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Indiana mistakes putting game out of reach

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

To upset a team like No. 9 Ohio State, you need to be virtually mistake free, even at home.

When Indiana looks back at Saturday night's game, it will point to a flurry of unforced or somewhat forced errors. Ben Chappell can't pump-fake on an over-the-middle route and then toss the ball right to Buckeyes safety Anderson Russell. Chappell needs to have more awareness of a 292-pound defensive lineman like Todd Denlinger. And worst of all, Indiana can't afford a bad snap on a punt, especially near the end zone.

The Hoosiers' defense has done an adequate job tonight, but their mistakes in other areas are putting the game out of reach. Ohio State is putting together a Tressel-ball masterpiece, winning with defense, the run game and special teams (aside from two Aaron Pettrey misses on short field goals).