Ohio State coach Urban Meyer dealt with a scary moment with 12:21 left in Saturday’s 49-26 win over Indiana when suddenly he dropped to his knees on the sideline near the 15-yard line holding his head.
“I’ve dealt with headaches in the past,” Meyer said, referring to the pain brought on occasionally by an arachnoid cyst in his skull.
A report circulated that he had collided with someone from the team’s support personnel, but he said that did not happen. He had been seen pointing out that receiver Terry McLaurin was open for a corner route, and in the second after Dwayne Haskins Jr. passed to McLaurin for the touchdown that put Ohio State ahead 42-26, Meyer dropped to his knees.Join the conversation at Facebook.com/BuckeyeXtra and connect with us on Twitter @BuckeyeXtra
Administered to by team physician Chris Kaeding and others, Meyer rose moments later and said he never considered leaving the sideline. Not that the headache cleared up quickly.
“Two minutes ago,” he joked 30 minutes after the game when asked when the pain finally went away, drawing laughter.
“No,” he added, but he clearly did not want to talk about it.
Victor again team favorite
Parris Campbell and McLaurin each caught two touchdown passes, and Johnnie Dixon had one. But the three agreed their favorite TD catch of the day was the 30-yarder Binjimen Victor hauled in on a dead run at the back of the end zone for the final score with 6:51 to play.
It wasn’t so much about the catch, Dixon explained, as it was the catcher.
“Just because he’s such a different dude,” Dixon said of Victor, who had a 47-yard TD catch last week against Penn State. “He’s growing up right in front of us.
“To see what he’s doing it just amazing. I know I went through my struggles (in his early years because of chronic knee pain) but mine were based on injuries. His were based on growing up. … To see him make plays like that, it’s just amazing. … It lights us up more than making a play for ourself.”
Harrison, Cooper go out
Linebacker Malik Harrison was having one of his better games, including intercepting a pass on a two-point conversion attempt, but he left the game after that play.
That play actually cost the Buckeyes two defensive starters, since end Jonathan Cooper also left. Harrison returned the ball up the sideline in front of the Ohio State bench to the 45-yard line before he, Cooper and a tackler came together.
“They’re still being evaluated,” Meyer said after the game.
Harrison had made five tackles, all solo, tying safeties Jordan Fuller and Jahsen Wint for the team’s game high, and Harrison had batted a pass away.
Ohio State has had a tendency of using timeouts on defense this season. It’s one thing to do so to save time for the offense. It’s another to avert potential catastrophe.
The Buckeyes burned all three of their first-time outs in the first nine minutes. Not ideal.
“Three different circumstances,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “It’s not something you’re very proud of — to use those timeouts like that.
“One time was a substitution issue. One time I just didn’t like the call we were in and I thought, early in the game, don’t give up a big play.
“We’re not trying to get into that situation. You need those timeouts.”
For the second straight week, middle linebacker Tuf Borland forced a fumble at a point when the Buckeyes defense needed to make a big play. Last week, he knocked the ball from Penn State running back Miles Sanders to start Ohio State’s comeback from a 13-0 deficit.
Against Indiana, the Buckeyes had just regained the lead 21-17 following two straight Hoosiers touchdown drives in the second quarter. On Indiana’s next play, Peyton Ramsey threw to Reese Taylor for an apparent 7-yard gain.
But Borland, who was in tight coverage, stripped the ball just before Taylor’s knee hit the ground, a fumble affirmed after a replay review. Jordan Fuller recovered, and Ohio State scored six plays later.
“We were in man-to-man coverage,” Borland said. “The D-line did a great job getting pressure on the quarterback. All week, we preached running to the ball and gang-tackling. Fortunate enough, I was there to make the play.”