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Ohio State vs. Indiana: Buckeyes survive thriller

In a game much closer than many anticipated, Ohio State survived a desperate rally from the Hoosiers to win 52-49.

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Ohio State up to No. 7 in AP Poll

The 7-0 Ohio State Buckeyes moved up one spot in this week's Associated Press top 25.

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Buckeyes need to improve, but keep winning anyway

The Ohio St. Buckeyes survived a scare in the Big Ten on Saturday afternoon, beating the Indiana Hoosiers 52-49 on the road.

Ohio State was terrific on offense, but surprisingly had all sorts of problems containing the Hoosiers attack. Braxton Miller led the charge, ultimately leading the Buckeyes to victory and keeping them undefeated at 7-0 on the year.

Over at Land-Grant Holy Land, Luke Zimmerman puts the win into perspective:

Yes, the Buckeyes gave up 26 first downs to Indiana (and seemingly 3/4 of those during the second half alone), but as they continue to break in talented underclassmen and return those seniors who've missed time with injury, it's still not inconceivable that the team finds some much needed stability.

As the team continues to progress, 8-0 is still very doable. While 12-0 has never felt less sure, maybe it's not supposed to. Beating Purdue and moving on to 8-0 is the target, and for all the Buckeyes' fatal flaws, it's still very much well within their grasps.

When all the factors are considered, Urban Meyer has done a nice job of keeping this team unbeaten while rebuilding parts of it on the fly. Next week, he'll face another tough test against the Purdue Boilermakers.

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Ohio State vs. Indiana final: Buckeyes win 52-49

The No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes beat Indiana on Saturday night, 52-49, after a furious comeback attempt by the home-team Hoosiers.

Indiana briefly led in the second quarter, 14-10, before Ohio State began to pull away and take a 24-14 lead into halftime after a Braxton Miller 60-yard pass to Devin Smith. Ohio State and Indiana would trade scores in the second half, with the Buckeyes apparently having answers each time Indiana would challenge with a score of their own.

Indiana would pull to within 52-41 with just over a minute remaining in regulation thanks to a 12-yard touchdown pass to Duwyce Wilson, with the Hoosiers recovering the subsequent onside kick. Sudfield had entered the game in replacement of Cameron Coffman.

Sudfield would quickly hit Stephen Houston for a 25-yard touchdown with Indiana converting the two-point conversion, and trailed 52-49 with 1:05 remaining.

Ohio State would run out the clock on the final possession, preserving the close victory.

Box Score Hero: In a game filled with big offense, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller put up the biggest numbers. 13-of-24 for 211 yards and two touchdowns, adding 149 yards rushing and a touchdown on 23 carries as well.

Rankings Ramifications: With West Virginia and South Carolina losing on Saturday, Ohio State could slip into the top five in the rankings. The close win against a team with a losing record may hurt them, however.

But Did They Cover? Ohio State failed to cover the 19 1/2 point spread.

For More On This Game: For more on Buckeyes football, visit Ohio State blog Land-Grant Holy Land, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Cleveland. For more on Hoosiers football, visit Indiana blog The Crimson Quarry, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire.

Next Week's Schedule: Ohio State takes on Purdue on Saturday, Oct. 20. Indiana will be on the road against Navy, with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. ET.

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Ohio State leads Indiana 38-27 after 3 quarters

The No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes lead Indiana 38-27 after three quarters on Saturday night.

Leading 24-14 after halftime, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller answered an Indiana field goal with a 67-yard touchdown run on the first play of the half for the Buckeyes. After Cameron Coffman's 76-yard pass to Shane Wynn got the Hoosiers back to within 31-24, Miller would lead Ohio State 75 yards down the field on a drive capped by Kenny Guiton's 14-yard pass to Carlos Hyde.

The Hoosiers would kick a 44-yard field goal on the next drive and head into the final quarter trailing 38-27.

Miller was 10-of-21 for 142 yards, one touchdown and one interception through three quarters, adding 124 yards rushing on 19 carries. Running back Carlos Hyde leads Ohio State with 129 yards rushing on 17 carries in the game.

The Buckeyes have outgained the Hoosiers 474-299 in the game, rushing for 305 yards on the night with 15 minutes still left to play.

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Buckeyes enter halftime with 24-14 lead

The Ohio State Buckeyes fell behind the Indiana Hoosiers early in the second quarter at Memorial Stadium, but the team was able to comeback late and will now enter halftime leading by the score of 24-14.

After ending the first quarter with a slim, three-point lead, the Buckeyes gave it right back after Indiana's running back Stephen Houston rushed into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game.

Fortunately for Ohio State, they were able to regain the lead in the second quarter and keep it there. It was the special teams unit, however, that was able to get the Buckeyes the lead after blocking a punt for a touchdown.

The Buckeyes expanded on their lead after Braxton Miller connected with wide receiver Devin Smith for 60 yards and the touchdown.

It would be the last scoring play of the third quarter for either team, but perhaps the most important, as the score gave the Buckeyes a two-possession lead.

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Buckeyes lead 10-7 over Indiana after 1st quarter

The Ohio State Buckeyes find themselves leading the Indiana Hoosiers by the score of 10-7, after one quarter of play at Memorial Stadium.

The Buckeyes, who look to remain undefeated on the season, started the game off scoring a touchdown in their very first drive of the game, after Corey Brown's 12 yard rushing touchdown. Ohio State also scored a field goal later in the first quarter.

Ohio State's defense played well in the first quarter, holding Indiana scoreless until late in the first quarter, when running back Stephen Houston broke one out for 59 yards on the ground and the touchdown.

Star quarterback Braxton Miller completed just three of his eight pass attempts for 24 yards, but the dual threat quarterback also ran for 47 yards on the ground. If Ohio State wants to win this game, they will need to find a way to contain Indiana's Houston, who ran for 69 yards in just four carries.

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