No. 1 Ohio State is on the ropes in its Big Ten opener in Bloomington. The underdog Indiana Hoosiers have taken it to Ohio State from the start and own a 10-6 lead at the half.
Indiana even gave Ohio State a chance to seize the momentum in the game, and the Buckeyes failed to do it. Up 10-3, Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson opted for a fake punt run despite snapping the football from Indiana’s own 16-yard line. The run was stopped short of the first-down marker and Ohio State took over inside the red zone. Fortunately for Wilson, the Hoosiers defense stood tall and held Ohio State to just a field goal.
Indiana running back Jordan Howard, among the nation’s leading rushers, was taken out of the game in the first half, although he returned with a noticeable hobble. Howard’s ankle was apparently rolled over on, forcing him to leave the field and receive medical attention in the locker room before he made his way back to the field.
Ohio State’s Cardale Jones has completed eight of nine pass attempts for 138 yards but he has held on to the football too often at times. With Ohio State’s offense in need of another halftime spark, could we see some J.T. Barrett in the second half?