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.
Throughout the action every Saturday during the fall, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his thoughts to every Big Ten game. Read his Snap Reactions for Ohio State’s 52-49 victory at Indiana in this post.
Ohio State picked up 168 yards in the ground game during the third quarter, and the Buckeyes now lead 38-27. Mitch Ewald split the uprights two times in the quarter for Indiana. The Hoosiers closed the gap to 24-17 when Ewald kicked a 21-yard field goal to put the finishing touches on a 71-yard drive. The key play on Indiana’s drive was Cameron Coffman’s 39-yard pass to Kofi Hughes.
Devin Smith caught a 60-yard touchdown pass and Bradley Roby recovered a blocked punt in the end zone, and the Buckeyes lead, 24-14, at halftime. Ohio State has scored 14 straight points. Smith’s touchdown grab ended a four-play, 77-yard drive.
How are you carving your pumpkin this Halloween? A couple of dedicated Ohio State fans may have an idea for you. During the Ohio State-Indiana game on Saturday night, BTN cameras spotted two Buckeye fans wearing pumpkins on their heads that they carved and decorated as Ohio State helmets. It was pretty awesome. Check out the picture in this post.
No. 8 Ohio State picked up 92 yards in the ground game during the first quarter, and the Buckeyes lead 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. Ohio State took the game’s first lead after Corey Brown ran 12 yards to paydirt on the last play of a nine-play, 75-yard drive.
Indiana and Ohio State fans, it’s time to plan ahead. Our BTN2Go Field Pass is back for Week 7 and we’re doing it again on Saturday night from Indiana’s Memorial Stadium. For our online audience, BTN turns on a BTN TV camera one hour before kickoff at a selected Big Ten football game, and it let’s you see the home team’s football stadium and all that goes on before the game kicks off. This feed and the game itself is available live on BTN2Go.
Having taking a long, hard look at each Saturday’s five Big Ten football games, I’m offering up my weekly rankings of the games here. Wisconsin at Purdue is a big one in a weird season for the Leaders Division while Iowa at Michigan State offers up two Legends Division teams looking to stabilize their seasons.
We’re officially halfway through the 2012 Big Ten football regular season. That means it’s a good time to start debating such things as early Big Ten Player of the Year and Coach of the Year candidates. Today, we’re going to focus on the latter.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners.
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Week 7 is at our doorstep, but the questions keep coming. Here are my most vexing queries for each Big Ten team with Saturday just around the corner. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag.
This isn’t a great weekend for games, especially with Nebraska and Penn State off. And the league’s two best teams appear to be in mismatches, with Michigan hosting Illinois and Ohio State visiting Indiana.