The game at hand

Short-attention-span synopsis: The darkest night threatened. Dobbins debuts as hoss. Campbell gets redemption. Big Man denied. Not a Clemson cleansing, but ... 1-0.

Pregame buzz: Local folks called this Indiana’s most-anticipated game since the 1968 Rose Bowl. New IU coach Tom Allen dubbed it “the biggest home opener in the history of Indiana football.” ESPN College GameDay was at Memorial Stadium for the first time. Yeah, it was like Bob Knight was due to return.

The $70 question: A Big Ten game on a Thursday night in August morphed into a water-boarding session for OSU rooters as Indiana led for a stretch of 30:53. Sighs of relief from visiting fans stiffened the stadium’s huge American flag once the Buckeyes took control late in the third quarter.

One-liner: If Kevin Wilson needs to know what it’s like to coach in Columbus instead of Bloomington, just check OSU fans’ social media posts from the game’s first 40 minutes.

Just wondering: Has Mike Weber ever heard of Wally Pipp? Weber, OSU’s top returning rusher, sat out with a balky hamstring and saw his replacement, true freshman J.K. Dobbins, set a school record for most rushing yards (181) by a freshman in his first game.

The View

How the team sees it: Relax, haters. We were just toying with you for 40 minutes. Scoreboard.

How the pollsters will see it: You trailed, ahem, Indiana for half of the game. Now go watch Alabama play Florida State on Saturday.

Urban dictionary

What he said: “We expected it to be a tough game.”

What it means: “I'd rather have Granny Clampett use pliers on my wisdom teeth than play Indiana.”

If this was a rock concert

John Mellencamp would have had the Hoosiers faithful screaming with delight for much of the night until a hacking cough caused him to turn the stage over to Air Supply.

What would Brutus Do?

Wipe the sweat from his big brow. Hey, dude put in a full shift. Prior to kickoff he was scowling on the special cover that Marvel Comics published to promote the game. Then he had to fret Air Hoosier.

They said it

Your turn/the channel: Game was broadcasted on seven ESPN platforms as part of the network’s MegaCast offerings. Has Indiana football even been on national TV seven times? Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), and Laura Rutledge (sideline reporter) provided solid work. We like Lee Corso, but the cat bath given to him by co-workers was too much.

Numbers for dummies

6.2: Average yards gained by Dobbins on his 29 carries.

5: Sacks by OSU defense.

0: Turnovers by the Buckeyes.

29: Years since Indiana last defeated the Buckeyes.

6: Seasons OSU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson was head coach at Indiana.

0: Times before Thursday that Indiana had a military flyover at a home football game.

12: Hours before kickoff that tailgate lots were open to fans because, well, as Jim Morrison would say, nothing like an adult beverage at 8 a.m.

608: Media credentials granted by Indiana. Some radio teams broadcasted from the press box roof.

On tap

Buckeyes put their astounding one-game winning streak on the line against Oklahoma in the home opener. No free tickets for Uwe von Schamann allowed.

Tweethearts

Best responses to @Todd_Jones on Twitter:

@Pray4Pax: “I love Parris in the Springtime – Pretty fond of him in late August too!” #ManForAllSeasons

@JonBauer7576: “So one half of #2 is ... #1?”

@YancyToney: “Buckeyes do not have a #1 receiver; maybe not even a good #2”

@Phil_Smith: “JT – overthink, overthrow and underperform. Call the play!!”

@Tommy Lonn: “OSU Offense would have been a juggernaut … in 1948. Meyer wasn’t this boring of a play caller at Florida.”

Horseshoe haiku

Sputtering engine

Dobbins purrs like a lion

Bucks awake in time

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