Found September 25, 2012 on Buckeye Empire:

 

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After Saturday’s game against UAB, the Buckeyes may be 4-0 but no one is praising their amazing talent; truth be told, there is A LOT of work that still needs to be done in order for the team to look solid, and everyone in Buckeye Nation knows it.

SERIOUSLY…A BLOCKED PUNT? | 9:21 1st

The tone for the game against UAB was set quickly, when just under 6 minutes into the game, UAB blocked an Ohio State punt and returned it for a touchdown. Nick Adams was the player who retrieved the blocked punt and ran it 20 yards for the first score of the day. Ohio State did their best to make up for this enormous special teams gaffe, and blocked UAB’s point after attempt.

The remainder of the first quarter was scoreless and the beginning of the second quarter started with a 10 play drive from UAB that resulted in a field goal; at which point Ohio State was still scoreless and down by nine.

ROD SMITH FOR THE FINAL PUSH | 6:31 2nd

The Buckeyes, looking to finally get some points on the board, started utilizing Jordan Hall to get down the field, and finished the drive with three rushing attempts from Rod Smith inside the red zone. The final rush attempt from Smith was for 1 yard and resulted in Ohio State’s first touchdown of the game. Drew Basil kicked for a successful point after, and the score was finally getting a little closer at 9-7.

UAB was looking to prove a point and wanted quick retaliation for the Buckeyes first score. Their next drive resulted in a 54-yard field goal to extend their lead to 12-7. I feel like you could sense a collective sigh from all of Buckeye Nation as we realized that the University of Alabama Birmingham was BEATING us by 5 points, this was something that needed to turn around quickly.

MILLER STICKS WITH HIS STRENGTHS | 1:50 2nd

After a short pass to Michael Thomas and two passes for 55 yards to Philly Brown, Braxton Miller tucked the ball and ran it 12 yards into the end zone for the Buckeyes second score of the day. It was great to see Miller’s passing abilities improve over the past few weeks, but everyone knows his real strength is running over defenses all day, every day.

ZACH BOREN FOR THE TOUCHDOWN | 1:02 2nd

Immediately following the touchdown that gave Ohio State their first lead of the game, Christian Bryant forced a UAB fumble by Kennard Backman and was recovered by Ohio State’s Doran Grant. The turnover happened with a little less than 2 minutes left in the half, which was just enough time for two plays down field and a final 2 yard run by Zach Boren for the third Buckeye touchdown.

Going into halftime, the Buckeyes had scored 21 points in only 7 minutes, and had some real momentum. When the teams took the field after halftime they looked like they were starting a brand new game, neither team scored a single point during the third quarter. It wasn’t until the first drive of the fourth quarter that UAB scored any more points, and they were held to a yet another field goal.

MILLER SHUTS IT DOWN | 5:03 4th

The score was a nail biting 21-15, Buckeyes with the lead, and around 10 minutes left in the game. The Buckeyes had a successful drive down field with a good combination of passing and rushing plays, taking them all the way to the 1 yard line. Braxton Miller is always the man in situations like this, and ran the ball in for his second rushing touchdown of the game.

Urban Meyer did the math and knew we needed a 2-point conversion in order to secure a two score lead over UAB. Meyer must have figured why not let Miller do his thing, which he did, for a successful 2-point conversion. The final score was 29-15; Ohio State got the victory but once again showed a lot of weaknesses along the way.

Buckeye Nation will definitely demand a better team moving forward, with conference play starting in less than a week for Ohio State when they make a trip north to East Lansing to kick off their Big Ten schedule with the #20 Michigan State Spartans.

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