Two Minute Drill: Ohio State Postgame

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Two-Minute Drill: Inside Ohio State’s Postgame
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It wasn’t the easiest of wins for Ohio State, but at this point in the season they will take whatever they can get.

After upsetting Wisconsin in Columbus last week, the Buckeyes looked like a team that hit the snooze button one too many times in their noon start against Indiana.

In the end, three players ran for over 100 yards and Ohio State pulled off a 34-20 victory over the Hoosiers.

We take you inside OSU’s postgame in our two-minute drill.

Injury Update

• Offensive Coordinator Jim Bollman said they felt confident either Kenny Guiton or Joe Bauserman could go in and handoff, but Braxton Miller wanted to stand in there and finish the game.

• Saw J.B. Shugarts after the game. He was walking around slowly, but kind of dragging the right leg a little bit.

• Bollman said Shugarts was in good spirits and walking around, but they will know more tomorrow.

• Bollman said they went with freshman Antonio Underwood because he's been taking all his reps at RT. Good pass blocker for his age.

• If Shugarts is out for any extended time, Bollman said they will re-think right tackle. Said Marcus Hall, Andrew Norwell and Jack Mewhort can all play RT.

• Bollman said he is "hopeful" Jordan Hall will be back next week.

• Bollman admitted Boom Herron has been battling a minor ankle injury, but it won't keep him off the field.

The Running Game

• Carlos Hyde said he was a little down earlier in the year, but he realized he just needs to be patient his time will come.

• Hyde said every time he's out there he wants to prove himself. Said there was a huge hole on his long run. Wasn't going to be caught.

• Boom Herron said he felt like he was seeing the holes better this week. Each week getting better.

• Herron said he was happy with the way he ran and happy to see Hyde get in there and show what he can do.

• All of the backs thanked the offensive line for their performance. First time OSU has had three backs over 100 yards since Nov. 4, 1989 against Northwestern.

• Bollman also said they were thinking about using Zach Boren as their No. 3 tailback earlier in the year when Herron and Hall were suspended.

Offensive Updates

• Bollman called Braxton falling on the fumble by Boom "maybe his biggest play of the game."

• Bollman made it sound like Braxton did a good job with his reads today, but the WRs weren't getting open.

• Bollman was asked about getting the offense ready with so many guys missing and so much inexperience. He responded, "Are you writing a book."

• Bollman completely dismissed the rumor that he is looking to go back to the NFL next year.

Defensive Updates

• Howard said the Buckeyes were in the wrong call on the easy TD pass to Kofi Hughes. Fickell took responsibility.

• Buckeyes were in a cover-2 and ran a corner blitz from that side. No one got a bump on Hughes and he was WIDE open. Howard did credit Tre Roberson with making a great read and seeing the open guy with heavy pressure coming.

• Travis Howard said he was watching the WRs eyes on his pick. Could tell the ball was coming and just made the play.

• Andrew Sweat said Indiana "schemed us up a little bit" by passing out of run tendencies and vice versa. Plus, OSU didn't execute he said.

• Sweat said there was an emphasis on stripping the quarterback this week, but Roberson did a great job of protecting the ball.

• Howard said it was the third straight week they were focused on stopping the run...allowed Indiana to hit them with a few passes.

Game Story
Box Score
Game Notes

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