WATCH: Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott breaks off long TD run with a kick
On a day when Ohio State’s offense was off and on, Ezekiel Elliott came to the rescue.
And the Buckeyes running back did it with some flair.
There was another hurdling of a tackler in the first half, but it was in the third quarter of Saturday’s 34-27 win over Indiana that the junior RB pulled out a new move, breaking off a 65-yard touchdown run that put the Buckeyes on top.
Elliott initially had a huge hole to get the yardage he needed to convert a fourth down, but it appeared an Indiana defender might cut him down after a medium gain.
But then the 20-year-old made like Walter Payton with a move that looked an awful like the Chicago Bears great’s "show pony kick."
The run gave Ohio State a 20-17 lead late in the third quarter in Bloomington. But it was just the beginning of a scoring binge in the last 20 minutes of the game.
Ohio State looked like it might be ready to pull away when Elliott ripped off another long run — this one 75 yards — with 10:24 left in the fourth quarter to put the Buckeyes up 34-20.
Indiana backup quarterback Zander Diamont nearly led the Hoosiers to a game-tying score in the closing seconds, but his desperation pass was knocked away in the end zone as time expired.
Elliott finished with a career-best 274 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries.