Ohio State 40, Buffalo 20

Date - Saturday, August 31, 2013 12:00 PM
Location - Ohio Stadium
Attendance - 103980

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Buffalo 0 13 7 0 20
Ohio State 23 7 7 3 40

Recap


No. 2 Ohio State 40, Buffalo 20: Jordan Hall rushed for a career-high 159 yards and two touchdowns and Braxton Miller tossed two first-quarter touchdowns to help the host host Buckeyes to victory.

Miller connected with seven different receivers while completing 15-of-22 pass attempts for 178 yards. Miller, who was among a number of Ohio State players who struggled with leg cramps during the game, also rushed for 77 yards.

Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata completed 19-of-32 passes for 185 yards. He threw touchdowns to wide receiver Alex Neutz - who finished with nine receptions for 98 yards - and to tight end Matt Weiser in the second quarter.

The Buckeyes built a 23-0 first-quarter lead behind a 47-yard touchdown catch by Devin Smith, a 7-yard scoring grab by Chris Fields and Hall’s 49-yard touchdown run. Buffalo scored 13 unanswered points off turnovers in the second quarter, including a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by linebacker Khalil Mack that cut the deficit to 23-13.

The Bills were within 10 after Licata connected with Neutz for a 10-yard scoring pass with 10:21 left in the third quarter, but Ohio State back-up quarterback Kenny Guiton replaced Miller after he went out with cramps and threw a 21-yard touchdown strike to Fields to extend the lead to 37-20 with 3:16 remaining in the third. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Buckeyes were without defensive starters C.J. Barnett (ankle), Bradley Roby (suspension) and Tommy Schutt (foot), and LB Ryan Shazier, an early contender for Big Ten defensive player of the year, was carted off the field with cramps in the second quarter. … Ohio State had two two-point conversions in the first quarter. … Ohio State improved to 29-1 all-time against MAC teams.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 10:40
Ohio State   TD  Ohio State 8 - Buffalo 0
1st Quarter - 7:05
Ohio State   TD  Ohio State 16 - Buffalo 0
1st Quarter - 0:38
Ohio State   TD  Ohio State 23 - Buffalo 0
2nd Quarter - 9:18
Buffalo   TD  Ohio State 23 - Buffalo 7
2nd Quarter - 7:10
Buffalo   TD  Ohio State 23 - Buffalo 13
2nd Quarter - 6:53
Ohio State   TD  Ohio State 30 - Buffalo 13
3rd Quarter - 10:21
Buffalo   TD  Ohio State 30 - Buffalo 20
3rd Quarter - 3:16
Ohio State   TD  Ohio State 37 - Buffalo 20
4th Quarter - 7:05
Ohio State   FG  Ohio State 40 - Buffalo 20
TEAMS

Team Records

  Buffalo Ohio State
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Buffalo Ohio State
Score 20 40
First Downs 18 23
3rd Down Efficiency 3-for-14
21%
7-for-12
58%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-2
50%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 258 460
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 35-73 45-261
Average/Rush 2.1 5.8
Passing
Comp-Att 19-32 16-23
Passing Yards 185 199
Average/Pass Play 5.6 7.4
Penalties-Yards 6-62 9-94
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 27:56 32:04

PLAYER STATS

Buffalo (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Licata 19/32 185 2 1
Ohio State (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Miller 15/22 178 2 1
K. Guiton 1/1 21 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
B. Oliver 26 73 2.8 0
A. Taylor 3 8 2.7 0
A. Zordich 2 2 1.0 0
F. Lee 1 2 2.0 0
J. Licata 3 -12 -4.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Hall 21 159 7.6 2
B. Miller 17 77 4.5 0
D. Wilson 3 11 3.7 0
W. Ball 2 6 3.0 0
K. Guiton 1 6 6.0 0
E. Elliott 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Neutz 9 98 10.9 1
D. Campbell 2 31 15.5 0
M. Schreck 4 22 5.5 0
M. Weiser 2 22 11.0 1
J. Dunmore 1 8 8.0 0
J. Gordon 1 4 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Smith 3 61 20.3 1
C. Fields 3 53 17.7 2
P. Brown 2 25 12.5 0
D. Wilson 1 18 18.0 0
E. Spencer 2 16 8.0 0
J. Hall 3 14 4.7 0
J. Heuerman 2 12 6.0 0