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Buckeyes have bigger 'sledgehammer'

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller avoids the tackle of Michigan State safety Isaiah Lewis.

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Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller avoids the tackle of Michigan State safety Isaiah Lewis.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Urban Meyer's first Big Ten game as No. 14 Ohio State's coach turned out to be a classic welcome to the conference.

In the end, the Buckeyes played just well enough in a bruising 17-16 win over No. 20 Michigan State on Saturday.

"This was a war. This was two sledgehammers going at each other," Meyer said. "That was a great game. Great atmosphere, a bunch of great players on the field that are going to be playing at the next level."

Meyer is the third coach to go 5-0 in his first season at Ohio State, joining Carol Widdoes (1944) and Earle Bruce (1979).

Michigan State took a 13-10 lead in the third thanks to Keith Mumphery. With the ball on the Ohio State 29, Mumphery took Andrew Maxwell's short pass and eluded four tacklers before dragging a couple of more into the end zone.

The lead didn't last long.

Braxton Miller, who ran for 136 yards and passed for 179, barely picked up a first down with a run on third and 1 for Ohio State. Then he lofted a pass to Devin Smith, who beat cornerback Johnny Adams along the right sideline for a 63-yard score.

"We hook up all the time," Miller said. "That's one of my favorite receivers, so I'm always going to look for him."

Miller was 16-of-23 with an interception.

"Braxton Miller is a very exciting player," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "We knew that coming into the game. He took a lot of bad plays and made them good ones."

Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell came in with 610 rushing yards but ran for only 45 against Ohio State, which was ranked last in the Big Ten in total yards allowed entering the game.

"We found out something about our team," Meyer said; "to go on the road in a hostile environment against a quality, quality football team and find a way to win."

Longhorns pull it out

STILLWATER, Okla. — David Ash threw three touchdowns to Jaxon Shipley and Joe Bergeron scored on a 2-yard run with 29 seconds left to lift No. 12 Texas past Oklahoma State 41-36. The fourth quarter featured four lead changes.

Ash, who threw for 304 yards, directed the Longhorns on a 75-yard scoring drive after the Cowboys took the lead on Quinn Sharp's 23-yard field goal with 2:34 to play. He hit tight end D.J. Grant for 29 yards on fourth and 4. Then Mike Davis outleaped Justin Gilbert on a 32-yard deep ball to set up Bergeron's touchdown.

No. 15 TCU 24, SMU 16: Casey Pachall had two touchdown passes and Jason Verrett two interceptions, including on a desperation heave on the final play, for the visiting Horned Frogs. Playing in a driving storm, TCU extended its win streak to 12, longest in I-A. TCU led 21-10 at halftime and held on despite gaining 27 yards of offense in the second half, committing 13 penalties for 140 yards, including seven personal fouls, and botching two snaps to the punter during the fourth quarter.

No. 22 Nebraska 30, Wisconsin 27: Taylor Martinez guided the host Cornhuskers to four consecutive scoring drives to rally from a 17-point deficit. Martinez, who ran for 107 yards and threw for 181, scored on a 38-yard run, threw a 10-yard touchdown to Kyler Reed and set up Brett Maher for the tying and go-ahead field goals. The second was a 41-yarder with 9:41 left. Running back Montee Ball, a Heisman finalist last season, fumbled at midfield on fourth and 1 to end the Badgers' final drive.

No. 24 Boise St. 32, New Mexico 29: Joe Southwick passed for 311 yards and three touchdowns and Timmy Smith knocked down a fourth-down pass with two minutes left for the visiting Broncos. Boise State led by 25 at halftime after turning three Lobos fumbles into 18 points. But the Lobos turned two Broncos fumbles into touchdowns to help close the gap. "You never let a team off the hook," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. "I will give all credit to New Mexico. They took advantage and made plays."

Around the nation

N'western 44, Indiana 29: Kain Colter ran for 161 yards and four touchdowns for the host Wildcats, who recorded a school-record 704 yards of offense.

Penn St. 35, Illinois 7: Quarterback Matt McGloin threw for a touchdown and ran for two for the visiting Nittany Lions.

Iowa 31, Minnesota 13: Mark Weisman ran for 155 of his 177 yards in the first half for the host Hawkeyes. His 8-yard run was the first of three Iowa touchdowns in a span of six minutes in the second quarter.

Purdue 51, Marshall 41: Caleb TerBush threw four touchdowns for the host Boiler­makers, who returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

Arizona St. 27, Cal 17: Taylor Kelly threw three touchdowns for the visiting Sun Devils. Cal's 1-4 start is its worst since 0-10 in 2001.

UCLA 42, Colorado 14: Brett Hundley threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns for the visiting Bruins.

Texas Tech 24, Iowa St. 13: Seth Doege threw three touchdowns for the visiting Red Raiders, who allowed just 189 yards of offense.

Houston 35, Rice 14: Charles Sims ran for three touchdowns for the Cougars at Houston's Reliant Stadium. It was Houston's first win of 2012 after it and since-graduated quarterback Case Keenum started 2011 12-0.

San Jose St. 12, Navy 0: Austin Lopez made field goals of 29, 19, 32 and 43 yards for the visiting Spartans. The Midshipmen were shut out for the first time since 34-0 to Rutgers on Oct. 14, 2006.

Buckeyes have bigger 'sledgehammer' 09/29/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 30, 2012 1:25am]

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