November 12, 2022

Buckeyes Power Through Hoosiers, 56-14, Behind Season-High 340 Rushing Yards


COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 2 Ohio State (10-0, 7-0) used a balanced offensive effort to power through light snow and windy conditions to defeat Indiana (3-7, 1-6) 56-14 Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

C.J. Stroud threw for 297 yards on 17-of-28 efficiency and five touchdowns. The Buckeyes finished with 662 yards of total offense on the day, which included 340 on the ground.

Miyan Williams carried 15 times for 147 yards and a score. Dallan Hayden added 102 yards on 19 carries while Xavier Johnson rushed one time for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Marvin Harrison Jr. caught seven balls for 135 yards and one score. Cade Stover had three receptions, two for touchdowns, for 45 yards.

Steele Chambers led the Buckeyes with 10 tackles with five solos. Seven of Lathan Ransom’s nine stops were solos.

The Buckeyes are on the road next Saturday at Maryland. The kickoff time and television designation has not been determined.

No. 2 Ohio State 21 | Indiana 7

Ohio State started with the ball after Indiana won the toss and deferred to the second half.

The Buckeyes took the first snap from their 25 and moved to the OSU 34 before punting it away to the Hoosiers, a 47-yard Jesse Mirco boot to the Hoosier 17.

Indiana punted on its first possession as well, a 42-yarder from the IU 23 that hit an OSU player and was recovered by the Buckeyes at the OSU 35.

The Buckeyes used the ground game to get to the Indiana 5 on a pair of Williams runs totaling 42 yards and a Harrison Jr. sweep to the left for another 18.

That last play set up a 6-yard touchdown toss from Stroud to Emeka Egbuka for the 7-0 lead with 9:42 left in the opening quarter. The drive covered 65 yards on six plays while using 2:19.

WATCH: Emeka Egbuka TD Reception

Indiana took the ensuing kickoff to its 25 but moved just 4 yards to the IU 29 before punting it back to the Buckeyes, a 49-yard effort to the OSU 22.

Stroud then guided the Buckeyes 78 yards on eight plays to take a 14-0 lead after Hayden rushed over the left side for the 14-yard score. The rush put the Buckeyes over 100-yards rush (104) in the quarter.

The big play of the drive was a 34-yard catch by Johnson down the left side.

WATCH: Dallan Hayden TD Run

For the third-consecutive time, the Ohio State defense forced an Indiana punt, this time a 32-yarder out of bounds at the Ohio State 42.

It took the Buckeyes just one play to find the endzone for a 21-0 lead. Stroud dropped straight back and launched the ball down the middle that found Harrison Jr. in stride for the 58-yard score.

WATCH: Marvin Harrison Jr. TD Reception

Indiana used a rush of 16 yards and a 49-yard reception to set up its first score of the game, a 7-yard touchdown toss from Dexter Williams II to AJ Barner to make it 21-7 just prior to the end of the quarter. The drive covered 75 yards on six plays.

No. 2 Ohio State 28 | Indiana 7

The Buckeyes ended the first quarter on a kickoff return of 30 yards by Johnson to the OSU33.

The Indiana defense forced another Mirco punt, a 34-yard effort that pinned the Hoosiers back at their 9-yard line. Indiana could get no further than their 13 before punting it back to the Buckeyes at their 43.

Three plays later, Williams busted a rush over the right side for 48 yards to put the Buckeyes back up by 21 (28-7) with 10:41 left in the half. He also had a 9-yard gain to account for all 57-yards of the drive.

WATCH: Miyan Williams TD Run

The Hoosiers moved to their 31 before a punt gave Ohio State the ball back at the OSU 16 after a 53-yard kick.

Mirco was called out again on Ohio State’s next possession. He then delivered a 35-yard punt to the Indiana 29.

The Hoosiers were not able to make a first down and punted again to give Ohio State the ball at its 16.

Indiana stopped the next Ohio State drive at the IU18 when the Buckeyes were not able to convert a fourth-and-1 rush up the middle.

Ohio State amassed 377 yards of offense in the first half. The balanced attack totaled 190 yards on the ground and 187 through the air.

Stroud completed 9-of-17 passes in the half.

No. 2 Ohio State 42 | Indiana 7

The Hoosiers started the second half with the ball but soon turned the ball over on downs at the Ohio State 23.

The Buckeyes were not able to move the ball on their first effort from scrimmage and punted the ball away to the Hoosiers. Mirco connected for 45 yards to the Indiana 23

Indiana drove to their 30 and brought out the punt team. Hoosier punter James Evans had his effort blocked by Ohio State’s Lathan Ransom. The ball was recovered by Xavier Johnson at the Indiana 7 and returned it 5 yards to the Hoosier 2.

Two plays later Stroud found Cade Stover for a 1-yard touchdown pass to make it 35-7 Buckeyes.

WATCH: Cade Stover TD Reception

After another Indiana punt, Stover and Stroud hooked up again, this time for a 12-yard touchdown strike that increased the Ohio State lead to 42-7.

WATCH: Cade Stover TD Reception, Again

Ohio State’s defense pushed Indiana back to its 30 following a Jack Sawyer sack to force an Indiana punt on the next Hoosier possession.

The Buckeyes, after a 51-yard IU punt, started from their 17. Ohio State drove to their 49 before Mirco hit a 41-yard punt to the Indiana 10.

Indiana lost a yard on the next play, ending the quarter.

No. 2 Ohio State 56 | Indiana 14

Ohio State got the ball back after a 53-yard Hoosier punt from deep in Indiana territory out to the OSU 29.

On the Buckeyes’ first play from scrimmage, Xavier Johnson took a direct snap and zig-zagged down the field for a 71-yard scoring run to give Ohio State a 49-7 lead.

WATCH: Xavier Johnson 71-yard TD Run

The Ohio State defense forced another punt but the Hoosiers retained possession after the Buckeyes muffed the catch, which was recovered by the Hoosiers at the Ohio State 18.

Two plays later, the Hoosiers scored on a 19-yard touchdown pass to Donaven McCulley with 12:03 left in the game.

With the score in favor of the Buckeyes, 49-14, Ohio State drove 75 yards on six plays to make it 56-14 Buckeyes. Stroud connected with Kamryn Babb for 8 yards for the touchdown.

WATCH: Kam Babb TD Reception

The touchdown marked a significant moment for Babb, who has overcome five separate knee injuries during his playing career.

In the postgame press conference, Coach Day opened about the significance of that moment, as did Stroud and Babb.

Ohio State got the ball back after a 47-yard IU punt to the OSU 12.

The Buckeyes then ran out the clock to end the game.