Miami of Ohio gave dozens of gifts to the Buckeyes during the first quarter of Saturday’s game. Play after play, the RedHawks should have put points on the board, but the quarter finished with them only scoring one field goal, making taking a 3-0 lead into the second quarter. I have to imagine Urban Meyer had a few choice words for several members of the offense, who racked up a measly 48 yards the entire first 15 minutes.
MILLER TO SMITH | 13:49 2nd
After a completely disappointing first quarter, the Buckeyes started showing what a year with Urban Meyer can actually look like. Braxton Miller, who started off rough to say the least, threw the ball 23 yards down field, slightly too high, when Devin Smith leaped into the air and with one outstretched arm, came down in the end zone for the Buckeye’s first touchdown. It was the type of catch that drew everyone to their feet and should be the play of the week/month/year.
MILLER TO BROWN | 11:03 2nd
Philly Brown records hopefully the first of many touchdown receptions of 2012
Two minutes later, the offense was back in the red zone and Miller tossed the ball to Philly Brown from 5 yards out; TOUCHDOWN. Finally, the Buckeyes were looking like the team everyone expected; at 14-3, we were looking to go into halftime with a decent lead.
HYDE PUNCHES IT IN | 05:17 2nd
The Ohio State defense had also stepped up its game in the second quarter and with a little more than 5 minutes left in the half, it was Buckeye ball once again. After driving the ball down the field, it was Carlos Hyde who ran it four yards for a touchdown. It was here that I was happy with the score, but would have been happier with one more. My dreams almost came true when with seconds left on the clock; we were on the goal line and, in anti-Tresselball fashion, Meyer went for the knockout punch with just three secondss left on the clock. Miami was able to stop Hyde just short of crossing the plane, ending the first half with a score of 21-3, Buckeyes leading.
MILLER RUNS TO DAYLIGHT | 14:43 3rd
Coming out of the half, the Buckeyes had enough of a lead for fans to rest comfortably; it was refreshing to see that the football team was out to prove a point, and just 17 seconds after the second half started, Braxton Miller found daylight off the left end and ran the ball 65 yards for the touchdown.
ROBY RECOVERS BOTCHED PUNT | 12:41 3rd
The defense was playing well and with the excitement in the stadium, wanted some of the action too. Miami went three and out, and muffed the snap on their punt attempt; the ball sailed over the punters head, landing in the end zone. As player after player got off the pile, it was finally Bradley Roby who came out with the ball for a Buckeye touchdown, their fifth of the afternoon.
DYSERT TO HARWELL | 10:24 3rd
With the defense back on the field already, Miami was finally able to score their one and only touchdown of the game, it was a 44 yard pass from Zac Dysert to Nick Harwell. The beginning of the second half was full of extremely exciting plays, one right after another. Following Miami’s touchdown, the score was 35-10 Buckeyes going into the fourth quarter.
HYDE - BOREN - DUNN CLOSE IT OUT
The fourth quarter started out very similarly to the third; within the first minute, after driving the ball down the field, Carlos Hyde ran eight yards into the end one for another Buckeye touchdown. The following Buckeye drive ended with senior Zach Boren rushing 2 yards for the 7th Ohio State touchdown of the day. About the time the 2-minute drill started, the Buckeyes were leading Miami 49-10; with a last stitch effort to really show that Ohio State football was back, true freshman Bri’onte Dunn scored off another running play in the last minute of the game.
The final score of Saturday’s game was Ohio State – 56, Miami – 10; after a slow start, the energy shifted and the Buckeyes excelled on both sides of the ball. Miami had a strong offense, and their quarterback Dysert had an impressive arm, but the Buckeyes were able to step up, and show everyone that this year we will take no prisoners. Our football team is showing no mercy this season, and with such an explosive start, Buckeye fans will continue to expect this type of athleticism throughout the season.