Buckeyes Hang on to Defeat UAB, 29-15
COLUMBUS — Ohio State improved its record to a perfect 4-0, but for the second straight week the Buckeyes’ seemingly over-matched opponent put up quite a fight, and OSU did just enough to beat UAB 29-15.
For the majority of the first half on Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium, the better team wore the green and white and sported gold helmets, and were called the Blazers of University of Alabama Birmingham.
A first quarter block punt and return for touchdown, to go along with a well-orchestrated second quarter drive capped by a 47-yard field, gave UAB a 9-0 lead and silenced the 106,000 crowd.
Ohio State was limited to just 42 yards in the first quarter.
But all knowledgeable football fans know it is a four quarter game.
The Buckeyes would eventually wake up late in the second quarter, as Braxton Miller guided OSU on a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, when Rod Smith plunged in from 1-yard to slice into the defect to 9-7.
After another long UAB field goal made it 12-7, Miller answered with a 12-yard touchdown run to give Ohio State its first lead at 14-12.
UAB fumbled on its ensuing drive, and Ohio State made them pay as fullback Zack Boren scored from 2 yards out to give the Buckeyes a 21-12 halftime lead.
The Buckeyes continued their lackluster play in the second half.
They only mustered a Miller 1-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter, after UAB cut the advantage to 21-15.
Ohio State will open up Big 10 play and be on the road for first time this season when the team travels to Lansing, MI and bang heads with Michigan State.