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Number two Ohio State defeats Buffalo 40 - 20

Lonnie McMillan

The realistic goal of the weekend was that UB did not embarrass themselves, stayed healthy, and that Ohio States check cleared. Mission Accomplished. In fact if you put aside the games first ten minutes UB was nearly Ohio State's egual.

Ohio state entered opening week as 35 point favorite against the Buffalo Bulls and early on in the game it looks like they would cover that spread by the half. But the Bulls dug down and found a way to keep within reach of Ohio State for most of the contest.

Buffalo's first drive featured Joe Licata, UB's Sophomore Quarterback, finding Alex Neutz on several short passed as the Bulls developed a rhythm that forced Urban Meyer to take a timeout just two minutes into the game. After that timeout though the wheels came off for Buffalo.

After two penalties Buffalo booted a short punt to Ohio State and the Buckeyes used three runs to set up a 47 yard touchdown pass between Heisman Candidate Braxton Miller and Devin Smith. Meyer would go for two points on the conversion and put UB down 8-0.

Ohio would score 23 points in the first Quarter holding UB at bay until Joe Licata hit Matt Weiser for 16 yard score. Khalil Mack picked off Braxton Miller five plays later taking the interception 47 yards for a touchdown to make the score 23 to 13.



Seven minutes before the half Jordan Hall ripped off a 37 yards for to make the score 30-13.

Buffalo came out on fire in the second forcing a three and out before Joe Licata ledt the Bulls on a 7 play 62 yards which ended with at 10 yard touchdown pass to Alex Neutz. The following drive a 15 yard personal foul negated a Buffalo fumble recovery at the one yard line allowing Ohio Miller to lead his team on a 91 yard drive that put UB down by 17 points.

The Buckeyes bottled up Branden Oliver who was missing his blocking full back Boomer Brock. The UB star was held to less than three yards a carry but Alex Neutz and Joe Licata Hooked up 9 times for 98 yards and a Touchdown.

Khalil Mack, in his hunt for an NCAA record recorded 9 tackles (7solo),  2 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, and an interception returned for a touchdown.

The Bulls have no answer for Ohio State Running back Jordan Hall who's 159 yards also produced 2 touchdowns. While Braxton Millers 78 yards was enough to capture the records for most Rushing Yards by an Ohio State Quarterback.

Buffalo takes on Baylor next week while the Buckeye's host San Diego State.