Boxscore
Ohio State 35, California 28
Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - Ohio Stadium
Attendance - 105232

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
California 7 0 7 14 28
Ohio State 13 7 0 15 35

Recap


Ohio State 35, California 28: Braxton Miller passed for a career-high four touchdowns and rushed for another as host Ohio State held off California.

Miller found Devin Smith on the right side and dropped it perfectly behind the defense, allowing his receiver to race for a 72-yard touchdown and give the Buckeyes (3-0) the lead for good with 3:26 left in the game. Smith caught five passes for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Jake Stoneburner caught the other two scoring passes as Miller completed 16 of 30 passes for 249 yards. Jordan Hall made his season debut and rushed for 87 yards on 17 carries for Ohio State, which won its 60th straight home game against an unranked non-conference opponent.

California (1-2) trailed by as much as 20-7 at the half but battled back as Brendan Bigelow provided the highlight of the day, breaking a pair of tackles and spinning toward the sideline before racing for an 81-yard touchdown. Bigelow added a 59-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to knot it at 28-28.

The Golden Bears had a chance to take the lead after Steve Williams jumped a route and picked off Miller, but Vincenzo D‘Amato missed his third field goal of the contest. Zach Maynard had one more chance to guide California down the field but was intercepted by Christian Bryant with 1:22 left.

GAME NOTEBOOK: California TE Spencer Hagan had to be taken off on a cart with an apparent leg injury late in the third quarter. … Ohio State coach Urban Meyer improved to 37-4 in September games. … Maynard completed 26 of 37 passes for 280 yards, one touchdown and one interception and rushed for a score.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 5:11
Ohio State   TD  Ohio State 6 - California 0
1st Quarter - 2:38
California   TD  Ohio State 6 - California 7
1st Quarter - 1:27
Ohio State   TD  Ohio State 13 - California 7
2nd Quarter - 13:30
Ohio State   TD  Ohio State 20 - California 7
3rd Quarter - 9:34
California   TD  Ohio State 20 - California 14
4th Quarter - 12:26
California   TD  Ohio State 20 - California 21
4th Quarter - 8:31
Ohio State   TD  Ohio State 28 - California 21
4th Quarter - 8:10
California   TD  Ohio State 28 - California 28
4th Quarter - 3:26
Ohio State   TD  Ohio State 35 - California 28
TEAMS

Team Records

  California Ohio State
W/L 1 - 2 - 0 3 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  California Ohio State
Score 28 35
First Downs 22 14
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-15
40%
5-for-15
33%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-2
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 512 412
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 41-224 33-163
Average/Rush 5.5 4.9
Passing
Comp-Att 27-38 16-30
Passing Yards 288 249
Average/Pass Play 6.5 8.3
Penalties-Yards 4-40 11-101
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 35:10 24:50

PLAYER STATS

California (1 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Maynard 26/37 280 1 1
K. Allen 1/1 8 0 0
Ohio State (3 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Miller 16/30 249 4 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
B. Bigelow 4 160 40.0 2
I. Sofele 21 86 4.1 0
C. Anderson 4 13 3.2 0
E. Stevens 2 11 5.5 0
Z. Maynard 10 -46 -4.6 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Hall 17 87 5.1 0
B. Miller 12 75 6.2 1
P. Brown 1 5 5.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
K. Allen 9 80 8.9 0
C. Anderson 4 65 16.2 0
D. Powe 2 44 22.0 0
C. Harper 3 32 10.7 1
B. Treggs 3 28 9.3 0
E. Stevens 2 13 6.5 0
J. Wark 2 12 6.0 0
Z. Maynard 1 8 8.0 0
I. Sofele 1 6 6.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Smith 5 145 29.0 2
J. Stoneburner 3 44 14.7 2
P. Brown 3 31 10.3 0
E. Spencer 1 10 10.0 0
J. Heuerman 1 9 9.0 0
N. Vannett 2 6 3.0 0
Z. Boren 1 4 4.0 0
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