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Ohio State vs. Indiana 2012: Reaction to Buckeyes' wild win in Bloomington

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.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.