, this one from 16 yards out.
Lots of love needs to be given to this very veteren offensive line. They open holes in the running game better than many lines I’ve seen in a long time, which is a huge help to Hyde, Miller and Wilson. Even better is the wide receiver blocking, which I lambasted 2 years ago when the Buckeyes played Colorado and got no blocking from the skill players. That has improved immensely, and takes just a few more defenders out of the play.
Not surprisingly, Indiana was prepared for this game. Possessing the second best offense in the Big Ten (which, honestly, isn’t saying a lot), they blocked well and moved the ball smartly on the ground from the get-go. They earned the first opportunity to move the chains on second down, but were forced into a three and out on their next chance. On third down and one, the Buckeye D-line swallowed up a run up the middle to end the drive.
Stay on the Gas. Part Two. Well, it wasn’t the 100 point game. The offense did their best to keep their end of the bargain up, but the defense decided to sleep on the job.
Young Guns. Part ?. We saw quite a few young guns in the defense, which may have hurt us more than it helped. The offensive side of the ball, however, saw very few young guns doing anything productive – beyond Rod Smith’s 6 carries for 40 yards anyway.
Freak Show Coming together. Just About. We got a blocked punt for a TD thanks to Travis Howard. Rod Smith also did a fair job on the kick-off returns. Balance that with a blocked punt for Indiana and a missed field goal.
End the Misconception. Well, we did not manage to end any misconceptions, when we needed just about every point we scored to claim the win in the end. We’ll have to step on someone’s throat in a different game.
Start strong on O, Stay strong on O. The Buckeyes scored the first 10 points, including a touchdown on their first drive. Unfortunately they went into a lull for 10 minutes at the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second before scoring another pair of TDs. There’s still a little on-and-off, hot-and-cold to this offense, though it seems to be improving.
Passing yard practice. We threw a bit more, but only completed 13 of 24 passes. Two of those are special thanks to Devin Smith, who should have had 4 receiving touchdowns on the day. Think of what you could have done by yourself Devin…just think. More practice is clearly called for.
Bring your kids to work day. I couldn’t actually tell you how many of the youngsters on the D-Line made it into the game. Someone else will have to save me on this one.
This week Ohio State takes on the Hoosiers from Indiana who played incredibly tough against the Spartans last week… this could be an interesting game for the Buckeyes. For some insight on the Hoosiers, we welcome back John M. from www.crimsonquarry.com to answer some questions from our panel. Here’s what John has to say:
1. Indiana took Michigan State to the wire last Saturday. Did you expect that this team would be able to put up such a good fight against the Big Ten runners up from last year?
No, I really didn’t expect it. I think the second half looked much how I feared the first half would look when IU’s offense tried to take on MSU’s defense. As it stood, IU was able to put up some points against the MSU defense in the first half, and the defense played well, too, forcing MSU to punt on 7 of its first 10 possessions before finally collapsing. I wouldn’t have expected IU to be in the game without a dramatic turnover advantage, but it happened.
2. How do you feel about the work Kevin Wilson has done at Indiana so far? Are the Hoosiers moving in the right direction?
I like Wilson. I like his resume and the staff he has put together. Obviously, at some point the wins will have to come, but I do think this team is meaningfully better than last year’s team, which is better than the alternative.
3. What does Indiana like to do offensively that has made them suddenly so dangerous? Which players are the vital cogs that make the offense work so well?
IU has been running a very fast-paced offense that is somewhat similar to what would have been seen at Texas Tech under Mike Leach. IU OC Seth Littrell is a Leach protégé. I’ve been very impressed with all three quarterbacks that IU has used this year, and as always seems to be the case, IU has some respectable pieces at the offensive skill positions: Stephen Houston and Tevin Coleman at RB, Kofi Hughes, Cody Latimer, Nick Stoner, and Duwyce Wilson at WR, Ted Bolser at TE. I do think IU’s offensive numbers are a bit deceiving. IU has been productive, but in all three losses IU has had extended periods of close to zero offensive production: the second half against MSU, the first half against Northwestern, the third quarter against Ball State. IU’s defense is improving, but IU won’t win another game if the offense continues to take entire quarters and halves off.
