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The Series History: Indiana

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October 22, 2021 at 6:00am
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Below you will find the results of the previous 94 games in the Ohio State and Indiana series. 

This piece is short on writing, but long on information. If you like a quick way to find stats and records, this is for you.

The Series History Crib Notes

  • Ohio State leads the overall series 77–12–5* and has outscored the Hoosiers 2,545-1,069 (27-11).
  • The Buckeyes have won 26-straight* in the series and are 57–2–2 (.950) since 1952.
  • Ohio State has won 12-consecutive games against Indiana in Bloomington.
  • When the game is played in Indiana, the Buckeyes are 28–2–1 and have outscored the Hoosiers 914-414 (29-13).
  • Ohio State is 18–0 against Indiana when playing in Indiana and the Scarlet and Gray is ranked and the Hoosiers are not ranked. 
  • The schools have never faced each other in Bloomington with both teams being ranked.
  • Before last year, 1993 was the last time both teams were ranked when they played. Ohio State won 23-17 in Columbus.
  • 1990 was the last time Ohio State did not defeat Indiana (27-27).
  • 1988 (41-7) was the last time Indiana defeated Ohio State in Bloomington.
  • All-time, the Buckeyes are 47–3* when they are ranked and playing the Hoosiers. 

*NCAA sanctions be damned.
 

LAST TEN GAMES VERSUS INDIANA
YEAR LOCATION SCORE
2020 H 42-35
2019 A 51-10
2018 H 49-26
2017 A 49-21
2016 H 38–17
2015 A 34–27
2014 H 42–27
2013 H 42–14
2012 A 52–49
2011 H 34–20
TOTAL 10-0 433–246

 

WHEN OHIO STATE AND INDIANA ARE BOTH RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 3–0 86-59 29-20
HOME 3–0 86-59 29-20
AWAY      

 

WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND INDIANA IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 44–3 1,619–604 34–13
HOME 26–3 936–330 34-11
AWAY 18–0 634–248 35-14

 

ALL-TIME RESULTS BY DIFFERENT CATEGORIES

Below you will find a crap load of stats and records that were compiled using The Ohio State Media Guide.

OHIO STATE ALL-TIME VERSUS INDIANA
  RECORD WIN % POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 77–12–5 .846 2,545–1,069 27-11
HOME 49–10–4 .810 1,631–655 26-10
AWAY 28–2–1 .919 914–414 29-13

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND INDIANA IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD WIN % POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 44–3 .936 1,619-604 34-13
HOME 26–3 .897 985-356 34-12
AWAY 18–0 1.000 634-248 35-14

 

OHIO STATE'S RECORD VERSUS INDIANA BY DECADE
DECADE OVERALL WIN %   HOME WIN %   AWAY WIN %
2020s 1–0 1.00   1–0 1.00      
2010s 10–0 1.00   6–0 1.00   4–0 1.00
2000s 7–0 1.00   3–0 1.00   4–0 1.00
1990s 8–0–1 .944   4–0 1.00   4–0–1 .900
1980s 8–2 .800   5–1 .833   3–1 .750
1970s 9–0 1.00   5–0 1.00   4–0 1.00
1960s 7–0 1.00   5–0 1.00   2–0 1.00
1950s 8–1–1 .850   7–1–1 .833   1–0 1.00
1940s 5–2 .714   4–2 .667   1–0 1.00
1930s 8–1–1 .850   6–1–1 .813   2–0 1.00
1920s 2–1–1 .625   1–1–1 .500   1–0 1.00
1910s 4–1 .800   2–1 .667   2–0 1.00
1900s 0–4–1 .100   0–3–1 .125   0–1 .000
                 
TOTAL 75–12–5 .842   48–10–4 .806   27–2–1 .917

 

LAST TEN GAMES VERSUS INDIANA
LAST TEN RECORD WIN % POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 10–0 1.000 429–221 43–22
HOME 10–0 1.000 393–141 39–14
AWAY 10–0 1.000 387–175 39–18

 

ALL-TIME RESULTS BY YEAR
 
2020 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK IU RANK
2020 H 42-35 No. 3 No. 9

 

OVERALL, HOME AND AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 1–0 42–35 42–35
HOME 1–0 42–35 42–35
AWAY      


 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND INDIANA IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL      
HOME      
AWAY      

 

2010 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK IU RANK
2019 A 51-10 No. 6  
2018 H 49-26 No. 3  
2017 A 49-21 No. 2  
2016 H 38-17 No. 2  
2015 A 34-27 No. 1  
2014 H 42-27 No. 6  
2013 H 42-14 No. 3  
2012 A 52-49 No. 8  
2011 H 34-20    
2010 H 38-10 No. 2  

In 2015, No. 1 Ohio State trailed the host Hoosiers 10-6 at halftime. The Buckeyes played a sloppy game, committing three turnovers and eight penalties. 

