Dwyer alum Johnnie Dixon catches first career TD for Ohio State

Friday, 01 Sep, 2017

It's the problem that plagued Ohio State last season and will be something worth watching over the course of the next few weeks.

The Ohio State offense flashed the speed to sting opponents with big plays as quarterback J.T. Barrett cranked up scoring passes of 74 and 59 yards in the third quarter. At 6'4, 220, Cobbs was hard to handle on that concept, and there wasn't much Ohio State's speedy, physically overmatched cornerbacks could do.

Wilson was hired as the Buckeyes offensive coordinator in January.

Barrett, who is 26-4 in his Ohio State career as the starting quarterback, broke the record on a 5-yard pass to K.J. Hill on the second play of the Buckeyes' opening drive of the game.

Mason Rudolph threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help the Cowboys defeat the Golden Hurricane at Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Dobbins had 29 carries for 181 yards in Thursday's win over in and added a pair of receptions for 24 yards. Campbell's drop was the climax of that frustration, but when the kinks worked out, Ohio State looked downright scary.

IN leads 7-3 over the Ohio State with 1:56 left in the first.

During the Hoosiers' first offensive drive, Lagow hit Cobbs for gains of 28, 11 and 10 yards, setting IU up for a touchdown from Lagow to senior tight end Ian Thomas.

The Buckeyes allowed IN receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr., an Oak Park alum, to make plays all over the field. His final line: 20-of-35 passing for 304 yards with three TDs.

"Biggest home opener in the history of our program", first-year coach Tom Allen said as the Hoosiers turned their attention to Ohio State late last week.

True freshman J.K. Dobbins earned the start and ran for 181 yards on 29 carries, breaking Maurice Clarett's yardage record for a freshman in a season-opener. The Buckeyes still don't have a way to attack teams vertically and outside the hash marks, and based on most of the throws Barrett was firing in that direction, they probably won't.

A harsher interpretation: It's Indiana.

Allen said he keeps telling players it will be a game of adjustments on both sides.

Parris Campbell was able to erase a disappointing first half. The defensive tackles gave Ohio State's OL all they wanted, but the Hoosiers couldn't match up with the Buckeyes' athleticism.

And Indiana's wide receivers are making it look easy against Ohio State's defensive backs, too.

ON DECK: The Chiefs open the season next Thursday night in New England, while the Titans welcome Oakland to town September 10, when most of the league begins playing games that count.

Last year's Big Ten Freshman of the Year Mike Weber sat out the game to rest a sore hamstring, and he might have gotten Wally Pipp'ed.

That ultimately wasn't enough to hang with Ohio State.

The Buckeyes put a damper on Indiana's first College Gameday experience by beating the Hoosiers 49-21.

-Dixon wasn't the only local product to score in Ohio State's win.

Last season the Scarlet and Gray defied the Big Ten standings by qualifying for the playoffs despite winning neither their division nor conference.