Second-half surge carries Buckeyes to victory

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A first team All-Big Ten selection last season, JT Barrett has won the Big Ten's Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year award twice in his Ohio State career. The drive included seven completions, three to Cobbs, and one to secure a shining performance in the first game of Thomas' senior season.

Wednesday morning Ohio State announced its football program was donating $10,000 to the American Red Cross fund for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. For Campbell, it was redemption after dropping a 41-yard pass in the end zone on the opening drive of the second half.

J.T. Barrett threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a score to help No. 2 Ohio State to a 49-21 victory over IN on Thursday night IN a season opener for the Big Ten teams.

Ohio State and IN kick off at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Wilson is now the Buckeyes offensive coordinator. It is. Have you taken a look at Memorial Stadium lately?

The Ohio State players who dropped passes stopped dropping passes. Mike Weber is also back after leading Ohio State in rushing with 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns. The Buckeyes offense struggled mightily to get in rhythm in the first half. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer is 15-0 in season openers.

This was more than just a coming-out party. The Hoosiers were asking too much of Lagow, who threw a stupefying 65 passes, hitting 40 for 410 yards with three TDs and two picks.

JT Barrett's two yard run gave the Buckeyes a 20-14 lead early in the third quarter, but Lagow answered. This was evidently Kevin Wilson and Meyer's solution to patching up the passing game, rather than adding some of the other dimensions that had served Wilson well as a coach at IN or Oklahoma. And, you know this team only is going to get better as it develops the passing game and tightens the secondary. They can't look off a sheet.

A harsher interpretation: It's Indiana.

Ohio State: Heads home September 9 for an even tougher matchup against No. 7 Oklahoma. I don't know if this is going to be the most devastating QB/WR combo Ohio State will face, like Kirk Herbstreit suggested, but they certainly presented major problems.

Quarterback J.T. Barrett, linebacker Chris Worley, defensive end Tyquan Lewis and wide receiver Terry McLaurin represented the Buckeyes.

The reality is probably somewhere in between.

Not surprisingly, Ohio State isn't dropping hints.

It shouldn't go unmentioned that IN was not an ideal opponent for a team keen on an easy first go running a reworked offense.

Indiana: LB Tegray Scales and CB Rashard Fant. Nor will IN be a simple assignment for any opponent on the other side of the ball, with redshirt Lagow flinging passes to risky wide receivers Nick Westbrook and Cobbs IN new coordinator Mike DeBord's uptempo scheme.

Ohio State: QB J.T. Barrett. IN hasn't beaten the Buckeyes since 1988.

Recent meetings between Ohio State and IU indicated the Buckeyes would have success running the ball.

"We will get better on the deep ball", Meyer said around midnight, after the second-ranked Buckeyes' 49-21 victory over the Hoosiers on Thursday to ring in the season.