Ohio State Wallops Indiana In Wintry Home Game

By Terrance Turner

November 12, 2022

Photos from Twitter.

It was 38° in Columbus, Ohio this morning. Snow flurries begun to fall despite 76% humidity. But that weather couldn’t stop the Ohio State Buckeyes from jumping out to a commanding early lead. The Buckeyes’ running game was a question mark going into the game. But they delivered with a fantastic series of rushes. C.J Stroud threw five TD passes. And the Buckeyes shared a heartwarming moment that united the whole team.

The game opened with two quick three-and-outs by both teams. But on its next drive, Ohio State went sixty five yards in six plays. Running back Miyan Williams took off running for a 31-yard gain. It was followed by an 18-yard pickup by #18, receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. Then Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud threw a pass to receiver Emeka Egbuka and scored.

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Indiana continued to struggle on offense. The Hoosiers had to punt. So Ohio State got the ball back. After two straight runs by Miyan Williams, the Buckeyes hit pay dirt. Stroud threw complete to Xavier Johnson for 34 yds to the Ind 28 for a 1st down. Running back Dallan Hayden rushed for a 14 yard score. Ohio State led by fourteen.

After another Hoosier punt, the Buckeyes regained possession. Stroud threw the ball up and away; it sailed across the field. Harrison caught the 58 yard pass for the touchdown; it was Ohio’s third touchdown of the game.

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Commentators lavished praise on Harrison for his quality play. “I think that Marvin Harrison Jr will be the best receiver in the NFL someday,” one commentator said. “I think he’s the best non-quarterback that I’ve covered doing this in my career. He’s that good.”

Meanwhile, the Hoosiers got busy on offense. On second down and 9, Indiana quarterback Dexter Williams hurled a far-flung pass caught by Anderson Coby for a 47-yard gain. All of a sudden, Indiana was at first and goal. After 10 yard line, the next play produced a 3-yard gain. On 3rd and goal, Williams tossed a corner pass to 6’6″, 251 lb tight end AJ Barner. Touchdown.

Ohio State responded with its fourth score of the game; Miyan Williams took off, rushing 48 yards for a touchdown.

But the Buckeyes soon faced a setback. During one play, Williams got rolled up and was unable to put any weight on his foot. Trainers had to help him to the sideline, and he was carted off the field. That sucked the air of the stadium and the life out of the the Buckeyes’ drive. They decided to go for it on the down (unclear why) and were stopped short. They turned the ball over on downs.

But Indiana didn’t fare much better. As the clock ran down, the Hoosiers moved down the field. But on 3rd down, with just eighteen seconds left, they needed to either get out of bounds or score. They couldn’t. Dexter Williams was sacked on consecutive plays to end the drive…and the half.

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Neither team managed any points on their opening drives in the second half. And Indiana also came up empty on its next drive. But things went from bad to worse on the punt attempt. Lathan Ransom blocked Indiana’s punt and Xavier Johnson recovered the ball, taking it to the two yard line. That made it easy for the Buckeyes to score. And they did, when Stroud floated a pass to tight end Cade Stover for the touchdown.

The Hoosiers punted again after another fruitless drive. The punting woes continued after Indiana was called for a face mask penalty. And the Buckeyes scored again. After rushing eight yards, Stroud threw to Egbuka for 32 yards. Then he found Stover for yet another touchdown. Incredibly, Stover broke through a tackle, remained above the ground, and reached over the goal line to score.

Ohio State forced Indiana into its tenth punt of the game. And just when you thought the scoring was over, Xavier Johnson stunned everyone. Evading one defender after another, Johnson dashed his way to the house for a 70 yard rush TD.

In the fourth quarter, Indiana caught a break courtesy of a muffed punt by Ohio State. And they cashed in. Within two plays, Dexter Williams tossed the ball to Donaven McCulley for a nineteen yard touchdown.

Unfortunately, their opponent answered right back. Ohio State started pouring it on. Stroud threw yet another touchdown, this time to wide receiver Kamryn Babb.

It’s a special moment.  Kamryn Babb has been with the program for five years, earning a degree in communications. But he’s rarely had a chance to take the field. He’s been beset by injuries since high school – including four ACL tears – and this is his first career touchdown. 

Teammates rushed over to the end zone surrounding Babb to congratulate him. Hugs all around. Babb broke down in tears on the field. The emotion was palpable.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day said after the game “I think in today’s day and age…to see somebody that overcome four ACLs and come back to get a touchdown pass in this stadium like this, it just says so much about who he is as a person, and you can tell what he means to our team.”

No. 2 Ohio State buried Indiana, 56-14.

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