For the second consecutive week, quarterback Braxton Miler's legs led Ohio State to a win.
The sophomore again led the Buckeyes in rushing yards with 140, leading Ohio State (2-0) to a 31-16 win over Central Florida (1-1). On the game, Miller accounted for all four of Ohio State's touchdowns, with three running and one on the ground.
Miller was efficient throwing the ball, completing 19 of 25 passes for 168 yards. Miller got OSU's scoring started early with a 37-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Central Florida tied the game 10-10 in the second quarter on a Blake Bortles touchdown pass to Justin Tukes. But Ohio State scored three unanswered touchdowns to put the game out of reach in the third quarter.
What stood out:
Miller again ran the ball well, but the running backs have yet to step up. After Miller, Bri'onte Dunn had just five carries for 30 yards. Carlos Hyde had seven for 27 and Zach Boren had seven for 15. As the schedule gets more difficult, the Buckeyes will need to get more out of their running backs.
When the game was decided:
Down 31-16, Central Florida was driving down the field. At Ohio State's five-yard line, UCF quarterback Blake Bortles was intercepted by OSU's Orhian Johnson. Ohio State's following drive took up more than five minutes before the defense ground out the win.
What to improve on for next week:
In addition to getting the running backs more involved in the game, Ohio State needs to get better on third downs going forward. The Buckeyes were just five of 12 on third down on Saturday. That type of average efficiency may work against Central Florida, but it may not against Big Ten opponents.
Ohio State hosts California on Sept. 15.
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