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Ohio State victorious in Urban Meyer's debut

By Dan Kadar Published: September 1, 2012
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Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller drops back to pass against Miami of Ohio during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Expectedly, it was a decisive victory in Urban Meyer's head coaching debut for Ohio State. The Buckeyes tallied 35 second half points to dispatch the Miami RedHawks 56-10.

In the win, sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller perhaps started a march toward the Heisman Trophy, combining for more than 360 yards and three total touchdowns on the day.

The Ohio State ground game had 294 yards on the day, with Miller having 161 and Carlos Hyde finishing with 82 and two touchdowns.

What stood out:

Against Miami, Miller looked more comfortable throwing the ball than he did a season ago. He completed more than 50 percent off his passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Seven different OSU receivers caught passes. But more impressively, he ran the ball for 161 yards and another touchdown.

When the game was decided:

Miami had to gain some confidence by stopping Ohio State at the goal line to finis the first half down 21-3. But on Ohio State's first play from scrimmage in the second half, Miller took an option play 65 yards for a touchdown. That was quickly followed by a blocked punt on Miami's next possession, with cornerback Bradley Roby coming out of the pile with a touchdown. It was 35-10 at that point, and the game was all but over.

What to improve on for next week:

Miami's Zac Dysert may have had more interceptions than touchdowns, but he still threw for 303 yards, completing 31 of 53 passes. Predictably, Ohio State's run defense came out strong, but the pass defense was gauged. Three Miami receivers had five or more catches, with Nick Harwell finishing with eight for 120 yards and a score.

And now this:

Here is Smith's one-handed snag.

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