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Box Score: (12) Ohio State 35, California 28

Fans and analysts were clamoring for Braxton Miller to run the ball less. Today, Urban Meyer’s gameplan was much different, running Miller just 12 times for 75 yards and one touchdown as he instead threw for four scores as the Buckeyes survived a scare from the Cal Bears 35-28 in The ‘Shoe. Miller threw for 249 yards, and Jordan Hall took the load rushing the ball with 17 carries and 87 yards. Devin Smith was Miller’s favorite deep target, catching 5 passes for 145 yards and 2 TDs. On defense, the Buckeyes gave up two big plays in the rushing game to Cal running back Brendan Bigelow for touchdowns, and they allowed 500+ yards of offense. Cal’s kicker Vincenzo D’Amato helped the Buckeye cause by missing all three field goal attempts. Buckeye safety Christian Bryant iced the game with an interception that allowed OSU to run out the clock. OSU is now 3-0 on the season and plays UAB next Saturday at home.

Scoring Summary

1st QuarterCAL – OHST
5:53 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Braxton Miller rushed to the left for 55 yard gain (Drew Basilmissed PAT) 0 – 6
3:40 California Golden BearsCAL TD Zach Maynard passed to Chris Harper to the right for 19 yard gain (Vincenzo D’Amato made PAT) 7 – 6
1:55 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Braxton Miller passed to Devin Smith to the left for 25 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 7 – 13
2nd QuarterCAL – OHST
14:20 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Braxton Miller passed to Jake Stoneburner to the left for 1 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 7 – 20
3rd QuarterCAL – OHST
9:55 California Golden BearsCAL TD Brendan Bigelow rushed to the left for 81 yard gain (Vincenzo D’Amato made PAT) 14 – 20
4th QuarterCAL – OHST
12:37 California Golden BearsCAL TD Zach Maynard rushed up the middle for 1 yard gain (Vincenzo D’Amato made PAT) 21 – 20
9:10 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Braxton Miller passed to Jake Stoneburner down the middle for 3 yard gain (2pt attempt converted, Braxton Miller run to the right) 21 – 28
8:31 California Golden BearsCAL TD Brendan Bigelow rushed to the left for 59 yard gain (Vincenzo D’Amato made PAT) 28 – 28
4:14 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Braxton Miller passed to Devin Smith to the right for 72 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 28 – 35

Passing

California Golden Bears Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Zach Maynard 26 37 280 70.3 7.6 6 50 1 1 137.4
Keenan Allen 1 1 8 100.0 8.0 0 0 0 0 167.2
Ohio State Buckeyes Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Braxton Miller 16 30 249 53.3 8.3 0 0 4 1 160.4

Rushing

California Golden Bears Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Brendan Bigelow 4 160 40.0 81 2 0
Isi Sofele 21 86 4.1 26 0 0
C.J. Anderson 4 13 3.3 5 0 0
Eric Stevens 2 11 5.5 11 0 0
Zach Maynard 10 -46 -4.6 3 1 0
Ohio State Buckeyes Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Jordan Hall 17 87 5.1 15 0 0
Braxton Miller 12 75 6.3 55 1 0
Corey Brown 1 5 5.0 5 0 0

Receiving

California Golden Bears Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Keenan Allen 9 80 8.9 18 0 0
C.J. Anderson 4 65 16.3 30 0 0
Darius Powe 2 44 22.0 36 0 0
Chris Harper 3 32 10.7 19 1 0
Bryce Treggs 3 28 9.3 15 0 0
Eric Stevens 2 13 6.5 8 0 0
Jacob Wark 2 12 6.0 9 0 0
Zach Maynard 1 8 8.0 8 0 0
Isi Sofele 1 6 6.0 6 0 0
Ohio State Buckeyes Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Devin Smith 5 145 29.0 72 2 0
Jake Stoneburner 3 44 14.7 40 2 0
Corey Brown 3 31 10.3 21 0 0
Evan Spencer 1 10 10.0 10 0 0
Jeff Heuerman 1 9 9.0 9 0 0
Nick Vannett 2 6 3.0 5 0 0
Zach Boren 1 4 4.0 4 0 0

Kicking

California Golden Bears XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Vincenzo D’Amato 4 4 0 3 0 0.0 4
Ohio State Buckeyes XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Drew Basil 3 4 0 0 0 0.0 3

Punting

California Golden Bears Punt Avg Blk In20 TB
Cole Leininger 5 43.6 0 2 1
Ohio State Buckeyes Punt Avg Blk In20 TB
Ben Buchanan 8 39.8 0 1 0

Kick/Punt Returns

California Golden Bears KR Yds Avg Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
Brendan Bigelow 5 74 14.8 32 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Keenan Allen 0 0 0.0 0 0 8 -9 -1.1 0 0
Ohio State Buckeyes KR Yds Avg Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
Bri’onte Dunn 3 42 14.0 22 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Corey Brown 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 2 0.7 2 0
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  • cmm13

    While the gameplan was different Braxton needed to take advantage of the run when it was there….which it was.

    Also, I was at the game and they only ran one replay of it so can someone please tell me what happened on the deep ball to Philly Brown (or it may have been Smith) that the whole stadium was sure he caught on his back? It was a 60 yard pass play that looked good, was called a no catch and never reviewed.

  • Niemdog

    It hit the ground. No doubt about it. They showed it multiple times on tv.

  • cmm13

    Thanks! The stadiums reaction was unreal. Nobody thought he caught it, they showed one replay that looked like he did and the place went nuts when it wasn’t reviewed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Murphy/30101207 Joe Murphy

    Nobody is going to mention how abundantly clear it was that Braxton can not make correct reads not throw with accuracy? We have another Terrelle Pryor, minus the expectations.

  • Bryan

    true. but he is only 19. and is getting better.