Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins
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Ohio State football: Buckeyes easily dispatch Indiana

Justin Fields extended the Buckeyes’ lead over the Hoosiers to 37-10 when he connected with J.K. Dobbins on a 4-yard touchdown pass less than three minutes into the third quarter. 

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That capped a huge day for Dobbins, who ran for 193 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and caught two passes for 14 yards. 

With just under five minutes left in the third quarter, Master Teague took his turn by slashing through the Hoosier defense for a 40-yard touchdown, and the OSU defense got into the act on the last play of the third quarter when Damon Arnette intercepted a pass at the 4-yard line and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown. 

FIRST HALF RECAP 

Ohio State exploded for 23 points in the second quarter to take a commanding 30-10 halftime lead at Indiana on Saturday. 

The Buckeyes struck first on a 3-yard run by Justin Fields, who kept on a read-option play to cap a nine-play, 68-yard drive. 

After an Indiana field goal, the Buckeyes added another touchdown when Fields connected with Chris Olave on 37-yard play-action pass with 3:45 left in the first quarter. 

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Olave got the Buckeyes two more points with 10:15 left in the second quarter when he blocked a punt that went out of the end zone for a safety. 

Ohio State wasted little time capitalizing on that possession as Fields found K.J. Hill open in the end zone from nine yards out for another touchdown. The big play on the drive was a 56-yard run by J.K. Dobbins, who went over 100 yards rushing in the first half. 

He wasn’t done. The Ohio State junior got in on the scoring act himself when he rumbled 26 yards for a touchdown the next time the Buckeyes got the ball back, breaking multiple tackles along the way. 

Dobbins finished the half with 177 yards on 20 carries. 

Indiana’s first six plays yielded minus-7 yards and a pair of punts, but the Hoosiers got something going on their third drive. 

Peyton Ramsey completed 5 of 7 pass attempts and had a 20-yard scramble that got the Hoosiers a first down at the Ohio State 15-yard line. He was pressured into a throwaway on the ensuing first down, saw Damon Arnette break up a nearly perfect pass in the end zone on second down and then had to dump it off to his tight end again under pressure on third down. Indiana native Pete Werner dragged down Peyton Hendershot after a gain of only four to force a 29-yard field goal by Logan Justus. 

Th Hoosiers got in the end zone late in the second quarter when receiver Donovan Hale found Hendrshot all alone on a double pass that suckered the Ohio State defense for a 49-yard touchdown. 

The Ohio State University Marching Band performs at Indiana's Memorial Stadium.

PREGAME

Ohio State and Indiana are set to play each school’s first Big Ten game of the season Saturday at noon at Memorial Stadium. 

The Hoosiers have already suffered a loss with reports redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Penix Jr. will not play because of an unidentified injury. 

He was on the field for warmups but did not take part. 

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