Indiana Falls Short to Ohio State, 34-20
Nov. 5, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State held off Indiana, 34-20, at Ohio Stadium Saturday afternoon. The victory was the third in a row for the Buckeyes (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten), but it didn't come easy.
Not until Howard picked off Tre Roberson's pass at the Ohio State 28 with 4:07 left were the Buckeyes assured of the win.
Roberson rushed for 70 yards and passed for 174 and a touchdown.
Kofi Hughes recorded career-highs with eight receptions, 147 receiving yards and 156 all-purpose yards. The sophomore wideout pulled in a 34-yard touchdown reception, carried the ball four times for nine yards, including three rushes out of the Wildcat formation.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Chase Hoobler collected the first two sacks of his career and a total of three tackles for loss on the day. He finished with a career-high nine tackles, second-best on the team.
Indiana posted a season-high six sacks, its third multi-sack game this year. The Hoosiers previous best this season was four at Iowa on Oct. 22.
The six sacks are the most for an Indiana team since it recorded seven against Central Michigan on Nov. 1, 2008. It also marks the most in a Big Ten contest since the Hoosiers sacked Iowa nine times in 2007.
Three Buckeyes topped 100 yards rushing: Dan Herron with 141 yards on 14 carries, Carlos Hyde with 105 on 15 and Miller with 105 on 14. Hyde added a clinching touchdown after the interception.
The Buckeyes totaled 346 rushing yards on 46 attempts.
After battling to a 13-13 tie at the half, the Buckeyes took leads of 20-13 and 27-20, the first when Herron danced outside to cover the last 15 yards before edging into the left corner by the pylon to make it 20-13. Miller helped the Buckeyes regain the lead when, on third and goal at the Indiana 20, he raced up the middle through a gaping hole on a draw and faked out the last defender, Mark Murphy, who never got a hand on him.
In between, Roberson had tossed a spot-on 34-yard scoring pass to Hughes to knot it at 20.
After forcing a punt, the Hoosiers drove from their own 28 to a second and 1 at the Buckeyes 44 but Roberson's pass over the middle was picked off by Howard. Hyde, a starter earlier in the year before Herron returned from two NCAA suspensions, then raced 42 yards and later added the 2-yard closing score.
Ohio State once again had trouble passing the ball. Miller, like Roberson a true freshman, was just 5 of 11 for 55 yards with an interception. He also lost a fumble. Indiana grabbed a quick 10-0 lead, silencing a crowd of 105,195.
The Hoosiers took the opening kickoff and marched 11 plays to the Ohio State 16 before settling for Mitch Ewald's 35-yard field goal. Three plays later, Miller was sacked by Bobby Richardson and he fumbled, with Jeff Thomas recovering for Indiana at the Ohio State 41. Just six plays later, Stephen Houston made it 10-0 on a 5-yard run up the middle, his fifth score in the last three games.
It didn't take long for the Buckeyes to respond.
On the second play after the kickoff, Miller squeezed through a hole at the line and then outraced the secondary for an 81-yard touchdown--the sixth-longest run ever at Ohio State and the longest ever by a Buckeyes quarterback.
Two field goals by Drew Basil and another by Ewald kept the teams tied at 13 at the half.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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