Those who watched Ohio State’s 20-point victory over Buffalo last Saturday saw the Buckeyes execute two different offensive styles.
The start of the game featured what most Ohio State fans expected—an up-tempo aerial attack which produced 23 points in just one quarter of play.
When Buffalo cut Ohio State’s lead to 10 early in the third quarter, the Buckeyes reverted back to the methodical power run game they leaned on during last year’s undefeated season.
Both styles were effective as Ohio State piled up 460 total yards against the Bulls.
Most of the damage was done in the first half, when Braxton Miller completed 13 of 18 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Hall complemented Miller’s passing numbers by rushing for 126 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries.
According to Kyle Rowland of ElevenWarriors.com, Urban Meyer was pleased with the fast start and the even faster pace.
I thought they came out of the chute fast. Pretty strong week. Two quick scores. First quarter was script. You can’t play much better than our guys did. We’re pushing the ball down the field, guys making plays.
On average, Ohio State’s four first-half touchdown drives took less than 1:40 of game time.
A near-disaster early in the third quarter forced Ohio State’s transition to the power run game.
The Bulls had just cut Ohio State’s lead to 10 when Khalil Mack sacked Miller and forced a fumble near the Buckeyes’ goal line. Mack, though, was flagged for…