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.
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.
Big Ten Field Pass is an addition to our online coverage this fall, and we have a hunch that Big Ten fans are going to like it. About an hour before a selected BTN Big Ten football game of the week, we’ll turn on a camera at the football stadium for a live video feed to show you how a home crowd and stadium gets ready for kickoff. This live video will only be available on BTN2Go, so be sure you have access to that ahead of time (more details on BTN2Go here). Today, our Field Pass will broadcast from Ohio State beginning at 11:15 a.m. ET. The camera will capture cheerleaders and players warming up, fans gearing up, bands tuning up and a whole lot more. The live video feed will turn off right before kickoff.
The first of four games on BTN/BTN2Go Saturday, Ohio State opens up the much-anticipated Urban Meyer era against Miami (OH) at noon ET. Track all of Saturday’s action on the BTN.com scoreboard. Ohio State, fresh off a frustrating 6-7 season, looks to make significant strides this fall despite being ineligible for postseason play due to NCAA sanctions. Watch our preview of the Ohio State vs. Miami (OH) game now and see our interview with Michigan’s Brady Hoke in this post.
The 2012 NFL season kicks off Wednesday night, which means it’s time to look back at some of the best plays Big Ten products made during the exhibition season. Watch all the highlights, via links to NFL.com, in this post. And with opening day just around the corner, teams are currently making final cuts. Unfortunately, the list includes several Big Ten names.
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Every week, I’m ranking Saturday’s games, from the best to the worst. Which game is No. 1 this week? See my Week 1 Rankings in this post.