No. 3 Ohio State pulls away late to beat pesky Indiana 49-26
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins Jr. passed for a career-best 455 yards and six touchdowns and No. 3 Ohio State pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Indiana 49-26 on Saturday.
A week after a gritty victory at Penn State, the Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) were forced to work hard by quarterback Peyton Ramsey and an Indiana offense that took advantage of plenty of early defensive mistakes.
The Buckeyes didn’t get a handle on this one until Haskins hooked up with Terry McLaurin for a 17-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth, and then added a 30-yard scoring pass to Binjimen Victor with seven minutes left.
Haskins, who tied a school record with the six touchdown tosses, continued to add to his growing Heisman Trophy buzz, completing 33 of 44 passes and connecting for two touchdowns each with Parris Campbell and McLaurin, and one each to Johnnie Dixon and Victor. Haskins also threw an interception.
“He’s an accurate passer now,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “You give him time and a good group of receivers and he’s a dangerous guy.”
Ohio State came from behind twice in the first half to take a 28-20 lead at the half and then kept the Hoosiers (4-2, 1-2) at bay in the second half despite the gritty play of Ramsey, who threw for a career-high 322 yards and three touchdowns.
Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber combined for 152 yards on the ground. Campbell caught nine passes for 142 yards.
“Some of our best players were matched up against their best players, and they won those,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said.
Indiana: The underdog Hoosiers stuck around long enough to give the Buckeyes fits. Ramsey, a sophomore, is getting better every week. Overall, a good showing for him.
Ohio State: Maybe it was a Penn State hangover, but the Buckeyes came out slow and made mistakes, allowing Indiana to stay in the game until late.
Indiana: At Iowa on Saturday.
Ohio State: Hosts Minnesota on Saturday.
Ohio State stats
Indiana 3 17 6 0 = 26
Ohio State 7 21 7 14 = 49
IU—FG Justus 37, 11:47
OSU—Dobbins 1 run (Nuernberger kick), 2:58
OSU—Dixon 39 pass from Haskins (Nuernberger kick), 12:21
IU—Hendershot 32 pass from Ramsey (Justus kick), 10:59
IU—Westbrook 19 pass from Ramsey (Justus kick), 7:04
OSU—P.Campbell 18 pass from Haskins (Nuernberger kick), 4:39
OSU—McLaurin 7 pass from Haskins (Nuernberger kick), 2:16
IU—FG Justus 37, 11:47
OSU—P.Campbell 71 pass from Haskins (Nuernberger kick), 14:09
IU—Hale 3 pass from Ramsey (pass failed), 4:53
OSU—McLaurin 17 pass from Haskins (Nuernberger kick), 12:21
OSU—Victor 30 pass from Haskins (Nuernberger kick), 6:51
First downs 22 33
Rushes-yards 21-84 48-154
Passing 322 455
Comp-Att-Int 26-49-0 33-44-2
Return Yards 8 46
Punts-Avg. 4-38.5 2-37.5
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-1
Penalties-Yards 3-35 9-82
Time of Possession 23:18 36:42
RUSHING—Indiana, Scott 9-64, Ramsey 10-10, R.Taylor 1-9, Majette 1-1. Ohio State, Dobbins 26-82, Weber 13-70, Haskins 7-7, (Team) 2-(minus 5).
PASSING—Indiana, Ramsey 26-49-0-322. Ohio State, Haskins 33-44-2-455.
RECEIVING—Indiana, J-.Harris 8-104, Westbrook 5-109, Fryfogle 3-26, Majette 3-23, R.Taylor 2-11, Scott 2-6, Hendershot 1-32, Dorris 1-8, Hale 1-3. Ohio State, P.Campbell 9-142, Dixon 5-73, Mack 5-49, McLaurin 4-59, Hill 4-46, Victor 2-43, Dobbins 2-25, Farrell 1-13, Weber 1-5.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Indiana, Justus 50.