Braxton Miller ran for two touchdowns and No. 16 Ohio State overcame a lethargic, mistake-filled effort to hold off UAB 29-15 on Saturday in the Buckeyes’ final tune-up before Big Ten play. UAB (0-3) more than held its own against the Buckeyes (4-0), who committed drive-killing penalties, had a punt blocked for a touchdown and had trouble scoring against a defense giving up 44 points and 477 yards a game.
Mark Weisman led Iowa in the quarter as he ran for 78 yards and one overpowering touchdown, and the Hawkeyes have closed the gap to 23-21. A 54-yard drive that ended when Weisman pounded in a five-yard touchdown run.
Ohio State’s offense looked sharp in the second quarter, scoring 21 points, and the Buckeyes have taken the lead 21-12. Ohio State threw for 81 yards and ran for 101 yards in the quarter. The Buckeyes have scored 14 straight points.
Wisconsin’s front seven stepped up in the second quarter, allowing UTEP to gain just 24 rushing yards, and the Badgers have taken the lead 23-9. Wisconsin’s defense shut down the Miners’ aerial attack in the quarter, holding UTEP to 25 passing yards.
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.
Michael Edwards led UTEP in the quarter. He caught a 39-yard touchdown pass, and the Miners lead 6-2 at the end of the first quarter. UTEP took the game’s first lead after Nick Lamaison and Edwards combined for a 39-yard touchdown on the last play of a one-play, 54-yard drive. The Miners tacked on two points instead of one when.