Pardon the hyperbole, but there may not be a better catch all season long than the one Ohio State’s Devin Smith made in Saturday’s season opener against Miami (OH) at Ohio Stadium. Early in the second quarter, with Ohio State trailing Miami (OH), Smith gave the Buckeyes the lead with an incredible one-handed touchdown grab. Watch Smith use nothing but his right hand to bring down Braxton Miller’s 23-yard touchdown pass right now.
The two teams combined for more punts than points in a slow first quarter and Miami (OH) leads 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. There were six punts in the quarter as neither team could find a way to move the ball. The RedHawks held No. 18 Ohio State to just five yards passing during the quarter. Miami (OH) took the game’s first lead after Kaleb Patterson kicked a 21-yard field goal on the last play of a six-play, 64-yard drive. The key play on the RedHawks’ drive was Zac Dysert’s 58-yard pass. Miami (OH) didn’t run a single time during that march downfield.
Illinois got things going through the air, passing for 80 yards in the quarter, and the Fighting Illini lead 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. Illinois got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a four-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a score when Nathan Scheelhaase found Ryan Lankford open for a 64-yard touchdown pass.
Penn State sniffed out Ohio’s rushing attack in the first quarter, holding the Bobcats to 16 rush yards and the Nittany Lions lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Penn State’s passing attack looked sharp, as the Nittany Lions threw for 130 yards in the quarter.
Ross Krautman helped Syracuse jumpstart a potential comeback against Northwestern with two field goals, and now the Orange trail 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.
As promised, Ohio State rolled out a new tradition called “Quick Cals.” What are those? At works: 23 minutes before every home kickoff, in the south end zone, the Buckeye players will do fast, upbeat pregame exercises while facing the students. And the students can participate. Watch the video to see their first one this Saturday morning.
Ever since Bill O’Brien announced Penn State would include last names on the back of its jerseys this fall, people have wondered what it will look like. On Saturday morning, a couple of hours before Penn State’s season opener vs. Ohio, @PennStateFball tweeted a picture of the jerseys hanging in the Penn State locker room.