The 2 adjustments Ohio State made that ruined Indiana
- Author: Julie Sanders Sep 01, 2017,
Sep 01, 2017, 18:17
Ohio State's mostly smooth regular season masked the real weaknesses that lay under the surface. Buckeyes play well start to finish and win 51-17. Reaching that number would place Barrett in the top 10 of Ohio State's all-time rushing leaders list. Wilson is now the Buckeyes offensive coordinator. They did, however, look better than they did while flailing helplessly against the Tigers' D. Key play: J.T. Barrett's 18-yard pass to K.J. Hill on 3rd-and-2 to the 50. Barrett found a wide-open Johnnie Dixon for a 59-yard score next.
Dobbins finished with 181 yards yards on 29 carries. He did the exact same thing an hour later in the first half. That's expected to be a much more challenging game than this week's opener, though.
The IU redshirt junior receiver posted a game-high 11 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown in IU's 49-21 loss to Ohio State Thursday night, a bright spot for in from a production standpoint.
It started immediately after IU took its 21-20 lead on a two-yard pass from Lagow to Ian Thomas. IN actually led 14-13 at the end of the second quarter but the Buckeyes dominated in the second half behind Barrett's 304 passing yards and freshman running back J.K Dobbins' 181 yards on the ground.
In his last full season for the Hoosiers Cobbs recorded 1,035 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Barrett kept the IU defense honest with a solid passing performance as well, throwing for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns.
Corso once cracked that the first time the Hoosiers got ahead of the Buckeyes he ran across the field, posed next to Ohio State coach Woody Hayes and asked the assembled cameramen to snap photographic proof. Antonio Williams rushed seven time for 44 yards and two touchdowns.
A harsher interpretation: It's Indiana. He's thick, runs well after contact and, teamed with Barrett, gives the Buckeyes the same reliable power running game that has always been there under Meyer. The steady running game provided by the freshman in the first half set the table for the rest of the Buckeye offense.
Can No. 2 Ohio State make a statement in its opener with in when the two collide tonight at 8PM ET?
The reality is probably somewhere in between.
Series Record: Ohio State leads 73-12-5. The Buckeyes should be able to march all over the IN offense.
All these months later, Ohio State had stayed stuck in goo, even given the presence of a Mount Rushmore head coach. Then, just as social media, the national media and even the fans who'd followed them into the grandstands of enemy territory all began to turn on the team, they turned up the heat. A one-dimensional offense isn't going to beat a Greg Schiano defense.
It is setting up to be an exciting season for the Buckeyes.