BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — Ohio State opens the second half of the season on a 4-game winning streak against a team that hasn't beaten them in a very, very long time. The Buckeyes last lost to Indiana in 1988 ... the 26 consecutive victories (plus one tie and one vacated win) is the longest winning streak any school has against an opponent in the history of Big Ten football.
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Final stats from Ohio State's 54-7 win over Indiana:
- The Buckeye drive stalls and Ohio State punts for just the second time tonight.
- Emeka Egbuka bounces off two tacklers, runs for a gain of 24 on 1st and 19 after a holding penalty set the OSU offense behind the sticks. Buckeyes are now past midfield with four minutes remaining in the game.
- Ohio State has tied a school record with their sixth consecutive game of 500+ yards of total offense (2017, 2020).
- Jack Miller III has entered the game at quarterback for the Buckeyes.
- Indiana with yet another three and out, but a nice punt from Evan James pins Ohio State back at their own 8-yard line to begin the drive.
- Noah Ruggles converts on a 26-yard field goal attempt, and the Buckeyes lead is now 54-7.
- Marvin Harrison Jr. is in on the action as well! The freshman gains 20 yards and shows off his moves as the Buckeyes enter the red zone:
- Indiana uses it's first timeout of the half with 12:45 remaining in the game.
- Evan Pryor bursts for a 16-yard gain, and OSU is in Indiana territory once again.
- C.J. Stroud's final stat line: 21-for-28 for 266 yards and 4 TDs
- Kyle McCord is in at quarterback for the Buckeyes.
- Indiana punts the ball away again, and now has five drives in the game that have finished with negative yardage gained.
- Game stats through three quarters:
- With his latest touchdown, Jeremy Ruckert has now recorded 11 TD receptions in his Buckeye career, moving into second all-time at OSU among tight ends. He trails Jake Stoneburner (13).
- Ohio State now has four consecutive games scoring 50+ points, the second longest streak in CFB history (Michigan, 5 in 1903).
- Jeremy Ruckert grabs his second TD reception of the night! Stroud finds Ruckert in the back of the end zone and Ohio State stretches their lead, 51-7, with 1:15 remaining in the third.
- Ohio State calls their second timeout of the drive prior to first and goal.
- Jaxon Smith-Njigba doesn't stop. The receiver claws his way inside the Hoosier 5-yard line. First and goal Buckeyes!
- Cade Stover hauls in the third down conversion from Stroud, and OSU is now threatening at Indiana's 25 again.
- Ohio State uses their first timeout of the second half prior to a 3rd and 4 on the Indiana 43-yard line.
- Evan Pryor has entered the game at running back in relief of Williams.
- Miyan Williams continues to have a strong game, picking up nine yards on first down for the Buckeyes. He now has eight carries for 60 yards on the night, but left the field with an injury following the play.
- Indiana is able to pick up one first down, but their drive stalls thanks to a third down stop by Demario McCall. The Buckeyes regain possession at their own 22-yard line.
- The Buckeye punt was their first in the last 20 offensive possessions. The Buckeyes had scored touchdowns on their last 19 consecutive drives.
- Ohio State's first drive of the second half is a quick one, as they go three-and-out for the first time in the game and punt it back to Indiana.
- C.J. Stroud is still in the game for Ohio State, and gets sacked by Micah McFadden on the Buckeyes' first offensive play of the second half.
- Kourt Williams wraps up McCulley in the backfield on third down, and Indiana's fourth down attempt goes backwards as well! Buckeye football for the first time in the second half following the turnover on downs.
- Sevyn Banks knocks down a would-be touchdown pass by the Hoosiers. Great positioning and effort by Banks to beat the receiver to the football.
- Indiana has found early success to open the half, and they are now inside the Buckeye 30-yard line after a first down run by Donaven McCulley.
- Indiana opens the second half with Donaven McCulley at quarterback.
- Halftime stats:
- Another first half touchdown for the Buckeyes! C.J. Stroud tosses his third TD of the game, this time to Jeremy Ruckert from 14-yards out. 44-7 Buckeyes!
- Ohio State continues to pressure Indiana's defense, as the Buckeye passing attack has the Buckeyes inside the Hoosier 35-yard line again!
- The OSU defense forces another three-and-out, this time by clogging the running lanes on 3rd and 2.
- Ohio State quickly wraps up McCulley for their fifth sack of the game.
- TreVeyon Henderson is four touchdowns short of Maurice Clarett's freshman record of 18 TD's for the Buckeyes.
- Ohio State's first five drives of the game: touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown.
