Feeling Left Out -Buckeyes Dump 52 On Hoosiers
Columbus, Ohio -Story By Michael Goins… In what has to be an empty feeling for buckeye nation’s faithful, the thought of capping off an undefeated season with no bowl eligibility seems to be at the height of that emptiness. It’s hard to say what is driving this year’s buckeye team, but clearly, something is.
There is a statement being made here that the Big Ten is hearing loud and clear. “We can’t go bowling this year, so we’re just going to beat up on the Big Ten and make every game a bowl game”. That seems to be what the buckeyes are saying to their Big Ten brethen. With Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller getting stronger with each outing, it seems the chances of any team stopping Ohio State on its quest to go undefeated dwindle with each passing week.
In another display of offensive might, Ohio State put up another plus 50 point game, and seemed to enjoy it. What makes things even more interesting for Ohio State, is that they are headed for a showdown with no other than the Nittany Lions for first place in the Leaders Division. If memory serves me correctly, these are the same Penn State Nittany Lions that were whipped by a feisty Ohio University Bobcat team. So yes, Ohio State has to be feeling left out of the national discussion this year but in the mean time, there is the Big Ten, and nobody can beat up on the Big Ten like Ohio State.
Here are all the notes and quotes from the Indiana game.. Buckeyes roll 52-49 in what at times appeared to be an empty stadium were it not for buckeye nation.
No. 8 Ohio State (7-0, 3-0) 52 at Indiana (2-4, 0-3) 49
Memorial Stadium – Bloomington, Ind.
Oct. 13, 2012
Attendance: 48, 880
Ohio State Postgame Notes
- With the win, Ohio State improves to 7-0 for the first time since the 2007 season when the Buckeyes started 10-0.
- The Buckeyes are now 36-18 in night games (games starting at 5 p.m. or later) all-time. They improve to 19-8 away from home in night games.
- Ohio State is 272-0-1 all-time when it scores at least 35 points. The tie was 35-35 against SMU in 1978.
- Ohio State leads the all-time series with Indiana 68-12-5 and 25-2-1 in Bloomington.
- Ohio State has won the last 17 meetings overall and the last nine in Bloomington. Its last loss at Memorial Stadium was in 1988.
- With 52 points vs. Indiana and 63 last week vs. Nebraska, Ohio State has posted 50+ points in back to back games for the first time since 1996 when the Buckeyes opened with a 70-7 win vs. Rice and a 72-0 win over Pittsburgh.
- Ohio State has scored at least 30 or more points in 11 of the last 12 meetings with the Hoosiers.
- Urban Meyer is 27-10 all-time in the month of October.
- Meyer is 97-5 in his coaching career when leading at halftime.
- Meyer is 26-0 when his teams score 50 or more.
- Ohio State has more than 700+ yards rushing over the last two games. The Buckeyes gained 371 vs. Nebraska last week and finished with 357 vs. the Hoosiers.
- Since 2005, Meyer’s teams are 18-0 when his team blocks a punt.
- Meyer’s teams are 68-14 when ranked.
- Braxton Miller connected with Devin Smith on a 60-yard TD pass in the second quarter, the third time Miller and Smith have hooked up for a TD for at least 60 yards this season. The duo added a 46-yard TD pass and catch late in the fourth quarter.
- The Buckeyes are 8-0 in Smith’s career when he scores at least one TD.
- Miller dashed 67 yards for a score in the third quarter, his fourth rush of at least 55 yards this season and the fifth of his career.
- Miller finished the game with 149 yards on the ground, his fifth of the season and eighth of his career with at least 100 yards. He also added 211 passing, completing 13 of 24 tosses with one INT.
- Carlos Hyde finished with 156 yards on 22 carries and one TD, the fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career and his second of the season.
- It marks the fifth time in Ohio State history and the first time in 37 years in which two players rushed for at least 100 yards in back-to-back games. Miller and Hyde rushed for 186 and 140 yards, respectively, last week vs. Nebraska. Archie Griffin and Pete Johnson each had 100+ in games at Purdue and home vs. Indiana in 1975.
- Backup QB Kenny Guiton tossed the first TD pass of his career on a 14-yard shovel pass to Hyde in the third quarter. It also was the first TD reception of Hyde’s career.
- Bradley Roby recovered a blocked punt by Travis Howard for a TD in the second quarter, the second time this season the Buckeyes have blocked a punt (at MSU).
- The recovery by Roby for a touchdown was the first by a Buckeye since Zach Domicone in 2010 against Minnesota.
- Roby also finished the game with a career-high three pass breakups. Ryan Shazier had five pass breakups.
- Playing linebacker for the first time, Zach Boren led the Buckeyes with eight tackles.
- Rod Smith returned two kickoffs 33 yards each, the longest returns of the year for the Buckeyes. He finished with 3 returns for 85 yards.