BLOOMINGTON – Urban Meyer could look at Ohio States 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.