- TreVeyon Henderson has THREE first half touchdowns! He punches the ball in after a strong run to open the drive, and Ohio State caps off a tidy 2-play drive with another TD. 37-7 OSU!
- A great punt return from Garrett Wilson starts Ohio State's latest possession at the Indiana 30-yard line. TreVeyon Henderson scampers for 20 yards on the first play, picks up a late hit penalty by the Hoosiers, and the Buckeyes are inside the 10.
- Another sack for the Buckeyes, this time by J.T. Tuimoloau. Four sacks in the game for Ohio State, and another quick three-and-out for Indiana.
- Jack Tuttle has re-entered the game from the Hoosiers, and fumbled his first snap for a loss of seven yards on first down.
- Ohio State is outgunning Indiana in total yards, 245-47 halfway through the second quarter.
- TOUCHDOWN CHRIS OLAVE! The veteran wide receiver floats through the air to snatch a touchdown throw from C.J. Stroud on 3rd and 12. 30-7 Buckeyes
- SPECIAL TEAMS IS ON THE BOARD! The Buckeye punt team takes advantage of the short punt attempt by the Hoosiers, tackling Indiana punter James Evans in the end zone for a safety! 23-7, OSU.
- Ohio State's defense is starting to take command of the game, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Indiana on second down, and recording a sack on third to force an Indiana punt.
- Grant Gremel has now entered the game for Indiana at quarterback. QB Jack Tuttle has still not re-entered the game after taking a hit from Haskell Garrett on Indiana's lone touchdown in the game.
- TreVeyon Henderson now has 13 touchdowns in his freshman season (10 rushing, 3 receiving). Maurice Clarett holds the freshman record with 18 in 2002.
- OSU Scoring Drive: 6 plays, 51 yards, 2:43. Touchdown.
- TreVeyon for two! The freshman finds the end zone again, this time on the receiving end of a screen pass from C.J. Stroud. 21-7 Buckeyes.
- The Buckeyes are in the red zone. C.J. Stroud has connected with Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Garrett Wilson for first downs on the drive.
- First quarter stats:
- End of first quarter.
- Indiana goes three-and-out, giving the ball back to Ohio State near midfield.
- Touchdown TreVeyon! Henderson pulls away from the Hoosier defense and punches it into the end zone for the Buckeyes second touchdown in two first quarter possessions. 14-7 Buckeyes.
- The Buckeyes convert on 3rd and 10 with a big-time hook-up between C.J. Stroud and Garrett Wilson.
- C.J. Stroud finds Jaxon Smith-Njigba for a 32-yard gain on the Buckeyes first play of the drive! Ohio State is already back in Indiana territory.
- TreVeyon Henderson has re-entered the game for Ohio State. The freshman missed all but two plays of the Buckeyes' first possession and had his helmet taken away on the sideline.
- Indiana's opening drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, 6:52, 4-4 on third down conversions. Touchdown
- Touchdown Indiana. Jack Tuttle takes a big hit from Haskell Garrett on 3rd and Goal, but is able to find Peyton Hendershot in the back of the end zone for the score.
- Indiana inserts Donaven McCulley at quarterback and the freshman breaks a 15-yard run inside the Buckeye 10-yard line.
- Yet another third and long conversion for the Hoosiers, this time on 3rd and 10. Three third down conversions for the Hoosiers and they're inside the 30.
- Just as the Hoosiers pass the midfield mark, Zach Harrison wraps up Jack Tuttle for the Buckeyes' second sack of the game. Indiana runs the football and converts on 3rd and 7 the following play. Hoosier football at the Buckeye 40.
- Haskell Garrett records a sack on Indiana's first offensive play of the night, but Indiana converts a 3rd and 7 to extend the drive.
- Opening drive totals for OSU: 12 plays, 75 yards, 5:10. Touchdown.
- TOUCHDOWN BUCKEYES! Ohio State takes the opening drive of the game right down the field and scores. Miyan Williams led a strong Buckeye rushing attack, racking up 38 yards on five attempts and capping off the drive with an 11-yard TD.
- Strong running from Miyan Williams to open the game. He now has four carries for 27 yards and the Buckeyes are in the red zone.
- Ohio State has hurried to the line on each of their four three plays, causing confusion for the Indiana defense early. The Buckeyes have entered plus-territory on their opening drive!
- Kickoff from Bloomington! The Buckeye offense will take the field to start the game after Indiana won the coin toss and deferred.
- The Buckeyes and Hoosiers have taken the field and we're about to be underway!
