Today our series of Ohio State’s best wins against Big Ten opponents brings us to the opponent that offers the most choices – if not the most competitive games. The Buckeyes’ 69 wins over Indiana are the most against any opponent (four more than Illinois), and Ohio State has lost to the Hoosiers only twice since 1952.
As you might expect, a few Buckeye records have been set in this series.
David Boston tied a single-game record for Ohio State with 13 catches against the Hoosiers in 1996 (he tied Gary Williams that day then broke the record a year later with 14 catches against Penn State). Joe Germaine tied the school record with 31 completions (on 45 attempts) against the Hoosiers in 1998. Bob Atha’s five field goals against the Hoosiers in 1981 are the most in school history for a game. Mike Nugent (North Carolina State, 2004), Josh Huston (Texas, 2005) and Devin Barclay (Miami, Fla., 2010) have since tied that record. Jason Gwynn tied Judah Herman’s record with five tackles for loss in a game against the Hoosiers in 1996. Andy Katzenmoyer later tied that mark with five TFLs against Arizona State in the 1997 Rose Bowl.
Ohio State’s eight rushing touchdowns against Indiana in 1957 set a modern record since tied twice. The Buckeyes set records for fumbles (11) and fumbles lost (seven) against Indiana in 1934. Handling the ball was no easy task that day as the Hoosiers set an OSU opponent record with 12 fumbles that day and lost five.
Here are our choices for the top games in the Ohio State-Indiana series. Check them out then vote for your favorite at the bottom!
Ohio State 32
With Ohio State trailing 21-19 after three quarters, Buckeye backfieldmates Gene Fekete and Les Horvath helped the Buckeyes tally 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to earn a 32-21 victory. Sophomore fullback Fekete rushed 23 times for 132 yards and scored three touchdowns, the last of which gave the Buckeyes the lead, 26-21, early in the fourth quarter. Halfback Horvath (84 yards on 13 carries) ripped off a pair of long runs to set up the Buckeyes final touchdown, a 1-yard plunge from George Lynn, whose interception set up the drive. In addition to Lynn’s interception, the Buckeyes picked off two passes in the game’s dying minutes to preserve the victory. Legendary OSU coach Paul Brown said at the time it was the greatest game he ever saw. It turned out to be one of the steps on the road to the school’s first national championship.
No. 3 Ohio State 21
No. 15 Indiana 7
In one of the few contests to feature both Ohio State and Indiana as ranked squads, the Buckeyes came from behind for the first time all season to knock off the No. 15 Hoosiers. Bob Brugge scored two touchdowns for Ohio State while Les Horvath ran for 115 yards and threw a TD pass to Jack Dugger.
On the day after the death Dr. Thomas E. French, the school’s first Western Conference faculty representative, the Buckeyes avenged a 1943 loss to the Hoosiers by handing them a 21-7 defeat. Indiana took a 7-0 first quarter lead but saw the Buckeyes, led by the rushing tandem of Brugge (11 carries for 81 yards) and Horvath, score in each of the game’s final three quarters. Overall, the Buckeyes outgained the Hoosiers 384 to 232 in total yards, including a 280-111 margin on the ground.
The win was part of the Buckeyes’ first unbeaten, untied season since the 1922 opening of the Ohio Stadium, which was the brain-child of French, a university professor, and athletic director Lynn W. St. John. Ohio State, which saw its last perfect season in 1920, also won its sixth outright Big Ten title.
No. 5 Ohio State 17
Indiana took a 3-0 lead on Tom Nowatzke’s then-Big Ten-record 50-yard field goal in the first quarter, but the Buckeyes took the lead in the second quarter on a touchdown pass from Don Unverferth to Bob Stock that covered 24 yards.
After the Buckeyes extended their lead to 17-3 in the third quarter, IU quarterback Rich Bader was able to move his team inside the Buckeye 10-yard line four times in the fourth quarter but was turned away on three of those trips by Arnold Chonko interceptions. The last theft occurred with Indiana, in need of a touchdown and a two-point conversion, parked at the Buckeye 3 with 0:14 to play.
