Ohio State staked itself to a 20-7 lead at halftime, once again on the strength of Braxton Miller. The sophomore quarterback has 193 yards of total offense, with 129 passing, and 64 rushing. Miller has also scored three touchdowns, two of which came through the air.
Miller also got the Ohio Stadium crowd fired up with some unbelievable shakes and moves on his first touchdown, a 55-yard touchdown run.
Miller’s first scoring toss was to Devin Smith, and while the catch wasn’t as spectacular as in the opener against Miami, it was still a nice reception. The sophomore from Massillon has four catches for 73 yards.
Jordan Hall returned to action after foot surgery this summer, and earned the nod as the starting running back. He’s had a couple nice runs, and has 8 carries for 36 yards.
Dublin native Jake Stoneburner had the other touchdown, the 11th of his career.
OSU leads statistically, with 234 yards of total offense, to just 181 for California. The Buckeyes have a 105-34 advantage in rushing, while the Bears lead in passing 147-129.
Surprisingly, though, it’s Cal with a big lead in time of possession (18:39 to 11:21). The Bears have also run nine more (38-29) plays than the Buckeyes
Ohio State wanted to turn up the pressure defensively, and have done so. OSU registered just three sacks in the first two games, and in 30 minutes today have totaled four sacks. Additionally, John Simon’s hit on Cal quarterback Zach Maynard knocked him out of the game for a play.
Corner Bradley Roby has been very good as well, with 6 tackles, two of which have been for loss, including a sack. He also has two pass break ups, one of which could have gone for a score had he hung onto the ball.
Maynard has been very good, completing 16 of 19 for 147 yards and a touchdown. All-American candidate Keenan Allen has six receptions for 55 yards. The first quarter touchdown for the Bears was their first points in the first quarter all season so far.
On the ground, Isi Sofele has been very good as well; gaining 50 yards on 11 carries.
It hasn’t been the cleanest game, with a total of seven penalties called (and several others declined). Particularly troubling was four separate personal fouls on OSU.