4. How do you see the Hoosier’s defense adjusting from attacking Michigan State’s power running game to Ohio State’s spread look? Read More
Stay on the Gas. Part Two. I missed out on last week but had I put mine in I would have asked for them to keep the pedal down. Amazing what a difference a week can make and then we put up 63! It’s the hoosiers and the Buckeye fans will take over that stadium and make it the SHOE2. This should be coach Meyer’s 100 point game.
Young Guns. Part ?. Yes it’s a question mark because I am not sure we’ve seen part one yet! With injuries happening left and right we don’t necessarily have to worry about what that will cost us because all we can have is an undefeated season and a trophy for winning our side of the conference. we have an opportunity to turn some Silver Bullet Young Guns loose this week. I for one am really looking forward to seeing more of Marcus, Williams and Perkins at LB and cut them loose!
Freak Show Coming together. Just About. I want to see more of these guys prowess. Now that Brown has snuck unto the scene as a punt returner, having only had three returns for about a 3 yard average before Saturday night, they obviously see something in this group of players now that is really starting to cook. Looking forward to seeing a game where the Freak Show dominates!
End the Misconception. I am not sure where people around the country got the idea that taking it easy on teams was an Ohio State thing? But . . . they are wrong. This misconception has been created by the fact that during the tenure of Jim Tressel, he made sure that he didn’t embarass anyone involved with those smaller programs especially those in Ohio. Ohio State is out to do one thing, and they are going to do it the way their head coach Urban Meyer wants, and thats leave no doubt and end the misconception that they will be nice.
Start strong on O, Stay strong on O. I want the bucks to come out early and strong on offense. A performance like last week vs Nebraska (or pretty much any first quarter this year) is unacceptable. We may get away with one vs Indiana (or basically anyone left on our schedule), but it’s a habit the team needs to break if they hope to compete at a national level at some point. Going along with that they need to be consistent. They had consistency with leaps and bounds vs Nebraska, hopefully they don’t revert to their pre-Big Ten schedule ways.
Passing yard practice. If there were a team left on our schedule to work on your passing game, this is probably it (maybe Illinois in a few weeks). Our passing game is miles beyond where it was last year, but nowhere near where we obviously want it to be. Hopefully they can use this “cupcake” to work on that part of their game a bit.
Bring your kids to work day. I expect tOSU to be on top early and big. With that in mind I’m hoping to get a look at some of these youngsters. The D-Line in particular. For the most part we haven’t seen a lot of subbing past the starting 4 on the D-Line, and I want to see some of those blue chip recruits in play.
Eric and Michael of Our Honor Defend get together to discuss the Buckeyes’ 34-20 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers, a game much closer than the score indicates. They talk about the struggles of the defense, and the fact that the offense seemed to have to save the day this time around. They also talk about the growth of the offense as a whole, and what all this means heading into next week’s game with Purdue.
Of course, they also talk a big of Men’s Basketball previewing the Buckeye’s exhibition game with the Walsh Cavaliers on November 6th.
All this and more on this week’s Postgame Show!
The Buckeyes tangled with the Indiana Hoosiers on a sunny day in the Horseshoe in a game that was much closer than many thought.
Big runs from Boom Herron, Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde helped lift the Buckeyes to the 34-20 win at home. All three runners gained more than 100 yards on the ground, the first time that has happened since the 1989 game against Northwestern, and 4 total touchdowns – two from Miller. Braxton Miller also added 5 completions on 11 attempts for 55 yards through the air.
Indiana started the game with the ball and came out on the attack. Showing they weren’t afraid of the Buckeye front four, the Hoosiers ran it straight down OSU’s throat repeatedly. The strategy gained them good yardage on the ground, most likely due to the fact that the OSU defense looked a little flat on defense. That’s not usually a surprise as they usually look that way for the first couple series of a game, Indiana was simply doing a good job of taking advantage of it.
John Simon eventually caught an Indiana ball carrier in the backfield on third down. The Hoosiers were forced to kick a field goal, but were clearly happy to be on the scoreboard first. On that drive Tre Roberson looked confident and well in command of the Indiana offense. The future definitely looks bright for the Hoosiers with him in the backfield.
The Buckeyes attempt to evade the trap set by the Indiana Hoosiers today, and we’ll be here to chat about it!