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Devin Smith touchdown gives Ohio State win against Cal

By Dan Kadar Published: September 15, 2012
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Ohio State's Devin Smith, right, makes a catch over California's Steve Williams during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

It may not have been a sensational one-handed catch, but wide receiver Devin Smith again had the play of the day in Ohio State's 35-28 win over California.

A blown coverage by Cal with less than four minutes left put Smith wide open for a go-ahead 72-yard touchdown from quarterback Braxton Miller.

Christian Bryant closed out the game for Ohio State (3-0) by intercepting a Zach Maynard pass as Cal (1-2) drove down the field to try and tie the game.

For Miller, it was another strong game. On the day, he was 16-30 passing for 249 yards and four touchdowns. He only carried the ball 12 times this week, following last week's 27-carry day, but had 75 yards and another score.

Miller's touchdown on the ground came on a 55-yard first quarter scamper that put OSU up 6-0. A returning Jordan Hall led Ohio State in rushing with 87 yards on 17 carries.

The 72-yard touchdown pass came on a third-and-7 play where two Cal defensive backs played the same receiver, leaving Smith wide open down the right sideline. On the day, Miller connected with Smith five times for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

It was a game that Ohio State was fortunate to win. Cal missed three field goals on the day and had a touchdown called back. Ohio State's defense gave up 512 yards for the game.

Ohio State hosts UAB next Saturday.

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