The Hoosiers led by six points midway through the third quarter before Ohio State scored four unanswered touchdowns of its own and powered its way to a 42-27 victory over Indiana to clinch the Big Ten’s Eastern Division title outright.
Tevin Coleman had another huge running day for the Hoosiers and in doing so broke the single season record for most rushing yards. Coleman ran for 228 yards on 27 carries and scored three touchdowns.
He had a career high 90 yard TD run in the third quarter that put the Hoosiers on top 20-14 with 7:17 to play in the period.
Coleman now has 1,906 yards for the season and will need 94 yards next Saturday against Purdue in the Old Oaken Bucket game to reach the magical 2,000 yard rushing mark. He broke the single season rushing total of 1,805 Saturday that had stood since 1991. That record was held my Vaughn Dunbar.
For Indiana, it was the Hoosiers’ seventh consecutive Big Ten loss and dropped IU to 3-8 overall.
IU fell behind 14-0 in the first seven minutes of the game. But then the IU defense became opportunistic. The Hoosiers came up with three first-half turnovers and were able to scratch and claw their way back into the game. At the half, Ohio State held a slim 14-13 advantage.
After the teams traded punts on their first two possessions of the third quarter, Coleman took a handoff off the left side of the line and raced 90 yards for a score to put IU up 20-14.
IU’s defense followed it up with a stop and forced Ohio State to punt. That’s when things went bad for the Hoosiers. First, the Ohio State punt died at the 1 yard line and IU managed just three yards on three plays.
J.T. Barrett threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns for the Buckeyes (10-1).
Indiana got the ball back with 4:34 to play and only trailed by eight at 28-20. But on the first play from scrimmage, Zander Diamont had a pass intercepted and Ohio State returned it to the 15. In two quick blinks of the eye, Ohio State had two more scores and the Buckeyes led 42-20.
When IU got it back, it went back to Coleman. He gained 8 yards on the first play, 11 yards on the second play and 52 on the third and scored to make it 42-27 with 1:13 to play in the game.
Diamont had a decent first half for IU with 90 yards passing and 52 yards on one big scramble run. In the second half, though, he was 3-for-12 for 24 yards.