OSU secondary gets stingy with Indiana QB

Joey Kaufman
Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette gestures near the end of his 96-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter. [Adam Cairns/Dispatch]

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — An injury prompted Indiana to use its backup quarterback Saturday against Ohio State.

It was a capable one, though. Peyton Ramsey, who filled in for Michael Penix, started last season against the Buckeyes and threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns without an interception.

Previous passers for the Hoosiers had put up plenty of yards, too. Richard Lagow threw for 410 yards in a season-opening loss in 2017, along with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

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The Buckeyes secondary conceded far less Saturday in a 51-10 win at Memorial Stadium.

Ramsey completed 19 of 33 passes for 162 yards, about half what he had at Ohio Stadium last fall. He lost the starting job to Penix this year in preseason camp.

Ohio State defensive backs batted down seven of Ramsey’s passes, and no one had a more disruptive play than senior Damon Arnette.

Arnette intercepted a pass near the end zone late in the third quarter and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown. It was the fifth-longest interception return for a touchdown in Ohio State history.

“He's practiced really, really well,” coach Ryan Day said. “He's prepared well, and then to see him make that play was awesome.”

Day said Arnette had been “banged up” a few plays earlier in the game.

“At that point in the game, he could have taken himself out,” Day said. “He goes right back in and makes that play.”

Arnette was also credited with two pass break-ups, as was safety Josh Proctor, who nearly had an interception as well.

Ohio State’s secondary has been one of its more improved position groups so far. It gave up only 166 passing yards the previous week in its shutout against Cincinnati. The Hoosiers, though, had been expected to serve as a bigger test based on recent seasons.

Defensive end Chase Young credited the new coaches for slowing down the passing game.

“I guess you could say the schemes that we're running now,” Young said. “Because it's the same players on the field.”


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