Ohio State drops pesky UAB, moves to 4-0

Braxton Miller ran for two touchdowns and No. 16 Ohio State overcame a lethargic, mistake-filled effort to hold off UAB 29-15 on Saturday in the Buckeyes’ final tune-up before Big Ten play. UAB (0-3) more than held its own against the Buckeyes (4-0), who committed drive-killing penalties, had a punt blocked for a touchdown and had trouble scoring against a defense giving up 44 points and 477 yards a game.

The Blazers picked up points on special teams and started the second half by recovering an onside kick, but were undone by four chop-block penalties and a giveaway that led to a score.

Miller completed passes for 12, 14 and 18 yards and ran for 26 yards to set up his own clinching 1-yard TD run with 5:03 left.

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FINAL: Braxton Miller and Jordan Hall teamed up to lead No. 16 Ohio State to a 29-15 victory over UAB on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Miller racked up 143 yards through the air and Hall rumbled for 104 yards on the ground.

Darrin Reaves did his best to carry the Blazers’ offense, turning 16 carries into 70 rushing yards.

The Buckeyes’ offense finished the game having gained 347 yards. Ohio State complemented Miller’s passing with 204 yards rushing on 37 attempts.

UAB’s offense finished the game having gained 401 yards, including 259 passing yards on 28 completions. The Blazers also moved the ball on the ground, earning 142 yards on 34 attempts.

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Steve on 9/22/2012 @ 3:34pm EDT Said:

Luck Fickell needs to be replaces. This is the WORST defense I have seen in a long time..
Good players, BAD defensive coaching.

Alec on 9/22/2012 @ 3:53pm EDT Said:

@Steve – I somewhat agree. While OSU gave up less points in the first 4 games this season than last season, we are having problems we did not have last season. However giving up big plays has been happening both this year and last year.