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3 Up, 3 Down: Ohio State 52, Indiana 49

10/14/2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A few things Ohio State will feel good about and some issues it will need to correct after keeping its perfect record with a 52-49 win over Indiana on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium:

THREE UP

1. Double threat: Braxton Miller officially doesn't have to do it all himself in the backfield. The sophomore quarterback is getting plenty of help from running back Carlos Hyde, giving the Buckeyes an inside-outside duo that is giving opposing defenses fits. The Hoosiers had a plan to try to slow down Miller, but it left them vulnerable to Hyde on the inside as he bulled his way to 156 yards and a touchdown -- but that other guy still wound up with 149 and a score also.

2. Lend a hand: Etienne Sabino wasn't the only linebacker dealing with some sort of injury early in the week, and Urban Meyer rattled off three other guys dealing with minor issues that taxed the Buckeyes as they started prepping for the Hoosiers. Feeling the squeeze, he turned to starting fullback Zach Boren to fill the void, and the senior captain responded by chipping in a team-high eight tackles. He wasn't perfect, but if the move is long-term as has been suggested by Ohio State, he'll have time to improve.

3. The closer: Another minor injury scare for Miller led to another cameo for Kenny Guiton -- and like the previous two weeks, it led to another Ohio State touchdown. Guiton again came in and took the reins of the offense while Miller was getting checked out physically, and his shovel pass to Hyde produced a 14-yard touchdown that seemed to suggest the Buckeyes were in complete control over the Hoosiers.

THREE DOWN

1. Long and gone: Explosive plays and long touchdowns allowed continue to be a nuisance to Meyer, and he vowed after the game to take a more active role with the defense moving forward. The most troubling part of plays like the 59-yard rush or the 76-yard pass the Hoosiers managed against the Buckeyes was that missed tackles really weren't the problem, as was largely the case early in the season. Indiana was able to get deep down the field at times without ever being touched.

2. Hang on: Devin Smith turned two catches into a couple touchdowns and another big yardage output, finishing with 106 on those couple grabs. But the playmaking receiver missed out on two other chances that came his way that looked to be sure scores for the Buckeyes, and while he's had a knack for making tough catches, he's also had one for putting easy balls on the ground.

3. Hang on, Part II: The Buckeyes made it tough to complete many balls down the field, actively playing a part in putting 15 of Indiana's 54 pass attempts on the turf by breaking them up with individual efforts. But a handful of them could have been interceptions, and a could of them probably should have been -- and forcing at least one turnover would have been a boost for a unit that allowed 481 yards.