Quick Hits: No.8 Ohio State 52 Indiana 49
Things get a bit hairy at the end, but Ohio State hangs on to beat Indiana and improve to 7-0.
|Braxton Miller needed each and every one of his 360 yards and 3 touchdowns. (AP)|
OHIO STATE WON: But man did it make things a lot more interesting than you'd expect. One thing is pretty clear about these Buckeyes after seeing them score 63 points against Nebraska last week and another 52 points this week: Ohio State can score. Regularly. What it seems to be having a lot of trouble with, though, is keeping opponents from scoring.
These two teams not only combined for 101 points tonight, but 1,059 total yards. Ohio State rushed for 353 yards -- the second consecutive week they've eclipsed the 300-yard mark on the ground -- with Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde proving unstoppable. Miller and Hyde combined for 305 rushing yards on 45 carries while scoring 2 touchdowns. Miller also threw for another 211 yards and 2 touchdowns. Devin Smith finished with 106 yards receiving with 2 touchdowns; on only 2 receptions.
For Indiana, running back Stephen Houston had a big night, finishing with 128 total yards and 3 touchdowns of his own. Hoosier quarterbacks Cameron Coffman and Nate Sudfeld combined to throw for 352 yards and 3 touchdowns.
In other words, there wasn't a whole lot of defense being played in Bloomington on Saturday night.
WHY OHIO STATE WON: When you aren't playing defense -- Ohio State has allowed 918 yards and 87 points the last two weeks -- it's nice to have an offense that seems able to score at will. And that's certainly how things feel with Braxton Miller around. Of course, West Virginia felt the same way about Geno Smith before heading to Lubbock today.
WHEN OHIO STATE WON: It wasn't over until Indiana's onside kick in the final two minutes was recovered by Ohio State. It felt like it was over when Braxton Miller made it 52-34 earlier in the quarter but then Indiana went ahead and scored 15 points in less than a minute to make things a lot more interesting.
WHAT OHIO STATE WON: If the Buckeyes true goal is to win a split national title with the AP vote, then today wasn't a bad day. Not only did they win, but undefeated teams like West Virginia and South Carolina lost.
WHAT INDIANA LOST: Nothing, really. Last week Indiana hung with Michigan State for a half before fading after halftime. This week it hung with Ohio State for an entire 60 minutes and had a legitimate chance to pull off an upset. It seemed fluky at the end, but trust me, Indiana deserved the chance for the fluky ending. Sooner or later Kevin Wilson's squad is going to catch somebody.
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