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Buckeyes look for answers after scare

– Urban Meyer could look at Ohio State’s record and see perfection.

He knows better.

The man with two national championship rings and a résumé full of winning seasons understands better than anyone else that if the No. 8 Buckeyes are going to keep winning, they must figure out how to close out games.

“I have to get more involved and find out what the issues are,” the coach said after the Buckeyes’ latest great escape, a 52-49 victory at Indiana on Saturday.

Offensively, the Buckeyes look fine.

Quarterback Braxton Miller delivered another masterful performance against the Hoosiers, rushing for 149 yards, scoring on a 67-yard scamper and throwing touchdown passes of 60 and 46 yards. The Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) ran for more than 350 yards for the second straight week – finishing with 353.

Defensively, though, Ohio State was not itself with starting linebacker Etienne Sabino out of the lineup.

Indiana (2-4, 0-3) ran 24 times for 129 yards, averaging 5.4 yards per carry, and threw for 352 yards while producing a school-record points total against the Buckeyes.

With Sabino expected to miss another three weeks because of a fractured bone in his right leg, the Buckeyes must find some way to get more defensive stops before they get another heart-stopping scare.

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