By: Chris Brenneman
The Buckeyes are now 3-0! However, this past weekend Ohio State still struggled against Cal, but pulled off a mini-Hail Mary to Devin Smith in the 4th quarter. The real challenge, though, is coming soon, when the conference schedule opens up against Michigan State. Last year, Ohio State lost in a very close game, 10-7. Ohio State scored with only seconds on the clock, but could not retrieve the onside kick. After the Spartans, the next game is at the Shoe against Nebraska.
The game against Cal got off to a strong start, but a very shaky middle, followed by a dramatic ending. Ohio State led 21-7 going into half, but the second half was all about the Golden Bears, as they scored 14 unanswered points to tie the game up. The Buckeyes turned on the afterburners in the 4th quarter, as Braxton Miller took the team on his back, and found Jake Stoneburner for the go-ahead touchdown, making it 28-21. The Golden Bears answered to tie the game up once again. With only a little over a minute left to go, Miller found his magic and Devin Smith for a 72-yard TD pass to put the Buckeyes up for good. The final score was 35-28.
The Silver Bullets had six sacks on Cal’s QB Zach Maynard. They did, however, give up two rushing TDs – the first against the defense this year. The Buckeyes have not shown their true talent on either side of the ball. This week, Ohio State takes on the UAB Blazers. This should be an easy win. The biggest concerns for the Buckeyes are: 1) whether or not the O-line can protect Miller, and 2) opening up holes for the run game.