Ohio State's Performance a Mixed Bag in Opening Win Over Indiana

The Indiana Hoosiers played host to the unofficial kickoff of the 2017 college football season on Thursday evening, hosting No. 2/2 Ohio State in a game that contained a College GameDay studio set, a military flyover, and a sold-out crowd at Memorial Stadium.

"Oh, my", might have been more appropriate. Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins was particularly troublesome, rushing for 181 yards by himself. It was nearly like an expansion team a little bit, as you look at so many new guys. Dobbins responded by gashing the Hoosiers for 6.2 yards per carry on a bell cow's workload of 29 carries. He put a spin move on a defender that would have made National Football League running backs envious. Quarterback Richard Lagow went 40/65 passing for 410 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

In a 49-21 win over IN, the Buckeyes tried to go more pro-style on both sides of the ball, flexing out TE Marcus Baugh regularly and throwing 21 times for 95 yards (4.5 ypa) before the half. Host Ohio State won 38-17 previous year. Barrett's third touchdown pass of the night, an 11-yard lob to sophomore Binjimen Victor on the left side of the end zone, sealed it.

Ohio State's offense had moments when it resembled an efficient machine operating at full capacity, like when junior Parris Campbell hauled in a short pass from Barrett, cut upfield, got a good block near the sideline and galloped 74 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

"I think every game we try to take it as a big game, because it's one week at a time no matter what", defensive lineman and team captain Tracy Sprinkle said.

Indiana's early pace and lead into the third quarter spoke of a familiar doom that could befall the Buckeyes.

Meyer said that like it was an underachievement.

"I kind of tempered my emotions with you (media) guys early on because we have seen that since spring practice".

The way Dobbins ran and responded to his teammates made some wonder if he had leap-frogged Weber as the starter going into next Saturday's game against Oklahoma.

"We will get better on the deep ball", Meyer said around midnight, after the second-ranked Buckeyes' 49-21 victory over the Hoosiers on Thursday to ring in the season.

Over the summer, Weber battled through several injuries, including a tight hamstring. "As long as they stay healthy that's a little more comforting".

Barrett completed 20 of 35 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns. Campbell had six catches for 136 yards. Alas, Indiana ran for just 17 yards on 27 totes. The best receiver on the field was Simmie Cobbs Jr., who plays for IN and treated it to his 11 catches and his 149 yards and who, with his sideline catches, sometimes seemed to have four arms.

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For two quarters and some change, Kevin Wilson's return to IN after a messy departure previous year wasn't going as smoothly as Ohio State new offensive coordinator would have wanted.

Thursday, the IU rushing attack was in negative numbers until the very end of the game when true freshman Morgan Ellison gained some yards in mop-up time.


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