With the team struggling, the Buckeyes turned to Elliott after halftime. The star junior responded with three touchdown runs of 55 yards or more in the second half. Elliott's 75-yard run early in the fourth quarter gave Ohio State a comfortable 34-20 lead.

He finished the game with 274 yards rushing and three touchdowns. This marked his 10th straight game of at least 100 yards on the ground.

Indiana had a chance to tie, or take the lead, at the end of the game. 

Facing fourth down with nine seconds left, Zander Diamont dropped the snap before throwing towards Ricky Jones for the possible game-tying touchdown. However, Ohio State's Eli Apple was in position and knocked the ball down to secure the win and help the Buckeyes escape with a 34-27 victory.  

OVERALL, HOME AND AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 10–0 429–221 43–22
HOME 6–0 243–114 41-19
AWAY 4–0 186–107 47–27


 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND INDIANA IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 10–0 429–221 43–22
HOME 6–0 243–114 41-19
AWAY 4–0 186–107 47–27

 

2000 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK IU RANK
2009 A 33-14 No. 9  
2006 H 44-3 No. 1  
2005 A 41-10 No. 13  
2004 H 30-7    
2003 A 35-6 No. 8  
2002 H 45-17 No. 6  
2001 A 27-14    

In 2006, Indiana took an early 3-0 lead on Ohio State. The Buckeyes, playing in front of 105,267, railed of 43 straight points for the easy 44-3 win.

Antonio Pittman finished with a game-high 105 rushing yards and TE Rory Nicol caught two passes for a very nice 69 yards...and two touchdowns.
 

OVERALL, HOME AND AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 7–0 255–71 36–10
HOME 3-0 119–27 40–9
AWAY 4-0 136–44 34–11

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND INDIANA IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 7–0 255–71 36–10
HOME 3–0 119–27 40–9
AWAY 4–0 136–44 34–11

 

1990 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK IU RANK
1998 A 38-7 No. 1  
1997 H 31-0 No. 11  
1996 A 27-17 No. 2  
1995 H 42-3 No. 2  
1994 A 32-17    
1993 H 23-17 No. 5 No. 19
1992 A 27-10 No. 19  
1991 H 20-16 No. 19  
1990 A 27-27    

 

OVERALL, HOME AND AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 8–0–1 267–114 30–13
HOME 4–0 116–36 29–9
AWAY 4–0–1 151–78 30–16

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND INDIANA IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 6–0 185–53 31–9
HOME 3–0 93–19 31–6
AWAY 3–0 92–34 31–11

In 1990, No. 19 Indiana entered Ohio Stadium in the midst of its best season in 24 years and sporting a 7–1 record.  In order to clinch a share of the conference title, No. 5 Ohio State had to defeat Bill Mallory's Hoosiers.

Bobby Hoying completed 10-of-13 attempts for 141 yards and a touchdown. Joey Galloway served as the go-to receiver, tallying five receptions for 115 yards and a score. 

1980 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK IU RANK
1989 H 35-31    
1988 A 7-41    
1987 H 10-31 No. 9  
1986 A 24-22    
1985 H 48-7 No. 15  
1984 H 50-7 No. 16  
1983 A 56-17 No. 14  
1982 A 49-25    
1981 H 29-10    
1980 H 27-17 No. 9  


 

OVERALL, HOME AND AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 8–2 335–208 34–21
HOME 5–1 199-103 33–17
AWAY 3–1 136–105 34–26

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND INDIANA IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 4–1 191–79 38–16
HOME 3–1 135–62 34–16
AWAY 1–0 56–17 56–17

October 10th, 1987, one of the darkest days in Ohio Stadium history. The No. 9 Buckeyes owned a 23-game winning streak against the Hoosiers (3–1). The last time Ohio State lost to Indiana came in 1951.

