Miller, Ohio State Overcome UCF for Win
COLUMBUS — Game two of the Urban Meyer era in Columbus saw the Buckeyes tested by an experienced head coach in UCF’s George O’Leary and quarterback Blake Bortles on the opposing sidelines.
Central Florida was able to punch the Buckeyes in the mouth early and go toe-to-toe with the 14th ranked team in country.
But like a week ago, Braxton Miller proved to be the best player inside Ohio Stadium.
Miller accounted for 318 yards and four touchdowns as the Buckeyes beat a stingy UCF squad 31-16.
The Ohio State sophomore quarterback ran for two first half touchdowns, including a 48-yarder on the Buckeyes’ first drive, and amassed just under 200 all-purpose yards in the first two quarters as Ohio State held a 17-10 lead at halftime.
Then Miller orchestrated a 76-yard drive to start the third quarter, capping it off with a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jake Stoneburner.
The Ohio State defense flexed their Big 10 muscle.
Linebacker Etienne Sabino intercepted UCF’s Bortles on a deflection on the Knights’ ensuing possession.
Three plays later Miller punched it in from 8 yards. The Buckeyes ‘D’ forced three interceptions and has allowed 26 points in their first two games.
Miller finished the game 19-25 through the air for 168 yards and gained another 140 on the ground on 27 attempts.
The Buckeyes (2-0) host PAC 12 heavyweight California next Saturday.
Kickoff is set for noon.