As major moments go, Carlos Hyde reaching 1,000 yards rushing for the season came and went with little fanfare yesterday.

As major moments go, Carlos Hyde reaching 1,000 yards rushing for the season came and went with little fanfare yesterday.

The Ohio State senior from Naples, Fla., became the first running back for an Urban Meyer-coached team to hit 1,000 with a 7-yard carry midway through the second quarter of the Buckeyes' 42-14 win over Indiana.


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There was no stoppage of play to commemorate the milestone. But moments later, Hyde recalled, there was an announcement over the public address system. "I looked at (receiver) Devin Smith and he had looked at me, and I kind of chuckled because it was during a play," said Hyde, who entered the game with 947 yards and needed 10 carries to get to 1,000.

Meyer didn't do anything special, but Hyde knew it meant something to the coach.

"He joked about it earlier during the week, that he wasn't going to put me in so I didn't get it," Hyde said.

Hyde finished with 117 yards - his sixth straight game with more than 100 - and two touchdowns.

"It starts with those guys up front," Hyde said of the offensive line, which featured four fellow seniors who played their final home game. "If they have success, I usually have success."

Going out in style

Cornerback Bradley Roby, a fourth-year junior who announced in the spring that this would be his final season at Ohio State, turned in a fine final home game. He had 10 tackles and broke up three passes. But it was Roby's block of an Indiana punt in the second quarter that was the turning point of the game. It set up OSU at the Indiana 8-yard line, and Hyde's touchdown two plays later pushed the lead to 21-0.

"We had a nice game set up where they had to block a certain amount of people, and just worrying about other people coming for the punt, they didn't block me," said Roby, who rushed from the punter's left.

Roby said the emotion of the day, including being introduced with the seniors, made it special.

"I am so blessed even to get this opportunity to be here" at Ohio State, Roby said. "I was appreciative of everything that's happened to me. … I'm here with fans that love us, a whole state that loves us, and I just love being here."

Big cheers for Guiton

Of the 19 players introduced on Senior Day, Kenny Guiton might have received the biggest ovation. The backup quarterback from Houston, unheralded as a recruit, became a fan favorite for leading the Buckeyes to an overtime victory over Purdue last year and running the offense when Braxton Miller was hurt this year.

"It meant a lot," Guiton said of the cheers. "I've been through a lot since I've been here. The last few years have been pretty good. That was very warm, to hear the crowd do that for me."

Making it more special was that his family came from Texas to witness it.

"They don't get to see me all the time," Guiton said. "For them to make it up for Senior Day to see me play, that was a great feeling. And they had my son in their arms. I was happy to see all that. I wanted to give them a good show."

Braceless Braxton

For the first time since suffering a sprained knee ligament against San Diego State in the second game of the season, Miller played without a knee brace. He said he decided to celebrate his freedom by doing a flip into the end zone on his first touchdown run.

"I wanted to have a little bit of fun with it," he said.

Miller also flipped into the end zone on his second score, but that was by necessity. He saw that Indiana cornerback Tim Bennett was aiming at his ankles so he decided to leap into the end zone. He hit his head on the turf but was not injured.

"Everybody asked me on the sideline when I came off," he said. "But I'm good. I'm fine."

Stepping in

Freshman cornerback Cam Burrows, one of the more-celebrated members of OSU's 2013 recruiting class, gained his first extended playing time, filling in after Doran Grant left the game in the third quarter because of an undisclosed ailment. Burrows responded with several big plays, including a breakup of a fourth-down pass to the corner early in the fourth quarter.

Clang times two

Mitch Ewald is Indiana's most prolific kicker, but yesterday afternoon is one he won't remember fondly. Ewald's 42-yard field-goal attempt hit the right upright in the second quarter and a later 41-yard attempt rang the left upright. Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said his message to the senior was simple.

"I said, 'Man, those are two great kicks in tough weather and (they) hit the bar. They were great swings. Don't get down on yourself.' "

Title game tickets

Fans seeking tickets for Ohio State's game against Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 7 should purchase them through TicketMaster. Ohio State has been given 10,000 tickets, but an OSU spokesman said the allotment is expected to be taken by students, donors and university employees.