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Snow and Wind Impacted Game with Hoosiers
By Rob Ogden

The Buckeyes are breaking out the commemorative "Snow Bowl" jerseys a week too late.

The flurries fell fast and furiously inside Ohio Stadium Saturday night as the Buckeyes were forced to adapt to less-than-ideal weather conditions for the second-consecutive week.

The snow falls as the Buckeyes warm up.
Photo by Jim Davidson
Snow

"The wind," quarterback Braxton Miller said. "The wind takes the ball. You don't really want to throw it."

Miller didn't throw it much. He finished the game with 11 completions on 17 attempts for 160 yards and two scores.

In high winds at Illinois a week ago, Miller completed only 13 passes for 150 yards.

Miller, who said he hasn't played in the snow since high school, added that Saturday's game was one of the coldest he's ever played in. Temperatures dipped well below freezing as the game wore on.

Freshman running back Dontre Wilson, a Texas native, never played a game in the snow in high school, and said he's having a hard time becoming accustomed to the freezing temperatures.

A groudskeeper works to clean up some snow.
Photo by Jim Davidson

"It was the first time I have ever played in the snow," Wilson said. "I wouldn't say it was more difficult, just that you had to focus more and not let the cold distract you from what you're supposed to do.

"I knew it would be like this after I came on my visit. I guess I just have to get used to it."

After the game, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said poor-weather games like Saturday's come down to which team can run the ball more effectively. The ground game isn't exactly an area where his team has excelled.

The Hoosiers finished with 122 yards rushing Saturday compared to 311 for Ohio State.

Tre Roberson was Indiana's leading rusher with 79 yards on 12 carries. The Buckeyes are one of three FBS teams that have not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season.

Dontre Wilson accounted for 26 of those yards on 4 carries. Fifteen came on a second-half touchdown run. Miller and running back Carlos Hyde combined for 261 yards on a day when Hyde became coach Urban Meyer's first 1,000-yard running back.

It was the second-consecutive game in which the pair each rushed for more than 100 yards.

Meyer, an Ohio native, had to get used to the snow himself after spending six seasons at Florida.

He said his last game in the snow came while at Utah.

We won 3-0 in Provo, Utah one year," he said. "That's how bad it was. I thought it was kind of cool to hear "Hang on Sloopy" in the snow. Brought back some good memories.

Meyer was an assistant coach for the Buckeyes from 1986-'87.

Asked if southern teams should have to travel north and play games in the snow, Meyer smiled, but declined to answer.

"Do we want a southern team up here in December? I'm not going to answer that because we've got a big rivalry game next week."

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