Recap: Ohio State vs. Indiana
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Jalin Marshall returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown and added three receiving touchdowns in the fourth quarter, lifting No. 7 Ohio State over Indiana 42-27 on Saturday.
With the win, Ohio State (10-1, 7-0 Big Ten) captured the Big Ten's East Division crown and clinched a spot in the conference championship game for the second straight year.
Marshall caught five passes for 95 yards for the Buckeyes, who have won a record 23 consecutive Big Ten bouts during the regular season heading into next week's finale against bitter rival Michigan.
"It's why we all came to Ohio State -- to compete and play for championships," said running back Ezekiel Elliott. "We can't get ahead of ourselves. We have a big game this week and we have to prepare really well for the team up north."
J.T. Barrett completed 25-of-35 passes for 302 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He set the school mark for touchdown passes (33) in a season.
Tevin Coleman rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries for the Hoosiers (3-8, 0-7), who have lost six in a row. His 1,906 rushing yards are the most in a single season in school history.
Zander Diamont connected on 11-of-27 passes for 114 yards and an interception for Indiana.
"I thought we pressed a little in the third quarter, and as players and coaches we need to work through that," said Indiana coach Kevin Wilson. "Then I really thought that the punt return they had in the second half was the difference maker in the game."
Ohio State trailed 20-14 after Coleman raced 90 yards for a TD midway through the third quarter.
The momentum shifted on Marshall's punt return for a touchdown with 2:20 left in the third.
"I felt like that was planned for me and I had to make that play," Marshall said. "It felt good to be able to deliver for my team. I knew it changed the momentum of the game."
After forcing a three-and-out, the Buckeyes bridged the third and fourth frames with an 11-play, 76-yard drive. Devin Smith caught a 33-yard pass on 3rd-and-7 to move the chains. Following two more conversions on third down, Marshall caught a 6-yard TD pass to make it 28-20.
Sean Nuernberger missed a 46-yard field goal on the next Ohio State possession.
The Buckeyes' defense came up big when Tyvis Powell picked off Diamont. Marshall followed with TD catches of 15 and 54 yards to put the game out of reach.
Coleman added a 52-yard score to account for the final margin.
Elliott broke off a 65-yard TD run on the third play from scrimmage.
After forcing a three-and-out, Ohio State scored another touchdown. Jeff Heuerman capped the nine-play drive with a pair of catches, including a 4-yard score on fourth down.
But the Hoosiers quickly got back in the game. Diamont ripped off a 53-yard run and Coleman scored from two yards out.
Michael Thomas fumbled on Ohio State's ensuing possession. Indiana's Zack Shaw recovered at the 31-yard line of the Buckeyes, leading to a 30-yard Griffin Oakes field goal.
Barrett was picked off on consecutive possessions, but the Hoosiers could only capitalize on the second interception. Oakes' 37-yard field goal got Indiana within 14-13 with 9:34 left in the second quarter.
Coleman's 90-yard TD run gave the Hoosiers a 20-14 lead with 7:17 left in the third quarter.Game Notes
Ohio State has dominated the series with Indiana since its inception, going
70-12-5, which includes victories in each of the last 19 meetings ... Barrett
has been responsible for a school record 42 touchdowns this year, matching
Drew Brees' Big Ten record for single season touchdown responsibility first
set at Purdue in 1998 ... Elliott carried the ball 13 times for 107 yards and
became the 30th Buckeye in program history to top 1,000 yards in one season
... Barrett rushed for 78 yards on 20 carries ... Indiana will host state
rival Purdue on Nov. 29 to bring the curtain down on the 2014 campaign.