Braxton Miller lofted a 72-yard touchdown pass to an all-alone Devin Smith with 3:26 left and Christian Bryantsnuffed out California’s last chance with an interception to power No. 12 Ohio State to a 35-28 win on Saturday. The Golden Bears (1-2) missed three field goals and had a touchdown called back by a penalty, while the Buckeyes (3-0) gave up 512 yards and were outplayed for much of the second half.
Brendan Bigelow had a productive quarter for California. He ran for 81 yards and one touchdown and the Golden Bears have closed the gap to 20-14. An 81-yard drive that ended when Bigelow pounded in an 81-yard touchdown run helped California narrow the deficit to 20-14.
Ohio State’s defense dominated California’s run game in the second, not giving up a single yard on the ground, and the Buckeyes now lead 20-7. The Golden Bears have given up 14 straight points.
No. 12 Ohio State put up 13 points in the first, and the Buckeyes lead 13-7 at the end of the first quarter. Ohio State racked up 83 passing yards and 74 rushing yards in the quarter. The Buckeyes took the game’s first lead after Braxton Miller took a quarterback draw all the way for a 55-yard touchdown run on the last play of a three-play, 61-yard drive.
Friday night’s Olympic sport action was kicked off with a thrilling 2-0 soccer win for the Nebraska women’s soccer team over Northwestern. It was the conference opener for each team. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more video from our Student U production teams.
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Ohio State’s Urban Meyer joined the crew of BTN’s “Football Report” to talk about his 2-0 Buckeyes. Watch the interview here. In our Associated Press game preview, Meyer likes what he’s seen so far from Braxton Miller, but the first-year Ohio State coach wants his quarterback to concentrate more on the passing game. For Miller to do that, the rest of the Buckeyes must cut down on sloppy play. Read the full preview here.
On tonight’s “Football Report” at 7 p.m. ET with Mike Hall, Tony Banks, Rosevelt Colvin and Tom Dienhart, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer joins the crew for an interview as the 2-0 Buckeyes’ prepare to take on visiting Cal on Saturday. Also in our one-hour show we get the latest reports from around the conference.