OSU: FG Nuernberger 27, 10:27. Drive: Eleven plays, 66 yards, 4:33. Key plays: Dobbins 18 pass from Barrett on third-and-2 from the OSU 32; Campbell 17 pass from Barrett on third-and-5 from the OSU 45; Baugh pass from Barrett for first down at the 13; the drive stalled at the 10. Ohio State 3, Indiana 0
IND: Thomas 18 pass from Lagow (Oakes kick), 7:50. Drive: Twelve plays, 87 yards, 2:37. Key plays: Cobbs 28 pass from Lagow on third-and-10 from the IU 26; Cobbs 11 pass from Lagow for first down at the OSU 35; Cobbs 10 pass from Lagow on third-and-9 from the 34; two plays later, Lagow lofted right to Thomas, who dragged his right foot inbounds before his left foot landed out of bounds. Indiana 7, Ohio State 3
Analysis: One good drive apiece
When the Ohio State football team was last on display in a competitive, public setting, the Buckeyes slinked off the field after an embarrassing shutout loss to Clemson in a national semifinal. Thursday night, in OSU’s first season-opening game against a Big Ten opponent in 41 years, Ohio State put points on the board on its opening possession. That was the good news.
The bad news is that the Buckeyes finished their first quarter of the 2017 season with as many punts as punts. Ohio State took the opening kickoff and crisply went 63 yards on its first seven plays, J.T. Barrett completing his first four passes for 55 yards. But the drive stalled at the Indiana 10 and Sean Nuernberger came on to kick a 27-yard field goal.
Indiana answered immediately with a 12-play scoring drive capped by Richard Lagow’s 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ian Thomas, a play that originally was ruled incomplete because Thomas’ left foot landed on the boundary line. But replay showed that Thomas had dragged his right toes before his left foot landed, and the Hoosiers were awarded the touchdown.
After that, the game devolved into a series of missed opportunities. OSU had only 27 yards and one first down on its next three drives, all resulting in punts. Indiana, likewise, garnered only one more first down in the quarter. – Ray Stein