Ohio State's new offense is just getting started

Hoosiers hungry for spotlight against Buckeyes

Hoosiers hungry for spotlight against Buckeyes

The running game appears to be in good hands with Dobbins and Mike Weber, who missed the opener with a hamstring injury.

A tackle, a linebacker, a running back, in order.

A charitable take on Ohio State's offensive showing is that the Buckeyes just needed some time to work out the kinks, to get comfortable with new coaches calling new plays involving a new cast of skill players. After trailing by one at the half, Ohio State outscored IN 22-7 IN the third quarter and cruised from there, outscoring IN 36-7 IN total over the final two quarters.

Or maybe it's Weber who's the Pipp.

That loss was the Buckeyes' first time being shutout in a postseason game, and their worst-ever loss in a bowl game.

Wilson and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day integrated a more creative passing game with more creative crossing routes and clear-outs, and once Barrett found his rhythm, the big plays followed. Plus, by the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Barrett was throwing darts in garbage time against defenders that looked like they'd run out of gas.

Dobbins rushed for 181 yards on 29 carries in his first college game.

Barrett threw for 2,555 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season.

For what it's worth, with parts of LaGrange submerged by the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey, Dobbins might even have provided a brief break from his hometown's misery. But with Elliott gone and the last of those quarterbacks - J.T. Barrett - in charge, the lack of points became the unwitting focal point of the proud program. "I'm glad he's on the Buckeyes' side".

The Buckeyes bounced back in the second half with a run-heavy attack that doomed the Hoosiers. Get us started on the right foot.

-Dixon wasn't the only local product to score in Ohio State's win. The Buckeyes are riding a 22-game win streak in this series. While the NFL season won't kick off until next Thursday, featuring a matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, college football is already underway and will be in full swing tomorrow, September 2nd. It just took a little while for them to really show up. The scoring play opened nicely for Thomas, who cut against the secondary for an open snag and his second touchdown of the game. "I know I've said that many times, but it is what it is".

The Indiana defense was quite good in 2016 - Meyer said it was the best OSU had faced all year to that point - and returned eight starters, making for a potentially explosive unit.

Wilson was hired as the Buckeyes offensive coordinator in January.

Key number: 304, passing yards for J.T. Barrett, who hit 20-of-35 passes with three TDs. Another was dropped in the first half. The team will be working in new receivers, but the Buckeyes continually recruit as well as anyone in the country and should have new players ready to step up.

Dobbins looked like a force so prodigious in his youth that we hadn't seen its like since the century was young.

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