COLUMBUS -- Quarterback Braxton Miller accounted for more than 350 yards individually and led No. 18 Ohio State to a 56-10 win over Miami (Ohio) Saturday as the Buckeyes opened the Urban Meyer era with a bang.
After a sluggish start with Meyer's new spread offense, Miller led Ohio State on three straight second-quarter touchdown drives, good for a 21-3 advantage at the half. He added another touchdown on the first play of the second half, with a highlight reel 65-yard run.
Meyer, the Ohio native who led Florida to a pair of national championships in his previous head-coaching position, saw his Buckeyes' team struggle early trying to contain Miami senior quarterback Zac Dysert, who on the day went 31-of-53 for 304 yards and a touchdown, but was picked off twice.
Dysert and the RedHawks pushed into the red zone on their second possession of the game, but kicker Kaleb Patterson missed a 24-yard chip shot. Miami came right back on its next drive and Dysert had the RedHawks set up at the Ohio State 10 after a 58-yard connection to Dawan Scott.
Nick Harwell, wide open in the back of the end zone, could not hold on to a third-down pass so Miami settled for a 22-yard Patterson field goal and a 3-0 lead with about five minutes left in the opening quarter.
The Buckeyes trailed by that margin as the first quarter ended, but Ohio State then found the jolt it needed offensively as tailback Carlos Hyde busted loose for 16 yards, Miller connected with Corey "Philly" Brown for 38 more, and then lobbed a 23-yard pass to Devin Smith, who made an acrobatic, fully-extended, one-handed catch for a touchdown.
Leading 7-3 after Brown's score, the Buckeyes struck again after forcing a Miami punt. Miller mixed pass and run on a 57-yard drive, throwing five yards to Brown for a touchdown and a 14-3 edge.
Ohio State converted on a third straight possession for a 21-3 lead with about five minutes left in the first half, this time scoring with Hyde punching in from four yards out. The Buckeyes were stopped at the Miami one to end the half.
After Miller broke the long scoring run to start the second half, the Buckeyes added a special teams touchdown when Bradley Roby recovered a bad Miami snap in the end zone for a 35-3 lead.
Dysert hit Nick Harwell with a 35-yard pass for Miami's only touchdown, that coming late in the third quarter to make it 35-10. The Buckeyes added fourth quarter scores on short runs by Hyde, Zach Boren and Bri'onte Dunn.
NOTES: Sophomore Braxton Miller's 161 rushing yards against Miami are the most in Ohio State history in a single game for a quarterback. ... Miller left the game with leg cramps in the third quarter. ... With sacks taken into account, Miami had minus-two rushing yards against the Buckeyes on 20 carries. ... Ohio State had 296 yards rushing on 53 carries. ... Miami wide receiver Nick Harwell had eight catches in the game for 121 yards and a touchdown.