Braxton Miller threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns to lead Ohio State past Buffalo 40-20 in the season opener. Miller ran for 77 more yards on 17 carries.
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 23-0 lead before the Bulls scored twice in the second quarter to make it interesting. Matt Liata threw a touchdown pass to Matt Weiser, then Kahlil Mack returned an interception for a touchdown to cut it to 23-13.
The Buckeyes put it away in the second half to come away with their first win of the year.
Jordan Hall ran for 159 yards on 21 carries to pace the Ohio State ground attack.
OHIO STATE POSTGAME QUOTES
Jordan Hall, senior halfback
On his role and how the team performed
"Wherever they put me I'm going to do what I can to help the team win. It was a good win. We'll take it but we're not satisfied with it. We know there's a lot to work on. We have practice tomorrow, so we'll get back to work."
Ryan Shazier, junior linebacker
On missing game action
"When something happens on either side of the ball I feel like it's my fault. When I wasn't in I was listening to the crowd to tell if something was going on. I was just listening to try to figure out what was happening. I feel like with me not out there it hurts the team."
On playing alongside a fast-paced offense
"I don't care how quick the offense scores. They could score on one play every time. As long as they're scoring, I'm all for that."
On the game today
"It feels like a win. We got the victory, that's all that matters. We need to do a better job. We're supposedly the preseason No. 2 team in the nation. Today we did a good job but we weren't playing to our potential."
Michael Bennett, junior defensive lineman
On Ohio State's first win of the season
"We're 1-0. I think we're a little disappointed and we know we have plenty of things to work on. We made a couple mistakes but it's the first game of the season. You don't want mistakes. You want to go out and have everyone execute well, but at the end of the day it's about winning."
On the tempo of the Buckeye offense
"It's good to see we can play fast. We have to keep going with it though, keep putting up points and stopping them. To see us put up 23 points in the first quarter, that has to feel good."
Corey Brown, senior defensive back
On the game
"It was good we came out fast, but obviously we let them back in the game in the second. The leadership was great on the field. I just think Buffalo caught us a bit off guard. I give them credit."
Curtis Grant, junior linebacker
On his playing time
"To be honest I haven't played a full game since my senior year in high school. Right now I'm really tired but it felt great to get out there."
On playing with energy
"We learned we can always stick together but we need to push forward more. When the crowd is down we need to bring our energy back. Instead of taking our time we need to keep our foot on the gas pedal."
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