Ohio State survives scare from Indiana, moves to 7-0

Braxton Miller scored on a 67-yard touchdown run, threw TD passes of 60 and 46 yards and produced his third straight 100-yard rushing game, helping No. 8 Ohio State escape with a 52-49 win at Indiana on Saturday night. The victory makes the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) the first ranked team with seven wins.

Indiana (2-4, 0-3) has now lost 21 straight conference games to teams from outside the state and 18 straight to the Buckeyes since 1988, including the game Ohio State won two years ago but later vacated as part of an NCAA penalty.

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But Miller had all the answers – scoring on his 67-yard run on the next offensive play after Indiana trimmed the deficit to 24-17, leading the Buckeyes on back-to-back drives of 75 and 78 drives and throwing a 46-yard TD pass to break open the game late.

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FINAL: Braxton Miller put the team on his back in No. 8 Ohio State’s 52-49 win over Indiana on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, rushing for 149 rushing yards and one touchdown and throwing for 211 yards and two touchdowns.

Stephen Houston was a bright spot in defeat for the Hoosiers, as he rushed for 91 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns.

The game was a shootout, with the offensive units for both teams putting up big numbers. The Buckeyes and Indiana rode their powerful offenses to a combined 1059 total yards.

The Hoosiers were hard pressed to slow Ohio State’s ball carriers. The Buckeyes used their running game to great effect, as they picked up 353 yards on the ground. Carlos Hyde led Ohio State’s ground attack with 156 yards on 22 attempts.

Indiana’s Cameron Coffman went 22 of 44 through the air for a total of 275 yards. Coffman finished the game with one touchdown and no interceptions. Coffman’s favorite target on the day was Cody Latimer. He hauled in seven catches for 68 yards.

The Hoosiers’ offense finished the game having gained 481 yards, including 352 passing yards on 28 completions. Rushing was a key ingredient in Indiana’s offensive mix, bringing it 129 yards on 24 carries.

Miller threw for 211 yards while completing 13 of 24 passes for the Buckeyes. Miller tossed two touchdowns and one interception. Corey Brown was a key target for Miller. He hauled in six catches for 51 yards.

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sunsetjet on 10/14/2012 @ 1:01am EDT Said:

dirty, just dirty how urban lets his players play on the field. they are a team witthout any post season action. look at the nasty flags against osu…… all are personal fouls for the most part for crying out loud.

Alec on 10/14/2012 @ 11:55am EDT Said:

If Luke doesn’t get the defense together soon, It might be time to let him go.

suzieqoa on 10/14/2012 @ 1:00pm EDT Said:

I would love to see Ohio State play Alabama in the Championship, I think that would be an awesome game. I am a fan of both, (but of course OSU first, i am from there). However i believe Ohio State would beat them. I just love a good game. My son has been playing football since he was 4 years old he now plays for one of our local high schools and OSU is one of his college choices.

Postalal on 10/14/2012 @ 11:56pm EDT Said:

Buckeye’s, your “defeat” is coming.