Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer had nothing but good things to say about Indiana after his Buckeyes escaped with a 34-27 win over the Hoosiers on Saturday afternoon in Bloomington.
Indiana (4-1, 0-1 Big Ten) had a chance to tie or take the lead on the final play of the game from the Ohio State 11-yard line, but Zander Diamont's heave to the end zone fell incomplete. Ohio State, the nation's top-ranked team and the defending national champion, was a 21-point favorite.
"They played their tails off," Meyer said. "Coach [Kevin] Wilson and the environment were pretty good. ... They have Division 1 scholarship athletes, too, and that's a team that's going to a bowl game. They'll be in a bowl game."
Would Indiana have gone for two?
Indiana had 1st and goal from the 6 with about a minute left in the game, and ultimately didn't get into the end zone after four tries. But if they had, would they have gone for two and the win?
Wilson was asked that question after the game. Without their starting quarterback (Nate Sudfeld) and starting running back (Jordan Howard) made it a distinct possibility.
"We talked about it," Wilson said. "We stood in timeouts and thought if we tied it up early, we would go for one. If it was late, we were considering going for two. We hadn't made up our mind but we had talked in that direction.