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Indiana gives #1 Ohio State a major scare

BLOOMINGTON, IN (WFIE) -

It's been a long time since the Indiana football team had beaten Ohio State, as in since 1988!  They almost pulled off a monumental upset today, of the number-one ranked Buckeyes, but fell just short, 34-27.  The now 4-1, Hoosiers, came in unbeaten, and proved that to be no fluke, as they shut out OSU in the first quarter, and still led 10-6 at halftime.  However, IU was be-set by injuries, to starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld and tailback Jordan Howard midway through the game.  One would have thought that would spell the end of the upset bid, but it didn't.  Devine Redding, who has seen plenty of action, while splitting time with Howard, and backup QB, Zander Diamont, kept the Hoosiers in it until the end.  Ohio State did manage to impose their will, though, on IU's defense.  Starting the third quarter, the teams traded TD's, and the score stood at 17-13, in favor of Indiana.  That's when OSU's tailback, Ezekiel Elliott, got going.  His 65 yard touchdown run made it 20-17 Buckeyes.  Then, after a Cardale Jones TD and another long Elliott TD run, sandwiched around an IU field goal, OSU had their biggest lead, at 34-20.  On the next play from scrimmage, after Elliott's second TD run, Zander Diamont reeled off a long TD run of his own, from 79 yards out, to cut the lead in half, 34-27.  Then, the Hoosier defense stepped up and held the Buckeyes to two straight 3-and-outs, before mounting one final drive to try to tie or win the game.  IU got it down to inside the 10, and had two plays within the final 10 seconds.  On the last play, the snap to Diamont came on a bounce, and after Diamont chased it down, adjusted, and did a great job getting off a throw into the end zone, but it was knocked down and Ohio State survived IU's upset bid.

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