Junior quarterback Braxton Miller gained 144 yards on the ground and threw for another 160 yards as No. 4/3 Ohio State defeated Indiana, 42-14, at Oho Stadium in Columbus on Saturday.
Miller, who was 11-of-17 passing, had two touchdowns passes, a 24-yard TD toss to freshman Dontre Wilson in the third quarter, and a 39-yard bomb to Devin Smith in the fourth. Carlos Hyde ran for 117 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. Hyde eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark, the first running back to ever do so under Urban Meyer, and now has 1,064 yards on 128 attempts.
The game was significant on several levels. With the win over Indiana, Ohio State clinched a spot in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game and will play Michigan State at Lucas Oil Stadium on Dec. 7. Its the Buckeyes second-consecutive Big Ten Leaders Division title. Ohio State also established a school record 23-game win streak, eclipsing the previous streak of 22 games set from 1967-69. The win streak is the longest in the country. The Buckeyes also broke the school record for single-season points, passing the 504 set in 1998.
Ohio State scored on consecutive possessions to start the game as Hyde scored on a 16-yard run and Miller hit paydirt after running through the middle of Indiana’s porous defense and down the near-sideline on a 37-yard scamper with 8:11 left in the first quarter that put OSU up 14-0.
But then the Buckeye offense hit the skids. Miller was sacked and fumbled at the OSU 36 on the next possession after forcing the Hoosiers to punt.
Early in the second quarter, Ohio State got a big play from its special teams as Bradley Roby blocked an Indiana punt that was recovered by Ron Tanner at the IU 8 yard line.
The Buckeyes needed just two plays to go ahead 21-0 with 8:36 to go in the second stanza as Miller ran around the right end on a reverse and somersaulted into the end zone eventually landing on his head for the TD.
Ohio State added one more touchdown just before halftime as Hyde ran five yards up the middle for the score with just 37 seconds left.
For the game, the Buckeyes totaled 471 yards of offense with 311 of those coming on the ground. Defensively, Ohio State was led by linebacker Ryan Shazier, who had 20 total tackles, including 16 solos, five tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble.
Immediately after the game, it officially became BEAT MICHIGAN Week. Ohio State travels to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan, next Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 noon ET, and it will be televised on ABC.