COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — champion Teague ran a career-high 169 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Fields accounted for three scores and No.3 Ohio State held a comeback bid from Michael Penix Jr., Ty Fryfogle and Indiana’s No. 9 42-35 on Saturday to win.
The Hoosiers (4-1) rallied from a four-touchdown deficit in the second half and made a one-score play with 10:26 left when Penix and Fryfogle joined in for a 56-yard touchdown.
Penix was 27 for 51 for a career-high 491 yards and five touchdowns for Indiana.
The Buckeyes (4-0) threw for 607 yards and led 35-7 early in the second half, but struggled for Penix and Fryfogle, who caught seven passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns.
Fields was 18 for 30 for 300 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw his first three interceptions of the season and was released five times.
Garrett Wilson had seven catches for 169 yards — his fourth consecutive 100-yard-plus game-and two points for the Buckeyes.
The ongoing game helped Ohio State maintain control when it became difficult.
Penix managed four touchdowns in the second half, but also made a critical error and threw an interception that Ohio State’s Shaun Wade returned for a touchdown late in the third quarter.
Indiana had climbed its highest ranking in the Top 25 in more than half a century, and the Hoosiers had increased their confidence by beating Conference rivals Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State for the first time in program history.
Indiana: Penix had a good day, but was barely able to dig the Hoosiers out of the hole and Indiana has now lost 26 straight to the Buckeyes.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes took a while to start, and Fields had some rough spots. Be stressed in the second half for the second game in a row must be.
Indiana: after hitting their highest score in more than half a century, the Hoosiers will easily fall.
Ohio State: beating another Top 10 team should get Buckeyes attention and maybe even more votes