Hoosiers hang tough but Buckeyes pull away

Hoosiers hang tough but Buckeyes pull away



-- Junior running back

90-yard touchdown run gave Indiana a 20-14 with 7:17 remaining in the third quarter, but No. 7 Ohio State responded with the 28 consecutive points to pull away to a 42-20 lead. Coleman added a 52-yard touchdown with 1:13 to make the final score 42-27 in favor of Ohio State.

Coleman's game-high 228 rushing yards made him Indiana's all-time leader in a single season with 1,906 in 2014. The previous record was held by Vaughn Dunbar and was set in 1991 (1,805).

Jalin Marshall returned a punt 54 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter and then added three late insurance scores to carry the Buckeyes past Indiana 42-27.

"If it's an effort problem, Jalin Marshall won't play. And it's not an effort issue with him," coach Urban Meyer said. "He's a talented guy. That was good for his confidence."

Marshall was ripped by Ohio State fans on social media after the fumbles.

"It's very satisfying but I'm not satisfied with the season yet," he said. "But it does feel good to kind of get that bear off my back -- all that negative stuff -- toward me."

The surprisingly tight game for most of the day could impact the playoff hopes of the Buckeyes (10-1, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 6 CFP), who clinched the East Division title and a berth in the conference title game.

They trailed the 34-point underdog Hoosiers 20-14 after

sped 90 yards for a TD midway through the third quarter. A week after rushing for 307 yards, Coleman went for 228 yards on 27 carries for three scores for the Hoosiers (3-8, 0-7).

The Hoosiers' last chance at a tying score ended with Tyvis Powell picking off a pass from

with 4:25 left, deep in Indiana territory. Marshall caught two more scoring passes after that to pad the lead before Coleman rumbled 52 yards for a score with 1:13 left.