Urban Meyer began his coaching career at Columbus with a 56-10 win against the University of Miami (Ohio). It was a slow start but in the end Braxton Miller shined, leading the Buckeye offense with 368 total yards. The sophomore Miller had 207 passing and 161 yards rushing (the most ever for a Buckeye QB).
At first, it appeared the Meyer-magic may be still be in retirement. Ohio State did not score in the first quarter and allowed Miami to score a 22 yard field goal just under 10 minutes into the game. However, just over a minute into the second quarter Devin Smith made the catch of the game with a one-handed grab in the back of the end zone to score the 1st touchdown of the season for Ohio State.
“It looked like it was going out-of-bounds. I just stuck my hand up there and caught it,” Smith said. “When we lined up, Braxton looked at me and shook his head like, `Let’s go!’ And then we made the play.”
Ohio went on to score 14 more points before the half on a 5 yard pass to Philly Brown and later a 4 yard run by Carlos Hyde to put the Buckeyes up 3-21 going into the half.
17 seconds into the second half Braxton Miller hustled 65 yards down the sideline to score, putting Ohio State up 3-28. Two minutes later a high snap floated past the outstretched fingers of Miami punter Zac Murphy bouncing into the end zone where So. DB Bradley Roby fell upon it scoring yet another Buckeye touchdown.
Miami tried to mount a rally when Zac Dysert threw a 44 yard touchdown pass to Nick Harwell. Dysert completed 31 of 50 passes for 303 yards and wasn’t helped by receiver drops. However, the Redhawks would not find the end zone again. Miami finished the game with -1 rushing yard.
Ohio State scored three more touchdowns in the 4th quarter to finish the game with a convincing 10-56 win. Next week Ohio State will host Central Florida next week in the Horseshoe.