Ohio State escaped Indiana by the slimmest of margins.

And as a result, the Buckeyes held on to the No. 1 spot in the Coaches Poll. Ohio State retained its No. 1 ranking for the fifth straight week to start the regular season. They did, however, lose 11 first-place votes.

The Buckeyes only kept their No. 1 spot because of a career day from Ezekiel Elliott.

The Buckeye back tied the second-best single game rushing performance with 274 yards and three touchdowns. He became the first player in the last 10 years to have three scores of 50-plus yards in one half.

Coming in behind the Buckeyes were four other B1G teams. Michigan State dropped to No. 3 while Northwestern moved up to No. 14, Michigan moved up to No. 21 and Iowa cracked the poll for the first time this year and earned the No. 23 spot.

The Buckeyes will return to Columbus for games against Maryland and Penn State. They won’t face a ranked team until they square off with Michigan State on Nov. 21.