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Like a refurbished race car, the Ohio State offense in its first game under the direction of new coordinator Kevin Wilson needed some major tuning after a cold start. But the Buckeyes were operating at high speed by the time the 49-21 season-opening win at Indiana was over Thursday night.

The deep passing gear, something coach Urban Meyer ordered reinstalled, still needs some grinding. But otherwise, quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, and with 304 yards passing and 61 rushing, he became the school's leader in total offense (8,864 yards).

And a rising star made his presence known. Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins rushed for 181 yards in place of still-healing starter Mike Weber, giving the coaches a decision to make at that spot heading toward Saturday night's Ohio Stadium showdown with Oklahoma.

“When the running game took off, J.T. settled down; the passing game got going to show what we're capable of,” Wilson said in analyzing the debut. “You've got to work hard to be consistent. We were inconsistent in the first half.”

But where were the Buckeyes different offensively compared with recent years? For starters, just look at the two catch-and-run touchdowns that blew the game open:

‒ Barrett was throwing more often than not to receivers on the run. The short toss to hybrid back Parris Campbell on a crossing route meant one of the team's faster players caught the ball on a dead sprint, then cut up the left sideline behind a block from Terry McLaurin to complete the 74-yard play.

Columbus Sports and Recreation

Bring your bike, or rent a CoGo and take a ride on the many trails in Columbus, including the newly renovated Scioto Mile highlighted by miles of trails, artwork and beautiful skyline views.

There are several Metroparks throughout Columbus that are beautiful for outdoor activity and exploring. Inniswood offers more than 100 acres of woods and streams to explore. Even if the flowers aren't blooming, the beautiful forest is always so welcoming, with easy trails for hiking. Situated on 44 acres in Hilliard, Homestead Park includes hiking trails and plenty of interesting scenery, from the replica train station to the barns to the covered bridge and the ponds. Dublin's Coffman Park surrounds features like the amphitheater, skate park, fishing ponds and more. It's a perfect spot to get out of the house and stroll. Close by is also Indian Run Falls , a natural gorge with trails, observation platforms and a bridge over the waterfalls. Battelle Darby Creek offers over 7,000 sprawling acres to hike and explore. Warm up at the nature center and see if the bison are out roaming. Trek up and down the trails at Highbanks , crossing the bridges over the ravines and spying the bald eagles from the observation deck.

Hit the links at one of the many golf courses in Columbus where golf pro, Jack Nicklaus learned to play, including the Safari Golf Club at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Home to several major sporting teams, including NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets , the MLS' Columbus Crew SC , Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, the Columbus Clippers and college-favorite, the Ohio State Buckeyes , you can catch a game no matter what the season!


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