COLUMBUS, Ohio - Urban Meyer was angry, maybe even exhausted.
He was also very relieved.
Ohio State 35, California 28 doesn't really tell the story of Saturday's game . That Meyer was able to smirk as much as he shrugged his shoulders in the immediate aftermath, though, said a lot about the new Meyer.
New Urban liked it; he didn't love it. Old Urban would have been steaming mad.
"Tomorrow won't be all peaches and cream," Meyer said. "Today, we enjoy a win. The best part about 3-0 is you have a chance to be 4-0."
Ohio State didn't have its A-game Saturday, and in the third quarter the Buckeyes let a team that that had come more than 2,400 miles to play in front of more than 105,000 people in scarlet and gray take over the game. With 8:10 left, Ohio State let Cal take the lead.
Had Cal not missed three field goals, the third coming after an interception in Ohio State territory in the final eight minutes, it might have been a different result. The Meyer honeymoon period might have been...