UAB made its lead 9-0 when Ty Long kicked a 47-yard field goal on the last play of a 10-play, 44-yard drive.
Ohio State made the score 9-7 after Rod Smith pounded in a one-yard touchdown run to finish off a 75-yard drive. The Buckeyes, on that possession, exploited a tired defensive line, running on nine of 10 plays.
The Blazers expanded their lead to 12-7 thanks to a six-play, 19-yard drive that ended when Long made a 54-yard field goal.
Braxton Miller’s 12-yard touchdown run finished off a five-play, 75-yard drive and gave Ohio State the lead, 14-12. The Buckeyes crossed midfield on Miller’s 21-yard pass to Corey Brown from the 42-yard line.
Ohio State opened up the lead, 21-12, after Zach Boren ran two yards to paydirt to end a three-play, 32-yard drive. A fumble recovery by the Buckeyes set Ohio State up to start the drive.
The Buckeyes will start the second half with the ball.
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