On a day in which the offense struggled to find success through the air, the Ohio State defense once again stood out. In particular, linebacker Jerome Baker who was initially not expected to start many games this season. All he did in place of injured Dante Booker was lead the Buckeyes in tackles with 11 against the Hoosiers, including seven solo stops, and two tackles for loss. Baker exploded onto the scene with his interception returned for a touchdown against Oklahoma and has continued to impress, stepping in for Booker who continues to sit out games with a MCL sprain.
I am giving my Buckeye Leaf to Jerome Baker. He had a game-high 11 total tackles and was tied for the team-high in tackles for loss with two. In a game when the offense struggled at times, the defense picked up the slack and he was certainly a part of that. Additionally, he helped hold Indiana to fewer than 100 yards rushing. Running back Devine Redding was averaging more than 100 yards a game heading into in this contest and he mustered just 81 yards on the ground. Impressive work by the linebacker and the defense as a whole to slow down a potent Indiana offense.
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Ohio State’s win over Indiana was, well, weird. The Buckeyes won by 21, but nobody seemed too happy after the game. A couple guys had games that should’ve made them happy, though, including freshman defensive end Nick Bosa. He came up with perhaps the biggest play of the game, stuffing Indiana on fourth-and-1 inside the 10-yard line. If the Hoosiers had scored, it would’ve been a 7-point deficit with plenty of time for a them to complete the comeback. Bosa finished with four total tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss. As Urban Meyer said after the game, he had his best day as a Buckeye, and he’ll only get better from here.