1st Quarter Recap: UAB 6, Ohio State 0

In the first quarter, UAB’s Jonathan Perry stood out. He threw for 61 yards and ran for 26 yards, and the Blazers lead 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. UAB made the score 6-0 when Calvin Jones returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.

No. 16 Ohio State will start the second quarter with the ball on its own 39-yard line.


Now let’s look at what Dienhart says about this game.

Why you should watch: This is the Buckeyes’ last tune-up before playing a huge game at Michigan State to open Big Ten action next Saturday. Ohio State needs to show a killer instinct, put teams away, reduce penalties and limit big plays.

Keep an eye on: The Ohio State defense. It needs to tackle better and cut down on the big plays. Cal gouged the Buckeyes last week for plays of 36, 81, 30, 16 and 15 yards in a 35-28 OSU win. For the season, Buckeye opponents have executed 13 plays of 20 yards or more. If not for three missed Cal field goals and touchdown nullified by a penalty, the Golden Bears may have left Columbus with a victory.

Key matchup: Ohio State defensive line vs. UAB offensive line. Look, this is a mismatch of epic proportions, so the Buckeyes must dominate. Tackle Jonathan Hankins is playing great football and should lead the charge to mute UAB quarterback Jonathan Perry. Last week in a loss to South Carolina, the Blazers ran 42 times for 27 yards.

Key number: 220.5, rushing yards allowed per game by UAB. And the Blazers permit 5.8 yards per tote. What’s it mean? Braxton Miller could have another big day on the ground. Ditto Jordan Hall.

Key note: Ohio State has scored 30 or more points in each game, marking just the 10th time in schools annals it has turned that trick in the first three games of a season.

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Julie Wuertz on 9/22/2012 @ 11:26am EDT Said:

Is there any way possible to place a message on the scoreboard or get a close up for our grandson who is attending his very first OSU game for his eighth birthday? He and his mom are sitting in 23 A row 19. His name is Tyler and he will be 8 on Sunday, Sept. 23. They both have on scarlet and gray tye dye shirts!🙂

    BTN.com staff on 9/22/2012 @ 11:41am EDT Said:

    Julie, thanks for this. We’re BTN in Chicago and we don’t have anything to do with a request like this at the game sites. As for any future scoreboard request, we’ll direct you to this page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/feedback/osu-feedback.html

Nate on 9/22/2012 @ 12:25pm EDT Said:

Why is the time Warner btn hd channel blurry? This isn’t even close to be. I have no issue with other bd channels.

    BTN.com staff on 9/22/2012 @ 12:51pm EDT Said:

    Again, we are aware of the issue with the HD feed on Time Warner and working to get it resolved. Thanks for your patience.

Nate on 9/22/2012 @ 12:41pm EDT Said:

Looks better now.

    BTN.com staff on 9/22/2012 @ 12:42pm EDT Said:

    Thanks for the messages from everyone. We are aware of the issue with the HD feed on Time Warner and working to get it resolved. Thanks for your patience.

Michelle on 9/22/2012 @ 12:43pm EDT Said:

Wow, BTN likes to censor comments when negative feedback is made about they picture quality or lack there of!

    BTN.com staff on 9/22/2012 @ 12:44pm EDT Said:

    Michelle, not exactly true. We’re busy getting answers in response to customer requests. Thanks.

      BTN.com staff on 9/22/2012 @ 12:57pm EDT Said:

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