Buckeyes make mistakes but say they’ll get better

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer has heard others say his team is too young, or that it was crippled by the loss of two-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller.

He doesn’t buy it.

After the fifth-ranked Buckeyes came back from a slow start to beat Navy 34-17 on Saturday, Meyer said he doesn’t want to hear anything more about inexperience or adversity.

”They’re veteran players now,” he said Monday of those who saw their first college action in the opener. ”Enough with the excuses and get going.”

The Buckeyes trailed 7-6 at the half and by a point midway through the third quarter. But they pulled away late behind some big plays by the defense and by Miller’s replacement at quarterback, freshman J.T. Barrett.

Barrett, in his first college game, completed 12 of 15 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 50 yards and was honored by the Big Ten as one of its freshmen of the week.

He gave himself a stern talking to after throwing an interception while Ohio State was on the march inside the Navy 10 midway through the second quarter.

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