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IU Notebook: Ball said defense takes nothing away from Ohio State performance

IU Notebook: Ball said defense takes nothing away from Ohio State performance

IN is providing college football with its first real surprise of the 2017 season with a 14-6 lead over No. 2 Ohio State in the second quarter.

Kick is set for 8 Memorial Stadium. That wasn't exactly the case to start for the Buckeyes but the end result was certainly something fitting for the second-ranked team in the country.

The tide quickly turned in the second half as Indiana's defense could not stop OSU's rushing game.

Namely, the college football world wanted to see whether an offensive coaching overhaul-Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day replaced Ed Warriner and Tim Beck-would spark a senior-year renaissance from quarterback J.T. Barrett, who dazzled while guiding Ohio State to an 11-1 record in 2014, then split starting duties with big-armed junior Cardale Jones the next year, then fell into a odd funk as the experienced leader helming the Buckeyes' offense last season.

On the next play, Barrett fired a downfield strike to Parris Campbell for a 74-yard touchdown. Barrett found a wide-open Johnnie Dixon for a 59-yard score next. The Buckeye offense really could not get much going in this half as it ended with in leading by one.

They forced two turnovers, and stopped the Hoosier run-pass option that worked well in the first half.

It didn't look like that early.

Junior wide receiver Nick Westbrook, who caught 54 passes for 995 yards a year ago, was injured Thursday night on the opening kickoff and didn't return.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes avoided a double dose of danger - winning a rare conference opener in Week 1 and getting a road win, too. Campbell had six catches for 136 yards. He's the receiver the Buckeyes are counting on most. The story has been two-fold: Ohio State's passing offense has been non-existent and IN wide receiver Simmie Cobbs has been a monster. Wilson, who was sacked by Indiana University in December, is the new offensive coordinator at OSU.

Dobbins is listed as the backup to sophomore Mike Weber, who ran for 1,096 yards last season but has been hampered by a hamstring problem in fall camp.

It was a good thing for the Buckeyes that freshman running back J.K. Dobbins was up to the challenge in his first college game.

Mason Rudolph threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help the Cowboys defeat the Golden Hurricane at Stillwater, Oklahoma. Combined with Luke Timian's 10 catches and 72 yards, it's the first time two IN receivers posted double-digit catch figures IN four years.

The same goes for an aggressive front seven, which made IN one-dimensional. Lagow's favorite target was Simmie Cobbs Jr. who had game-highs in receptions (11) for 149 yards and a touchdown.

On defense, first-round pick Adoree Jackson made a couple of nice plays while trying to earn one of their starting cornerback jobs.

It shouldn't come as a surprise. The Scarlet and Gray will be back on the field playing on the road versus the Indiana Hooiers. I'm thinking IU likely gets beat by Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State from the East, and Wisconsin from the West division.

There's always something to critique in Columbus. This is what most expected in the first half, not later into the second. There's a long way to go, but the Sooners are coming to down after the Buckeyes earned a hard-fought victory.


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