Big Second Half Propels Buckeyes

It took a while, but Ohio State ended up with a lopsided 49-21 opening night win over Indiana thanks to a dominant second half. 

The Buckeyes trailed 14-13 at the break and struggled to stop Indiana's passing game on defense, and seemed out of synch on offense. Things changed after the break as Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett caught fire throwing for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns after the break, including TD passes of 74 yards to Parris Campbell and 59 yards to Johnnie Dixon in the third quarter. Barrett ended up with 304 yards through the air for the game. It was Barrett's sixth career 300 yard passing game and the fifth-year senior also became Ohio State's all-time leader in total offense.

The other offensive star was freshman running back J.K. Dobbins. Subbing for the injured Mike Weber, Dobbins rushed for 181 yards on 29 carries. It's the most yards ever for a freshman back in his debut game. 

Defensively, Ohio State gave up 410 yards passing to Indiana and quarterback Richard Lagow but 284 of the yards came in the first half. OSU also was able to sack Lagow five times and forced three turnovers.

The Buckeyes now get ready for a national spotlight game on Saturday Sept. 9, when Oklahoma visits Ohio Stadium. Full highlights from BTN below and thanks to our friend Steve Helwagen of Bucknuts and 24-7 sports, the video of Urban Meyer's post-game comments.

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