The Indiana Hoosiers (3-8, 0-7) fought hard and gave Ohio State (10-1, 7-0) all they could handle in a 42-27 loss that was much closer than the score indicated. Indiana forced three first half turnovers, highlighted by two J.T. Barrett (25/35 for 302 yards, four TDs, two INTs) interceptions by Indiana sophomore safety Antonio Allen (11 tackles), and went into halftime trailing 14-13. The Buckeyes raced out to a 14-0 lead on a 65-yard Ezekiel Elliott (13 carries 107 yards) touchdown run and a Jeff Heuerman (five catches, 74 yards) four-yard TD reception. The Hoosiers had quieted the crowd at Ohio Stadium by hitting their Buckeyes in the mouth and holding an explosive offense to just 245 yards in the first half.
Indiana took the lead 20-14 on their second drive of the third quarter when running back Tevin Coleman raced 90 yards, passing Vaughn Dunbar as the Hoosiers single season leading rusher, to the end zone.
However the lead and the upset bid would not last as the Hoosiers made critical mistakes that allowed the Buckeyes to reclaim the lead for good. Ohio State got ahead on a 54-yard Jalin Marshall punt return. Marshall destroyed the Hoosiers with four second half touchdowns, including the dagger with 4:21 left in the game after a Zander Diamont (11/27 for 114 yards) interception. Marshall finished with 151 total yards.
Coleman capped off the scoring in the game with a 52-yard score to get the Hoosiers to 42-27 with just over a minute left. He finished with 228 yards and three touchdowns.
The Hoosiers showed plenty of heart and grit, while the Buckeyes hope that the Playoff Committee could not find the Big Ten Network and only saw the final score. With the victory the Buckeyes clinched the Big Ten East division crown and their second straight Big Ten Championship appearance. The Hoosiers return home next Saturday to face rival Purdue at noon in the Old Oaken Bucket Game, while Ohio State squares off at Ohio Stadium against the hated Michigan Wolverines also at noon.
*Photo credits to Jay LaPrete, Associated Press