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Miller Leads No. 8 OSU Past Indiana

October 14, 2012
dsp By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

BLOOMINGTON, Ind - Braxton Miller had all the offensive answers for No. 8 Ohio State on Saturday night.

He ran for a 67-yard touchdown. He threw TD passes of 60 and 46 yards. He set up two Carlos Hyde touchdowns and threw a 46-yard TD pass that appeared to put the game out of reach, and Corey Brown recovered an onside kick to finally help the Buckeyes escape with a 52-49 victory at Indiana.

By Miller's standards, it was just another game.

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Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde (34) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Indiana on Saturday night.

He finished 13 of 24 for 211 yards with two TDs and one interception, ran 23 times for 149 yards - his third straight 100-yard game. The Buckeyes (7-0, 2-0 Big Ten) are the first ranked team with seven victories.

And Ohio State needed every bit of Miller's help on a wild night when the teams continually traded big play after big play and the Hoosiers (2-4, 0-3) rallied for 15 points in a 35-second span late in the fourth quarter.

Each team turned blocked punts into touchdowns in the first half.

Indiana scored on TD passes of 76 and 25 yards, a 59-yard TD run and made a field goal after a 60-yard kickoff return, producing its highest point total ever against the Buckeyes. The previous record was 41 in 1988, the Hoosiers last victory against Ohio State.

But it wasn't quite enough against Miller and the Buckeyes, who finished with 353 yards rushing and held the ball for nearly 37 minutes.

Miller had some help. Hyde ran 22 times for 156 yards and a touchdown and caught a 14-yard shovel pass for a TD from Kenny Guiton when Miller left briefly after a late-hit penalty. Devin Smith caught two passes for 106 yards - both for touchdowns.

Bradley Roby recovered the Hoosiers' blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown.

It was that kind of night.

The Hoosiers have now lost 11 straight league games, 21 consecutive Big Ten games against foes from outside the state and 18 straight to the Buckeyes.