Football Bowl Subdivision

                    === Buckeyes grind out win over UAB ===
 Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Braxton Miller threw for 143 yards and ran for
 a pair of touchdowns, as No. 16 Ohio State defeated UAB, 29-15, on Saturday.
 Miller completed 12-of-20 passes and rushed for 64 yards on 11 carries for the
 Buckeyes (4-0), who were coming off a narrow, 35-28 win over California.
 Jordan Hall had 105 yards on 17 carries in Saturday's victory, while Rod Smith
 and  Zach Boren  both ran  for a  score. Corey  Brown added  67 yards  on four
 Austin  Brown threw  for 196 yards and an interception on 21-of-35 passing for
 the  Blazers (0-3), who took on a ranked opponent for the second straight game
 after falling to then-No. 8 South Carolina, 49-6, last Saturday.
 Darrin  Reaves  rushed for 72 yards  on 16 carries  in the setback and Ty Long
 made 3-of-4 field goal attempts.
 The  Blazers cut their  deficit to 21-15 early in the fourth quarter when Long
 made  a 34-yard field  goal to cap a 16-play, 80-yard drive, which lasted more
 than seven minutes.
 They  moved into field goal range again after an Ohio State 3-and-out, several
 completions  by Brown, and a 15-yard taunting penalty on Christian Bryant. But
 Long,  who  had made his  previous 11 field  goals, pulled his 46-yard attempt
 wide left.
 "We  played well, some things we didn't do well, like the 46-yard field goal I
 missed," said Long. "I knew what I did wrong right when I hit it. I take blame
 for that."
 The Buckeyes capitalized on Long's rare miss with an 10-play touchdown march.
 Miller hit three different receivers during the drive and ripped off a 17-yard
 run  before  reaching the end  zone on a short  keeper with 5:03 remaining. He
 then  found the  edge and stiff-armed his  way to a two-point conversion for a
 29-15 advantage.
 Brown was intercepted by a leaping Doran Grant two plays into UAB's next drive
 as the Buckeyes held on to secure their fourth straight win.
 Ohio State got off to a sluggish start, resulting in an early 9-0 deficit.
 UAB fumbled away the football on its first possession, but the Buckeyes failed
 to  capitalize and  lined up to punt  on 4th-and-2. Ben Buchanan never got the
 kick  off,  however, as Cortez Webb  got a hand  on the ball before Nick Adams
 scooped it up and scampered 20 yards for a touchdown.
 Long  missed the extra point, but he atoned with a 47-yard field goal early in
 the second quarter to make it 9-0.
 "Basically,  we came out slow today," said Brown. "It was obvious. We prepared
 well  throughout  the week and our  main focus is  to come out strong. I don't
 know what it was about today, but I know this week we'll get it fixed."
 The  Buckeyes  notched their first third  down conversion of the game on their
 next  touch courtesy  of a short burst  by Smith, who followed with runs of 12
 and one yard to cap the 75-yard touchdown march.
 Long  answered  with a 54-yard  field goal, but  Ohio State closed the quarter
 with a pair of scores to take a 21-12 lead into the half.
 Miller  sparked  the  late  flurry,  which began  with  a  five-play,  75-yard
 touchdown  trek. The sophomore signal caller completed four straight passes on
 the  drive, including consecutive connections with Brown of at least 20 yards,
 before  eluding a  defender and extending the  ball into the end zone on a 12-
 yard draw.
 Kennard  Backman fumbled two plays into the Blazers' next possession and Grant
 recovered the ball at the UAB 32.
 Miller then reeled off a 19-yard run and found Brown for 11 yards before Boren
 scored from two yards away.
 The  Blazers recovered an  onside kick to open the second half but went 3-and-
 out,  beginning a string of back-and-forth punts which highlighted a scoreless
 third quarter.
                                   Game Notes
 This  was  the first-ever meeting between  the teams on the football field ...
 The  Buckeyes recorded  their 400th win in the 90-year history of Ohio Stadium
 and  their  60th straight victory  at home against an unranked, non-conference
 opponent ... Ohio State opens its Big Ten schedule next week at Michigan State
 ... UAB, which has never beaten a top-25 team outside of Conference USA, opens
 its conference slate next week at home versus Tulsa.
 09/22 17:38:54 ET

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