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story.lead_photo.caption Ohio State receiver Garrett Wilson celebrates his touchdown against Indiana during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After climbing to its highest AP Top 25 poll ranking in more than a half century, No. 9 Indiana got a chance find out how it measured up with Big Ten behemoth Ohio State, a team the Hoosiers hadn't beaten in 32 years.

They came up short but sure made it interesting -- and a lot closer than the No. 3 Buckeyes would have liked.

Master Teague ran for a career-high 169 yards and 2 touchdowns, and quarterback Justin Fields accounted for 3 scores as the Buckeyes amassed 607 yards of offense on their way to a 42-35 victory on a rainy Saturday in an all-but-empty Ohio Stadium.

Behind quarterback Michael Penix Jr., Indiana (4-1) rallied from a four-touchdown deficit in the second half only to be outlasted by the Buckeyes.

"You know, people didn't think we belonged on the field with Ohio State, but I think we showed that today," Indiana Coach Tom Allen said. "I think we're a good football team, a really good football team."

The Buckeyes (4-0) were happy to get out of there with a win after leading 35-7 early in the second half and allowing Indiana to climb back to within one score. Two weeks ago, Ohio State led 35-3 at halftime and were outscored 24-14 in the second half in a win over Rutgers.

"We've got to figure out a way to close out games," Ohio State Coach Ryan Day said. "This is kind of the second week now we let a team hang around a little bit, and we've got to get that fixed. But [there were] so many great things in this game. Indiana is a good team. They're a top-10 team, so this was not easy."

The Buckeyes in the second half struggled to slow down Penix, who had the best statistical day of his career -- 27 for 51 for a career-high 491 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Penix passed for four touchdowns in the second half but also made a critical error, tossing an interception that Ohio State's Shaun Wade returned for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter. The game might have been different if it wasn't for that.

The running game helped Ohio State maintain control when things were dicey. The Buckeyes had two late drives after the Hoosiers got within in a touchdown that didn't result in points, but burned clock and Indiana's timeouts.

The Hoosiers' last possession started deep in their own territory with 38 seconds left and ended with a desperation lateral play that never crossed midfield.

Fields was 18 for 30 for 300 yards and 2 touchdown passes, but he also threw his first 3 interceptions of the season and was sacked 5 times. He ran for 78 yards and a touchdown.

"Of course I made bad decisions," Fields said. "I ended up with three picks, but we got the 'W' today. That's all that matters. We're 4-0."

Garrett Wilson had 7 catches for 169 yards -- his fourth consecutive game of 100-plus yards -- and 2 scores for the Buckeyes.

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Indiana receiver Whop Philyor, right, forces his way into the end zone past Ohio State defensive back Josh Proctor during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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Ohio State receiver Chris Olave, left, bobbles the ball as Indiana defensive back Reese Taylor defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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Ohio State running back Trey Sermon, left, cuts up field against Indiana defensive back Jamar Johnson during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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Ohio State receiver Garrett Wilson, runs after a catch past Indiana defensive back Bryant Fitzgerald during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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Ohio State defenders, left to right, Baron Browning, Marcus Hooker, and Shaun Wade tackle Indiana receiver Ty Fryfogle during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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Indiana defensive lineman Jerome Johnson, bottom, sacks Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields throws a pass against Indiana during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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Indiana quarterback Michael Penix looks for an open receive against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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