Ohio State's defensive front is monstrous, and 2 other takeaways from OSU


Ohio State's defensive front is monstrous, and 2 other takeaways from OSU

For almost three full quarters, IN traded blows with a ranked opponent.

A repeat in Thursday's conference opener, as Meyer knows, could doom Ohio State's title hopes before the second act even begins.

That kind of earthshaking win may yet come this fall, but it didn't on Thursday.

No. 2 Ohio State senior quarterback JT Barrett entered Thursday's season opener at IN on the verge of history, as he was just 5 yards away from breaking Art Schlichter's school record for total yards gained IN a career.

Meyer, he of the once-cutting-edge spread option, spent spring and August practice grinning and smiling and talking about "reviving the deep ball" and swearing that his bland Big Ten meatloaf would this season come with a side - not a full serving, a side, let's not go insane here - of some Big 12-ish willingness to throw the football downfield.

The final score may have been 49-21 in favor of the Ohio State Buckeyes, but the Indiana Hoosiers showed something different on Thursday night. The play ended up being called back, but that was the momentum swing that ignited the Ohio State offense and started a 36-7 run in the second half.

After all, he'd hired a new offensive coordinator, discarded former IN head coach Kevin Wilson, a man who'd made his name IN the world of Big 12 scoreboard-tilting madness, working as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma IN the 50-points-per-game Sam Bradford era.

"We just played a great football team", IU coach Tom Allen said.

The Hoosiers aren't quite sure whether they'll be facing Wilson's offense or Meyer's offense. Hats off to them.

Indiana's early pace and lead into the third quarter spoke of a familiar doom that could befall the Buckeyes. "But there's no consolation in that".

"Obviously, we made such an emphasis on deep balls, and I am somewhat disappointed because they bobbled it a bit", referring to a slew of dropped balls, most notably a would-be long score that went through the hands of Campbell early in the second half.

A major contributor to the Hoosiers' 14-13 halftime lead over the Buckeyes Cobbs made three catches that sent fans into a frenzy. It worked for two and a half quarters, but by the end of the night, Lagow was under heavy duress without a run component to ease the burden. In 2016, IN posted just 25.7 points per game while giving up 27.2 per contest. Yet at running back, Dobbins took charge on this opening night. He had 24 yards on seven carries.

The Buckeyes may very well have the best defensive line the Hoosiers will see all year. "That's what it came down to". The 6-foot-4, 265-pound senior has accumulated eight sacks each of the last two seasons. "At the end of the day that's all you can ask of yourself when you walk off the field".

The last time these two teams got together in Bloomington, it took a superhuman 274-yard, three-touchdown attempt from present Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to fend off the Hoosiers at a 34-27 barnburner two seasons past.

"We said all along that he was going to be a big part of what we wanted", Allen said of Thomas.



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