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NCAA Game Summary - Miami-Florida at Ohio State



(Saturday, September 11th)

Final Score: (2) Ohio State 36, (12) Miami-Florida 24

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Terrelle Pryor passed for 233 yards and a score, while adding 113 yards and a touchdown on the ground, leading second- ranked Ohio State to a 36-24 win over No. 12 Miami-Florida at the Horseshoe.

Pryor completed 12-of-27 passes for the Buckeyes (2-0), who intercepted Miami quarterback Jacory Harris four times in taking the victory in a rematch of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. It served as the BCS National Championship Game that year, and Ohio State came away with the victory.

Dan Herron added 66 rushing yards and a score for Ohio State, while DeVier Posey had four catches for 105 yards. Devin Barclay made five of his six field goal attempts to match a school record.

"In my mind going into the game, you know, I was interested to see if we were a top-10 team, and I thought we played a very good team," said Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. "So now if we'll keep growing from that, we've got a chance. If we think we've arrived, we're done, but that was a tough game."

Harris threw for 232 yards and a touchdown on 22-of-39 passing, but his four interceptions thwarted potential scoring chances for the Hurricanes (1-1). Damien Berry ran for 94 yards in the loss, while Leonard Hankerson caught seven passes for 90 yards.

"It was a tough loss today for us, you can't win games when you turn the ball over the way we did," said Miami head coach Randy Shannon. "We said it was going to be a game of field position and we gave Ohio State a starting position of the 40-yard line, and you can't do that."

Harris' first interception occurred in the first quarter, when Nathan Williams made the pick at the Miami 32-yard line and returned it to the 10. However, penalties kept the Buckeyes from cracking the goal line, and they settled for a 24-yarder from Barclay with 5:57 left.

But on the ensuing kickoff, Lamar Miller returned the ball 88 yards for a score to put Miami in front. The Hurricanes went up 10-3 after Matt Bosher kicked a 51-yard field goal about two minutes into the second quarter.

However, Ohio State took control after that, scoring 23 points in the frame.

On the drive following Bosher's field goal, Pryor connected with Posey on a 62-yard gain, then found Brandon Saine for an 18-yard scoring strike to tie the game.

After a Miami punt, Ohio State got a 41-yard kick from Barclay, then increased its lead following another interception of Harris. Like the first, it happened deep in Miami territory, as Chimdi Chekwa made the grab at the 26. A completed pass preceded Herron's four-yard run across the goal line, which made it a 20-10 game.

Bosher missed a field goal on the Hurricanes' next possession, but Miami got another big return to stay close. Travis Benjamin ran a punt back 79 yards for a touchdown with 3:04 left in the half.

Barclay kicked a 21-yarder through the uprights with 1:01 on the clock, and Harris' third interception allowed Ohio State to add more points before the half was through. Barclay's 24-yard kick with time expiring gave the Buckeyes a 26-17 edge going into the break.

Miami began the second half with the ball and went on a promising drive. A 42- yard run by Berry got the ball into the red zone, but on 3rd-and-goal, Harris' pass over the middle was intercepted by defensive tackle Cameron Heyward, who had dropped back into coverage.

Heyward ran the ball 80 yards to the Miami 15, and it took Ohio State just two plays to get back into the end zone. Pryor's 13-yard run put the Buckeyes ahead 33-17 less than five minutes into the half.

A banged-up and limping Harris led Miami back onto the field, but the Hurricanes' drive once again ended in a missed Bosher field goal -- the 39- yarder was blocked.

Ohio State then drove to the other end of the field, where Barclay successfully kicked a 24-yarder.

Harris capped Miami's next drive with a nine-yard TD pass to Chase Ford, but the Hurricanes got just one more possession. It ended when Harris' fourth-down pass fell incomplete, and Ohio State ran out the final 7:31 on the clock.

Game Notes

Ohio State recorded 414 total yards, while Miami had 352...The Hurricanes had just four possessions in the second half...The Buckeyes improved to 3-1 against Miami all-time...Five of Ohio State's scoring drives lasted less than 60 seconds...Ohio State quarterbacks have passed for 200 yards and rushed for 100 in the same game just four times in school history. Pryor has done it three times...Attendance was 105,545, the sixth-largest in Ohio Stadium history.

09/11 21:45:41 ET


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