Game analysis: Ohio State 42, IU 27

Here is a categorical look back at Indiana's 42-27 loss Saturday to Ohio State, a game where Tevin Coleman ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns.

p>Instead of a traditional game story, we’ll do more of a game analysis at AllHoosiers.com. Here’s the latest following IU’s 42-27 loss at No. 6 Ohio State on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

WHAT LOOKED GOOD PART:A couple of things jump out in this one. Of course, Tevin Coleman is at the top of the list. The junior tailback ran for 228 yards one week after gaining 307 against Rutgers. He had a 90 yard TD scamper in the third quarter that gave IU a brief lead. He had a 52 yard touchdown run in the final 2 minutes. So that was clearly a positive. Another positive though came from the defensive in the first half in particular. IU came up with three turnovers – two interceptions and a fumble. In the first 10 games, IU had come up with a total of 10 turnovers so today’s effort was noteworthy for sure. Antonio Allen had the two interceptions which were the first two of his career. One other strong individual note: Erich Toth had 10 punts for a 44.5 yard average with a long of 57.

WHAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE:Once again the defense couldn’t get an opponent off the field on third down. Ohio State converted 50 percent of the time on third down. The Buckeyes were 7-of-14. The other area that needs to improve continues to be the quarterback play. Zander Diamont had a good first half but when the Hoosiers needed him the second half he did not step up. He completed 3-of-13 second-half passes for 24 yards and had a crucial interception late in the fourth quarter. If Indiana has a chance to win the season finale in the Old Oaket Bucket game against Purdue, it will need two good halves of football from Diamont.

MOMENTUM CHANGER:It was actually a punt by Ohio State’s Cameron Johnston that pinned IU back at its own 1 yard line. Indiana had just taken the lead at 20-14 midway through the third quarter and then followed it up with a defensive stop. Johnston had to punt and the ball looked as if it would carom into the end zone. Instead the backspin kept it in play and IU had it at the 1. Three players resulted in 3 yards before Toth was forced to punt. His punt was a good one, sailing 50 yards, but Kalin Marshall returned it 54 yards for the touchdown to put Ohio State up for good at 21-20.

BEST POSITIONAL UNIT:The offensive line has to get some credit for keeping Diamont upright most of the day and for opening holes for Coleman. When you think about what Coleman has been able to do the last few weeks despite the fact that everyone is focusing on him is quite remarkable.

UP NEXT: Indiana will close out the 2014 season at home on Saturday against Purdue in the annual Old Oaken Bucket game.

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