OHIO STATE OPENS BIG TEN PLAY AT UNBEATEN INDIANA
The Ohio State Buckeyes, unbeaten at 2-0 and on the nation’s second-longest winning
streak at eight games (Clemson – 17), travels to Bloomington, Ind., for a noon kickoff
against the unbeaten and 2-0 Indiana Hoosiers. The contest marks the start of Ohio
State’s 107th season of Big Ten Conference play. The school/program joined the
Western Conference in 1912 and competed in conference play for the fi first time in 1913.
This is officially the 93rd game in the series and the 11th consecutive season the two
teams have met on the gridiron. Ohio State holds a 74-12-5 advantage in the all-time
series and has won 23 consecutive games dating to a 27-all tie in 1990. Indiana last
defeated Ohio State consecutively in 1987 and 1988. Ohio State prevailed last season,
49-26, but didn’t pull away from the Hoosiers until a fourth-quarter TD pass from
Dwayne Haskins to Indianapolis native Terry McLaurin increased the lead to 42-26.
The series with Indiana, which started in 1901, is the second-longest-running or oldest
series for Ohio State after its series against Michigan, which started in 1897.
Indiana has thrown for 742 yards against Ohio State the past two seasons (322 in 2018
and 420 in 2017), an average of 371.0 passing yards in the past two games.
Ohio State’s defense is allowing just 64.5 yards per game rushing over the first two weeks of
the season, good for 11th best nationally. It is allowing just 1.93 yards per carry, 10th best in
HOOSIER STATE TIES
Ohio State has fi ve individuals with the program with Indiana ties and it soon will
Third-year off ensive coordinator Kevin Wilson was IU’s head coach from 2011-16.
Four Buckeyes are from the state: 15-game starting LB Pete Werner (Indianapolis/Cathedral H.S.), 21-game
starting WR Austin Mack (Fort Wayne/ Bishop Luers) and two true freshman: OL Dawand Jones (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) and LB Craig Young (Fort Wayne/ Wayne).
Dr. Chelsi Day will join the Ohio State sport psychology services staff this month.
She has been the director of counseling and sport psychology at Indiana University for the past three years.
TOP STORYLINES VS. INDIANA
Ohio State begins its Big Ten schedule in Bloomington for the second time in three years. In 2017, the Buckeyes won their season and conference opener at Memorial Stadium, 49-21.
The Buckeyes own a 74-12-5 all-time record against Indiana and have won 23 consecutive games in the series dating back to a 27-27 tie in 1990.
Two of Ohio State’s last four trips to Bloomington have been games decided by seven points or less: a 34-27 win in 2015 and a 52-49 victory in 2012.
Through two weeks, Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten in rushing off ense, totaling 253.5 yards per game. The Buckeyes’ 5.4 yard-per-carry average is third in the conference.
Both Ohio State and Indiana are comingoff shutout victories – IU defeated Eastern Illinois 52-0 while Ohio State topped Cincinnati 42-0. The Buckeyes and Hoosiers are No. 16 and No. 18, respectively, in scoring defense nationally through two weeks.
The Hoosiers are 2-0 on the season with wins over Ball State and Eastern Illinois.
Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. earned the starting quarterback job and opened the season with a 326-yard performance vs. Ball State.
Running back Stevie Scott, a sophomore, has carried the ball a team-high 31 times thus far with 109 yards and three TDs.
The Hoosiers’ offensive line is yet to allow a sack this season.
Defensively, LB Reakwon Jones had 15 total tackles while DL James Head Jr. leads in both sacks (1.5) and tackles-forloss (2.5).