Quick Hits: Ohio State 31, UCF 16
The Buckeyes are off to a 2-0 start after taking care of Central Florida on Saturday.
|Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes were too much for UCF. (US Presswire)|
OHIO STATE WON: Things may have been a bit closer than Urban Meyer and Ohio State fans would have liked, but the Buckeyes improved to 2-0 with a 31-16 win over Central Florida on Saturday. Braxton Miller was the star of the show, throwing for 168 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 140 yards and three more scores. Miller's 308 total yards accounted for 75 percent of Ohio State's 408 yards on the day.
A lot of that was due to necessity, as running back Carlos Hyde had to leave the game in the first half with a knee injury and did not return.
What Meyer will likely remind his team of this week is that the Ohio State defense allowed UCF to gain 352 yards of offense and the Buckeyes picked up 10 penalties for 79 yards and also committed three turnovers.
WHY OHIO STATE WON: Just too much Miller on offense for the Knights to deal with, and a couple of very timely turnovers caused by the defense. UCF turned the ball over three times, but the biggest came in the fourth quarter when Blake Bortles was picked off inside the Ohio State 5-yard line to end UCF's chance of making it a one-score game.
WHEN OHIO STATE WON: Although it could be argued that the interception inside the 5-yard line put an end to this game, I don't think it was official until Bortles' pass to Quincy McDuffie on a fourth-and-4 with just over six minutes left fell incomplete.
WHAT OHIO STATE WON: A little more respect. Although Ohio State looked good against Miami (Ohio) last week, UCF is a better team. That being said, this Ohio State team is far from perfect, as the defense right now isn't as strong as Buckeyes defenses of the past.
WHAT CENTRAL FLORIDA LOST: It would have been nice for Central Florida to pick off Ohio State in Columbus, but aside from the missed opportunity there, the Knights don't lose much.
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