No. 19 Ohio State 21
Woody Hayes’ team rallied from a 10-7 halftime deficit to hand the coach his final win, a 21-18 decision over a Hoosier team coached by current ESPN “Gameday” analyst Lee Corso. Freshman quarterback Art Schlichter capped a 20 play, 98-yard drive with a go-ahead three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, then watched running back Rickey Johnson race 46 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 21-10.
The Hoosiers cut the lead to 21-18, but further comeback efforts were thwarted by OSU’s Mike Guess, who intercepted an end-around-reverse pass at the OSU 27 yard line with 1:37 left in the fourth quarter.
No. 9 Ohio State 27
In a game matching two teams in first place in the Big Ten standings, Calvin Murray enjoyed a career day, gaining 224 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 35 carries on his 22nd birthday as the Buckeyes beat the Hoosiers, 27-17. OSU safety Rod Gorley picked off a pair of passes from Indiana’s Tim Clifford, the Big Ten’s MVP the previous season, in the second-half. The latter led to a 37-yard touchdown run by Murray that iced the game.
Ohio State 35
A Buckeye great saw one of his records fall, but the current edition avoided a three-game series losing streak with a 35-31 win over the Hoosiers. With three touchdowns, IU’s Anthony Thompson broke Ohio State fullback Pete Johnson’s Big Ten career record for points, but a pair of Ohio State runners owned the day as Carlos Snow and Scottie Graham both eclipsed 100 yards rushing. Snow paced the Buckeyes with 136 yards, while Graham added 124. Greg Frey threw a pair of touchdown passes, and Ohio State clinched the victory when Vinnie Clark recovered a free kick with 1:33 left on the clock after Ohio State intentionally took a safety. The Hoosiers had beaten the Buckeyes in the two most recent meetings. Coming off a losing 1988 season, John Cooper’s second squad moved to 3-2 and won it’s next five games to qualify for a bowl in the 100th season of Buckeye football.
No. 5 Ohio State 23
No. 19 Indiana 17
In one of only two matchups in which both teams were ranked, the Buckeyes outkicked the Hoosiers for a victory. After Joey Galloway caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Bobby Hoying, Tim Williams boosted the Buckeye lead to 10 points with a 36-yard field goal. Hoosier Thomas Lewis’ 28-yard touchdown reception tied the score at 10 apiece in the second-quarter before OSU wide receiver Buster Tillman put the Buckeyes back on top with a 5-yard touchdown catch from backup quarterback Brett Powers, who regularly relieved Hoying throughout the ’93 season. Williams booted field goals of 23 and 22 yards, respectively, in the third quarter to provide the winning margin.
Galloway led Ohio State with 115 yards receiving on the day, while Raymont Harris added balance to the Buckeye attack with a 162 yards rushing.
No. 2 Ohio State 27
The Buckeyes rode into Bloomington intent on clinching a share of the Big Ten championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl, but that proved to be no easy task.
Ohio State got all it wanted from the underdog Hoosiers. A little more than five minutes into the second half, IU QB Jay Rodgers scored from two yards out, giving the Hoosiers a 10-7 lead. OSU kicker Josh Jackson tied the score with a 19-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter, but those were all the points either offense could muster through most of the rest of the quarter before the Buckeye defense stepped up and delivered the play of the season.
With Indiana in possession near midfield, freshman linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer stripped Rodgers in the backfield and senior Matt Finkes grabbed the loose ball and raced 45 yards to give his team the lead. Jackson added another field goal after the defense forced another Rodgers fumble, then safety Damon Moore slammed the door on the Hoosiers by returning an interception 28 yards for a touchdown.
Boston, then a freshman, added 153 yards and a touchdown to his 13 receptions.