On a memorable, snowy Ohio State Senior Day, the Buckeyes broke a big record as they passed the schools consecutive wins mark, which stood at 22 before the Buckeyes put together their 23rd consecutive victory on Saturday afternoon.
While the school records took precedent, another big accomplishment came as well, as Carlos Hyde became Urban Meyer’s first 1,000 yard rusher, eclipsing the mark during the middle of the second quarter on his way to 117 yards on the day.
The Buckeyes got out to a quick 14-0 start thanks to multiple rushes of over 35 yards from quarterback Braxton Miller, who finished with 144 yards and two rushing touchdowns on the day. The elements forced Miller to do damage on the ground, but he was also efficient through the air, throwing for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 11 completions.
On his Senior Day, Carlos Hyde continued to torch his opposition, as he rushed for two touchdowns on 18 carries and averaged 6.5 yards per touch.
While the Buckeye offense stole the show, with Miller and Hyde leading the way to 311 rushing yards, there was a particularly big showing from an Ohio State defender on what could be remembered as his last game in Ohio Stadium.
Ryan Shazier put together one of the most dominant performances by a Buckeye linebacker on Saturday afternoon, amidst much speculation as to whether or not he will return to Ohio State for his senior season.
Shazier finished the day with a whopping 20 tackles, five tackles for loss and a forced fumble, all the while helping the Silver Bullets to keep the Hoosiers off the scoreboard for a large majority of Saturday’s contest.
The Indiana offense did only score 14 points, all coming in the last six minutes of the game, but put up fantastic yardage numbers in the process.
Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld put together a gutsy performance, completing 25 of his 41 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns on what appeared to be a bad knee.
His backup, Tre Roberson, helped the Hoosiers as well, rushing for 79 yards on 12 carries and passing for 96 yards on just 7 completions.
The Hoosiers, as a whole, held the ball for 34:12 and put up 442 yards of offense, 320 of which came through the air.
The Buckeyes did not look past Indiana, thoroughly beating the Hoosiers in almost every aspect of Saturday’s game, and have finally arrived at the most meaningful week of the regular season.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s officially Michigan Week.
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