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Buckeyes ride early burst to win over Buffalo

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Urban Meyer is still perfect at Ohio State.

Braxton Miller threw for 178 yards with a pair of touchdowns and Jordan Hall ran for 159 yards with two scores, as the second-ranked Buckeyes used an early burst to claim a 40-20 victory over Buffalo in the 2013 season opener at Ohio Stadium.

The Buckeyes (1-0) finished 12-0 last year in Meyer's debut season, but were ineligible for postseason play because of NCAA sanctions. This year, they're expected to be national title contenders and looked the part early with 23 first-quarter points.

Miller, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and a strong Heisman Trophy candidate, is among the reasons. He completed 15-of-22 passes with an interception while adding 77 yards on the ground.

Joe Licata threw two touchdown passes and linebacker Khalil Mack returned an interception for a score for Buffalo (0-1), which kicked off its 100th season of football. The Bulls were 4-8 last year with three wins in their final four games.

08/31 15:36:37 ET