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Ohio State 42, Indiana 27: Marshall law

Chris Russell | Dispatch

Jalin Marshall returns a punt 54 yards for a touchdown to help give Ohio State the lead for good with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter.

Jalin Marshall scored four second-half touchdowns to help Ohio State avoid a huge upset today with a 42-27 win over Indiana in Ohio Stadium. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown, and J.T. Barrett totaled 380 yards of offense for the Buckeyes, a 34½-point favorite who trailed until deep into the third quarter. The win allowed Ohio State (10-1, 7-0) to clinch a spot in the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis.

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Ohio State vs. Indiana quarter-by-quarter analysis

Chris Russell | Dispatch

Ezekiel Elliott heads to the end zone on a 65-yard run for Ohio State's first touchdown.

The late-arriving crowd to Ohio Stadium -- delayed by slick weather -- missed the slick start by Ohio State. The Buckeyes scored on their third play from scrimmage and then cashed in a touchdown on their second drive and looked to be cruising toward an easy win over Indiana, assuring a spot in the Big Ten championship game and racking up style points for the College Football Playoff committee. Uh, hold that thought.

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Ohio State football: Troy Smith's name, number to be displayed inside 'Shoe

Eamon Queeney | Dispatch

A spot is reserved for Troy Smith.

Troy Smith’s name and jersey No. 10 will be displayed inside Ohio Stadium when the university honors him during halftime a week from today against Michigan.

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Recruiting: Gahanna's Jonathon Cooper to come sing Ohio’s praise

FRED SQUILLANTE | DISPATCH

Ohio State commitment Jonathon Cooper, center, is a star defensive end as well as an a cappella singer at Gahanna.

When Jonathon Cooper is on the charge, he is ferocious to confront face to face on the football field, Gahanna coach Bruce Ward said. That’s one of the reasons Ohio State came knocking early and gained a commitment last week from Cooper for its 2016 recruiting class.

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Bob Hunter commentary | Rumblings: Ohio State's recruits exceed slots, so new signings on hold

Ohio State might have worked itself into a numbers crunch with its 2015 football recruiting class, which stands at 21 commitments, three more than the Buckeyes have openings.

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Ohio State Insider: Men's basketball: Don’t expect Buckeyes to be tested the rest of the month

Barbara J. Perenic | DISPATCH

Ohio State senior point guard Shannon Scott is the early national leader with 12.5 assists per game.

The Buckeyes started 2-0 for the 11th year in a row under coach Thad Matta, winning at home against Massachusetts-Lowell (92-55) and Marquette (74-63). They are 95-1 at home against unranked nonconference opponents since Matta arrived in 2004, the only loss coming to West Virginia in 2008.

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Blue Jackets: Around NHL, Jack Johnson’s bankruptcy a warning

Blue Jackets players said they knew about the financial distress of defenseman Jack Johnson long before the story of his bankruptcy was published on Thursday by The Dispatch. He shared his situation with teammates so they wouldn’t hear about it in the press, they said.

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Blue Jackets notebook: Failures on faceoffs frustrate Richards

Barbara J. Perenic | DISPATCH

Adam Cracknell, taking a hit from Toronto’s Mike Santorelli, has won 38.2 percent of his faceoffs.

The Blue Jackets must be ready to compete from the first drop of the puck tonight against the Boston Bruins at Nationwide Arena, coach Todd Richards said after practice yesterday. That was not coach-speak. He meant it quite literally.

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Bills game moved to Detroit, Monday night

Marcio Jose Sanchez | Associated Press

The Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles falls forward after being tackled by the Raiders’ Khalil Mack, bottom, as teammate Larry Asante approaches the play.

The NFL decided last night to move the Buffalo Bills’ home game against the New York Jets to Monday night in Detroit after a severe winter storm pounded western New York.

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