Barrett leads Ohio State over Indiana
Columbus, Ohio — J.T. Barrett ran for 137 yards and a touchdown and passed for another score Saturday and Ohio State beat Indiana 38-17.
Second-ranked Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) was forced to rely mostly on its ground game, which accounted for 290 yards, and some tough play by its defense — including a critical fourth-quarter stop on its own 4 yard line following a Barrett inception — to fend off the Hoosiers, who had upset Michigan State last weekend.
Ohio State’s defense held when it had to, also forcing Indiana (3-2, 2-1) to turn the ball over on downs on the Hoosiers’ own 33 with 5:22 left and the Buckeyes leading 31-17. Five plays later, Barrett hit Dontre Wilson with a 37-yard touchdown pass to put the game out of reach.
Safety Malik Hooker sealed the win by picking off Richard Lagow on Indiana’s next series. The Buckeyes held Indiana to just one score in the second half.
Barrett was 9-of-23 for 93 yards. He carried the ball a career-high 26 times.
“JT had too many carries, so we have to fix it,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said.
Both teams struggled to establish any offensive tempo.
“It was just an awkward game,” Meyer said.
Ohio State hybrid back Curtis Samuel rushed nine times for 82 yards and a touchdown, and tailback Mike Weber ran for 71 yards and two scores.
Lagow was 14-of-28 for 182 yards and two touchdowns, but Indiana managed just 99 yards rushing. Indiana had 281 total yards, compared with 383 for the Buckeyes.
“They have a great defense,” Lagow said. “They’re going to be tough for anybody the rest of the year, That’s on us as well as them being good. We didn’t hit a couple plays and they made a couple plays.”