Urban Meyer said all week his team was going to be tested by Indiana.
Turns out, Ohio State's head coach was right.
The Hoosiers gave the Buckeyes some trouble Saturday, but in the end, Ohio State moved to 5-0 on the season with a 38-17 victory in front of a crowd of 107,420 at Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes did the majority of their damage on the ground, totaling 290 rushing yards on the afternoon. Quarterback J.T. Barrett led the way with 137 yards on 26 carries while Curtis Samuel (nine carries for 82 yards) and Mike Weber (15 for 71) also had big days.
Indiana opened the second half with a 13-play, 89-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown to trim Ohio State's lead to 24-17, but the Buckeyes answered with a 13-play drive of their own that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Weber to push the lead to two scores. Ohio State did not complete a single pass on the drive.
The Buckeyes finished the day with just 94 passing yards as Barrett was only 9-for-21 through the air with one touchdown and one interception. He connected with Dontre Wilson for a 37-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.
Ohio State and Indiana were tied 3-3 after the first quarter, but a trio of second-quarter touchdowns helped lift the Buckeyes to a 24-10 advantage at halftime.
Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber was the first to find the end zone on a 9-yard run early in the second quarter. Curtis Samuel followed up that score two drives later with a 5-yard run of his own. Samuel had four carries for 45 yards on that drive alone.
After Indiana answered with a nice drive to get within 17-10 late in the second quarter, Ohio State scored its final touchdown of the first half on a 5-yard touchdown run by Barrett with just 30 seconds remaining. The Buckeyes were able to get into the red zone thanks to a 91-yard kickoff return from Parris Campbell.
Ohio State will next be in action Saturday against No. 11-ranked Wisconsin. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. ET kickoff in Madison.
|383||NET TOTAL YARDS||281|
|5.8||AVERAGE PER RUSH||2.5|
|10.3||AVERAGE PER COMPLETION||13.0|
|15||RUSHING 1st DOWNS||7|
|3||PASSING 1st DOWNS||6|
|0||PENALTY 1st DOWNS||1|
|5.4||YARDS PER PLAY||4.1|
- Urban Meyer improves to 159-27 in his career and maintains the highest winning percentage (.854) among active coaches.
- With the win, Meyer improved to 16-0 in October at Ohio State.
- The attendance of 107,820 was the eighth-largest crowd in Ohio Stadium history.
- Ohio State did not allow a rushing touchdown for the fifth-consecutive game to start the season. The Buckeyes are the only FBS team to not allow a rushing score this year.
- Ohio State set a season high with nine tackles for loss.
- J.T. Barrett set a career high with 26 carries.
- The game marked Barrett’s sixth-career 100-yard rushing game, tallying 137 yards on the ground against the Hoosiers.
- Mike Weber tallied two rushing touchdowns against the Hoosiers after coming into the game with two in the first four games of the season.
- Parris Campbell’s 91-yard kickoff return in the second quarter marked a career long.
- Jerome Baker set career highs with 11 tackles and two tackles for loss.
- Dre’Mont Jones (7) and Marshon Lattimore (6) also recorded career highs in tackles.
- Malik Hooker’s fourth-quarter interception was his team-high fourth of the year.