Terrance Turner runs with the ball against Ohio State on Saturday. Rich Janzaruk | Herald-Times
Daniel Herron breaks thru the IU defensive line and scoots for a TD. Rich Janzaruk | Herald-Times
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes rebounded from a middling performance against Illinois with a decisive 38-10 win against Indiana on Saturday.
The Buckeyes scored the first 38 points of the game and took out most of their starters early in the third quarter.
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor had his finest passing day in a OSU uniform, completing 24-of-30 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns.
Daniel Herron ran 39 yards for the game’s first touchdown, and Pryor made it 14-0 when he found Dane Sanzenbacher for a 22-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Pryor threw two more touchdowns in the first half.
Ohio State had 472 yards of total offense, while holding Indiana to 214.
Quarterback Ben Chappell completed 16-of-26 passes, but for only 108 yards. He also threw two interceptions — he had one in four games coming into Saturday.
The Hoosiers, playing without running back Darius Willis, right guard Marc Damisch and right tackle James Brewer, also lost left tackle Andrew McDonald and center Will Matte during the game. Left guard Aaron Price was the only offensive line starter from last week’s game against Michigan on the field at one point.
Antonio Banks scored his first touchdown as a Hoosier late in the fourth quarter.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — There was a group of union protesters outside Ohio Stadium this morning, picketing about conditions for concession workers.
Some of the larger members of the group might have found work today on Indiana’s offensive line, because berths were certainly open — in part, unfortunately, due to tragedy. Marc Damisch’s father has passed away, so the sophomore starting right guard is with his family in Illinois. The Hoosiers already had starting right tackle James Brewer out with an ankle injury.
Given how protecting quarterback Ben Chappell from the attentions of a very talented OSU defensive front was key to Indiana’s chances today, the offensive line situation does not augur well. Backup center Jordan Marquette will shift over to start in Damisch’s spot, and Jordan Pagan — experienced at every position except center, will play right tackle. But the Hoosiers are now extremely thin on the offensive-line two-deep.
IU’s ability to keep OSU’s defense honest with a running attack also might be impaired a bit, as the playing status of starting tailback Darius Willis is questionable due to a groin injury sustained this week.
The Buckeyes aren’t in the best of moods following last week’s 24-13 at Illinois, during which the Illini were very competitive. OSU people expect this No. 2-ranked team to dominate, and will look for that today.
I’ll add some thoughts and observations here on this thread as the game unfolds on this gloriously sunny and warm afternoon.
From Indiana sports information:
BILETNIKOFF, HORNUNG AWARDS RECOGNIZE DOSS
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Following his spectacular performance against Michigan, junior wide receiver Tandon Doss received recognition from the Biletnikoff (nation’s top receiver) and Paul Hornung (nation’s most versatile player) Awards this week. The Biletnikoff honored his effort as one of the top performances of the season and the Hornung recognized it as one of “Paul Hornung’s Most Versatile Performances of the Week.”
Doss, who is on both of the awards’ Watch Lists, was joined on the Hornung list by Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb.
A host of Michigan defenders tackle Indiana’s Terrance Turner. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
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