Dienhart: Buckeyes' opening salvo impressive in 49-21 win at Indiana

Former Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson is now Ohio State's offensive coordinator.	 Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Former Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson is now Ohio State's offensive coordinator. Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Natee is the leading returning rusher with 237 yards.

Cobbs was injured on his second offensive snap of the 2016 season, but on Thursday night, he made up for lost time and set himself apart as the top option within IU's tall and talented receiving corps.

"It's been a minute since we hit some deep balls around here", said Meyer, who has overseen some deep balls in his decorated coaching life with its national championships at two places and its ideal season at a third.

We knew they'd be good on defense this year, but the Lagow-to-Cobbs combo really hurt the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) recorded 269 of their 596 total yards during the third quarter, scoring 29 unanswered points beginning with a 74-yard crossing route from Parris Campbell with 4:38 left in the period.

Getting after quarterback Richard Lagow is the key.

The Buckeyes recovered an IN fumble deep IN Hoosiers territory and scored on the next play from Barrett to Benjimen Victor. IN hasn't beaten the Buckeyes since 1988. He surpassed others on the Ohio State depth chart, such as Demario McCall and Antonio Williams.

Recent meetings between Ohio State and IU indicated the Buckeyes would have success running the ball. From the quarterback position alone, the Buckeyes have the big advantage against the Indiana Hoosiers.

"He was up for the task, and he did what he did", Scales said.

Still, I think the Hoosiers are going to struggle with the big boys in the Big Ten's East division. "We embrace it and plan to take it head on". This year is a little more comfortable because guys have been in the environment before. Could it be another championship season for Urban Meyer and Ohio State? Barrett needs six touchdowns to tie Drew Brees' conference record for most TDs responsible for (106).

No. 2 Ohio State senior quarterback JT Barrett entered Thursday's season opener at IN on the verge of history, as he was just 5 yards away from breaking Art Schlichter's school record for total yards gained IN a career. IN (0-1) stayed in the fight with Ohio State (1-0) until the Buckeyes pulled away with a formidable rushing attack, handing the Hoosiers a 49-21 defeat. As part of a four-man rotation at defensive end, Lewis should be fresh and ready to wreak havoc against the IN offense.

Ohio State looks good again, but it's not yet clear that the Buckeyes will get over the humps that obstructed their path to a title last season. Make that four years now. The junior has playing experience and more speed than any player on the roster.

Early, late openers: Ohio State's earliest and latest openers both come from the earliest days of the football program. If Ohio State's offense underwent a transformation, it didn't show on Thursday. Lagow should benefit from a strong wide receiver unit.

But with his injury problems seemingly behind him, Dixon could be in for a big season. Thursday marked the first visit by ESPN College GameDay.

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