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QB breaks 38-year-old record in 56-10 win

September 2, 2012
By JIM NAVEAU - Special to the Herald-Star

COLUMBUS - They waited and waited. And waited some more.

For 15 minutes, Ohio State and the 105,000 who came to Ohio Stadium to see the beginning of the Urban Meyer era waited for some reason to unleash the excitement they were feeling about this new beginning against Miami on Saturday.

Finally, Devin Smith gave them a reason. And once he did, Ohio State found a whole lot to cheer about when it rolled to a 56-10 win in its football opener and Meyer's first game as its coach.

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Smith, a sophomore wide receiver, soared high in the corner of the end zone, stuck his right hand in front of a pass from quarterback Braxton Miller and brought it down without ever using his left hand for Ohio State's first touchdown of the game on the first play of the second quarter.

Until that moment, Ohio State had barely moved the football. After it, there was almost no stopping the Buckeyes.

"That was a moment that ignited the stadium," Meyer said. "We were waiting for a play to happen and he went out and made a play."

Smith called it his No. 1 catch ever, even better than the one he had in the final minute to beat Wisconsin last year.

"It's the best," Smith said. "As soon as it hit my hand, I knew I caught it. As soon as it hit my hand, I squeezed it real tight."

Given the opportunity to shake off its slow start, Ohio State squeezed it real tight, too.

OSU had the luxury of second chances. But Miami didn't.

The RedHawks had a chance to at least throw a scare into Ohio State early when it got to OSU's 7-yard line and to its 4-yard line in the first 10 minutes of the game, but could get only one field goal out of those two opportunities.

"We should have scored more and earlier, but unfortunately it just didn't happen," Dysert said.

The Ada High School graduate completed 31 of 53 passes for 303 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions. He connected with Nick Harwell on a 44-yard pass in the third quarter for Miami's only touchdown and also had completions of 58 yards and 42 yards.

But offensive diversity was not a strong point for Miami, which rushed the ball 20 times for a net of -1 yard.

"We wanted to stop the run and make them one dimensional," OSU linebacker Etienne Sabino said.

Meanwhile, Ohio State was showing several dimensions.

Miller completed 14 of 24 passes for 207 yards and rushed for 161 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run. His 161 yards broke a 38-year-old single-game record rushing record by an OSU quarterback, set by Cornelius Greene.

Running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 82 yards on 17 carries.

Fullback Zach Boren, with carrying the football added to his duties this year, scored his first career touchdown.

Wide receiver Corey Brown collected seven catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Freshman running back Bri'onte Dunn scored in his first college game.

Defensively, cornerback Travis Howard had two pass interceptions and the other starting cornerback, Bradley Roby, scored a touchdown when he recovered a high snap on a punt in the end zone.

After Ohio State picked up the tempo on the field and on the scoreboard, it turned into just what OSU fans were looking for in Meyer's first game.

Except for the first quarter, the day was several steps beyond acceptable for Meyer, too.

He called himself "a little disappointed in the first quarter."

"But after that, what a great day," Meyer said.

It was the first of many great days Ohio State is expecting with Meyer. And he has had quite a few of those himself since being hired last November.

Asked if singing the alma mater after the game was the moment he let himself enjoy Saturday's experience most, he said, "I've been enjoying being Ohio State's coach for seven months."

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