That’s a wrap from Columbus. The last part of the game was pretty uneventful with the Buckeyes trying to run out the clock with theirÂ second and third teamers doing most of the work.
Plenty of Indiana’s backups saw playing time, too and gained some valuable experience.
Brandon and I walked down to the field for last few minutes of the game. By that time the crowdÂ had thinned and those that remained weren’t really in to the game. But it was still loud down there.
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:25,Â 3rd quarter: Aaron Pettrey has tacked on three points with a 51-yard field goal.Â
9:04, 3rd quarter: The Buckeyes just added another score, this time on a throw FROM Ted Ginn Jr.
The play began as an option left but smith pitched back to Ginn, who was crossing left. He stopped and looked for tight end Rory Nichols deep down field. Ginn threw deep, even though Nichols was covered tightly by linebacker Adam McClurg. But Nichols fought McClurg off and ran under the ball.
:20, 2nd quarter: Ohio State’s Jake Ballard just made a diving grab in the middle of the endzone to give his team a 25-point lead heading into the half.
The Buckeys marched 49 yards inÂ 30 seconds, aided by a personal foul face mask by Leslie Majors.Â
Anthony Gonzalez just snuck into the corner of the end zone for an easy score.
How a guy with more than 600 yards receiving on the year sneaks anywhere, I’m not sure.
14:52, 2nd quarter: What was I saying about Troy Smith? First play of theÂ quarter, he’s forced out of the pocket and rolls left,Â zooming out ofÂ reach of Keith Burrus. Then Smith squares his bodyÂ – he’s right handed — and chucks the ball to the left corner of the end zone, giving Ted Ginn Jr. plenty of time to run right under it.Â
End of 1st quarter: Ohio State is starting to turn it on a bit. Troy Smith is getting into a rhythm. That long run when he countered left showed why he’s the top candidate for the Heisman and also got him into game.Â
2:55, 1st quarter: The Buckeyes have taken the lead with a nifty play-actionÂ play onÂ third and one.
Troy Smith faked theÂ handoff and waited forÂ Rory Nichol, his tight end, to breakÂ free over the top. Â
Indiana justÂ heldÂ Ohio State to three plays on its secondÂ possession. So far the passÂ defense has been tight and Troy Smith hasÂ not been sharp.Â
7:59, 1st quarter: Indiana strikes first with a 33-yard field goal by Austin Starr.
The Hoosiers failed to move the ball a yard afterÂ Porter’sÂ punt return. Ohio State is loading up on the left side of Indiana’s line, where true freshmenÂ Rodger Saffold and Pete Saxon are playing,Â and getting good penetration.
On third down, James Hardy dropped a passÂ on an inside slant.Â
The Hoosiers forced Ohio State to a three-and-out as Troy SmithÂ threw wide for Ted Ginn Jr. on third down.
Then Tracy Porter took the punt return 34 yards. He reversed fields and streaked down the left sideline all the way to the 15 yard line.
Indiana needs to get seven points here.Â
Â The Hoosiers had a promising start to their first drive with Demetrius McCray scampering 11 yards on the first play. But it sputtered out when Kellen Lewis couldn’t find anyone on a third and nine play.
Tyson Beattie just pinned the Buckeyes at their own two-yard line with a 53-yard punt, though.
And here come the Buckeyes. Pretty fierce lookin’ group.
The Hoosiers were met with a spattering of half-hearted boos.