No. 12 Ohio State (3-0) 35, California (1-2) 28
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 15, 2012
OHIO STATE POSTGAME NOTES
With the win, Urban Meyer improved to 37-4 in September. Meyer has started a season 3-0 or better 10 times in 11 seasons as head coach.
Ohio State has won 60 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games against teams not ranked in the AP Top 25. The last loss: 34-17 to Florida State, Oct. 2, 1982.
Ohio State is 60-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
Ohio State is 6-1 all-time against California, winning each of the last six meetings.
Braxton Miller had a hand in all five Ohio State touchdowns, throwing for a career-best four and rushing for one. He has five career two-touchdown games, including one this season vs. Miami.
Miller's 72-yard pass to Devin Smith in the fourth quarter was a career long completion, topping the 54-yard pass he had at Michigan last season.
Miller ended the game with 249 yards passing, completing 16-of-30 attempts. It was a career high, topping the 235 at Michigan in 2011.
Devin Smith had a career-high 145 yards receiving, including a career-long 72 yard game-winning catch in the fourth quarter. It was his second career game with two touchdowns and first since Sept. 24, 2011 vs. Colorado.
The 55-yard touchdown run by Miller in the first quarter marked his sixth run of 20 or more yards this season. The run was Miller's fifth rushing touchdown of the season.
Jake Stoneburner's 40-yard reception in the first quarter marked a career long. Stoneburner tallied his 11th career receiving touchdown in the second quarter and 12th in the fourth quarter.
Ohio State converted on a two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter vs. the Golden Bears to take a 28-21 lead. The last successful two-point conversion by the Buckeyes was Oct. 16, 2010.
Ohio State, which entered the game with three sacks in its first two games combined, had six sacks on the day, the most since recording six vs. Wisconsin Oct. 10, 2009. Six Buckeyes recorded a sack vs. the Golden Bears.
Christian Bryant had the first interception of his career late in the fourth quarter to help Ohio State close out the win.
Ryan Shazier had a career-best 10 solo tackles, topping the mark of seven he had vs. Penn State last season. Shazier had a team-best 13 tackles in the game, with two TFLs, including his first sack of the season and the third of his career.
Bradley Roby recorded his first career sack in the first quarter, sacking California quarterback Zach Maynard for a loss of 11 yards at the Cal 39 yard line. He had a career-high nine total tackles and career-best seven solo tackles. Bradley Roby recorded two tackles for loss totaling 13 yards, his career best for TFL in a single game.
Johnathan Hankins had a career-high 10 tackles, besting the nine he had at Illinois last year.
Senior outside linebacker Etienne Sabino took down Maynard on third down for a loss of 10 yards in the first quarter. It was his first sack of the season and he has 3.5 sacks for his career.
Defensive lineman Garrett Goebel recorded his first sack of the season and the second of his career at 12:33 of the second quarter.
Maynard was sacked on third down by Ryan Shazier for a loss of 9 yards at the 1:33 mark of the second quarter. It was his first this season and the third of his career.
CALIFORNIA GAME NOTES
Today's game was the seventh in the series between Cal and Ohio State, and the Buckeyes lead the series 6-1 after the 35-28 Ohio State victory today.
This was also the seventh road game in the Jeff Tedford era that was played in a different time zone and started before noon PT. The Golden Bears now have a 5-2 record in those contests.
This was the second game in a row that Cal boasted over 500 yards of total offense (512). They outgained Ohio State by 100 yards (412). Last week against Southern Utah, the Bears had 518 yards.
Brendan Bigelow scored on a career-long 81-yard touchdown run. It was Cal's longest play from scrimmage this season, surpassing Daniel Lasco's 77-yarder last week. It is the longest rush since Jahvid Best's 93-yard touchdown run at UCLA in 2009. Bigelow followed that with a 59-yard touchdown later in the game. He ended the day with a personal-best 160 rushing yards and 230 all-purpose yards. His previous career best in all-purpose yards was 137 against Presbyterian last year.
Zach Maynard finished 26-for-37 for 280 yards with a touchdown, an interception and a one-yard rushing touchdown. The completions were a career high. It was also Maynard's first rushing touchdown this season - fifth of his career - and the first since last year at Arizona State. Maynard spread the ball around, throwing to eight different receivers.
Keenan Allen moved up to sixth all-time at Cal in career receptions with 164 after his nine grabs for 80 yards against the Buckeyes to pace the Bears. Nai'il Benjamin is fifth with 165 and Brian Treggs is fourth with 167. Midway through the second quarter, he also registered his 2,000th-career receiving yard, and now has 2,049 for his career. Steve Rivera ranks 10th all time at Cal with 2,085 career receiving yards. Allen also had his first pass attempt since last year at Colorado. It went to Maynard for eight yards. For his career, Allen is 3-for-3 with 52 yards passing.
Chris Harper hauled in a 19-yard touchdown reception - his second of the season - in the first quarter. He finished with three catches for 32 yards and the score.
C.J. Anderson had a career-high four receptions for 65 yards. On the ground, Anderson carried the ball four times for 13 yards. Isi Sofele posted 21 rushes for 86 yards, including a season-best 26-yarder.
After losing the time of possession battle the last two weeks, the Bears had the ball for 35:10 compared to 24:50 for Ohio State.
Darius Powe made his first career catch in the first quarter. He later hauled in a 36-yard reception in the third quarter.
Keni Kaufusi earned his second career forced fumble on the last play of the first quarter. He and Brennan Scarlett picked up their second career tackles for loss, as well. Todd Barr also registered a tackle for loss.
Alex Logan was Cal's leading tackler with a personal-best seven takedowns. Michael Lowe also tied his career high in tackles with five.
Steve Williams caught his fourth career interception, first of this season.
Steffan Mos booted a 57-yard punt on his first career punt. Mos recorded the first two punts of the day.
Jalen Jefferson and Nick Forbes made their first career starts.