Overall Team Grades
My Player of the Game
Ohio State pulled off the victory in a shoot-out against the Indiana Hoosiers. Due to their prolific receiving corps and RB unit, OSU rolled over Indiana's front seven and secondary. While the Buckeyes' defense regressed from last season, but they proved they have the front seven necessary to harass opposing backfields. Despite Justin Fields' struggles with reading Indiana's defense, his coach, Ryan Day, managed the game perfectly with a balanced offensive plan.
Antwuan Jackson Jr. (52)
Jackson struggled as a run stopper and pass rusher.
Baron Browning (5)
Browning was a tackle machine who generated eight total tackles and no missed tackles.
Chris Olave (17)
Olave shook the Hoosiers secondary and hauled in eight catches for 101 yards. He had 54 yards after the catch and was a great deep threat.
Garrett Wilson (5)
Besides one bad drop, Wilson shredded Indiana's secondary for 169 yards and two touchdowns. He was Fields' best receiver.
Harry Miller (77)
Miller was a phenomenal pass blocker that was decent in run blocking.
Haskell Garrett (92)
Haskell Garrett had four pressures and two run-stops.
Javontae Jean-Baptiste (8)
Despite only having 13 total snaps, he forced four pressures.
Jeremy Ruckert (88)
Ruckert allowed a sack and a QB hit in his 11 pass block attempts. He also struggled to open holes as a run blocker.
Jonathon Cooper (18)
Cooper was an active pass rusher who had six pressures, one sack, and one batted pass. He also had one run stop and was active against the run.
Josh Myers (71)
He surrendered two pressures.
Josh Proctor (41)
Proctor got absolutely shredded in coverage and gave up six catches for 69 yards and a TD.
Justin Fields (1)
Justin Fields made some incredible throws to Garrett Wilson that had amazing arm strength. However, he struggled against the Hoosiers coverage and pressure, he missed many pre-snap blitzes and defenders in the passing lane. He also held onto the ball too long and threw off his back foot with defenders draped on him.
Justin Hilliard (47)
Hillard played well in limited play.
Luke Farrell (89)
Farrell wasn't an active receiving option but he held his own in run and pass blocking.
Marcus Williamson (21)
Williamson played decent pass rush and run defense for a slot corner. However, he got beat badly on a 63-yard catch and struggled to tackle.
Master Teague (33)
Teague was a productive rusher who broke multiple tackles and made yards on his own. He picked up 169 yards and two TDs. He also had four explosive runs and forced five missed tackles.
Nicholas Petit-Frere (78)
He allowed no pressures.
Pete Werner (20)
Werner provided a great spark on defense. He had a sack, four run-stops, and 6.5 tackles (including assists).
Sevyn Banks (12)
Banks was targetted seven times and allowed 95 receiving yards.
Shaun Wade (24)
Shaun Wade picked off Penix for a TD but failed to contain Ty Fryfogle. He got burnt by Fryfogle for a 56 yard TD.
Teradja Mitchell (7)
Mitchell was burnt on a 51-yard catch.
Thayer Munford (75)
He allowed no pressures and dominated as a run blocker.
Tommy Togiai (72)
Despite not recording a sack, Tommy Togigai feasted on Indiana's offensive line. He finished with ten total pressures and had a batted pass.
Tyreke Smith (11)
Tyreke Smith forced seven pressures but struggled as a run stopper.
Wyatt Davis (52)
He allowed three pressures and had a penalty but held his own in run blocking.
Zach Harrison (33)
Harrison had five pressures and played well in run defense.
Advanced Team Grades
Passing Offense (Overall)
Game Notes on Offense
Ohio State dominated Indiana's defense for 607 total yards. Due to Ryan Day's balanced game plan, both the running and passing attacks generated 300+ yards. Playmakers like Justin Fields, Garrett Wilson, and Master Teague created numerous big plays that sealed the Buckeyes' victory. However, Fields' interceptions and bad decision making stalled many drives that made this game closer than it should have been.
Surprisingly, Justin Fields was the Achilles heel for this offense. Despite some miraculous plays and great rushing production, Fields held onto the ball too long and had many bad throws. Jeremy Ruckert, Wyatt Davis, and Josh Myers struggled in pass protection, but the rest of the offensive line had quality pass and run blocking. Due to their excellent run blocking, RBs Master Teague and Trey Sermon burst through holes, maximized yardage at the second level, and forced eight missed tackles. Additionally, wideouts Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson shredded Indiana's secondary for 270 yards and two scores.
Controlling the Line of Scrimmage
Game Notes on Defense
Ohio State's aggressive front seven was dominant against the Hoosiers. While they nearly gave up 500 passing yards, the Buckeyes feated on Indiana's offensive line by generating 45 total pressures. This aggressive pass rush coupled with excellent run defense forced the Hoosiers to rely on their passing attack all game. Furthermore, the defense forced a fumble, two pass breakups, and an interception. However, the secondary made numerous mistakes that led Michael Penix Jr., Ty Fryfogle, Miles Marshall, and Whop Philyor to make this game close.
The Buckeyes' DL had a field day pressuring QB Michael Penix Jr. Jonathon Cooper, Haskell Garrett, Tommy Togai, Javontae Jean-Baptiste, Tyreke Smith, and Zach Harrison combined for 36 total pressures that made life difficult for Indiana's signal-caller. Furthermore, LBs Pete Werner, Justin Hillard, and Baron Browning played well, especially as run-stoppers. However, OSU's secondary got absolutely dominated by Indiana's receiving corps. Besides Shaun Wade's pick-six, the Buckeyes' DBs struggled in coverage where they allowed 378 total passing yards.
Play of the Game
Justin Fields' 75-yard TD to WR Garrett Wilson.
Comments on Coaching
OSU head coach, Ryan Day, coached an excellent game against Indiana. Despite some defensive and offensive mistakes from his secondary and QB, Day managed the game well with a balanced scheme. After his star QB struggled against Indiana's defense, Day settled him down by leaning on RBs Trey Sermon and Master Teague. Furthermore, his creative plays and transition to the short passing game were key to Ohio State's victory.