Bill Mallory's team put the 90,032 fans in Ohio Stadium on notice when his team led 10-0 early in the second quarter. A Jim Bryant 8-yard touchdown run and Matt Frantz's field goal – as time in first half expired – tied the game at 10.

The second half belonged to the Hoosiers, who scored 21 consecutive points. Indiana used a balanced attack against Ohio State's defense which only allowed 9.0 points per game entering the contest. Anthony Thompson rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown and Dave Schnell threw for 200 more and two touchdowns.   

"You just saw an Ohio State football team in the second half get the devil knocked out of them," Bruce said after the loss. "Indiana dominated the second half of this football game."

Spielman added: "We shouldn't have won the football game. We know we got beat – soundly." The All-American ended the day with a game-high 16 tackles. 

1970 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK IU RANK
1979 H 47-6 No. 8  
1978 A 21-18 No. 19  
1977 H 35-7 No. 4   
1976 A 47-7 No. 8  
1975 H 24-14 No. 1  
1974 H 49-9 No. 1  
1973 A 37-7 No. 1  
1972 H 44-7 No. 4  
1971 A 27-7 No. 13  

 

OVERALL, HOME AND AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 9–0 331–82 37–9
HOME 5–0 199–43 40–9
AWAY 4–0 132–39 33–10

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND INDIANA IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 9–0 331–82 37–9
HOME 5–0 199–43 40–9
AWAY 4–0 132–39 33–10

In 1974, Ohio State honored the 1954 national championship team's 20th anniversary during the Indiana game.

The Hoosiers (1–4) were not very good. At the half, the Buckeyes amassed 207 rushing yards, with Griffin totaling 116 yards and two touchdowns. Ohio State finished with 568 total yards with 333 coming on the ground. 

Archie finished the day with 146 yards and the Big Ten record for most rushing yards in a career. His 3,321 yards surpassed Otis Armstrong's 3,315 yards for Purdue from 1970-72.

The Buckeyes beat Lee Corso's Hoosiers 49-9.

Indiana's head coach said this about Griffin and Green: "Those two are super athletes. Green adds some new dimensions to their offense. He runs through holes that aren't even on the blackboard. What can you say about Griffin that hasn't already been said? Ohio State just intimidates you."

The Hoosiers finished the season 1–10.

1960 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK IU RANK
1966 H 7-0    
1965 H 17-10    
1964 H 17-9 No. 5  
1963 A 21-0    
1962 H 10-7    
1961 A 16-7 No. 3  
1960 H 36-7 No. 5  

In 1964, Ohio State hosted Indiana in Week 2 and the Hoosiers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. The Buckeyes responded with 17 straight points, but the 17-3 advantage didn't last long. Indiana scored to cut it 17-9 and had several chances to put more points on the board, but Arnie Chonko's record-setting three fourth quarter interceptions sealed the victory.

Chonko's interceptions came on the 6-yard line, the goal line and on Ohio State's 3-yard line late in the fourth quarter. 

OVERALL, HOME AND AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 7–0 124–40 18–6
HOME 5–0 87–33 17–7
AWAY 2–0 37–7 19–4

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND INDIANA IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 3–0 69–23 23–8
HOME 2–0 53–16 27–8
AWAY 1–0 16–7 16–7

 

1950 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK IU RANK
1959 H 0-0    
1958 H 49-8 No. 3  
1957 H 56-0    
1956 H 35-14 No. 7  
1955 H 20-13 No. 11  
1954 H 28-0    
1953 H 36-12 No. 7  
1952 H 33-13 No. 20  
1951 H 10-32 No. 17  
1950 A 26-14 No. 12  

 

OVERALL, HOME AND AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 8–1–1 293–106 29–11
HOME 7–1–1 267–92 30–10
AWAY 1–0 26–14 26–14

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND INDIANA IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 6–1 209–106 30–15
HOME 5–1 183–92 31–15
AWAY 1–0 26–14 26–14

On October 18, 1958, new coach Phil Dickens led Indiana (1–3) into The Horseshoe in Week 4. The coach's disregard for the rules led to his season debut being a year later than anticipated.