- Less than 10 minutes away from kickoff between the Buckeyes and the Hoosiers! Tonight's game will be played with weather in the mid-low 50's (57 degrees currently) with rain on and off throughout the evening.
- The officials for today's game:
- Referee: Larry Smith
- Umpire: Tim Glover
- Line Judge: Robin DeLorenzo
- Back Judge: Kevin Schwarzel
- Field Judge: Phil Hicks
- Side Judge: Gaylon Williams
- Center Judge: Mike Stumberg
- Indiana will be without starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. tonight. Junior quarterback Jack Tuttle will start in his place for the Hoosiers.
- Ohio State will be without Master Teague III and Harry Miller for tonight's match-up against Indiana, but Tyreke Smith will be returning to the line-up for the Buckeyes. Read the full injury report here.
- Under one hour from kickoff in Bloomington, IN.
- The Buckeyes are in the building.
After having last week off, Ohio State returns to action on Saturday with a trip to Indiana (7:30 p.m. ET on ABC).
The Buckeyes have won 26 straight meetings between the two programs, but understand how close the Hoosiers came to snapping that streak in last year’s matchup in Ohio Stadium, holding off a late rally to escape with a seven-point win.
“We had a bunch of big plays early on, and then toward the end of the game, we were just kind of hanging on,” head coach Ryan Day said during his press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “We have to continue to be aggressive. Some of the decision-making in that game wasn’t very good.
“You have to play four quarters against Indiana, so we’re going to have to plan on doing that. We’ve got a lot a respect for Indiana. This is going to be a hard road game. Everybody in the Big Ten is playing well this year and you have to bring it every week.”
While Indiana’s 2-4 record might not agree with that sentiment, all four of its losses have come to teams currently ranked in the top 11 of the AP Poll, including at No. 11 Iowa and No. 7 Penn State and at home against No. 2 Cincinnati and No. 9 Michigan State.
The Hoosiers have also been without quarterback Michael Penix, who separated his shoulder in the loss to the Nittany Lions, as well as cornerbacks Tiawan Mullen (lower leg) and Reese Taylor (upper leg), and all three will likely miss Saturday’s game against the Buckeyes.
“They’ve had some injuries and they’re trying to fill those gaps a little bit,” Day said. “They’ve also played some good teams. They’ve played some really good defenses. When you combine all those things and you’re off by a little big here or there, a team that doesn’t have a great record is a lot better than you think, and I think this team is much better than their record indicates.”
- Indiana’s last win over Ohio State was in 1988 (41-7). It was actually the Hoosiers’ second straight in the series, with their 31-10 win in 1987 snapping the Buckeyes’ 23-game winning streak in the series.
- Ohio State offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Kevin Wilson was Indiana’s head coach from 2011-16, leading the Hoosiers to a pair of bowl games (Pinstripe and Foster Farms).
- The Buckeyes have won 14 straight regular season games following an open week, including three wins on the road. Their last loss came at Penn State in 2005.
- Ohio State has won 10 consecutive conference road games by double digits, dating back to a one-point win at Maryland in 2018.
- The Buckeyes are 7-0 in games where both wide receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson catch a touchdown pass.
- Ohio State has won a nation-leading 11 straight true road games, with the last loss in such a situation coming at Purdue in 2018.
- The Buckeyes have not allowed a rushing touchdown since the 35-28 loss to Oregon in Week 2.
- Ohio State has returned an interception for a touchdown in four straight games, a school record. The school record for most pick-sixes in a season is seven, coming during the 2016 season.
- After scoring a combined 10 first-quarter points against Minnesota, Oregon and Tulsa, the Buckeyes have outscored their last three opponents 52-16 in the opening frame.
How to Watch/Stream, Listen to Ohio State vs. Indiana
Streaming: fuboTV (get a 7-day free trial)
Announcers: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Dusty Dvoracek (analyst) and Tom Luginbill (sideline reporter)
Local Radio: Ohio State Sports Network from Learfield IMG College
Flagship: WBNS 97.1 The Fan
Announcers: Paul Keels (play-by-play), Jim Lachey (analyst), Matt Andrews (sideline reporter), Skip Mosic (pregame/halftime/postgame host and producer)
BIG TEN Schedule (Week 7)
All times eastern
No. 5 Ohio State at Indiana, 7:30 on ABC
Wisconsin at No. 25 Purdue, 3:30 on BTN
Maryland at Minnesota, 3:30 on ESPN2
No. 6 Michigan beat Northwestern, 33-7
Illinois beat No. 7 Penn State, 20-18 in 9OT
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