1-0. 12 to go.
The Buckeyes hosted the Buffalo Bulls on Saturday to kick off the 2013 season, and despite a few hiccups here and there, the team looked ready to grab the season by the horns.
The Buckeyes got out to a great start in the opening quarter, scoring 23 unanswered points. A 49-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Miller to Devin Smith would open the scoring 4:20 into the quarter, and Kenny Guiton successfully executed the two-point conversion to make the score 8-0.
Miller would add another touchdown just three minutes later, finding an open Chris Fields to make the score 14-0. The Buckeyes once again got the two-point conversion, and found themselves leading 16-0 just seven minutes in.
But the Bucks weren’t done. In the final minute of the first quarter, Jordan Hall would find a few holes to run 49 yards down the field and pick up his first rushing score of the year. More on Hall later.
In the second quarter, the Bulls would rally, scoring 13 unanswered points. After a touchdown pass by Joe Licata, Braxton Miller would throw a pick-six to make the score 23-13.
The Buckeyes came back strong on the corresponding drive, as Jordan Hall rushed for a 37-yard score to make it 30-13. Hall had 126 yards and two scores in the first half.
In the second half, the Bulls would pull back within 10 early, as Licata found Alex Neutz in the corner of the endzone for a touchdown. However, it would be all Buckeyes from that point forward.
After Braxton Miller was forced out of the game by cramps late in the third quarter, Kenny Guiton would come on and finish the 91-yard drive, finding Chris Fields on the left sideline for a 21-yard touchdown. The Bucks would add a field goal by Drew Basil in the fourth quarter, and ultimately win the game 40-20.