Saturday, November 5, 2011
Final: Ohio State 34, Indiana 20
By Adam Rittenberg
The game didn't go as many had planned, but Ohio State got the result it needed to stay alive in the Leaders Division race.
Ohio State overcame a pesky Indiana squad 34-20 after truly committing to the rushing attack in the second half. After some curious pass calls early in the game, the Buckeyes got back to what they do best and ran all over Indiana. Ohio State racked up 346 rush yards and had three players -- Dan Herron, Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde -- eclipse the 100-yard mark.
It's no coincidence that Ohio State's win streak has coincided with Herron's return from suspension. The Buckeyes' senior running back and undisputed emotional leader has been fabulous. He recorded his third consecutive 100-yard rushing performance today, going for 141 yards and a touchdown on only 14 carries. Hyde emerged from the coaches' dog house and contributed as well with 105 yards and a 2-yard touchdown that put away the game with 2:41 left.
Miller had some shaky moments throwing the ball, but his mobility once again helped the Buckeyes as he finished with 105 rush yards and two touchdowns, including a 20-yard dash on third-and-goal.
Ohio State's defense won't be saving this game tape, as Indiana's up-tempo spread attack gave the Buckeys fits. But linemen John Simon had another brilliant performance, and cornerback Travis Howard recorded another huge interception to set up the final touchdown.
Credit Kevin Wilson and the Indiana Hoosiers for a really good effort today. The Hoosiers received solid play from QB Tre Roberson for most of the game, and their defense improved upon a porous effort last week against Northwestern. Ultimately, Indiana still makes too many mistakes to win games, as the Hoosiers were flagged six times and committed a turnover at a bad time.
Ohio State marches onto face Purdue next week, while Indiana gets a much-needed bye.