Ohio State football got its last national title over Miami. Today, Ohio State football wasn’t playing for a title against Miami, but the Ohio State football season rided on this rematch. If the Buckeyes couldn’t deliver at home against the Hurricanes, it would have brought an early end to their national championship hopes. What’s more, quarterback Terrelle Pryor would have suffered an early dent to his Heisman Trophy candidacy. But both Ohio State football and Pryor stayed intact today, as their 36-24 win sent a message to the BCS.
In the first mega showdown of the day, the Buckeyes gave up a big play early. The Hurricanes’ Lamar Miller returned an 88-yard kickoff for a score, giving Miami a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. Once the Hurricanes increased the lead to 10-3 early in the second, the Buckeyes got right back to work.
Ohio State football rallied with 17 straight points in less than seven minutes, punctuated by the first of four interceptions off Jacory Harris. However, the Hurricanes’ special teams then struck again, as Ben Buchanan returned a punt this time for a 79-yard score.
But the Buckeyes struck back again, getting two field goals to end the half, with one coming after another interception. In the second half, Ohio State football took control for good, as their latest interception led to an early touchdown. Once the Buckeyes went up 36-17, they could coast the rest of the way.
The victory did not give the Buckeyes a title, and did not need to be decided on a debatable call. Yet the latest Ohio State football victory over Miami kept the Buckeyes at No. 2 in the land, at the least. Their first early test was passed, despite special teams mistakes, although their defense caused enough mistakes of their own to balance it out.
Now the Buckeyes are expected to coast until October 16, when their next major test comes at Wisconsin. They took advantage of home field advantage to win today, yet their crucial Big Ten showdowns will come on the road in Wisconsin and Iowa.
While Ohio State football continues to hold national title hopes, Miami has been prevented from taking the next step forward again. The Hurricanes could not hold off the Buckeyes for long, as Harris could not play mistake free football like Pryor did. It punctuated an awful day for the ACC, as fellow conference contenders Florida State, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech suffered even worse defeats today.
Now the Hurricanes are reduced to aiming for a conference crown, as the rest of the ACC showed its weakness today as well. But Ohio State football can still aim for something more.
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