=== 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.
 
 The Buckeyes scored on their first three possessions. Miller found a streaking
 Devin  Smith  for a 47-yard touchdown  to cap a four-play opening series, then
 connected  with Chris  Fields from  seven yards  away to  end a  five-play set
 before  Hall broke free  for a 49-yard TD run in the final minute of the first
 quarter.  A  pair of two-point  conversions after  the first two scores helped
 Ohio State open a 23-0 cushion.
 
 Buffalo  finally forced  an Ohio State punt before the teams traded turnovers.
 The Buckeyes' fumble at their own 42 led to a 16-yard Licata touchdown pass to
 Matt  Weiser. Miller was then picked off by Mack, who raced 45 yards the other
 way for a score and the two-point play failed to leave the Bulls down 23-13.
 
 It took just two plays for Ohio State to turn the tide, as Hall followed a 51-
 yard kickoff return from Dontre Wilson with a 37-yard touchdown jaunt.
 
 Buffalo  sacked Miller on third down to end Ohio State's initial third-quarter
 series,  and the  Bulls went 62 yards the  other way after a punt for a score.
 Licata  completed each  of his three passes  for 48 yards during the march and
 finished it with a 10-yard strike to Alex Neutz.
 
 A  personal  foul penalty against  Buffalo negated  a Miller fumble inside the
 Buckeyes'  5  midway through  the  third  quarter  and  Ohio State  took  full
 advantage  with a 91-yard scoring drive. Miller left the field after a 14-yard
 run  because of  cramping, but Kenny Guiton completed the lengthy march with a
 21-yard TD pass to Fields.
 
 The  Bulls were  threatening again with a  first down inside the Ohio State 5,
 but  the  Buckeyes turned them  away on four downs  and Miller returned to the
 field  with  a 40-yard run that  set up a 39-yard  Drew Basil field goal for a
 40-20 advantage midway through the fourth.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Miller  became the  second  Ohio  State quarterback  to  eclipse 2,000  career
 rushing  yards. He  has 2,063 and is  just 17 shy of Cornelius Greene's record
 for  quarterbacks  of 2,080 ... Ohio  State has won 62 straight regular-season
 non-conference home games against unranked teams since a 34-17 loss to Florida
 State  in 1982 ... The Buckeyes have also won 35 straight home openers since a
 1978  loss to Penn State ... Ohio State hasn't lost a season opener since 1999
 in  the  Kickoff Classic against  Miami-Florida ...  Meyer improved to 12-0 in
 season openers ... Buffalo fell to 0-5 against Big Ten opposition.
 
 08/31 16:11:04 ET