The Urban Era began with a bang in the form of a 46 point drumming of the Miami (OH) RedHawks. Columbus has been buzzing since the announcement of Urban Meyer becoming the new head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, and his first game did not disappoint. The college football community was waiting for this game to see how the "Urban Renewal" of the offense would pan out, and Miami had the chance to see it first hand. The Buckeyes haven't lost to a team from Ohio since 1921, and this outcome was no different.
Though the result looks one sided, Miami (OH) had its moments early on in the game. The majority of the first quarter was controlled by Miami's offense, with a healthy dose of short and long passes that had the Ohio State defense blowing coverage.
At the same time, the Ohio State offense looked as if it was experiencing some growing pains. The Buckeyes' star QB Braxton Miller , a sophomore, looked a bit hesitant and it showed in the offense's inability to advance. Although Miami had a clear advantage, it only left the quarter with 3 points due to mistakes on both offense and special teams. This would prove costly.
After the first quarter, the game was all Ohio State. Miller finally started hitting his stride in the new offense with a lightning fast drive that ended in a spectacular catch by Devin Smith. That seemed to be the spark that got the Buckeyes going, as they began to pour it on. Miller was not alone on offense, as RB Carlos Hyde and WR's Corey "Philly" Brown and the aforementioned Smith were also contributing to what looks to be a potentially potent offense.
While OSU heated up, Miami (OH) cooled down, as the Redhawks were plagued by blunders. Miami QB Zac Dysert still had a decent performance; 303 yards with a TD and 2 INTs, but his receivers did him no favors by constantly dropping well placed passes, some of which were sure TD's. The OSU defense eventually found its rhythm, just as the RedHawk offense did the opposite.
The Buckeyes began to put on an offensive clinic after halftime. A 65-yard run from Miller and another TD off a botched punt sealed the deal in Columbus. By the middle of the fourth quarter, it was garbage time, as the second team for both teams got some playing time. The final score was Ohio State, 56, Miami (OH), 10.
What We Learned:
There's definitely going to be a bit of a learning curve under the new Urban Meyer-instituted offense, but when it's working, it has the potential to be one of the most effective in the nation. Not too much should be taken from this game though, as the result is largely what was expected. Either way, Miller's 368 yards of total offense and the team's play in the first game of what will be a rebuilding year should inspire a bit of hope for Buckeye Nation.
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