Ohio State beats Indiana 49-21 after exciting first half

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BLOOMINGTON, IN - AUGUST 31: Richard Lagow #21 of the Indiana Hoosiers throws a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –  The Buckeyes put a damper on Indiana’s first College Gameday experience by beating the Hoosiers 49-21.

After an exciting first half that had many fans believing it could be the Hoosiers’ first victory over Ohio State since 1988, Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes hit full throttle in the second half.

The Hoosiers got off to a hot start to the game, holding Ohio State to an opening field goal and then driving down the field for an impressive 11-play, 87-yard TD drive.

After a series of punts, the Hoosiers and Buckeyes exchanged late touchdowns to end the first half with IU leading 14-13.

The tide quickly turned in the second half as Indiana’s defense could not stop OSU’s rushing game. The Buckeyes rolled to a four-touchdown lead.

“The bottom line is that for 2 1/2 quarters, we went toe-to-toe with them,” said IU coach Tom Allen. We were leading and weren’t able to finish, so that’s on me. We can talk about breaking through and I’m not going to quit talking about it because breaking through is not one game.'”

One thing hasn’t changed after Allen took over the program–Indiana still loves to air it out. QB Richard Lagow threw the rock 65 times. He finished with 410 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

The big mismatch was on the ground. Ohio State gashed IU’s defense to the tune of 292 yards to Indiana’s 17. Freshman J.K. Dobbins rushed for 181 yards on 29 carries in his college debut, breaking a 15-year-old school record set by Maurice Clarett.

“I’m probably the only good thing going on in my town right now, so I just thought of it as bringing my city up,” Dobbins said after spending the past week watching the flooding in the Houston area. “That’s why I came out and played hard like that.”

Indiana will look to get back on track next week as they take on Virginia in Charlottesville.

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