COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 3 Ohio State held out for a battling 42-35 victory over No. 9 Indiana to remain undefeated on the season and stay in the College Football Playoff conversations.
The Buckeyes (4-0) were far from their best on Saturday, but did enough to avoid the upset in what former CFP winning coach Urban Meyer described as a “balanced performance on offense.”
It was 18th straight win for Ohio State against an AP-ranked Big Ten teams, which is the longest such streak against conference opponents in the AP Poll era (since 1936), according ESPN Stats and Information.
The researchers also revealed that It was also the Buckeyes’ 26th straight win vs Indiana, which is the longest winning streak against a single opponent in Big Ten history.
BIG DAY FOR TEAGUE, WILSON, OLAVE
On Saturday, Ohio State tallied over 600 yards of total offense, including an impressive 307 on the ground and held Indiana to -1 yard rushing on the defensive side.
Despite having a shaky day, which saw him throwing three interceptions – his first of the season – quarterback Justin Fields tallied 300 yards on 18 of 30 passes with two touchdowns for Ohio State. He also added 78 yards rushing and another score.
Master Teague rushed for 169 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns, while Trey Sermon added 60 yards to the total on the ground.
For the third time this season, both Ohio State wide received Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave topped the 100-yard mark. Wilson had seven catches for 169 yards and two scores and Olave grabbed eight catches for 101 yards.
PENIX JR. OUTPLAYED FIELDS
Michael Penix Jr. was outstanding on the day for Indiana (4-1), throwing for a career-high 491 yards and five touchdowns on 27 of 51 completed passes with one interception.
Wide receiver Ty Fryfogle was also outstanding with seven catches for 218 yards and three touchdowns.
The Hoosiers kept Ohio State scoreless in the fourth quarter, while scoring 14 points.
“We’re a great team,” Penix Jr. said. “The guys fought. We’ll fight the whole 60 minutes. “I love what I saw. We didn’t get the results we wanted, we have a lot to correct, but we’ll keep pushing forward.”
Despite the loss, Penix Jr. becomes only the 3rd player all-time with 400 Pass yds and 5 TDs in a game against the Buckeyes, ESPN Stats and Information revealed.
Penix Jr. joins Minnesota’s Mike Hohensee (1981) and Illinois’ Dave Wilson (1980). Hohensee is the only one in this trio to win the game.
“We did a lot of great things,” Penix said, “but we can do better. We have to find a way to win. We have to finish. The defense gave us opportunities at the end. We have to take advantage of it.”