No. 3 Ohio State welcomed a top-ten Indiana into Ohio Stadium for the first time in more than 50 years. The Buckeyes outlasted the No. 9 ranked Hoosiers their first defeat of the season, 42-35, overcoming three turnovers and a second-half rally by IU.
After a defensive first quarter that saw the Buckeyes hold a 7-0 advantage, Ohio State once again owned the second quarter and took a 28-7 lead into halftime. Indiana closed to within 42-35 late in the game as Ohio State essentially salted away the win on the ground.
Ohio State once again impressed offensively, topping 300 yards on the ground and through the air. Justin Fields topped 300 yards for the third game in a row and despite throwing his first interceptions of the season, tossed a pair of TDs passes and added 78 yards rushing. Master Teague rushed for 169 yards on 26 carries and added two TDs. For the third time this season, both Ohio State wide received Garrett Wilson (7-169-2) and Chris Olave (8-101) topped the 100-yard mark.
Defensively, Ohio State held Indiana to -1 yard rushing. LB Pete Werner had eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Shaun Wade returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
The Buckeyes, now 4-0, will play back-to-back road games at Illinois and Michigan State the next two Saturdays. Game times and broadcast information are yet to be announced.