Associated Press Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett runs in for a touchdown during the second half Thursday in Bloomington. Barrett threw for over 300 yards and ran for 61 yards in the Buckeyes' win.
Friday, September 01, 2017 1:00 am
Ohio State 49, Indiana 21
Hoosiers can't keep up
Led late in 3rd quarter before Buckeyes blew them out rest of the way
Kyle Rowland | For The Journal Gazette
BLOOMINGTON – They came in droves from every corner of the state – Gary, Fort Wayne, Evansville and everywhere in between – for what was billed as the biggest Indiana football game in decades.
With No. 2 Ohio State and College GameDay in town, the nationally televised audience tuned in for a party. What it witnessed instead was the same old Indiana.
The Hoosiers came up short in a bid for a program-defining victory. They settled for another moral victory against one of the Big Ten's blue bloods, falling 49-21 to Ohio State in coach Tom Allen's home debut before a sellout crowd of 52,929.
The Buckeyes ended the game with 29 unanswered points.
IU dominated the first half and led late in the third quarter before Kevin Wilson announced his Memorial Stadium return. The Ohio State offensive coordinator, who was fired by Indiana for allegedly abusing players, dialed up 269 yards and 22 points in the third quarter.
Following an Indiana touchdown that gave the Hoosiers a 21-20 lead with 4:56 left in the third quarter, Ohio State scored on a 74-yard touchdown pass and a 59-yard touchdown pass.
A flurry of three touchdowns over 7:31 in the third and fourth quarters dashed Indiana's dreams of a win that would have sent shock waves across the college football landscape.
Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow completed 40 of 65 passes for 410 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. His 65 pass attempts were a school record.
Simmie Cobbs finished with 11 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. Indiana's offense produced 12 plays of 15-plus yards.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was 20-of-35 for 304 yards and three touchdowns. He ran for 61 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. True freshman running back J.K. Dobbins set an OSU first-game record with 181 rushing yards, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Ohio State racked up 595 total yards.