Indiana hired Dickens in 1957 but suspended him almost immediately because he committed 17 recruiting violations in his first three months on the job. Dickens felt the Hoosiers were at a disadvantage and offered players $50 per month, or expense-paid travel between the prospect's hometown and Bloomington.

In this game, Bob White tied an Ohio State record with four touchdowns in a 49-8 beatdown of the Hoosiers. Indiana's lone touchdown came with four seconds remaining and against the Buckeyes' fourth-string players.

Surprisingly, Dickens and the Hoosiers did not lose another game in 1958 to finish 5–3–1. It was the best record Hicks amassed during his seven-year career in Bloomington. In 1974, Indiana inducted him to its Football Hall of Fame despite his 20–41–2 overall record and history of recruiting violations. Can you imagine Ohio State doing something like that?

1940 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK IU RANK
1949 H 46-7    
1948 A 17-0 No. 11  
1947 H 0-7    
1944 H 21-7 No. 3 No. 15
1943 H 14-20    
1942 H 32-21    
1940 H 21-6    

 

OVERALL, HOME AND AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 5–2 151–68 22–10
HOME 4–2 134–68 22–11
AWAY 1–0 17–0 17–0

At this point in the 1944 season, 

Indiana marked the third ranked opponent for the now No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes in their first six games. The Hoosiers came out swinging and led 7-0 early. This was the first time all season the Buckeyes trailed.

Horvath and his teammates would not behind for long. Horvath hit Jack Dugger for a 41-yard touchdown pass to tie the game and the speedy Brugge rushed for two more scores to lead the Buckeyes to a 21-7 victory in front of the 56,380 fans in the Shoe. The win propelled Ohio State to No. 2 in the national rankings.

Carroll Widdoes, in his first season as head coach, guided a roster of 44 players (with 31 freshmen) to an undefeated and untied season. The first for the program in 28 years.

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND INDIANA IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL DNP    
HOME      
AWAY      

 

1930 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK IU RANK
1939 H 24-0 No. 14  
1938 H 6-0    
1937 H 0-10 No. 8  
1936 H 7-0    
1935 A 28-6    
1934 H 33-0    
1933 H 21-0    
1932 H 7-7    
1931 A 13-0    
1930 H 23-0    

 

OVERALL, HOME AND AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 8–1–1 162–23 16–2
HOME 6–1–1 121–17 15–3
AWAY 2–0 41–6 21–3

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND INDIANA IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 1–1 24–10 12–5
HOME 1–1 24–10 12–5
AWAY      

On October 6, 1934, when Ohio State and Indiana faced off in the first game of the year, it had been 10 years since Ohio State opened the season against a Big Ten opponent. In 1924 the Buckeyes defeated Purdue, 7-0, to kick off the year. This time around it was the Hoosiers the Buckeyes would begin the campaign with.

Ohio State fans did not know what to expect from Francis Schmidt, but they knew they wanted a more productive offense than what they'd seen under Sam Willaman. The 47,736 who attended the game witnessed Ohio State line up in a multitude of offensive formations and the points – they came in bunches.

In the first quarter, Frank Boucher ran 78 yards for the first touchdown of the 1934 season. The Buckeyes were up 7-0 and never looked back as the Buckeyes gave Schmidt a 33-0 laugher in his first game piloting Ohio State

1920 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK IU RANK
1929 H 0-0    
1928 A 13-0    
1925 H 7-0    
1924 H 7-12    

 

OVERALL, HOME AND AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 2–1–1 27–12 7–3
HOME 1–1–1 14–12 5–4
AWAY 1–0 13–0 13–0

 

1910 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK IU RANK
1917 A 26-3    
1916 H 46-7    
1915 H 10-9    
1914 A 13-3    
1913 H 6-7    

 

OVERALL, HOME AND AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 4–1 101–29 20–6
HOME 2–1 62–23 21–8
AWAY 2–0 39–6 20–3

 

1900 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK IU RANK
1905 H 0-11    
1904 A 0-8    
1903 H 16-17    
1902 H 6-6    
1901 H 6-18    

 

OVERALL, HOME AND AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 0–4–1 28–60 6–12
HOME 0–3–1 28–52 7–13
AWAY 0–1 0–8 0–8

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