Nov. 5, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Daniel "Boom" Herron, Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde combined for 346 yards on the ground to propel Ohio State to a 34-20 win over Indiana Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 105,195 at Ohio Stadium.
It was the first time Ohio State had a trio of backs - Herron (141 yards), Miller (105) and Hyde (105) - each run for more than 100 yards in a game since 1989 when Dante Lee, Scottie Graham, and Carlos Snow accomplished the feat in a game against Northwestern. Miller added 55 yards through the air on 5 of 11 passing for 401 yards of total offense.
"Most importantly we came out with win," Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell said after the game. "We did a nice job of regrouping in the second half, but we didn't play with enough poise and energy early on. Give Indiana credit, they played well and are much better than their record indicates."
Defensively, the Buckeyes (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten) were tested by Indiana's balanced attack as the Hoosiers (1-9, 0-6 Big Ten) totaled 333 total yards - 174 passing and 159 rushing - and converted on 10-of-17 third down attempts. John Simon and Andrew Sweat led the Buckeyes with 10 and nine tackles, respectively, while four other players added seven apiece.
Indiana scored on its first two possessions of the game for a quick 10-0 lead. After Mitch Ewald connected on a 35-yard field goal to cap the opening drive, the Hoosier defense recovered a Miller fumble at the OSU 41. Six plays later, Stephen Houston ran the ball in from five yards out to put the Buckeyes in an early hole.
Miller responded on the following drive for the Buckeyes, gashing the IU defense for an 81-yard touchdown on the ground to cut the Indiana lead to three with 7:12 to play in the first. The run was the longest in school history by an OSU quarterback and the longest play from scrimmage this season.
Drew Basil evened the score at 10 at the start of the second quarter with a 36-yard field goal. The teams would trade 3-pointers - Basil connecting from 45 and Ewald from 25 - to make the score 13-all at the half.
Ohio State jumped ahead for the first time in the game five minutes into the second half on a 15-yard touchdown run from Herron. Indiana was quick to respond, marching 64 yards in seven plays on the ensuing drive to tie the game at 20 on a 34-yard play action touchdown pass from Tre Roberson to Kofi Hughes with 6:56 remaining in the quarter.
Miller gave the Scarlet and Gray a 27-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter with a 20-yard touchdown run on third and goal. It was Miller's second touchdown of the game. Indiana answered with a 49-yard drive, but a 40-yard field goal attempt by Ewald was wide left.
Indiana got the ball back with just under six minutes to play and advanced to the OSU 44 before Travis Howard intercepted a Roberson pass intended for Hughes. Carlos Hyde would take over from there, scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run with 2:41 to play after racing 47 yards down the right sideline to set up the seven points.
The Hoosiers had one final comeback attempt, but were stopped on downs inside their own 10 with just under two minutes to play.