No. Three Ohio State holds off Indiana comeback bid
COLUMBUS, Ohio — After climbing to its highest AP High 25 ballot rating in additional than a half-century, No. 9 Indiana bought an opportunity to learn how it measured up with Massive Ten behemoth Ohio State, a staff the Hoosiers hadn’t overwhelmed in 32 years.They got here up brief however certain made it attention-grabbing — and loads nearer than the No. Three Buckeyes would have appreciated.Behind quarterback Michael Penix Jr., Indiana (4-1) rallied from a four-touchdown deficit within the second half solely to be outlasted by the Buckeyes 42-35 on a wet Saturday in an all-but-empty Ohio Stadium.”You recognize, folks did not suppose we belonged on the sphere with Ohio State, however I feel we confirmed that at present,” Indiana coach Tom Allen stated. “I feel we’re an excellent soccer staff, a very good soccer staff.”The Buckeyes (4-0) had been completely satisfied to get out of there with a win after main 35-7 early within the second half and permitting Indiana to climb again to inside one rating. Two weeks in the past, Ohio State led 35-Three at halftime and was outscored 24-14 within the second half in a win over Rutgers.”We have to determine a approach to shut out video games,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day stated. “That is form of the second week now we let a staff hold round somewhat bit, and we have got to get that mounted. However [there were] so many nice issues on this sport. Indiana is an efficient staff, they seem to be a top-10 staff, so this was not simple.”2 RelatedThe Buckeyes’ protection within the second half struggled to decelerate Penix, who had one of the best statistical day of his profession — 27-for-51 for a career-high 491 yards and 5 touchdowns.Penix handed for 4 touchdowns within the second half but additionally made a essential error, tossing an interception that Ohio State’s Shaun Wade returned for a landing on the finish of the third quarter. The sport might need been completely different if not for that.The working sport helped Ohio State keep management when issues had been dicey. The Buckeyes had two late drives after the Hoosiers bought to inside a landing that did not lead to factors, however they did burn the clock and Indiana’s timeouts.The Hoosiers’ final possession began deep in their very own territory with 38 seconds left and ended with a desperation lateral play that by no means crossed midfield.Grasp Teague III ran for a career-high 169 yards and two touchdowns, and Justin Fields accounted for 3 scores because the Buckeyes amassed 607 yards of offense.Fields was 18-for-30 for 300 yards and two landing passes, however he additionally threw his first three interceptions of the season and was sacked 5 occasions. He ran for 78 yards and a landing.”After all I made unhealthy selections,” Fields stated. “I ended up with three picks, however we bought the W at present. That is all that issues. We bought the W, and we’re 4-0.”Garrett Wilson had seven catches for 169 yards — his fourth straight sport of 100-plus yards — and two scores for the Buckeyes.THE TAKEAWAYIndiana: Penix had an amazing day however got here up simply in need of with the ability to dig the Hoosiers out of the outlet, and Indiana has now misplaced 26 straight to the Buckeyes.”I liked what I noticed at present, however clearly we did not get the outcome we wished, so it hurts,” Penix stated.Ohio State: The Buckeyes took some time to get going, and Fields had a couple of tough patches. Getting outscored within the second half for the second straight sport must be regarding.POLL IMPLICATIONSIndiana: After reaching its highest ballot rating in over a half-century, the Hoosiers will tumble barely.Ohio State: Beating one other top-10 staff ought to get the Buckeyes some consideration and presumably some extra votes.FABULOUS FRYFOGLEIndiana’s Ty Fryfogle turned the primary receiver in Massive Ten historical past with back-to-back video games with 200 receiving yards. He caught seven passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday after grabbing 11 for 200 yards final week within the win over Michigan State.EMPTY SHOEA soccer sport at Ohio Stadium has by no means lacked ambiance as a lot as this one. Due to runaway COVID-19 circumstances in Columbus, public well being officers determined to empty out the cavernous venue of everybody besides gamers, workers and media. A couple of hundred household and pals no less than generated some cheers and jeers on the first two residence video games on the 105,000-capacity Horseshoe. The hundreds of cutouts posted across the decrease bowl sat silent and soggy within the dreary afternoon. All informed, there have been simply 635 souls within the place.UP NEXTIndiana is scheduled to go on the highway towards Maryland, which has had its final two video games canceled due to constructive COVID-19 exams there.Ohio State is at Illinois.