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No 3 Ohio State held on to beat the No 9 Indiana 42-35 on the roller coaster of a game Saturday in Columbus, Ohio The Buckeyes were able to survive a few turnovers early in the game to take a 28- lead. 7 in the locker room at halftime, and it looked like they were on their way to a comfortable win Indiana had other ideas

While the Hoosiers weren’t able to capitalize on turnovers early on, they were able to exploit the Ohio State secondary in the second half to make it a game Time and time again, Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr found open receivers in the high school to cut Ohio State’s lead The Hoosiers came back to make it a 42-35 game in the fourth quarter , then forced an Ohio State roll on downs inside the late Indiana 10-yard line That’s when the Buckeyes defense saved the day, forcing a quick three-and-out The Hoosiers had one more chance, but had little time and no time out

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields finished with 300 passing yards, 78 rushing yards and three total TDs; however, he also threw three interceptions after throwing none all season Fields was dominated by Penix of Indiana, who threw for 495 yards and five touchdowns Ohio State improved to 4-0 this season, while Indiana has fallen to 4-1 but is expected to remain well ranked in the new Top 25 AP on Sunday

I understand Fields is amazing and a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender, but sometimes I feel like the state of Ohio asks him to do too much His first assist of the day was a 65-yard connection with Garrett Wilson His second was a 10-yard pass to Wilson for a touchdown to complete the 75-yard touchdown in two games for Ohio State to open the game They were good shots, but it was also the last time Fields looked comfortable for the rest of the game

Indiana pressured him with well-disguised blitzes, and that led to Fields throwing three interceptions, some on gruesome decisions while he was under pressure Meanwhile, on the ground, the state of the ‘Ohio was leading the ball well against the Hoosiers Master Teague finished with 169 yards and two touchdowns, and it was his 41-yard touchdown in the second quarter that established control of Ohio state at the time. Or at least you thought so

Whenever it felt like the Buckeyes were taking control of the game, the state of Ohio was happy to pass again. The most significant example of this was the end of the game with the Buckeyes up a scoreline Coach Ryan Day drew QB on third and fourth inside Indiana 10, l ‘Ohio state needing a score to put the game aside for good Fields missed a yard Then, with Ohio state averaging 65 yards per run at the time , Day decided to do it on the fourth down Instead of moving on to Teague or running another QB draw, Ohio State asked Fields to fake the transfer and deploy to his right He had the option of keeping it and running for the first one or throwing it Fields threw a pitch after being squeezed by an Indiana linebacker, and it was a bad pitch that fell incomplete The state of the ‘Ohio survived, but if he had just moved on to Teague, he probably takes the first with ease, ending the match

It’s pretty amazing on its own that Penix threw for 491 yards and five touchdowns It’s more incredible when you realize that the Penix and Indiana receivers – Ty Fryfogle caught seven passes for 218 yards and three scores – did all of this despite lacking a semblance of rushed attack

Indiana rushed for -1 yard in 16 carries Even if you remove the yards lost to sacks, the Hoosiers still only managed 10 yards on the ground. Yet even though Buckeyes’ defense didn’t didn’t have to worry about stopping the run, Indiana has torn up Ohio state high on multiple occasions It was a mix of scuff roads freeing up cruisers in the middle and Indiana receivers winning individual battles along the sidelines and in the seams.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Ohio State’s secondary wrestling this year, but no one has exploited it like Indiana has done It’s something to watch out for on the road for the Buckeyes, and that’s one reason future defenses should continue to fear Indiana

I insisted all week that I was skeptical of Indiana’s chances of winning this game as much of their offense depended on turnovers Indiana arrived on Saturday after scoring 387% of their points in offense off turnovers, an excessively high amount.The average distance of their touchdowns had only been 53 yards thanks to those turnovers

My theory was that the state of Ohio wouldn’t turn the ball enough for Indiana to take advantage Boy, was I wrong! Ohio State has turned the ball three times, but remarkably Indiana did nothing with those extra possessions Every Ohio State turnover ended with Indiana returning the ball On the other hand, Indiana has returned the ball four times and Ohio State scored 14 points on those errors These points are very important in a seven-point game

Think about it The Buckeyes haven’t played anything that looks like their best football by far on Saturday They returned the ball three times The offensive line got Fields sacked five times They were only 6 for 14 on the third down And yet Ohio State still finished the day with 607 yards on offense and 42 points Even when he’s playing badly, OSU finds a way to remind you why they’re the best team in the Big Ten

14 seconds left Need to pick up a piece of meters to enter the Hail Mary range

Teague picks up a meter and the stopwatch will end about 45 seconds before OSU uses a timeout

TURNOVER DOWN! @IndianaFootball takes over after Ohio state’s failed conversion on 4th and 1st photoTwittercom / FCbKXgJkKU

Another third for the Buckeyes here 3rd and 13th with 1:34 left Indiana has no more time outs I bet we see an Ohio State run

3rd and 4th for the Buckeyes here A 1st won’t end the game, but it will make life very difficult in Indiana

TURNOVER DOWN! @IndianaFootball takes over after Ohio state’s failed conversion on 4th and 1st photoTwittercom / FCbKXgJkKU

Champs on a draw QB but it is small Big decision here OSU until his backup kicker Go for the FG or the 1st?

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