Ohio State Football 2012
Turnovers, Miller Lead Buckeyes to Second Win
The crowd was quiet and the feeling was uneasy inside Ohio Stadium as the University of Central Florida Knights recovered a fumble in Ohio State territory. UCF had just tied up the ballgame at 10 on their previous possession and all-of-a-sudden had the momentum late in the second quarter.
Moments later, the game would turn around completely as Ohio State safety Terrance Howard picked off his third pass of the season, shifting the momentum back in the Buckeyes' favor.
From there, Braxton Miller marched OSU right down the field and scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 15 seconds left to give the Buckeyes a 17-10 lead heading into the half.
UCF was never able to recover from the devastating swing in momentum, and the Buckeyes improved their record to 2-0 under first year head coach Urban Meyer with a 31-16 victory.
Miller was phenomenal again. A week after setting a school record for quarterbacks with 161 rushing yards in a 56-10 win over Miami (Ohio), Miller finished with 141 yards on 27 carries. The sophomore signal caller also hit on 18 of 24 passes for 155 yards -- no completion going for more than 15 yards -- with one interception.
Miller's scoring runs covered 37, 6 and 8 yards while his passing strike found Jake Stoneburner on a 12-yard touchdown pass.
UCF head coach George O'Leary had high praise for Miller, "Everything they talk about Braxton Miller is accurate. He can make you look very foolish. At times he did with our team."
The Buckeyes offense as a whole tallied 411 yards (155 passing, 256 rushing) while UCF recorded 353 yards of total offense.
Both teams had three turnovers each, but the difference in the game was Ohio State's ability to capitalize off those turnovers.
After the Buckeyes took the opening possession in the second half right down the field for seven points, UCF quarterback Blake Bortles threw a ball up for grabs that was picked off by linebacker Etienne Sabino at the Knights' 32.
"That's a horrible decision," Bortles said. "I've got to throw that ball out of bounds. I put our defense in a tough situation."
Miller carried the load from there. He ran for nine yards, passed to Devin Smith for 15 and then covered the last eight yards behind fullback Zach Boren, and before you knew it, the Buckeyes were ahead 31-10 and were able to cruise the rest of the way.
With the victory, Ohio State has won 59 consecutive non-conference home games against teams ranked outside the Top 25.
The Scarlet and Grey will look to make that number 60 next Saturday as they host the California Golden Bears.
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