This will be a Saturday that helps define the Big Ten’s national image, with four big-time games vs. the Pac-12. And Purdue will be on a national stage with its clash vs. Notre Dame. Get prepped for all the action in Four Downs.
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.
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.
Every week, I rank the Big Ten’s slate of games. Where does your team’s Week 3 game fall on my list? Find out in this post. Remember, on gameday, BTN.com editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates from every game. And at the end of each game, I post my Saturday Snap Reactions.
Wow. Last week didn’t go so well. It was a not a pretty scene, as we sat, mouths agape, in the BTN green room and watched the Big Ten Conference suffer through a difficult Saturday. And that wasn’t just because Gerry DiNardo was drooling. Sorry, too easy. Not true. Though he did pull out his ubiquitous hankie a few times.
Another Saturday looms. And, I still have questions. For example, can the Iowa offense finally get started? Here are my most pressing queries for each Big Ten team entering Week 3. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After two weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 19-5, while Brent is in the cellar, at 17-7. See our Week 3 predictions and choose your winners in this post.
When football people discuss Ohio State defensive end John Simon, the term “motor” gets thrown around a lot. And if you watch him on Saturdays, you understand why that is. The guy never gives up. After watching his interview on Tuesday’s “The Next Level,” perhaps his eating habits play a role in making him the player he is. Watch Simon’s answer to a dietary question we received on Twitter now.
While the Big Ten took its lumps last week in going 6-6, it has a great chance to get healthy this Saturday with a collection of games against largely inferior foes that all will take place in Big Ten venues. Without a doubt, the marquee matchup is Notre Dame at Michigan State. And Cal at Ohio State could be decent. After that, it’s a mixed lot.