All along, there had been a revelation with the freshman J.K. Dobbins, who might look small out on the field amid the others, but who in person looks like pure hell to tackle given the optimal thickness of his 5-foot-10 body.
Namely, the college football world wanted to see whether an offensive coaching overhaul-Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day replaced Ed Warriner and Tim Beck-would spark a senior-year renaissance from quarterback J.T. Barrett, who dazzled while guiding Ohio State to an 11-1 record in 2014, then split starting duties with big-armed junior Cardale Jones the next year, then fell into a unusual funk as the experienced leader helming the Buckeyes' offense last season. He showed a great amount of elusiveness in his runs, using juke moves to get past defenders for a few electrifying long gains. It just made for more offensive-related angst after an offseason full of it.
Dobbins finished with 181 yards yards on 29 carries.
"I feel like I've gotten better every single day, and that's been the plan all along", said Mahomes, who beat out Tyler Bray for the No. 2 job.
"I kind of tempered my emotions with you (media) guys early on because we have seen that since spring practice".
Dobbins didn't just put up numbers.
Lagow gave the Hoosiers a 7-3 lead when he connected with tight end Ian Thomas for an 18 yard score with 7:50 remaining in the first quarter.
As mentioned above, the big mismatch of the game was on the ground.
IN led 21-20 with 4:56 to play in the third quarter, and then the bottom dropped out.
"The bottom line is that for 2.5 quarters, we went toe-to-toe with them", Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen said. "He felt good tonight", Reid said, "so I think we're in a good spot". "We can talk about breaking through and I'm not going to quit talking about it because breaking through is not one game'".
Barrett overcame a slow start to finish 20-of-35 for 304 yards. Barrett needs six touchdowns to tie Drew Brees' conference record for most TDs responsible for (106). One play after the kickoff, Barrett connected with Campbell for 74 yards to take back their lead. "I know the feeling so I'm praying for him".
Can No. 2 Ohio State make a statement in its opener with in when the two collide tonight at 8PM ET?
The Buckeyes allowed IN receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr., an Oak Park alum, to make plays all over the field. But it wasn't a total loss.
At 3:30pm tomorrow on ABC and the WatchESPN app, #11 Michigan Wolverines will take on #17 Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium in Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
That was the "Play 13" season after IU football coach Terry Hoeppner had died from the effects of brain cancer in June of that year. Yes, the Buckeyes allowed 420 passing yards. In 2016, Barrett threw for 2,555 yards and 24 touchdowns against seven interceptions, and rushed for 845 yards and nine touchdowns. Lagow's favorite target was Simmie Cobbs Jr. who had game-highs in receptions (11) for 149 yards and a touchdown. Luke Timian had 10 receptions for 72 yards.
Former Hoosiers coach Lee Corso, who is better known for using mascot heads to pick teams on "GameDay", will be honored with the Bill Orwig Award at the end of the first quarter.
After a video played and he was presented with a plaque, the players gathered round and hoisted him on their shoulders. He was inducted into school's Hall of Fame in 2010. The Scarlet and Gray will be back on the field playing on the road versus the Indiana Hooiers.
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