Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Braxton Miller threw two touchdowns and rushed for another as Ohio State opened its season under new coach Urban Meyer with a bang, thumping Miami (OH), 56-10, Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
Miller went 14-of-24 for 207 yards and added a 65-yard touchdown run in the third period to cap a 161-yard rushing game – a Buckeyes’ record for quarterbacks – to keep Meyer’s opening game record perfect at 11-0.
Miller tied Cornelius Green for the most 100-yard rushing games by an OSU quarterback with four and his 161-yard game erased Green’s single-game record of 146 yards against Wisconsin in 1974.
Former quarterback Terrelle Pryor had seven 100-yard games for the Buckeyes but those were stricken from the record book due to NCAA sanctions.
Carlos Hyde rushed for 82 yards on 17 carries and two scores while Bri’onte Dunn accounted for Buckeyes’ fourth rushing score.
After going scoreless in the first quarter and allowing Miami to break the ice with a field goal, Miller started the Buckeyes’ breakaway with two touchdown passes in the second quarter to Devin Smith and Philly Brown before Hyde’s three-yard scoring run that gave Ohio a 21-3 halftime lead..
The Buckeyes continued their assault in the second half with Miller scoring on a 65-yard touchdown run and Bradley Roby adding a one-yard touchdown from a fumble by Miami for a 35-3 lead.
The Redhawks did not score their first touchdown until the 10:53 mark of the third quarter when Zac Dysert threw a 44-yard pass to Nick Harwell, who finished with 160 yards on eight receptions.
Meyer pulled Miller out in the fourth quarter but the Buckeyes’ juggernaut were simply unstoppable in the fourth period, with Hyde and Zach Boren scoring from eight and two yards respectively before Dunn drove the final nail in the Redhawks’ coffin with a four-yard touchdown run.
Dysert went 31-of-53 for 303 yards for the Redhawks but had his two passes intercepted by cornerback Travis Howard, who became the first Buckeye to get two in a game since Chimdi Chekwa had two against Miami (Fla.) in 2010 Howard’s two picks gave him six in his Ohio State career.
The Redhawks’ running game also sputtered, with Justin Semmes as the only bright spot, rushing five times for a 13-yard game.
Next week, the Buckeyes will host Central Florida, which beat Akron 56-14 Thursday.